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Worrell Inc. joins mix at Catalyst HTI

A global healthcare design, strategy and innovation firm is the latest to announce it will open up shop in Catalyst HTI, a new Denver healthcare innovation hub opening in River North in June.

New to Denver, Minneapolis-based Worrell Inc. is taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with other health-tech industry leaders in developing creative solutions that will enable companies to thrive and transform their businesses.

“Worrell is uniquely positioned to engage with the blossoming healthcare community in Colorado,” says Derek Mathers, the company’s director of advanced development. “We are excited to join this growing list of leading health and technology companies and for the potential to share our research, design, engineering and human factors with local startups and collaborate with other experts on the shared goal of improving healthcare.”

Worrell is joining companies like Kaiser Permanente, Medical Group Management Association, Delta Dental, Prime Health and University of Colorado, as well as dozens of health-tech startups.

Catalyst HTI is designed to bring together stakeholders from across the healthcare market to foster collaboration and accelerate innovation.

As one of the fastest-growing technology markets, Denver is becoming a favored location for many digital health and medical device startups from across the country. Worrell’s goal is to tap into the innovation culture and add to the growing tech economy in the Mile High City.

“With the addition of Worrell and its vast experience designing some of the most impactful medical technologies in the world, we are connecting dots that have previously been disconnected,” says Mike Biselli, president of Catalyst HTI.

Prime Health challenges entrepreneurs to innovate patient care, offers $150k in awards

The Prime Health Challenge is on for 2017. This year the Colorado Health Foundation is offering a total of $150,000 to early growth stage digital health and health tech entrepreneurs whose aim is to improving healthcare outcomes while reducing patient costs. The awards will help fund a pilot study with a Colorado healthcare company. It’s the fourth annual Prime Health Challenge. 

The Prime Health Challenge, which is open to companies nationwide, will help winners pilot their products or solutions with Colorado-based health care providers, payers or safety net institutions. After submitting their idea through the Valid Eval platform, subject matter experts will evaluate each proposal on its merits. The experts will provide feedback and will select a group of applicants to move forward in the challenge. 

The selected group will pitch their products at a Shark Tank-style event on Oct. 19. The winners chosen at the event will each receive a portion of the $150,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation to help launch their pilots.

The challenge explains that interested companies must be launch-ready for a pilot. Companies can apply to the challenge through July 7 by clicking here: http://bit.ly/2017PHChallengeApps and paying a $99 application fee. 

Third annual Shed Summit to focus on “Water Is Your Business” takes place on June 29

As one of the nation’s major suppliers of water, Colorado’s watershed is critical to the country's infrastructure, and many are working to balance the needs of the state's residents. That’s where the third annual Shed Summit comes in.

The one day event, taking place at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location on June 29, will focus on the theme of “Water Is Your Business” and will cover a range of issues regarding the management of Colorado’s water, including the evolution of conservation and climate change under the Trump Administration, the importance of watershed health to recreation, and the role of agriculture in Colorado’s future.

This year the event is expected to bring more than 250 water utility executives, business leaders, conservation experts and others. With the 2017 theme, organizers, which include Denver Water, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Center for ReSource Conservation and more, are seeking to broaden the conversation about watershed management. “The goal is to bring local influence to global issues,” organizers say. They hope to introduce innovative ideas, and break down silos around water management.

The $50 event begins at 9 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m., followed by a happy hour at 6 p.m. Tivoli Brewery will provide beer.

Colorado Harvest Company introduces Operation TransparenC

Colorado Harvest Company is introducing Operation TransparenC, an effort to show its growing processes in great detail to consumers and other industry members. In doing so, the company is aiming to show consumers how legal cannabis growers are distinguishing themselves from black market growers. The company is posting information about the purity and potency cannabis available from its three Colorado Harvest centers.

"Colorado Harvest Company is leading the way on  TransparenC, but our hope is that other companies follow suit," says CEO Tim Cullen. "I would welcome any partnership that has the same goals in mind." 

The company announced the new program last week after the the Colorado Department of Agriculture showed the purity of Colorado Harvest’s cannabis for the second consecutive year. The department tested hundreds of the company’s samples between November 2016 and January 2017. 

