Regis University latest organization to join Catalyst campus under construction

Regis University hopes to be a part of the first phase of the Catalyst campus that’s scheduled to open in early 2018.

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An artist's rendering of Catalyst HTI. (Courtesy Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation)

An artist's rendering of Catalyst HTI. (Courtesy Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation)

Regis University will join Kaiser Permanente, the Medical Group Management Association and other health-focused organizations in the upcoming Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation campus in RiNo.

Catalyst HTI and Regis announced the partnership this week. The university hopes to be a part of the first phase of the campus that’s scheduled to open in early 2018, said Damien Williams, assistant vice president for advancement.

In an interview with Denverite, Williams said Regis University will lease 1,500 square feet in the seven-story Catalyst building for the school’s College of Computer & Information Science to have a presence in the space.

The goal is for a variety of digital health companies to be housed within the Catalyst campus. Working in the same space is intended to cause “serendipitous collisions” that spark innovation across the healthcare industry.

“It’s important for our students and faculty to be exposed to a concept like this,” Williams said. The school plans to set up supercomputers in the space that could analyze big data from healthcare companies or organizations on the campus.

The announcement signals Regis is involved in helping solve problems within our society, said the dean of the computer and information science program Shari Plantz-Masters in a statement.

“Denver is the epicenter for health care and health-tech innovation in the United States, and thanks to Catalyst HTI, Regis University will be able to recruit and retain some of the best academic minds in the country,” said Plantz-Masters said. “Regis is excited to be on the cutting edge of what we know will be a larger movement — of large corporations, nonprofits, tech startups and academic partners working with other medical professionals with a shared vision: improving life for everyone.”

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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