Power player: Abbott touts Temple’s economic strength

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January 28, 2020
Temple Daily Telegram | By Jacob Sanchez

Gov. Greg Abbott has seen Temple grow from a sleepy, small town on Interstate 35 to an economic powerhouse in Central Texas.

Abbott, a Republican, told the more than 800 people gathered inside the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center Tuesday evening that he would go through Temple on his way back home to Duncanville while attending the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1970s.

“I bet when I passed by Temple, at that time, there were only this many people who lived in all of Temple,” the governor said, referring to the crowded room. “And now look at what you’ve grown to be. … It’s been fabulous and impressive to see what you’ve done.”

Abbott was the keynote speaker at the Temple Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Business event.

“We celebrate this evening the continuing transformation of Temple, beginning with the renaissance of downtown and radiating in all directions,” Temple Chamber President Rod Henry said.

Abbott highlighted several projects that are expected to bring in millions of dollars of investment and hundreds of new jobs to Temple. For example, he pointed to the $106 million distribution facility that battery manufacturer East Penn Manufacturing Co. will build in the city’s industrial park.

“A grant from the Texas (Enterprise Fund) helped close that deal,” the state’s top elected official said. “Texas and Temple work collaboratively on deals that are growing the workforce in this region.”

The East Penn distribution facility is just a small piece of the economic development occurring in Temple. Just last year, the Temple Economic Development Corp. helped bring more than $196 million in investment to the city and 336 new jobs, according to the entity’s annual report. In the past decade, TEDC has brought in more than $2.1 billion in investment and more than 1,500 new jobs to Temple.

“A point I wanted to make about how strong our economy is is the powerful role that people in this room are playing,” Abbott said, explaining that local businessman Drayton McLane III and Temple EDC President Adrian Cannady joined him on a trip to Japan last year to convince businesses to invest in Texas. “That shows the vital role Temple is playing in the future of economic development of our state.”

Not only is Temple becoming a power player in economic development, Abbott said the city is on the bleeding edge of medicine.

“This region is becoming for the state as well as a national leader in biosciences, biotechnology and the medical sector,” the governor said. “When you look at Baylor Scott & White, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and coupled with it the Temple Health & Bioscience District, you can see Temple is evolving into a major regional hub for medical innovation.”

The completion of Interstate 35 has paved the way for much of Temple’s success, Abbott said. Projects like that, he said, are important as the state adds nearly 1,000 people every day.

“If you get on I-35 tomorrow and think, ‘Man, it sure looks more crowded than it was yesterday.’ It is,” he joked. “There are more cars out there every single day, and that’s why we have to continue that construction. … We are adding $8 billion a year to build more roads, focused on congestion choke points to help you get around and to move McLane products a whole lot faster.”

Temple grew by almost 10 percent from 2014 to 2019, according to Temple EDC data. Current estimates peg Bell County’s second largest city as having a population of 83,452. Projections show Temple growing to 88,753 people by 2024.

Temple businessman Drayton McLane Jr. — who introduced Abbott — said the governor has done a good job in fostering a good environment for the state’s economy. But, McLane added, there has been at least one misstep.

“He made one mistake — he went to the University of Texas,” McLane said to laughs from the audience.

Temple Health and Bioscience District 2020 Scholars Program Internship Applications Now Open

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January 16, 2020

Temple Health and Bioscience District 2020 Scholars Program Internship Applications Now Open
Seeking STEM-Driven College Students and Mentors

TEMPLE, TEXAS Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD), Temple, Texas’ own not-for-profit, city-supported bioscience incubator, invites ambitious college students with a passion for STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) field studies to apply for the 2020 THBD Scholars Program in Temple, Texas taking place June 1 to July 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2020. Internships range from 20 to 40 hours per week with paid scholarships available to qualified participants. Here is the link to apply: templebioscience.org/internship/#THBDScholars.

The THBD Scholars Program attracts qualified college students from across the state to be paired by program leaders with local businesses and researchers for mentorship and training. Internship opportunities will include hands-on experience in medical fields including cancer and infectious disease research, 3D printing, entrepreneurship, public health, medical device technology and more.

“The most powerful way to make a positive impact on our community and the future of the growing biotech corridor across central Texas is to educate the bright students of our future,” said Tami Annable, Executive Director of Temple Health & Bioscience District. “We are fortunate to have ample resources in science, health, engineering, and technology industries right here in Temple, Texas. Program mentors in top leadership positions eagerly await a bright list of candidates for this year’s THBD Scholars Program. We encourage students to apply now and look forward to all of the exciting opportunities this year brings.”


THBD is proud to offer research and experiential opportunities in the following areas:

  • 3D Printing
  • Business / Entrepreneurship
  • Cardiology
  • Hospital Logistics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medical Device Technology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Services

Local mentors and top health, science and technology organizations join THBD to provide real-world experience for the THBD Scholars Program. 2019 mentors included 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.

The 2019 Scholars Program sponsored eight college students from 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.


Students must be available to participate for the full duration of the internship program from June 1 to July 31, 2020. Online applications must be filled by February 15, 2020 for the summer 2020 internship program. Students will be notified of acceptance on March 15, 2020.


Students will receive a $2,000 paid stipend with housing available (cost deducted from stipend), hands-on experience with local STEM professionals, and a public poster session and dinner to showcase their work at the close of the program. (See 2019 poster session photos here.)