"We are constantly working toward ways to be different while providing a high quality experience for our customers," Cullen says. "There are two ways to look at regulation. One, it's a great opportunity for us to differentiate ourselves from the black market and shine for our customers; or two, the regulation becomes the focus and not the customer. We have to keep our eye on the ball while we comply with ever increasing demands from regulatory bodies." 

Cullen has begun speaking with 22 officials from state agriculture departments as far away as Florida and Guam. He also is presenting information about profitable and compliant production methods at two upcoming cannabis conferences.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Colorado Technology Association wins Microsoft STEM grant for Denver students

More than 800 Denver students interested in STEM-based careers will get additional opportunities to learn through Denver Public Schools' CareerConnect program. That's thanks to a new grant awarded to the Colorado Technology Foundation, a nonprofit created by the Colorado Technology Association (CTA).

"The grant will specifically support outreach and engagement throughout the tech community, benefitting students who have opted into the TechConnect pathway of study within Denver Public Schools," explains CTA spokesperson Fred Bauters. "TechConnect courses include web design, UX/UI, coding, computer science, robotics, intro to computer design, 3D animation and video game programming." 

The amount of the annual, multi-year grant was not immediately disclosed but it is part of Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative and will help CTA continue to grow the program. The organization said that it has helped nearly 500 high school students through the program placing them with more than 60 Colorado tech. The grant from Microsoft will allow it to continue serving students prepare for the future in 2017 and beyond.

"This grant to the Colorado Technology Foundation . . . is one of the many ways we're working to create opportunities for students to connect to and pursue STEM careers," says Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president of enterprise sales.

"The work-based learning opportunities available to students through DPS CareerConnect prepare and equip students to pursue training programs and university degrees beyond high school," Bauters says. "DPS educators and industry mentors assist students with exploring post-secondary options and considering various career opportunities."

 While the program does not directly place students into jobs, Bauters observes that "[s]tudents are occasionally hired by host companies directly out of high school -- circumventing the need (and additional expense) for additional training and/or higher education." 

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver Startup Week Challenge will offer awards to most innovative startups

It's almost time for Denver Startup Week, and already things are heating up. Event organizers and the University of Denver's Project X-ite recently announced the Denver Startup Week Challenge, asking the most innovative companies in Denver to give their best pitched to a panel of judges. The best pitch will win awards, which have not yet been named.

Like Denver Startup Week, the challenge will be divided into four tracks, which will be determined based on the submissions received. Up to eight semifinalists will be chosen by entrepreneurs and industry professionals who will judge submissions related to their field.

Interested companies can submit their proposals through Aug. 29. Semifinalists will be notified of the their status around Sept. 1. On Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, the entrants will compete. The top two finalists from each track will present their pitch in front of the startup community on Sept. 15 at Galvanize on Platte.

The organizers said that all Denver-area based startup with less than $5 million in outside investment are eligible to participate. They must also be less than three years old.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

"The Marijuana Show" returns to Denver, $20M in startup investments at stake

The Marijuana Show is readying for its third season, holding Denver auditions between May 23 and May 25 to help the next great "Ganjapreneurs" bring their ideas into reality. This year up to $20 million in investment capital is at stake, and Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Recordings, will serve as a guest mentor on the show. 

"After the unparalleled success of The Marijuana Show during seasons one and two, we are scouring the country to find ground-breaking and original business ideas to introduce to the cannabis industry," explains producer Wendy Robbins. "With this season capping out at $20 million in investment capital, the level of competition this time will far surpass previous seasons and set a new bar for our contestants."

The show is the first to serve as a "Shark Tank for Ganjaprenuers," creators say. In the first two seasons, it’s already helped raise $18 million in investments for innovators in the cannabis industry. The series is holding auditions in 50 markets in the U.S. Judges will choose up to 15 entrepreneurs and four accredited inventors and mentors to participate in a three-day Bud Camp that will culminate in pitches to a panel of accredited investors. 

Previously the show has resulted in creating the first cannabis-powered car, a major Hollywood "stoner comedy," a cannabis advertising agency and a line of CBD-infused dog bones to the market.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

PlainSmart offers DNA testing to aid in weight loss

In the never-ending quest to help people manage and lose weight, there is a slew of options. Now Denver's PlainSmart is offering a new tool, DNA testing.

