Lockheed Martin Holds Ribbon-Cutting Event to Celebrate Opening of Center for Health Innovation in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 4, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] celebrated the grand opening of its Center for Health Innovation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today in Baltimore, Md. Employees, customers, students, special guests and industry partners received tours and demonstrations of the company’s health-related capabilities and participated in a first-ever science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) public health challenge.   

“Lockheed Martin’s Center for Health Innovation represents our commitment and investment in engineering secure and efficient health care solutions,” said Stephanie C. Hill, president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil business. “This center grows our footprint in Baltimore, offering a resource to share our expertise with customers, students and the community to work together in bending the health care cost curve and improving care for our citizens.”

Today’s grand opening included a presentation from Jeri Lacks-Whye and Veronica Spencer, descendants of Baltimore native Henrietta Lacks whose HeLa cells made unparalleled contributions to science, noted in the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Lacks-Whye and Spencer shared their family’s experiences and led attendees in discussing her life and legacy.

In Lockheed Martin’s first public health STEM challenge, students from Western High School’s Biomedical Sciences program presented their recommendations from an eight-week research project on the intersection of public health and personal privacy. Students blended their educational studies with many of the themes from the book to provide recommendations on what that intersection means for biotechnology, health care and public policy.

Dr. Bernard J. Fogel and Dr. David Seo, both of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, were recognized with the inaugural Health Innovation Award. This award recognizes a true mission partner that has demonstrated the vision and shared commitment to bring technology, IT and innovation together to advance health care. Lockheed Martin has partnered with the University of Miami Medical School to help them manage vast streams of health care data, develop predictive models for risk identification, and build automated systems that ensure providers have information in near real-time to enhance care for residents of South Florida. 

Located in Baltimore, Md., the Lockheed Martin Center for Health Innovation showcases how the company is applying its legacy as a top information technology provider toward solutions in public health, data analytics and security, and efficiency in health care.

Lockheed Martin is engineering safe and efficient health care solutions for federal partners. Leveraging its experience in systems integration, the company safeguards crucial healthcare data; supports claims processing and disability examinations for millions of veterans; enables clinical research through cloud computing and data analytics; innovates with mobile solutions; and drives efficiency with intelligent application of information technologies. 

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.