Oklahoma universities, Tulsa Innovation Labs partner to launch Canopy HealthTech

Oklahoma universities, Tulsa Innovation Labs partner to launch Canopy HealthTech

Published: 24-01-2023 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 90 | Tags:

The University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and Tulsa Innovation Labs, announced the launch of Canopy HealthTech, a new multi-year initiative to accelerate the commercialization of virtual health innovations from Oklahoma universities. The program will catalyze startup growth and improve healthcare outcomes by supporting the development of critical virtual health technologies that address regional healthcare delivery gaps.

Shawna Khouri, Director, Virtual Health Portfolio, Tulsa Innovation Lab: "Oklahoma innovators have developed technologies with the potential to positively impact human health via emerging virtual and hybrid in-person care models, but to reach their potential, these technologies need business, regulatory and marketing expertise. Canopy will surround clinical and technical faculty members with the necessary funding and business, regulatory and quality systems expertise critical to bridging these innovations from bench to business."

A key feature of the program is the unique multi-university partnership, leveraging the strength of each institution to develop technologies that will expand healthcare access to traditionally underserved patient populations.

"Through the vision and leadership of OU's Tom Love Innovation Hub, OSU's Center for Health System Innovation, and the University of Tulsa, as well as the support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, we will catalyze startup formation across the state that will address gaps in health care delivery, particularly in rural, indigenous and inner-city communities," Khouri said. "Canopy will connect Oklahoma researchers to industry experts to support the development of virtual health technologies that address these pressing regional health-delivery needs."

Rachel Lane, Executive Director, Canopy HealthTech: "Canopy will meaningfully impact health and economic outcomes in Oklahoma and beyond with funds and mentoring that support startup formation from Oklahoma ideas," Lane said. "As these companies choose to stay and grow in Oklahoma – fortified by the supportive environment Tulsa Innovation Labs and the George Kaiser Family Foundation have built – the state will gain a critical mass of business and workforce that differentiates and distinguishes our industry with a competitive economic edge."