The company is using DNA testing to help understand how genetic markers can impact metabolisms. "DNA testing identifies a body's strengths and weaknesses in processing nutrients, as well as personal requirements for physical activity. When we look at a client's genetic profile, we can interpret the markers and understand how their body is able (or not able) to metabolize foods," said Kassandra Gyimesi, RDN, PlainSmart's clinic director. "The report guides a lifetime nutrition plan that is medically sound, realistic and created solely for each individual's needs and lifestyle. With these diagnostic tools, we can pinpoint a client's metabolic rate, body composition and how his or her body responds to macronutrients -- focusing on unique needs for optimal weight-loss success."

The company claims that genetic testing, accomplished through a cheek swab, can show a genetic profile that reveals how a person processes proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and how to properly proportion them within a nutrition plan; ideal intensity and duration of physical activity for weight, energy and overall health; and a person's tendency to develop and maintain healthy eating habits.

The testing can help develop a nutritional and exercise program for PlainSmart's clients and is just one of its tools. It also uses a body composition analysis (BCA), meetings with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and provides a customized plan for its customers that starts at $295.

"Weight loss is a personal journey.  And, nothing is as personal as DNA, so we recognized it was time to bring them together for the best possible weight-management outcome," said Jonathan Harding, president of PlainSmart.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Prime Health Innovation Summit returns to Denver

The Prime Health Innovation Summit brings together thought leaders from around the country to address innovations in health and healthcare from apps to new digital technologies. To be held at the Colorado Convention Center May 16-17, the 2016 summit will feature more than 40 national leaders in healthcare innovation. Organizers anticipate that more than 1,000 will attend the conference; the 2014 event drew roughly 200 attendees. 

"Achieving interoperability, providing quality care with good outcomes, ensuring patient and provider satisfaction, and managing chronic diseases are all top concerns for the healthcare system, which is why we've created a series of collaborative discussions that will address each of these concerns at the summit," according to a statement from the Prime Health Collaborative. The event will provide a forum for participants from digital health ecosystems across the country to share ideas and discuss best practices.

Healthcare leaders like Joe Sowell, the vice president of corporate development and innovation strategy at HCA, and Gary Loveman, the executive vice president at Anthem and the president of Healthagen, will be in attendance. One session will feature a discussion on the innovations that the healthcare system needs with Ashley Simmons, director of innovation at the Florida Hospital System and Joe Sammen of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, and others. Another on building digital healthcare models includes Adam Brickman of Omada Health and Matt Sopich of myStrength.

The collaborative also will showcase the results of its efforts. "We'll be offering a public demonstration of Prime Health Qualify, a first-of-its-kind tool that will allow digital health companies to gain traction in the healthcare system by helping them demonstrate clinical efficacy. Prime Health Collaborate, an online collaborative platform built in partnership with Salesforce, will also be demoed at the summit to encourage members of other regional ecosystems to join our community of digital health innovators," the organization's statement explains.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Denver's 3D Printing Store partners with TurboRoo to print Pawsthetics for animals

The use of 3D printing is revolutionizing prosthetics. The variety of solutions that 3D printing can create is almost as endless as the variety of injuries or deformities that exist.

So why not take that technology and offer the same to animals that are disabled or at risk? That's what The 3D Printing Store is doing through a partnership with TurboRoo. They have launched a Pawsthetics Indiegogo campaign to support more work in creating prosthetics for animals.

It began with TurboRoo last year when The 3D Printing Store designed and printed a new cart for Turbo, a chihuahua born without front legs. Since then, the company and organization have designed and printed prosthetics for other animals in need like Cleopatra, a tortoise whose shell was damaged. "The cover enables Cleopatra to socialize with her tortoise friends again, as well as prevent bacteria from getting inside her shell," The 3D Printing Store explains in a release.

Boris, another tortoise, lost an eye and half of his face in a battle with a larger tortoise. A team of volunteers, including Dr. Bill Guerrerato of Broomfield Veterinary Clinic and Can Van Le at Art of Gold Jewelry, created a working silver jaw that enabled Boris, to eat again on his own. Silver has antibacterial properties that make it an ideal long-term replacement for the tortoise's beak.

