Pegasus Park’s magnetic pull has attracted one healthcare startup after another to the biotech campus near Dallas’ Medical District. Its latest prize is Health Wildcatters, a top-ranked Dallas healthcare seed accelerator, which will move from its downtown Dallas location to the newly renovated campus this summer.
The news comes just weeks after Pegasus Park landed one of its biggest tenants to date: UT Southwestern Medical Center announced it is leasing 180,000 square feet of space in Pegasus Park’s main 18-story tower. UT Southwestern‘s Office for Technology Development and other UTSW entities will be leasing six floors in the building.
The 23-acre Pegasus Park campus, formerly home to Mobil Oil Corp., also includes surrounding buildings at its location on Stemmons Freeway. Other prominent tenants include Taysha Gene Therapies, Massachusetts-based BioLabs, and The Water Cooler at Pegasus Park—a social impact hub that’s now the largest shared nonprofit space in Texas.
Health Wildcatters brings a network of alumni, mentors, and investors
“We’re excited to start our next chapter at the newest and hottest location for healthcare startups” said Hubert Zajicek, CEO and co-founder of Health Wildcatters, in a statement. “We bring almost a decade of dedicated healthcare acceleration and investment and a network of hundreds of alumni, mentors, and investors with us, who are looking forward to continuing to contribute to the North Texas Health Innovation Ecosystem.”
Zajicek told Dallas Innovates that Health Wildcatters will soon have more news to come leading up to the relocation.
Moving from its downtown Dallas location
The healthcare-focused startup accelerator has been at its current downtown Dallas location for almost six years. Its new Pegasus Park spot will have more than 6,000 square feet of collaborative and flexible office space, 10 individual offices, and 30 co-working stations. The new location will also continue to serve as the headquarters for the Health Investor Alliance and its more than 50 healthcare VC firms associated with Health Wildcatters.
Texas Healthcare Challenge Hackathon winner
In other Health Wildcatters news, the accelerator recently held its fourth Texas Healthcare Challenge Hackathon, repeating the WISH (Women in Science and Health) format. The $1,500 first prize was won by DiabEZ, a team with a health hack concept on diabetes care.
Health Wildcatters has 88 portfolio companies which have collectively raised over $200 million in capital funding.
David Seeley contributed to this report.
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