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Temple Health & Bioscience District: An Economic Development Asset in Our Backyard

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March 2019
Temple Chamber of Commerce | Ashley Schlosser, Temple Health & Bioscience District

As you may know, big things are happening to the Texas’ biotechnology industry. Temple is one the fastest-growing cities in Texas due to the increasing presence of medical companies, hospitals and industry influence in the area. The growth of the biotech industry has forged legislation by the Texas legislature to create the Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD), a nonprofit bioscience office and laboratory facility supported by taxpayers and the city. The legislation was created to support the economic development of the biotech industry in Texas. The goal is to recruit top startups from around Temple, Texas, and the world to grow their companies in our city.

THBD has been open for just under three years and so far we have housed and supported five tenant companies: WashSense, SiMMo3D, Advanced Scanners, Emergent Biotechnologies and Neurofront Technologies. Our 5,000 sq. ft. laboratory and office space provides equipment for prototyping, testing, 3D printing, and cell research. We support tenant companies with mentorship and provide networking opportunities with our local area collaborators. We are just minutes away from our collaborator’s facilities, which include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, USDA Research Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. When our tenants join THBD, they are given opportunities to network with these collaborators. THBD does not require equity from our tenant companies, unlike most incubators. In return for funding and support, THBD’s hope is that the companies will establish themselves in the city of Temple to support the economic development of the biotech industry in Texas.

It is important that we share these resources with our local community so that locals know what is in their backyard! Each month, THBD hosts a monthly Lunch & Learn webinar series, featuring notable industry speakers, as a resource for entrepreneurs, startups, researchers, and health-related professionals. For those who cannot attend in person, THBD webinars are free and easily accessible online or via phone. See the calendar for upcoming webinar topics and dates at templebioscience.org/events.

THBD is also proud to host its annual conference and pitch competition each May as a resource for those seeking startup assistance and networking opportunities. The conference is and always will be free to attend. RSVP at bit.ly/THBD2019. Speaker topics and panels walk through the stages of a startup from concept to commercialization and beyond. The 2019 conference “Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond” will be held on May 3, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Temple, Texas.

As the biotech community in central Texas continues to grow, we look forward to continuing to give back to our local Temple citizens. Maybe we are a fit for an up and coming startup, or we can provide the specific equipment in our lab for local area medical research, or perhaps one of our startup companies will hire a local Temple citizen. Whatever the circumstance may be, we are proud of the work we are doing at THBD and look forward to meeting our neighbors. Tours are always available within office hours. The THBD office and laboratory facility is located at 1802 South First Street. To coordinate a tour, contact Executive Director Tami Annable at tamia@templebioscience.org.

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