This past May, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) ( Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, praised the community partnerships that keep UNMC on the cutting edge of research, education and clinical care at a ground-breaking event for the Innovation Hub at Catalyst, which the university is building near 48th Street and Saddle Creek Road in Omaha.

UNMC held the groundbreaking ceremony off-site at the Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center, 42nd and Emile Streets.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, welcomed Gov. Jim Pillen, U.S. Sen. Pete Ricketts; Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter and Carl Koelbel, chief operating officer of Koelbel and Company, the development team leading the renovation and redevelopment of the former Omaha Steel Works property, to the event.

“This project – and the neighborhood that will surround it – will revolutionize the western edge of our Omaha campus,” Dr. Gold said. “More so, the new products, drugs, treatments and devices that are developed in this facility, through academic innovation, private ingenuity and so much more, will benefit all of humankind for generations to come.”

The Catalyst building will bring UNMC’s UNeMed and UNeTech branches together to facilitate the growth of research and innovation and allow entrepreneurs, investors and innovators to collaborate in the renovated 1906 Omaha Steel Castings industrial tract. Remaining space will be unfinished and leased to a wide spectrum of biotech and technology startups.

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