The Center for Innovation

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we believe innovation can change lives. So, if there’s an idea that can improve pediatric medicine as we know it, we’ll do everything we can to make it a reality today. That’s the spirit behind the Center for Innovation, where we’re bringing bold ideas to life to benefit kids in our care and those around the world.

Turn more ideas into reality.

What is the Center for Innovation?

The Center for Innovation is a leading health innovation hub at Children’s Hospital Colorado that is transforming pediatric medicine. Here, creative caregivers and companies can turn their ideas into life-changing health care innovations and bring them to market — all with comprehensive support from campus collaborators, startup experts and venture specialists.

Not only does the Center for Innovation help to foster homegrown ideas from our 10,000+ expert team members, it also supports the co-development of pediatric innovations with external companies and startups. With our experienced team of innovation partners on the Anschutz Medical Campus, including CU Innovations, we are paving the way for groundbreaking new therapies, products and technologies that benefit kids here and around the world.

By harnessing promising ideas and accelerating their path to market launch, we give in-house innovators and external entrepreneurs the resources and support to significantly improve pediatric care. With your support, we can continue to develop innovations that push boundaries, shift paradigms, improve lives and bring about transformative changes for children’s health.

When it comes to pediatric health care innovations, the potential return on investment is exponential. The innovations we develop today have an immediate impact on care, and many will have a long-term effect over a patient’s lifespan. Here are the top ways that your donation makes a difference at the Center for Innovation.

Fostering Ideas from Our Expert Team

Children’s Colorado is home to a renowned team of doctors, caregivers and researchers who know their pediatric specialty areas better than anyone else. Not only does the Center for Innovation help Children’s Colorado to recruit and retain its world-class team, it also gives our pediatric experts a systematic path to bring their brilliant ideas to the front lines of clinical care.

After an idea is evaluated for viability and strategic fit, our in-house innovators receive comprehensive support from the Center of Innovation to bring their concept forward, including mentorship, legal expertise and connections to industry partners. Whether the idea is a medical device, diagnostic tool or digital health technology, we support our team members in launching their ideas every step of the way.

Read how two of our doctors are transforming pediatric medicine through innovation.

With support from the Center for Innovation, Dr. Joel Friedlander pioneered a new way to do nasal endoscopy tests on kids that eliminates the need for sedation. Now he's sharing his invention with pediatric providers across the country to help thousands of children avoid anesthesia.
When Dr. Steve Moulton frequently overheard nurses and parents complaining about issues related to securing and maintaining transabdominal feeding tubes, he realized there must be a better way. So he developed the Button Huggie, a first-of-its-kind gastrostomy button securement solution that prevents common complications like dislodgement.

Co-Developing Products with External Companies

Children’s Colorado treats more children than any other hospital in the region, and we have a robust data infrastructure and research program in place. This allows for effective development and clinical validation of pediatric health care concepts, so we can more quickly bring new innovations into practice.

With our infrastructure and expertise, Children’s Hospital Colorado is optimally positioned to partner with like-minded innovators, helping them to build and validate new health care concepts that can make a difference in kids’ lives.

“Co-developing innovations with other companies is a new way to think about investing in kids and our mission,” says Dr. Robin Deterding, the Center for Innovation’s Medical Director.

By the Numbers

start-ups launched with Center for Innovation support

external company idea submissions

in venture capital funding raised by Children’s Colorado startups

Support the Next Big Idea

It takes significant resources and infrastructure to turn an idea into a tangible product that benefits patients. That’s why philanthropy is absolutely critical to our success.

Since Children’s Colorado is a nonprofit, giving to the Innovation Fund provides for the supporting infrastructure and team members who make the Center for Innovation’s work possible. Donors fuel the critical resources and business, legal and medical experts we need to scale novel ideas into successful products, therapies and technologies that will benefit young patients worldwide.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Children’s Colorado Innovation Fund supports:

  • Seed funding to pilot and scale new ideas
  • Legal expertise for patents and intellectual property protection
  • An Entrepreneur-In-Residence and other business experts to provide valuable guidance and mentorship
  • Data Analytics to evaluate clinical viability of concepts
  • Partnerships with campus-wide collaborators and external companies

Donate today and help innovation to thrive.

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