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President’s Perspective: Championing Innovation

President’s Perspective: Championing Innovation

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At the recent 2016 Greater Houston Partnership Annual Meeting, Chairman Jamey Rootes spoke of the many pieces of Houston’s economy that contribute to this city’s role as a global leader. From health care and manufacturing to energy and infrastructure, Houston is second to none. He encouraged us all to continue to champion the collaboration and economic diversity that have made our city great.

Here in the Texas Medical Center, we heed that call every day, in part through the TMC Innovation Institute. In this issue of Pulse, you will read about our partnership with Johnson & Johnson Innovation to bring JLABS @TMC to Houston. This partnership marks an exciting milestone in our efforts to further Houston as a global hub for life science startups and entrepreneurs, using the passion and expertise within the medical center as catalysts for exciting advances in medicine.

We will continue to champion Houston in the coming years through our plans for TMC3 to help expand this campus and encourage growth and collaboration in health care and life science. These new ventures will not only encourage the development of game-changing research and education programs, but we anticipate they will also generate jobs and provide added stability and diversity to our local economy. We are working to build an ecosystem where our own researchers and students can develop companies, with access to the resources that will help nurture and grow their visions. We believe that this endeavor will not only help realize our campus goal of promoting innovation and improving human health, but will also continue to further Houston’s potential as a global leader in life science and innovation.

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