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, M.D.; Colin Dodson and Ryan Quinn, THBD tenants and co-founders of SiMMo3D; and with the support of the THBD Board of Directors.

Located in the growing biotech corridor of Temple, Texas, THBD currently houses six tenants with additional occupancy available. THBD is funded by citizens of Temple and is the first such district to be created in Texas, with the primary goal of supporting local economic development. Its 5,000-sq. ft. laboratory and office facility provide equipment for prototyping, testing, 3D printing and cell research. In addition to office and laboratory space, THBD provides networking opportunities with local area collaborators: Baylor Scott and White hospital system, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center (medical school), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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.

High-resolution images available: 2019 Scholars Program

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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A Bright Future for Bioscience in Temple, Texas

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January 3, 2020
Austin Startups | By Lauren Lovell, Temple Health & Bioscience District

As part of Temple Health and Bioscience District’s (THBD) mission to grow twenty-first century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research and healthcare in Central Texas, the team at THBD hosted high school students from Temple Independent School District (TISD) for a tour of the office and laboratory facility this month.

“Temple ISD is a forward-thinking district and we’re proud to work with them. The bright minds touring our facility are the bioscience innovators of tomorrow. We want to inspire children by showing them that biotech careers are thriving right here in their own home town. These are achievable dreams, and our goal as a bioscience incubator is to help make those dreams reality through education, mentorship, and access to technology.” — Tami Annable, THBD Executive Director.

During the tour, students experienced real-life bioscience activities in the lab from THBD staff and THBD tenant companies including SiMMo3D, a 3D-printed medical device replica company. In addition to learning to pipette, students used the incubator’s microscope to examine cancer cells and witness applications of 3D printing in healthcare.

The 5,000 square foot office and laboratory facility opened up its common lab to students. In the common lab is a wealth of specialized equipment including a J750 3D printer and an Instron machine for product testing and prototyping. The students were able to gain hands-on experience in the lab with goggles and lab coats on as they created their own 3D-printed items to take home.

THBD partners with Temple Independent School District (TISD) to encourage future generations of students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. By sharing local resources with students, THBD propels the growth of Central Texas’ thriving biotech corridor.

About Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD)

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.

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Bioscience tour: Temple High students learn about research work at local facility

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December 27, 2019
Temple Daily Telegram | By Janice Gibbs

In November, Temple High International Baccalaureate students spent a couple of hours at the Temple Health and Bioscience District office and lab facility learning what type of research work goes on in the building and who works there.

In December, Temple High students in advance placement classes visited the facility and received some hands on instruction using some of the District’s high tech medical research equipment.

Shaterika Griffin, 11th grader at Temple High, had been on the tour in November as an IB student, but felt the tour for the Advance Placement students was better.

Gabriela Leon said she learned from the focus on engineering of some of the tenants.

Griffin said she knew there was technology to slice cells, but hadn’t seen it first-hand until her visit to the district facility’s common lab.

The Instron Linear-Torsion Material Testing System caught the attention of Leon, also an 11th grader.

Griffin is interested in becoming an audiologist and was interested how the 3D printer could be used to make hearing aids and parts for hearing aids.

Leon is considering mechanical engineering for a career and found the Instron System fascinating.

Tami Annable, executive director of Temple Health and Bioscience District, explained to the students that the district’s board of directors fund a number of summer internships that place high school students with compatible mentors in medical and science research facilities in the area.

During the tour, students were broken into small groups and spent time with investigators who work in the Bioscience District facility.

Colin Dodson, biomedical engineer and chief technical officer and a founder of SiMMo3D, explained how his company uses the Instron Testing System. Dodson demonstrated testing a part of a hip replacement that had been reinforced. The question was if the changes would make the replacements stronger and less prone breakage.

Using the Instron Dodson could simulate the stress on the hip replacement part with repetitive walking, running and jumping.

A readout on a screen that is part of the testing system provides information on the forces being placed on the item being tested.

During the test the forces and pace are increased, Dodson said.

“What I’ll typically do is have these experiments run for a very long time at a fast rate,” he said.

The physician, who initially comes up with the idea and a template for the device, will at times want to see how far the item can be pushed until the part breaks, Dodson said.

These devices are made to function inside the human being for the remainder of their lives, he said.

Once a final material is selected for the device, material testing will continue, before it’s placed inside a person, Dodson said.

Ryan Quinn, co-founder of SiMMo3D, began working with 3D printing while a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied entrepreneurship.

He walked the Temple Hig1h students through how his company uses 3-D printing process.

SiMMo3D provides accurate replicas of healthy or diseased organs for education.

Using MRI data, CT scans, synthetic polymer resin and a 3-D printer, Quinn and Dodson make organ models used for medical training and for planning specific procedures.

Operations manager Rod Annable, Tami’s husband, explained to the students there are a variety of resins that can be used in 3-D printing.

It’s important that the correct resin is selected for the project, Annable said as he held up a 3-D printed wrench that flopped over as if it were made of Jell-O.

Tami Annable walked the students through slicing samples of mouse brain cells using a laser with the Leica Microdissection System.

David Sprague, a former fertility investigator with Scott & White, explained the equipment typically found in a lab and demonstrated how it is used.

Texas Bioscience Institute students are supposed to tour of the district facility in January.

For information on THBD, visit www.templebioscience.org.