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Capital City Innovation hires inaugural executive director

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

On Wednesday, the health care nonprofit Capital City Innovation welcomed its first-ever executive director. Chris Laing, previously vice president of science and technology at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, will take up the post on Sept. 1. His job will be to set in motion the program, which was founded by the University of Texas, Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family in March 2016 to oversee the growth of the Innovation Zone surrounding the Dell Medical School. “Austin is blessed with many assets that will support and leverage an innovation district,” said state Sen. Kirk Watson in a press release. “What we need is someone working to bring them all together in a meaningful way. We’re excited Chris will be heading up Capital City Innovation to do just that.”

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