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Temple Health & Bioscience District (THBD) launches summer intern program to foster STEM education in central Texas

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July 10, 2019

Temple Health & Bioscience District (THBD) launches summer intern program to foster STEM education in central Texas
Local bioscience incubator selects summer interns for 2019 THBD Scholars Program

TEMPLE, TEXAS Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD), Temple, Texas’ own not-for-profit, city-supported bioscience incubator, is proud to share the launch of its summer internship program, the THBD Scholars Program. This program attracts qualified college students from across central Texas who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Program leaders pair them with local businesses and researchers for mentorship and training.

The THBD Scholars Program was formed by the Central Texas Scientific Advocacy Group, an organization co-founded in September 2018 by Tami Annable, THBD Executive Director; David Sprague, Ph.D.; Colin Dodson and Ryan Quinn, THBD tenants and co-founders of SiMMo3D; and with the support of the THBD Board of Directors. The program sponsors eight college students from May 31 to August 2, 2019. The program exposes students to various opportunities including but not limited to cancer and infectious disease research, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, public health, medical device technology. Students also benefit by acquiring tools to set them up for success in health-related fields.

This year’s scholars attend universities across Texas including the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Texas A&M University. THBD Scholars Program students include Isabella Cano, Alexis DeGraaff, Lun Gualnam, Tori Hagen, Amy Nguyen, Christopher Perez, Priyanka Reddy, and William Minnie.

“We are proud to welcome this bright group of students to Temple this summer for our newest intern program, the THBD Scholars Program,” said Tami Annable, co-founder of the Central Texas Scientific Advocacy Group and executive director of THBD. “We have seen the growth of the biotechnology industry in central Texas over the years and want to prepare these students for the future of the industry by fostering STEM-related education and hands-on research opportunities. We have the best and brightest students eager to learn from our wise mentors at top leadership positions in the healthcare, medical technology and research industries across central Texas.”

Local mentors and organizations joining THBD to provide real-world experience for the THBD Scholars Program include Bonnie Morehead, M.D. from the Texas Department of State Health Services; Scot Andrews, Impac Systems; Ryan Quinn, SiMMo3D; David Dostal, Ph.D., Matt McMillin, Ph.D., and Sharon DeMorrow, Ph.D., Dell Medical School and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (VA); Chetan Jinadatha, M.D., Central Texas VA.

“This is an exciting opportunity for college students to gain hands-on experience and mentorship from real professionals before entering the workforce,” said David Sprague, Ph.D., co-founder of the Central Texas Scientific Advocacy Group and president of Isolux Industries. “We are grateful for all of our mentors participating in the THBD Scholars Program. Their dedication and time to our future generation of STEM professionals will not only change lives, but also strengthen our community here in Temple and across central Texas.”

THBD, the only not-for-profit incubator of its kind in Texas, offers startups in the biotech and life science industries a comprehensive lab and office facility with state-of the-art equipment, startup resources and mentoring. The district offers the internship program as part of its mission to grow 21st century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research and healthcare in central Texas. For more information about the THBD Scholars Program and the Central Texas Scientific Advocacy Group, please contact Co-Founder Tami Annable at

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: Join the conversation on Twitter @TempleHBD, Instagram @TempleHBD and on


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