Five years ago, the leadership of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and our major institutions set forth to pursue a bold vision: the creation of an innovation institute unlike any other in the world.
Our goal was to develop an environment that would serve as the nerve center for the next generation of therapies, medical devices and digital health applications. Since that, we’ve come a long way: more than 175 companies have called the TMC Innovation Institute home, including 46 pharmaceutical firms, 42 medical device companies and 82 health technology businesses. We’re proud that today, the TMC Innovation Institute is the largest business accelerator of its type in the U.S.
Getting to this point required the leadership of the TMC and its members, who came together for the first time in our more than 70-year history to share perspectives and define a strategic plan that would set our course for decades to come.
We looked at “innovation clusters” in the leading cities across the nation and world. In doing so, we recognized that while we had many of the attributes of these places, some of our own innovation efforts were fragmented, isolated and lacking the resources required to turn brilliant ideas into viable solutions. We knew that by aligning our efforts and resources centrally, we would have the most prolific life sciences ecosystem in the world.
So what have we done to get there?
First, we needed a site to house such an undertaking that had the size to scale for future growth and the aesthetics to support an innovation community. We selected the iconic former Nabisco cookie factory, which fit both those criteria.
Second, we built the TMCx accelerator and recruited a talented team of individuals dedicated to providing the support our start-up companies need, including business plan refinement; free legal advice to establish or protect intellectual property; prototype design and development; regulatory guidance; and introductions to both medical center partnerships and venture capital.
Third, we set out to attract industry to Houston. We convinced Johnson & Johnson to establish its JLABS @ TMC incubator for life sciences at the Texas Medical Center. When J&J leadership started visiting the TMC, they were so intrigued with the opportunity that they decided to build the J&J Center for Device Innovation at the TMC (CDI @ TMC), the company’s only facility of this type in the world. This center is headed by renowned cardiac surgeon and entrepreneur Billy Cohn, M.D.
Just the beginning
Finally, we launched the $25 million TMC Venture Fund, dedicated to investing in early stage technologies that can advance human health.
These are big wins, no doubt, but this work is just the beginning. We are only now starting to hit our stride, and we plan to expand further to support the growth of the TMC Innovation Institute. We have so many more opportunities to leverage the synergies across the Texas Medical Center to further establish Texas as the “third coast” of life sciences.
What’s next for innovation at the TMC? Stay tuned for important announcements in the coming months.
President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center
Harris Health System@harrishealth
@MarilynMaddness Hi, Marilyn: I’m sorry that you are experiencing difficulty with your husband’s care. Please contact our Patient Relations Department @ 713-873-3939 to raise your concerns. We hope it gets resolved to your family’s satisfaction, so your husband is OK.
Veterans share stories with students at Baldwin elementary school https://t.co/GGWuJELKv2 via @PittsburghPG
In a first-of-its-kind study, single-agent tremelimumab was found to boost antitumor activity in some #bladdercancer patients, according to our Dr. Padmanee Sharma: https://t.co/3YGNrSwERH @medpagetoday #endcancer
Halloween was a couple of months ago, but the vampire cough can still help stop the spread of the flu. Visit our Flu Central for more tips: https://t.co/dsFpjvWynt #flu #NIVW https://t.co/CV4NsiiEcJ
@KPRC2 @astros Love this! And love our @Astros!
#Thyroidcancer diagnoses have tripled in the past 30 years. Our @MarkZafereoMD explains what women should know: https://t.co/G0DpLz3xox @health_magazine #womenshealth #endcancer
University of Houston@UHouston
RT @UHCougars: 🗣 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅!@UHouston students, you may claim up to ✌️ tickets for these upcoming @UHCougarMBK games! ⤵️ https://t.c…
With seemingly endless to-do lists and holiday parties laden with junk food, this season leaves many feeling stressed and unhealthy. Here are tips to maintain your health: https://t.co/o9awK8uUgM.
'Unbelievably moving': Special Honor Flight sends Veterans with dementia, terminal illness to D.C. https://t.co/gxzob1zHZX via @WISCTV_News3
We’ve decked our halls for our annual wreath auction, featuring hundreds of beautiful wreaths designed by our employees. All proceeds benefit our patients.Place your bids by noon on Friday, Dec. 13: https://t.co/fianawcBnY #endcancer https://t.co/ksWbR07Oxg
A Memorable Match Day at Texas Heart Institute - We are excited to welcome the six cardiologists who will be joining our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program in July 2020! https://t.co/VTgPRh3yVF https://t.co/lyobXbgrOI
Childrens Lighthouse of The Woodlands is hosting their Atypical Teratoid Rapdboid Tumor Fundraiser on Monday, December 9 at Chick-fil-A (25630 Kuykendahl Road), benefiting children in the oncology ward at @TexasChildrens. Learn more via @WoodlandsOnline: https://t.co/0jR5LaLGlw https://t.co/vIfTcvNPCY
RT @BCMHouston_News: Be sure to watch @FOX26Houston tonight at 10:30pm! Dr. Atif Iqbal @AtifIqbalMD, a surgeon with @bcmhouston and Baylor…
VA MISSION Act: Answers to questions about VA’s urgent care benefit https://t.co/L31AO9PngM via #VAntagePoint
Delivered at 34 weeks, Dane was born with a large omphalocele. @TXMedCenter shares how @TexasChildrens music therapist, Alix Brickley, has recorded Dane’s heartbeat to create an original song for his family: https://t.co/9REJ7nblPO