What if a doctor with a great idea could walk across the street and turn it into a start-up? In Aurora, Colorado, they can.
The 160-acre Fitzsimons Life Sciences District is an incubator just across from medical centers at the University of Colorado. Although it lacks many of the ‘traditional’ qualities of an incubator, many projects are well underway, including an initiative that could put an end to humanity’s struggles with blood transfusion.
Here at RSE, we want to take the good aspects of the incubators and make them radical. Incubator neighborhoods, or even cities could be revolutionary environments for collaboration.
Doctors, just like designers or coders, need custom-tailored incubators to help them evolve our knowledge.
Yosef Refaeli, a scientist working to engineer red-blood cells for universal donation, says the speed and success of the project depends on the regulatory environment. One trouble of large one-size-fits-all legal and regulatory structures is that they may unintentionally stifle innovation. Even worse they can be used intentionally by special interests to smother upstarts.
Imagine a start-up incubator that not only offered a good location, seed funding, and a good physical environment for collaboration, but custom-tailored legal and regulatory procedures to jumpstart the innovation within.
Evolving our social technology matters, especially for medicine. It’s a job for RSEs.
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