As leaders from 23 medical device companies anxiously waited to take the stage to present their products at the TMC Expert Forum, Texas Medical Center President and CEO William McKeon and Michael Liang, Ph.D., partner with Baird Capital, announced a new partnership that would help eager startups like those in the wings have more access to venture capital funding.
The partnership, announced Thursday, marries the Texas Medical Center’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with Baird Capital’s financing expertise in health care and technology.
In addition, Baird Capital will establish its Houston office in the Texas Medical Center, providing a front door in the world’s largest medical city for commercialization and investment resources. Together, the two entities will explore and foster investment opportunities and link directly to Baird Capital’s global platform with the ability to tap into capital and expert advisors.
“Texas Medical Center is excited to welcome Baird as a key component to our growing and unprecedented life science hub,” McKeon said. “This is yet another major milestone for establishing the Texas Medical Center as the Third Coast of life sciences.”
The announcement came as the TMC Innovation Institute marked the final week of its TMCx medical device accelerator bootcamp with the Expert Forum, where startups pitch their cutting-edge innovations to an audience of potential advisors, mentors and key opinion leaders.
RELATED NEWS: TMC Expert Forum Digital Health 2018
TMCx provides startup companies with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of more than 200 advisors from the front lines of the industry. Companies have access to the world’s largest medical center without membership fees or equity sharing.
Audience members at the Expert Forum filled out “match cards” to select the startups they were interested in working with over the next three months and to help them navigate the Texas Medical Center’s 61 member institutions.
@bhtrachtenberg Thanks for the shout-out.
@uh_con Thanks for sharing the photo.
@MrJeremyJackson Thanks for the shout-out.
Harris Health System@harrishealth
RT @AlyssaRieber: Everyone needs to learn about @wigoutorg. Nancy is an amazing woman and #survivor who is giving so much to others! We lov…
Our Dr. Christopher Logothetis shares how we’re overcoming challenges of #prostatecancer with our #CancerMoonshot: https://t.co/8FRKKje8m7 @CancerFrontline #endcancer https://t.co/hPlta0yB7o
Join @ppisters, @AlyssaRieber and other experts and patients as they discuss ways to improve the #cancer patient experience at our #BidenCancerSummit event: https://t.co/i648448FQs #CancerMoonshot #endcancer https://t.co/EyAsOQ8GGx
How #cancer treatments can affect your #hearthealth and 4 tips for managing your risk: https://t.co/JFVlWmbYYl #endcancer https://t.co/Mjv6F5LS92
TAMU Health Sciences@TAMHSC
#DYK -- There are MORE than 42,000 women currently enrolled in medical school!At @TAMU, we celebrate the @AmerMedicalAssn’s Women in Medicine Month.#WIMMonth #AggieDocs #TAMHSC #AggieHealth #TAMUHealth #medicine #medicalschool #womendoctors #doctors #HealthCare #YouCanDoIt https://t.co/xltlj6Ef8z
Veterans Canteen Service provides beds for Veterans exiting homelessness https://t.co/56FwIs3Cxm via #VAntagePoint
Mosquitoes are out in full force after last week's rain. Dr. Kristy Murray debunks online mosquito repellant hacks. https://t.co/KlUdez1XQu #mosquitoes
Our diets impact our overall health. How do you know if you are making the best choices for you and your family? Our nutrition experts will have answers TOMORROW at 6:30 p.m. during our #UTHealthHouseCalls web chat with @abc13houston: https://t.co/4Mk9koWkSr #ManyFacesOfUTHealth
How the Pat Tillman Veterans Center aids its students https://t.co/AM5e84IoHl via @statepress
TAMU Health Sciences@TAMHSC
Thank you to those who stopped by the #opioid reflection wall today. The mobile wall will be moved to multiple @TAMU campus locations so that the community can write messages of #experiences & #support. Visit us tomorrow in the breezeway between HPEB and MREB from 11am-1pm. #TAMU https://t.co/hUilMCbUrL
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is @USArmy Veteran Joseph G. Clemons Jr. https://t.co/8IjiVSQqYv
U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsVeteransAffairs
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Joseph G. Clemons Jr. Joseph served in the Army from 1946 to 1977.Joseph graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1951 and in 1952, was sent to Korea. As Platoon Leader in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, he played a critical role in retaking a vital position from the enemy at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in 1953.In 1969, Joseph returned to combat in Vietnam. He was recognized for his use of helicopters to support combat, medical resupply and evacuation. On one occasion, he landed and commanded his personal pilot to evacuate the wounded while he stayed behind to direct fire support.He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal for his leadership at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and the Bronze Star with V for Valor for his actions in Vietnam.Following his retirement from service in 1977, he lived in Hawaii with his family for 20 years before relocating to Hendersonville, North Carolina. He remained active by running a yacht delivery business and flying his classic WWII Navion aircraft. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a parishioner at St. James Episcopal Church of Hendersonville, founded the Intercessory Prayer Team and started the St. James Sunday transportation team.In 1999, he was entered into the Ranger Hall of Fame; in 2000, he became a member of the United States Legion of Valor, and in 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of West Point.He was a devoted husband to Cecil for 65 years and father to Michael, Susannah and Joseph.Joseph passed away on May 15, 2018.We honor your service, Joseph!