Google opens Rochester, Minn., office to be closer to Mayo Clinic

Google will open an office in Rochester, Minn., this year as part of an effort to strengthen its relationship with Mayo Clinic.

Google’s new office at Collider Coworking, a coworking space in downtown Rochester, will provide a space for Google to work “side-by-side” with Mayo Clinic, Google said Thursday. The office will open later this year in line with local and state COVID-19 guidelines and marks the tech giant’s first office in Minnesota.

Financial details of the office opening weren’t disclosed.

For full-year 2020, Alphabet reported $168.6 billion in revenue and $54.6 billion in operating income from Google’s services and products. Google Cloud, which it breaks out as a separate category, brought in $13.1 billion in full-year revenue and posted a $5.6 billion operating loss.

Google in 2019 helped generate $7.29 billion in economic activity for 22,200 businesses, not-for-profits and creators in Minnesota, according to Google.

Mayo participated in evaluating new office sites with Google, adding to the list of ways Mayo is looking to draw outside innovators to the area. Mayo is a cornerstone of an ongoing $5.6 billion public-private economic development plan in Minnesota, designed to make Rochester—and specifically Mayo—a global medical destination.

The Rochester office marks another step in a 10-year partnership that Mayo Clinic struck with Google in 2019, which involves both cloud storage and innovation projects. Google also made headlines in 2019 for a separate data-sharing partnership with St. Louis-based Ascension, which had drawn public concern over patient privacy.

Mayo officials have said that the health system will control access to patient data under the 10-year partnership; however, they may authorize partners like Google to use data as part of specific projects.

Since 2019, Mayo has launched a clinical data analytics platform on Google’s cloud and a joint research project to study whether artificial intelligence can automate aspects of radiation therapy planning. Last week, University of Minnesota announced a healthcare education program it’s launching through a partnership with Google Cloud, as well as with support from Mayo.

“We’re excited to have this physical space designed to deepen our bond and facilitate innovation,” said Cris Ross, Mayo’s chief information officer, in a statement. “Google engineers will work side by side with Mayo Clinic researchers, physicians, information technology staff and data scientists to apply advanced computing techniques to healthcare problems.”


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