The Computational Health Stream at CDL-Seattle is a nine-month mentoring program tailored towards early-stage companies (early venture or growth) or even projects (pre-incorporation) that use artificial intelligence & machine learning, computing platforms, connectivity, software, and sensors to improve health care.

Participating startups work with CDL Mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize key milestones, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research in related fields. The program consists of four in-person objective-setting sessions at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle between November 2021 and June 2022. CDL is a non-profit organization. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity or affect ownership of intellectual property.

Applications for CDL-Seattle Computational Health will be accepted in two waves:

Wave One Deadline: July 30, 2021 (recommended to increase probability of admission)

Wave Two Deadline: August 23, 2021

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The Computational Health Stream helps founders to prioritize critical path company-building objectives through a unique methodology that connects founders with successful serial entrepreneurs, respected senior executives, and investors who have founded, scaled, and/or sold companies in the healthcare industry. Learn more about the CDL program.

The program is suited to startups from a variety of fields in the area of digital and computational health including:

  • Administrative automation & digitization
  • Augmented reality for diagnostics/surgery
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Computational biology
  • Clinical intelligence & enablement
  • Clinical trials management
  • Data science in health
  • Disease management & therapeutics
  • Drug discovery
  • Health plans & benefits management
  • Imaging analysis
  • Virtual and offline care delivery
  • Personalized medicine
  • Protein design
  • Pharma supply chain
  • Screening & diagnostics
  • Synthetic biology

More About CDL-Seattle

CDL-Seattle is located in Seattle (USA) at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. For more than 100 years, Foster has fueled Seattle’s renowned innovation, imagination, and ingenuity. Foster faculty and students nurture rich partnerships with Seattle’s many iconic companies, driving our pioneering community forward.

A focus on Computational Health merges local strengths in software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning with biological, medical, and healthcare systems expertise to launch companies that revolutionize healthcare outcomes. In turn, this builds on our aim of bettering humanity through business. We foster leaders who have the courage and conviction to better humanity through action.

Strong partnerships across the UW campus–College of Engineering, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, and CoMotion–as well as support from private industry, notably Microsoft Corporation, provides a strong foundation.

We are excited to invite mentors and companies into CDL-Seattle. We find strength in diversity and originality. We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment that inspires everyone to be better together.

“I view CDL as an engine for scaling and funding deep-tech companies, which supports our brand of having an ‘innovation mindset. It will also offer students a highly experiential, hands-on entrepreneurial education and opportunities to work with startups in an objectives-based accelerator.”

Frank Hodge, Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the UW Foster School of Business

“CDL-Seattle is the missing link in the UW innovation ecosystem and our region. It has the potential to transform and unify research and commercialization activities in the computational health space and will help establish Seattle as a center of gravity for these sectors, while growing the strengths we already have here.”

François Baneyx, Director of CoMotion, UW Vice Provost for Innovation, and the Charles W.H. Matthaei Professor of Chemical Engineering

“Think of computational health as a powerful tool in unraveling a complex, big data puzzle. Whether it’s mapping the immune system, mining population health data to address inequity, or helping optimize individuals’ health care, AI and ML are essential tools. Washington state has incredible cloud computing, AI and ML expertise and a vibrant biotech sector. We need to bring the two closer together.”

Emer Dooley, Pat Hughes Faculty Fellow at Foster, and Site Lead of CDL-Seattle

CDL-Seattle Mentors have backgrounds as operators, investors or scientists in a variety of different industries.

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Foster School of Business, University of Washington