Expanding its presence in the health-tech sector and Denver, Mines will join Catalyst HTI, a first-of-its-kind health care innovation hub that will bring together startups, established health care entities, nonprofits and academic organizations to spur collaboration and innovation.
Mines plans to open a 1,700-square-foot office inside Catalyst HTI in early fall. The space will have an open workshop and classroom, be home to Capstone Design projects, career fairs, technology information sessions and a gallery showcasing student and faculty work.
“The biotech and health care industries offer great opportunities for Mines students and faculty who are working on the cutting edge of tissue engineering, computational systems biology, medical device development and more,” said Mines President Paul C. Johnson. “We’re increasing our visibility in this vital, growing field of health technology at a local level and accelerating our progress toward establishing Mines as an innovative partner for the industry.”
Catalyst HTI is 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. Mines is one of three academic institutions that have committed to join the health-tech integrator, along with other national organizations and startups.
“If we want to create a long-term health-tech innovation ecosystem in Denver, we have to have a talent pipeline,” said Catalyst HTI President Mike Biselli. “There’s no better way to make that happen than by bringing entrepreneurs, executives and Colorado’s great educational institutions together under one roof to work collaboratively to ensure college graduates are ready to hit the ground running in the industry today and in the future.”