In 2016, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus came together (UC Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the University of Colorado Anschutz) to architect and build a premier nationally-recognized healthcare innovation ecosystem. This ecosystem actively collaborates with leading startups as well as other large stakeholders including payers, pharma, and technology companies to push the boundaries in healthcare. A key component of this ecosystem is the CU Healthcare Innovation Fund, a strategic healthcare fund affiliated with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that fuels these impactful collaborations and makes strategic investments in ventures across the healthcare spectrum (healthcare IT, tech enabled services, and selectively in high-potential medical device and pharmaceutical technologies).
The close affiliation with the campus provides bi-directional access to a unique pipeline of opportunities that can both, address clinical and operational challenges faced by our health system partners while also creating value and for the startups that we partner with. This provides an advantage over traditional healthcare funds, allowing the fund to capture the upside with less risk, and provides investors with the opportunity to earn market leading returns while having a positive impact on healthcare. As a strategic health system investor, the Fund has been co-investing with other strategic investors who create additional momentum for our companies such as payers, other health systems, pharma, tech and traditional healthcare-focused venture capital investors.
The Fund management and investment advisory board is comprised of a nationally recognized team of healthcare entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation thought leaders with 200+ years of experience in biotechnology and digital health representing over $30B+ in value creation.