"We continue to receive requests to help other animals living in discomfort due to mobility issues," says The 3D Printing Store. "It is heartbreaking to turn down these requests due to funding issues. Our dream is to create the Pawsthetics charity to enable many more amazing animals lead happier, more independent lives through 3D Printed prosthetics."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Colorado Aquaponics offering farming/fishery classes

For those looking to take their gardening skills to a whole new level there's aquaponics, a method of farming using aquaculture and hydroponics to grow both fish and food.

Sound confusing? It's a little more complicated than throwing seeds in the ground and watering them, but the mixed farming method significantly reduces water use and produces much more food in a small space. That's why Colorado Aquaponics is offering classes this spring to help people understand the benefits and opportunities such systems offer.

Basically, the fish waste in the system provide nutrients for the plants in the system., and the plants absorb the nutrients in the water and filter it for the fish.

The company is offering classes to help people understand and learn how to launch their own system in Denver from April 23-26 and again this fall from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. The Denver-based company, which operates Flourish Farms at The GrowHaus, will also offer classes in California and Florida this year though partner Green Acre Aquaponics, says Flourish Farm Manager, Aquaponics Guru and Training Master Tawnya Sawyer.

"Colorado Aquaponics has offered workshops for home and hobby aquaponic enthusiasts since 2010," Sawyer says. "We have taught the Aquaponic Farming Course in Denver, Florida and California with our business partner, Green Acre Aquaponics, since 2012."

The four-day course costs $1,295, however it falls to $1,195 per person if multiple people from the same group join. In addition to the classes, students receive a detailed course workbook, design plans, and variety of online spreadsheets, log files and related resources, Sawyer adds. "Colorado Aquaponics offers support through consulting services, feasibility studies, site planning, business planning, crop rotations, vendor relationships and the like to help future farmers get up and running successfully," she says. 

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

DPL celebrates launch of Denver patent office with Steve Jobs exhibit

The Denver branch of the U.S. Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officially opened June 30. To commemorate its opening, the Denver Public Library (DPL) is hosting an exhibit covering prolific inventor Steve Jobs. The exhibit, The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World, shows off 300 of the 317 patents issued to the late CEO of Apple.

It looks like a collection of iPhones fit for a blue whale with a yen for technology. "It's pretty big," explains Frank Wilmot, a senior librarian with DPL's Reference Services. "It's about eight feet tall and 20 yards long," he says. The display is housed in the DPL's Central Library's Schlessman Hall through Sept. 22.

Don't expect to make any jumbo-sized calls on them, all but one are static displays, Wilmot says. "The only thing that changes is the slideshow at one end of it." The slide show displays some of the trademarks Jobs patented.

The new patent office, housed in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building, is the first federal patent office west of the Mississippi. It's anticipated to create 120 direct positions, generate $440 million in Colorado during its first five years in operation.

The Denver Public library is a designated Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), which provides inventors and patent lawyers, among others, a valuable resource for investigating patents including access to USPTO Web-based Search Systems and PubWEST database.

Wilmot says John Posthumus, a Denver-based patent attorney, worked with Rocky Mountain IP Collective, Invent Now, Inc. and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to bring the exhibit to Denver.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Potreprenuers pause for thought at Colorado Cannabis Summit

Colorado's cannabis industry could bring in $2.3 billion in 2014 revenues now that recreational marijuana is legal. While the rollout of the state's marijuana rules and stores has arguably been better received than the rollout of national healthcare, the industries that are working to support it -- from lighting and cooling to warehousing and banking -- are struggling to keep up with the fast-paced growth. Those issues are at the center of the Colorado Cannabis Summit at Denver's Exdo Event Center on May 22.

The summit is being billed as the first business-to-business summit to support the budding marijuana industry. As such it's bringing innovation from around the country to Colorado, including companies like Surna, which is helmed by Zynga Co-Founder Tom Bollich. Surna, the key sponsor of the event, says its technology could increase climate control efficiency between 30 percent and 50 percent. "We have redeveloped how water chilling works, but the technology field is pretty wide open on what's going to come next," he says.

