Health Hub Launches in Collaboration with UCSF

By Laura Kurtzman

UC San Francisco and a newly formed, next-generation nonprofit organization, Health Hub, are announcing their plans to affiliate. Health Hub is designed to help UCSF inventors and qualified entrepreneurs from the local community access the support and professional development they need to grow and build successful companies.

Through this affiliation, UCSF aims to translate its scientific ideas and advances in healthcare into deliverable breakthroughs that will promote the health of the community and the advancement of science generally.  

Headshot of Barry Selick, PhD, vice chancellor for business development, innovation and partnerships at UCSF. 
Barry Selick, PhD, vice chancellor for business development, innovation and partnerships.

“Health Hub includes a mechanism, called Health Hub Connect, through which UCSF faculty and students can connect with business resources and expertise, while also linking mentors, advisors, and potential partners and investors in all forms of digital health with our faculty and students,” said Harold E. “Barry” Selick, PhD, vice chancellor for business development, innovation and partnerships at UCSF. 

Health Hub will have a roster of experienced tech entrepreneurs, investors and advisors that UCSF faculty, researchers and students can access directly. Although Health Hub will prioritize UCSF-affiliated teams for admittance and participation in its programs, it will also accommodate outside teams, based upon a rigorous selection process. 

Working together, and in close proximity to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Health Hub and UCSF will also provide a regular schedule of educational activities, including seminars, presentations, workshops, and gatherings to support education and scientific research in connection with digital health innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Health Hub will support the brightest founding teams who adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and whose integrity will complement the work of UCSF faculty and students,” said Mark H. Goldstein, an entrepreneur and healthcare investor who is the founding chairman of the new effort. “Companies, mentors, investors, and qualified healthcare practitioners are welcome to sign up with Health Hub now, so they can partake of a full agenda of activities coming this September.”

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area.