Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University have jointly launched the COLLAB, an innovation center in the Cortex Innovation District.
The 7,700-square-foot suite is located in the 4220 Duncan building in the heart of Cortex.
Through the COLLAB, Washington University and SLU will pursue joint and separate programs to educate and train students in cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and other high-demand fields; move research discoveries into the marketplace; and build partnerships with industry in areas of common regional interest, such as tech talent, geospatial research, data science and health informatics.
In the COLLAB’s shared teaching spaces, Washington University’s McKelvey School of Engineering will conduct classes focused on cybersecurity, IT and engineering management. SLU’s Chaifetz School of Business will teach entrepreneurship. SLU’s Research Strategy and Innovation Group, which builds new research initiatives and partnerships with industry, entrepreneurs and investors, also will be located in COLLAB.
The COLLAB also will host collaborative courses as well as events that bring together academic, industry, civic and innovation leaders around topics of shared interest.