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.

Bioscience district seeks STEM mentors

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March 26, 2019
Temple Daily Telegram | Janice Gibbs

The Temple Health and Bioscience District is sponsoring its seventh college summer intern program and is looking for mentors who are working in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The deadline to sign up to be a mentor is April 8.

An obligation of the mentor is to offer the student intern a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Each intern receives a stipend from the Bioscience District.

The Temple Health and Bioscience District Scholars Program attracts elite college students from around Central Texas who are interested in STEM fields.

Temple Health and Bioscience District is proud to have offered research opportunities that include the following: 3D printing; business/entrepreneurship; cardiology; hospital logistics; infectious disease; medical device technology; neurology; oncology; and psychology.

George Robinson, a Temple Bioscience Institute student from Troy, served a summer internship in 2018 with SiMMo3D and is now a part-time employee with the company.

Using 3D printing technology, SiMMo3D manufactures devices for training physicians and surgeons.

Robinson said he was introduced to the concept of entrepreneurship in science by SiMMo3D and plans to go to college and look at how he can use that knowledge in the field of physics.

“We are proud to sponsor these high caliber students through internships, and hope they return to Temple to continue the growth of biotechnology in our city,” said Tami Annable, executive director of the Temple Health and Bioscience District.

For information, contact Annable at tamia@templebioscience.org or call 254-935-3963.

Third Annual Medical Technology Conference Offers Opportunities for Startups in Temple, Texas

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On Friday, May 3, 2019, Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) will host its third annual medical technology conference and pitch competition, “Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond,” taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Temple, Texas. The only nonprofit incubator of its kind in the state of Texas, THBD offers startups in the biotech and life science industry a comprehensive lab and office facility with state-of-the-art equipment, startup resources and mentoring.

The conference is and always will be free to attend, and is a valuable resource for those seeking startup assistance and networking opportunities.

“The mission of the Temple Health and Bioscience District is to grow twenty-first century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research, and healthcare across Central Texas,” said Tami Annable, Executive Director of THBD. “One of the many ways we support this mission is by hosting our free, annual medical technology conference and pitch competition each May. ‘Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond’ brings together health-related professionals for a day of learning, networking and collaboration. We want our central Texas community to know about the exciting things happening here in Temple and within the growing biotech corridor.”

The conference features a wealth of notable, experienced speakers in the medical technology, medical device, biotechnology, and health technology spaces who work with startups and investors. Building on last year’s conference, this year’s programming will focus on the next stages of developing and commercializing a business. The event also offers multiple opportunities to network with key industry contacts.

THBD invites entrepreneurs and startups to compete in the pitch competition for early-stage startups in biotechnology and health-related industries.  A panel of judges will select ten applicants to present and compete for the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding. Biotech and health-related startups may apply to participate in the pitch competition through April 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. Find the application online here.

Registration for ‘Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond’ is now available through the event date on Friday, May 3, 2019 or until capacity has been reached. Registration is available at bit.ly/THBD2019. We hope to see you there!

Press Release: Central Texas Bioscience Incubator Hosts Medical Technology Conference and Pitch Competition This May

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 20, 2019

Central Texas Bioscience Incubator Hosts Medical Technology Conference and Pitch Competition This May

Temple Health and Bioscience District presents ‘Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond’ bringing together startups and industry experts to Texas’ biotech corridor

 

WHO:                   Temple Health and Bioscience District

WHAT:                 Third annual medical technology conference:
                             Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond

WHEN:                 Friday, May 3, 2019  
                             7:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. CDT  

WHERE:               Hilton Garden Inn Temple
                              1749 Scott Boulevard
                              Temple, TX 76504

AUSTIN, TEXAS – City-supported, bioscience incubator Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) today announced its third annual medical technology conference and pitch competition, “Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond,” taking place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Temple, Texas. THBD is the only nonprofit incubator of its kind in the state of Texas offering startups in the biotech and life science industry a comprehensive lab and office facility with state-of-the-art equipment, startup resources and mentoring. THBD is proud to host this annual conference each May as a resource for those seeking startup assistance and networking opportunities. The conference is and always will be free to attend.

“The mission of the Temple Health and Bioscience District is to grow twenty-first century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research, and healthcare across Central Texas,” said Tami Annable, Executive Director of THBD. “One of the many ways we support this mission is by hosting our free, annual medical technology conference and pitch competition each May. ‘Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond’ brings together health-related professionals for a day of learning, networking and collaboration. We want our central Texas community to know about the exciting things happening here in Temple and within the growing biotech corridor.”

The conference features a wealth of notable, experienced speakers in the medical technology, medical device, biotechnology, and health technology spaces who work with startups and investors. Building on last year’s conference, this year’s programming will focus on the next stages of developing and commercializing a business. In addition, the event offers multiple opportunities to network with key industry contacts. In its second year, THBD invites entrepreneurs and startups to compete in the pitch competition for early-stage startups in biotechnology and health-related industries.  A panel of judges will select ten applicants to present and compete for the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding.

Located in the growing biotech corridor of Texas, THBD is a not-for-profit incubator offering a 5,000-square-foot office and laboratory facility for startups and researchers in biotech/health-related fields. Startup companies housed by THBD have access to ample resources, seed funding, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, mentorship, and networking with local collaborators including, but not limited to, Baylor Scott and White hospital system, USDA, Texas A&M Agrilife Research Center, and the fourth largest Veterans Health Care System in the country.

Registration for ‘Growing to Success: Startup and Beyond’ is live now through the event date on Friday, May 3, 2019 or until capacity has been reached. Registration is available at bit.ly/THBD2019. Biotech and health-related startups may apply to participate in the pitch competition through April 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. Find the application online here: http://www.templebioscience.org/pitch-competition-2019-application/

About Temple Health & Bioscience District

The Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) was created as a result of legislation passed by the State of Texas in 2003 and approved by Temple voters to establish the facility in 2009. The THBD Office and Laboratory Facility provides premier office and lab space for early-stage biotech companies that are taking health-related products from conception to manufacturing. Temple’s Health and Bioscience District is governed by a seven-member board. The board members are elected by the citizens of Temple and serve staggered three-year terms. The operational activities of the District are led by an Executive Director who is appointed by the board. To learn more, visit: TempleBioScience.org. Join the conversation on Twitter @TempleHBD, Instagram @TempleHBD and on Facebook.com/TempleHBD.

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Ashley Schlosser
(512) 968-0562
ashley@liveoutloudpr.com

Kelsey Heitzmann
(309) 825-4388
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