Digital health company Acclinate announced it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Huntsville to Birmingham, citing Birmingham’s focus on health care, technology and the success of minority-owned businesses.
Acclinate is a new tenant of The Denham Building, where it occupies 3,000 square feet. The company launched earlier this year at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville and plans to maintain an office there, but its primary operations will be based in Birmingham.
“As we enter the next stage of growth for our company, it is very important we evaluate our long-term future, in terms of location and operations,” said co-founder Del Smith. “It is very clear Birmingham is focused on health care and technology and seeing successful minority-based businesses start here and grow strongly, which made us want to establish a significant footprint in Birmingham.”
Acclinate seeks to diversify genomic research and clinical trials and works to help biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations and academic medical centers increase representation and diversity within these trials. Through Acclinate’s trusted #NOWINCLUDED platform, the company integrates culture and technology to educate and engage minority communities to make more informed decisions about their health, genomic research and clinical trial participation. The company currently employs four full-time and is looking to grow that number in the coming months.
“We are uniquely positioned to help connect Birmingham’s robust healthcare community to the majority minority community that already exists within the city,” said co-founder Tiffany Whitlow. “I am hopeful that Acclinate will have a positive impact on the lives of individuals in Birmingham and build a significant and sustainable network here. To us, it’s all about people.”
After receiving support from the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), BioAlabama, Birmingham Bound, Bronze Valley and others, Acclinate chose Birmingham as the location for its headquarters because of the presence of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the region’s focus on growth in both the health care and information technology sectors.
“The Acclinate team has been well received by the Birmingham community,” said the BBA’s Vice President of Business Development Victor Brown. “From the City of Birmingham to local investors, there is tremendous appetite for the company and the services it offers. The BBA will continue to work with Acclinate and provide the company with our community’s valuable resources to ensure its growth and success.”
In Birmingham, Acclinate will find a community ready to support its work, said Britney Summerville, founder of Birmingham Bound and vice president of community engagement at Shipt.
“We’re thrilled Del and Tiffany chose Birmingham!” Summerville said. “Acclinate is rapidly growing and the Birmingham business community is poised to help them accelerate that growth.”