Foxconn looks to collaborate with Wisconsin cancer researchers

Foxconn looks to collaborate with Wisconsin cancer researchers

A Foxconn executive said the company is interested in collaborating with a number of medical organizations in Wisconsin.

Charlie Alvarez, the senior advisor to the president of the Foxconn Healthcare Group, was the keynote speaker at the annual BioHealth Summit at Overture Center for the Arts.
In his speech, he talked about the future of Foxconn and Wisconsin’s biohealth industry.

Alvarez said he also wanted to introduce professionals in the medical and technology fields to the company’s healthcare division.

“I think people have an impression of who Foxconn is and what we do…and [I want to] give everyone a better understanding of how diverse our product portfolio is,” Alvarez said.

The Foxconn Healthcare division was established over ten years ago and employs 1,000 people. The medical group has made 24 investments including two company purchases in California.

Alvarez said the medical division primarily focuses on different cancers, treatment, and prevention.

Alvarez said the Foxconn is seeking to work with healthcare centers and hospitals across the country including the UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center.

“We want to work with Carbone on cancer research and really try to work on education…right so maybe cross-collaboration with education,” Alvarez said.

Foxconn executives already met with representatives from the Carbone Cancer Center during previous trips.

Alvarez said Foxconn would like to create customized products for hospitals depending on what they need.

“We’re focused on quality, we’re focused on patient safety, and then we’re focused on efficiency within that hospital,” Alvarez said.

The multibillion dollar Taiwanese company is currently building its high-tech plant in Racine County.

News 3 asked Alvarez if Foxconn is interested in creating medical division in Dane County. Alvarez said he didn’t know the answer at this time.

“Right now, our priority is getting the big manufacturing facility up and going. We’ve spent a lot of time–resources, in getting that done,” Alvarez said.