The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently wrote on medicine and R&D in Las Vegas, after the completion of Las Vegas HEALS presentation of Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada, a special event to introduce how growing Research & Development (R&D) in Nevada will strengthen and diversify the state’s economy, and how healthcare R&D can support efforts to retain new generations of healthcare professionals

From the story.

Las Vegas’ move toward becoming the “sports capital of the world” will bring more health medicine, medical device and pharmaceutical companies to town, said Zach Miles, the associate vice president for economic development at UNLV.

“The local economy is taking advantage of a lot of medical devices and genetics and research that can take place within that industry,” he said. “I think the momentum (in health care research and development) will increase even more.”

Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the growing sports sector provides opportunities in a wide array of industries, including sports health, nutrition, training and even athletic equipment.

“Sports brings an opportunity in a critical mass in order to be great in sports-related health care, and I think we’re on the road to that,” Hill said. “We have the critical mass of sports care teams here to do that with. And I’m excited about that future.”

Read the full story in the RJ.