Meanwhile, warehouse lease rates have skyrocketed in Colorado. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, summit organizers observe that rates have gone from about $4.50 per square foot to $20 per square foot.

"That increase has brought a lot of in-state investors into the marketplace," says Phillip Walker, Director of Business Development of Foothills Commercial Builders. Those investors are individuals since banks are still not lending to most marijuana growers -- despite legislation this year that should enable banks to make such loans.

Organizers also created an app for the Colorado Cannabis Summit, which is available at the website.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

2014 Denver Digital Health Summit offers innovation opportunities

On Tues. April 8, the PrIME Health Collaborative will host the 2014 Denver Digital Health Summit in South Denver at the Lone Tree Arts Center where companies and innovators from Denver and Colorado will converge to address how the digital world can help the healthcare industry. The keynotes at the event include presentations from Denver-based iTriage as well as from WellTok and IBM Watson.

Overall the event will have more than 200attendees and feature 30 panelists addressing issues facing the healthcare industry today and how the digital world can address those issues with innovations including telehealth, applications and other digital health products.

The event is sponsored by Aetna, featuring a keynote titled "Innovation in Action" from Michael Palmer, Aetna Innovation Labs’ chief innovation and digital officer. Overall, the summit will have a heavy focus on innovation with roughly 25 exhibitor booths. Companies exhibiting at the event will showcase emerging technologies focussed on the field of digital health from throughout, including mobile apps, big data and analytics, enterprise health IT systems, telehealth and telemedicine.

Denver-based iTriage CEO and Co-Founder Peter Hudson, M.D. will present a keynote speech: “Building A Consumer Healthcare Company." iTriage is a mobile device app that helps people make more informed decisions about their healthcare and what actions to take when faced with a medical issue. The company’s site boasts that it’s been downloaded more than 10 million times by consumers.

WellTok COO Jason Kellor will be joined by IBM Watson Group’s Dhruv Jaggia to co-present a keynote called "CaféWell Concierge: IBM Watson + WellTok." WellTok, which bills itself as a social health management company, offers CaféWell, a wellness awards program that rewards participants for engaging in healthy behavior.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

Andrew Hudson's Career Bootcamps help job seekers and career changers

Looking for a job in Denver? Looking to change careers or returning to the workforce after a hiatus? Check out one of Andrew Hudson’s upcoming Career Bootcamps. Hudson, who runs the eponymous site, Andrew Hudson's Jobs List, and the career bootcamps, is holding four three-hour sessions throughout March, starting on March 18. Hudson is no stranger to the bootcamps or the career list. He's been running a jobs website in Denver (originally www.prjobslist.com) since 2005. Today the jobs list sends a newsletter and updated list of positions -- over 1,000 professional positions in Colorado a month -- to subscribers every Monday.

While Hudson isn’t a corporate headhunter or jobs placement agent, he's dedicated a lot of time to helping others find jobs, including holding between 40 and 50 career bootcamps annually. "I've done this for a seven years. I've had about 600 or 700 go through the bootcamps," he says.

The career bootcamps, which cost $175, are often attended by mid-or senior level professionals, according to Hudson. "They come for a variety of reasons, they may hate their boss, or are looking to reinvent themselves." He adds that some may be returning to the workforce after an absence as a stay-at-home parent or because of the recession.

"The common thread, no matter why people are looking for a job…is they haven’t had to do it for a while and the rules have changed dramatically," he contends. He attributes at least part of that the uprise of online job search giants like Monster.com.

Hudson limits the bootcamps to 10 people. "The reason I do it the small-group dynamic is easier to manage and more people are willing to engage more," he explains.

Attendees might be surprised to find that the sessions aren’t just resume building sessions. "To me it’s more about having a really good conversation with yourself about what you value in a job," Hudson says. "The strategy of successful job seekers is…they research what it is they want to do and know how their backgrounds talents and skills are aligned with what they want to do." As such the resume building part of the sessions are last.

Hudson is holding the bootcamps at Fluid Coffee Bar's Fluid Meeting Spaces March 18, 20, 22 and 26. He plans on hosting additional bootcamps in the summer.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com. 
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