Innovation

Texas Medical Center forms ‘BioBridge’ with United Kingdom


By Christine Hall | September 12, 2018

The Texas Medical Center and the Department for International Trade in the United Kingdom formed a landmark BioBridge agreement Wednesday to provide a gateway for the advancement of life sciences between the two entities in the areas of innovation and research.

The BioBridge, which included more than 18 months of preparation by the government team at the British Consulate General in Houston, establishes a thriving marketplace for innovative life science technologies in the world’s largest medical city and acts as a two-way “innovation superhighway” for emerging technologies at every stage of the innovation life cycle. This will offer UK companies a unique package that will help boost exports and drive scientific innovation.

“This truly unique collaboration is a testament to the Texas Medical Center’s and the United Kingdom’s joint commitment to further fostering the cross-pollination of ideas, people and innovation in the life sciences,” William McKeon, president and CEO of TMC, said in a statement. “We believe this new relationship will serve to create a tactical alliance between TMC and a nation that has been at the forefront of substantial medical innovation for centuries.”

This is TMC’s second BioBridge; the first was formed with Australia in 2016. Since then, five startups from Australia have come to Houston to participate in the TMCx accelerator program.

The newest BioBridge also will allow for research collaboration, particularly in the development and advancement of genomics and cancer treatments, as well as provide shared curriculum from accelerators tailored to startup companies from both countries.

“The UK-TMC BioBridge will allow British life science businesses to house themselves in the TMC Innovation Institute where they will have access to a network of advisors, investors and medical experts throughout the world’s largest medical city,” McKeon tweeted following the announcement.

Collaboration is happening already and the interaction could include possible partnerships between TMC institutions and health care trusts in the UK cities of Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester.

So far, three UK companies are involved in the BioBridge: Paxman Scalp Cooling, which specializes in cooling therapies for help breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and has an office in the TMC Innovation Institute; SurePulse Medical and FirstKind Ltd. are part of the current TMCx medical device program.

“The UK is a world leader in health care innovation,” Baroness Rona Fairhead, UK Minister of State for the Department for International Trade, said in a statement. “This partnership is clear evidence of the opportunities that exist for our companies in exciting markets such as the United States.”




Social Posts

profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Camp helps disabled Veterans, first responders find purpose https://t.co/277Ka2HAso via @CitizensVoice

9 hours ago
profile_image

Harris Health System

@harrishealth

RT @DarlaJaye1: @amylieumedia @harrishealth Hi Amy! Would love for you to use the video if you give @harrishealth credit for the video and…

11 hours ago
profile_image

Harris Health System

@harrishealth

RT @RTxDoc: It’s a privilege to serve patients @harrishealth and work with such a great and talented team who take great care of our patien…

11 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Horses help Veterans heal in equine therapy program https://t.co/taEVQKb13y via @LiveWellNE

11 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

From possible side effects to the different types of #radiationtherapy, our @TaniguchiMD explains what to expect: https://t.co/JsgEJg2JG6 #endcancer https://t.co/zugqxUYo30

11 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Tumor organoids could be the future of personalized cancer therapies. https://t.co/awTXEjB5Ix #cancer #research

12 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

How the work of our @mcquadeMDLAc and @JenWargoMD is furthering our understanding of the microbiome’s link to #immunotherapy response: https://t.co/IsRjz6cL9B @TheScientistLLC #endcancer

12 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Central Illinois group brings hunting and camaraderie to Veterans https://t.co/SjTDsu1iIn via @heraldandreview

13 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

Doctors shrugged off athlete's gasping, until one heart surgeon listened: https://t.co/PtAuRt0rlM

14 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

Don't know what #endometriosis is? A new Houston nonprofit wants to fix that. https://t.co/9qicJCXXuP

14 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @UTPhysicians: Our annual Back to School event is near! School supplies, healthy food and vaccines will be available to attendees, while…

14 hours ago
profile_image

Texas Children's

@TexasChildrens

On today's blog, we're sharing common foods that pose a choking hazard risk for children and recommendations to prevent choking. Read more: https://t.co/VzGbiaci11 https://t.co/WegerJYFH4

14 hours ago
profile_image

Texas Children's

@TexasChildrens

RT @HISDEspanol: PADRES: Les recordamos que el servicio de Clínica Móvil de @TexasChildrens administrará vacunas a los 150 primeros niños d…

14 hours ago
profile_image

Texas Children's

@TexasChildrens

RT @HoustonISD: 🗣 PARENTS: @TexasChildrens Mobile Clinic Program will administer back-to-school vaccinations at @cmhouston to the first 150…

14 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

#Colorectalcancer survivor @ARosen380 on her ostomy bag: “My quality of life has been amazing.” #ayacsm #CancerMoonshot #endcancer https://t.co/BF2addvtGj

14 hours ago