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President’s Perspective: Unleashing New Technologies

President’s Perspective: Unleashing New Technologies

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Here in the Texas Medical Center we have a rich history of firsts, ranging from cardiovascular operations to pediatric therapies to cancer treatments, and every day I speak with colleagues who are excited about new ideas and potential breakthroughs. We hope to highlight many of these within the pages of TMC Pulse each month, and our June issue is no exception. From futuristic exoskeletons that are helping patients recover mobility, to revolutionary neurosurgical techniques, to tailoring care for adults with special needs, our member institutions are continually striving to improve the medical care we provide our patients.

The Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute works to support these advances through startup initiatives and strategic partnerships. Just this past March, our collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, JLABS @ TMC, opened its doors, providing emerging companies a haven for biotechnology innovation. Now, just three months later, we’re unveiling our latest incubator with the grand opening of the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health.

The AT&T Foundry innovation centers, of which there are six centers worldwide, work collaboratively with local entrepreneurs, clinicians, academics and other visionaries to create original technologies to benefit life, business and health. The AT&T Foundry for Connected Health here in the TMC will be the first to be totally focused on digital solutions to improve human health. We are excited about the much-anticipated inaugural projects and look forward to bringing our readers in-depth coverage next month about how this collaboration will foster technology solutions for health care issues worldwide.

It’s an exciting time in health care, with potential solutions to some of our patients’ greatest needs brimming in labs and clinics throughout Houston. I say it often but I’ll say it again: collaboration, be it with AT&T, Johnson & Johnson or among member institutions, will be the key to unleashing these life-changing technologies.

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