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University of Denver Joins Catalyst Healthcare Technology Initiative

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Madeline Phipps

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Overview of Catalytst HTI HQ

The University of Denver today announced that it will lease space in the new Catalyst Healthcare Technology Initiative (Catalyst HTI) located in Denver’s RiNo district. A cross-disciplinary consortium of five DU schools will use the space: the Daniels College of BusinessGraduate School of Professional PsychologyGraduate School of Social WorkMorgridge College of Education and University College.

“DU’s partnership with Catalyst represents our commitment to innovative research, cross-disciplinary curriculum and involvement in the community,” Chancellor Rebecca Chopp said. “We’re excited about the unique opportunities this collaborative space will provide, both for our students and faculty, and for our community partners.”

The University plans to use the space for a variety of collaborative activities. Future projects will include engagement with social

Catalyst HTI map

entrepreneurship possibilities in the health and wellbeing sectors; researching ways to increase engagement in mental health services; and cross-disciplinary care coordination, workflow and cybersecurity in population health.

“Each of the participating schools see health care as an area of growth, particularly in Denver,” said Marty Katz, the university’s chief innovation officer. “There’s also a benefit from being a part of this new community with people who are working on some of the most exciting ventures in the health tech space.”

When it opens, Catalyst HTI will be the first facility of its kind in the U.S., designed to bring together stakeholders from across the health care market to foster collaboration and accelerate innovation. The University of Denver is one of three academic institutions that have committed to join the health-tech integrator, along with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado School of Mines. Other tenants include national organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and American Heart Association, global firms Hitachi Consulting and Terumo BCT, and dozens of health-tech startups.

“We are thrilled to have the University of Denver join the Catalyst HTI community,” said Mike Biselli, Catalyst HTI president. “DU’s commitment to advancing research that benefits the public good makes it a natural fit for our collaborative project.”

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