As I read through the pages of this issue, I continue to be struck by the innovations created and implemented in the Texas Medical Center. Seeing so much innovation in a single issue highlights the talent, creativity and dedication to patients that make this place unlike any other.
When I first arrived at the Texas Medical Center six years ago, the incubation of new technologies, medical devices and therapies was occurring independently at each institution. In many cases, physicians, engineers and researchers pursued their work in cramped facilities, often with little funding and support available to nurture their early-stage ideas and prototypes.
At the same time, a different story played out in places such as Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. In those cities, innovators enjoyed access to critical resources such as high-end facilities, dedicated staff and venture funding. Creative public-private partnerships supported the development of these hubs.
Here at the Texas Medical Center, we recognized we had enormous talent, including more than 120,000 employees dedicated to advancing clinical care. We knew our greatest opportunity to foster innovation was to centralize our efforts. We provided our partners with the resources they needed to unleash their talent. They were empowered to cultivate and accelerate new products and therapies to advance care.
First, we identified the ideal place to build the TMC Innovation Institute. With millions of dollars of investment, we transformed a Nabisco cookie factory into the largest life sciences incubator in the United States. Next, we recruited a talented team to support entrepreneurs on their journey to advance care. Then, we established the $25 million TMC Venture Fund, which bolsters the very best of these companies and helps them move to the next stage of development.
But that wasn’t the final step. In fact, there is no final step at all. Fostering our innovation ecosystem is an ongoing process. Every day, we work to position our community as the worldwide destination for the development of next-generation treatments.
The Texas Medical Center is proud to have mentored and supported more than 250 companies since undertaking this effort. The momentum continues to build as we attract the very best companies from around the world.
Many of the greatest minds in cancer research are at MD Anderson because we offer a unique environment that accelerates their ability to #endcancer: https://t.co/38LE5TTJK7 https://t.co/2SpfMOSppe
Veterans find peace through camaraderie https://t.co/6KB4epx2md via @newsandtribune
By targeting the MFAP5 protein, our researchers found they were able to reduce fibrosis in #ovariancancer and #pancreaticcancer, and improve the effectiveness of #chemotherapy: https://t.co/l3O6inEWZH @CancerFrontline #endcancer https://t.co/z4NZnIff0C
.@garciamanero on our #MDS #CancerMoonshot: “We’ve gone from a nihilistic view of this disease to a very positive and optimistic approach.” #endcancer https://t.co/sY7IsBpoHF
#VAResearchNewsBrief: Diet quality affects gut microbiome. Patients who eat a good-quality diet have higher levels of beneficial bacteria, those eating a poor-quality diet may have more harmful bacteria, found a @VAHouston study #VAResearch @VeteransHealth https://t.co/K3UufOjMhm https://t.co/OVEzNQGt9m
Dr. Raymond Grogan sits down with the Annals of Thyroid about his research, and scarless thyroid surgery in their latest issue. https://t.co/Y7fWozy6Cz #thyroidsurgery
Shreela Sharma, PhD, RD, of @UTexasSPH discusses the health benefits of milk: https://t.co/7y66ySuw8Y
RT @UTexasSPH: MD/MPH student Anisha Somani is the winner of @apha’s 2019 Excellence in Public Health Award. Somani’s work ranges from the…
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Today on the blog, Dr. Christina Treece discusses what can cause postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), how it's diagnosed and more: https://t.co/YV0nk33lRn
USF Health working with VA to train providers how to care for Women Veterans https://t.co/a3tCH3hhFq via @wusf
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Dr. Laurel L. Williams, Chief of Psychiatry at @TexasChildrens, shares how schools can better prepare families for the mental health impact active shooter drills can have on students. Learn more via @KHOU: https://t.co/beRvrBXvdf