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Biotechnology company just feet away from the shoreway helping doctors diagnose and treat cancer

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Posted at 8:08 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 13:38:31-04

CLEVELAND — Anyone who has driven on the shoreway near downtown has come just a few feet away from a series of brick buildings that, in some cases, are just feet away from the road.

What many people don’t know is that just a few feet from all those passing cars is a company helping doctors fight cancer insight a nondescript but wide open building.

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GenomOncology's building has minimal signage and sits feet from the Shoreway overpass.

“That’s actually what were were looking for,” said GenomOncology CEO Brad Wertz talking about the company’s new space.

He says GenomOncology was looking for a place where they could build a modern, start-up type office space.

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An open floor plan allows GenomOncology to have a start-up type feel while being flexible with how the space is organized.

From the street, First Energy Stadium is to the north, with the Flats, Warehouse District, and Public Square a short walk away in other directions.

“You start with a cool, comfortable, enjoyable place to work that we believe is highly productive, highly collaborative and you build out from there based on what you’re in the mood for,” said Wertz.

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Coronavirus keeps the Shoreway from being too crowded, but when thousands of cars return to the roadway, they pass right by one of the company's conference rooms.

Wertz says the space is home base for Cleveland-based employees, a place to visit for the few employees who work remote, and allows the company to host clients in from out of town, after the coronavirus passes.

That’s all important for a bio-technology company looking to attract all kinds of workers. Additional space on other floors gives the company options to expand in the future.

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Soft seating around the office gives workers the option to move somewhere else to work, hold meetings, and collaborate.

GenomOncology Chief Technology Officer Ian Maurer says the demand for their work continues to increase as they help more doctors.

“How do we take DNA data for cancer and process it, analyze it, and understand what the variances mean,” said Maurer explaining the work GenomOncology does.

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The view out of a conference room window shows just how close the building is to the Flats.

He says more research is revealing more about the human body, helping doctors fight cancer more effectively. Since there’s more information to keep track of, GenomOncology has created software that helps doctors find the right specialized treatment based on the best knowledge of the day.

“We’re not about replacing pathologists,” said Maurer. “We’re about making them better. We’re about democratizing this information, this knowledge so everyone across the country can give the best care to their patients.”

All just a few feet off the shoreway.

Have you ever noticed something interesting in Northeast Ohio and wondered, “Hey…what’s going on there?”

Us, too. We love learning more about what shapes the world around us -- the buildings, the spaces and the ways we move between them.

Next time you're wondering about some building, project or piece of land, send me an email at Kevin.Barry@wews.com and I'll look into it for a possible story.