Temple Daily Telegram “Focus on Business” | By Ashley Schlosser, Temple Health & Bioscience District
As part of Temple Health and Bioscience District’s (THBD) mission to growtwenty-first century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research, and healthcare in Central Texas, the THBD team travels to conferences across thenation each year to share the good news of Temple, Texas. The team also talks about the growing not-for-profit incubator that has ample resources for startup and mid-sized companies in health-related industries across the globe. THBD’s Executive Director Tami Annable and her team recently headed to Boston for The MedTech Conference 2019.
Organized by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, The MedTech Conference is the leading North America gathering of global medical technology executives. The international conference brings together thousands of professionals for three days of intensive networking and insightful presentations, all with the common goal of improving patient care.
As an exhibitor at Booth #109, Annable and her team promoted the activities of THBD to the world outside Temple, Texas and spoke with startup and midsize businesses about joining the thriving economic development taking place here. THBD brought a unique perspective to conference attendees as a nonprofit incubator that requires no equity from its tenants. The team shared THBD’s
ample resources to conference attendees including startup companies and midsized companies in medical device and health tech. THBD offers education, connections and grant opportunities to companies looking to grow.
As the only nonprofit incubator of its kind in Texas, THBD uniquely offers medical industry startups a comprehensive office and laboratory facility with state-of-the-art equipment, grants, seed funding and mentoring. As Temple climbs the competitive list of talent recruitment in science and technology fields, Annable highlighted the values that make the city an excellent place to launch new businesses.
“MedTech 2019 provided an excellent platform for us to engage with budding medical professionals seeking a supportive home for their startup or mid-sized company,” said Annable. “We emphasized the assets of our city-supported, not-for- profit office and laboratory facility located in Temple, Texas. From the latest laboratory equipment to educational webinars, mentorship and more, we have everything a startup company needs to stay on the path to commercialization and beyond. Our current tenants and alumni have already experienced success, and we want to help others while reinforcing Central Texas’ growing biotech industry.”
In addition to meeting new startups and midsized companies in health-related fields, Annable attended panel discussions, exhibits and networked with fellow executive leadership. She also shared the mission and vision of THBD with reporters from Bloomberg Law, Medtech Insight, Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News (MDDI) and Informa Markets.
“MedTech allowed us to reach thousands of individuals and organizations to highlight the unique assets THBD offers to professionals in the life sciences,” said Annable. “It also gave me the opportunity to share the best kept secret in Texas – that our very own city is at the center of it all when it comes to medical technology.”