Oklahoma universities team up to commercialize virtual health innovations

Three Oklahoma universities are teaming up to commercialize their virtual health innovations.

Stillwater-based Oklahoma State University, Norman-based University of Oklahoma and University of Tulsa launched Canopy Healthtech on Jan. 18 in partnership with startup accelerator Tulsa Innovation Labs.

The program will provide aspiring virtual health startup founders with educational workshops, seed funding, and access to industry experts.

"Oklahoma innovators have developed technologies with the potential to positively impact human health via emerging virtual and hybrid in-person care models," said Shawna Khouri, director of the virtual health portfolio at Tulsa Innovation Labs and architect of Canopy Healthtech, in a news release. "To reach their potential, these technologies need business, regulatory and marketing expertise. Canopy will surround clinical and technical faculty members with the necessary funding as well as the expertise that's critical to bridging these innovations from bench to business."

Canopy also includes support from OSU's Center for Health Systems Innovation, OU's Tom Love Innovation Hub and Tulsa-based philanthropic organization the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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