Local students gain hands-on experience and laboratory education at bioscience incubator

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Temple is becoming an increasing presence in the Central Texas’ growing biotechnology corridor. The one institution at the center of it all is the Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD). Established in 2003, THBD was created as a result of legislation passed by the state and approved by Temple voters. The goal? To provide premier office and lab space for early-stage biotech companies that are taking health-related products from conception to manufacturing.

As part of its mission to grow twenty-first century jobs by fostering bioscience education, research and healthcare in Central Texas, THBD supports the work of startups and entrepreneurs, while encouraging future generations to pursue careers in the life sciences. The team at THBD routinely engages students and teachers to share one common message: when it comes to the future of bioscience, the possibilities are endless.

In October, a group of bright young students from Temple Independent School District’s (TISD) International Baccalaureate program visited THBD to explore the facility. According to the International Baccalaureate (IB) website, its programs “encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.” The Temple High School students who visited THBD, exemplary models of the IB program, gained hands-on experience and unrivaled laboratory education during their tour.

Upon arrival at THBD, students learned about the facility, the only not-for-profit incubator of its kind in Texas from Executive Director Tami Annable. Mr. Colin Dodson and Mr. Ryan Quinn of SiMMo3D, a tenant company at THBD, shared their story of how they became entrepreneurs and what classes they took in college. As the brief lecture concluded, students were given lab coats, safety glasses, and were divided into four groups and then directed to r stations within THBD’s lab space.

At station one, students explored the tissue culture room and examined cancer cells from mice underneath a microscope. Annable, whose background is a cancer researcher, showed students what to look for and spoke about the process of growing cells for research. Later, she explained how the biohazard hood works, the importance of sterile technique and showed students how to pipette.

At station two, students learned about the Leica Laser Microdissection Microscope, the potential uses of the microscope, and learned how to pipette smaller quantities, from a local researcher (Dr. Anca Petrescu from the VA).

Students at station three got a lesson on physics, focusing on stress points and biomechanics, courtesy of Mr. Dodson. Researchers use these methods to better understand the stresses the human body places on bones, as well as surgical implements such as screws. Mr. Dodson used THBD’s state-of-the-art Instron testing system to demonstrate stresses, pulls and breaking points put on the human body.

At station four, Mr. Quinn educated students about the various applications of 3D printing in healthcare and bioscience development. He displayed the 3D models created by SiMMo3D and showcased the moving parts and realistic nature of the models. Students were then given newly printed models to remove excess resin and support.

After the tour, students regrouped to share what they had learned and voice their interest in entrepreneurship and the life sciences. Each student received a 3D printed lithograph displaying their school mascot, the Temple Tigers. As students turned in their laboratory equipment at the end of the day, they left inspired and eager to explore the wonderful world of science, fueled with the knowledge that researchers and entrepreneurs are making waves right here in their own hometown.

33rd LT Class Kicks-Off: Team Building & an Introduction to City Government

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October 2019
Temple Daily Telegram “Focus on Business” | By Tami Annable, Temple Health & Bioscience District; Crystal Cowen, MRB Group; Kyle Revis, The Wood Group of Fairway Mortgage – Leadership Temple Class of 2020

Leadership Temple, created thirty-three years ago, is a professional develop-ment and educational program that seeks to inform participants about Temple’s history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities, and the existing processes that help run the city.

On August 30, the 2020 Leadership Temple Team kicked off the program at the Peaceable Kingdom in Killeen. Participants were divided into two groups for team building exercises. Rock wall climbing and obstacle courses were just some of the activities that helped participants face their individual fears and work as a team. Founding Chairman of Leadership Temple Wendell Williams spoke to the team about the history of the program and what it means to be a strong leader. To end the orientation day, the teams were given the results of a DiSC [(Dominance (D), Influence (i), Steadiness (S), and Conscientiousness (C)] assessment. Dan Elder, a certified executive coach and consultant, explained the results. The assessments were used to form teams, placing people with dif-ferent personality types in each group.

Then the bus stopped at the Cultural Activities Center (CAC). There the team had the opportunity to observe Hands On, a culturally enriched program for third graders enabling students to experience different cultures through art-work and other fun activities each year. The CAC relies on its membership to keep these programs available to the community.

Being part of Leadership Temple has a bounty of benefits to members and the community beyond networking opportunities. This program enables partici-pants to learn all facets of the community and then gives them the tools he or she needs to make a lasting impact in Temple.

The second meeting of Leadership Temple focused on City Government and Cultural Activities. On a bus tour, the team first stopped at City Hall. City Coun-cil Member Judy Morales spoke about increasing the team’s attendance in com-munity functions, such as city council meetings which occur every first and third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. It was also announced that the strategic development plan for the city will include a six-year budget that will help al-locate necessary resources for the City of Temple. City Manager, Brynn Meyers developed this plan as part of a vision for the City of Temple to have a place everyone can call home, focused on public safety, neighborhood planning, and development for Temple’s future.

The next stop on the tour was to the Temple-Belton Wastewater Treatment Plant. Several city entities are working together to decrease the refuse that is filling the landfill. The treatment plant is creating a recycled product that is available to the public in the form of mulch.

Source: https://www.templebioscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/10.-October-2019-Focus-Final.pdf

Temple gains global exposure to medtech industry as THBD attended MedTech 2019

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October 2019
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.”

Source: https://www.templebioscience.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/10.-October-2019-Focus-Final.pdf

Premier Nonprofit Bioscience Incubator in Temple, Texas Heading to Boston for The MedTech Conference 2019

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September 3, 2019

Premier Nonprofit Bioscience Incubator in Temple, Texas Heading to Boston for The MedTech Conference 2019
Texas’ First Health and Bioscience District recruits startup tenants for emerging biotech corridor

TEMPLE, TEXAS – Bioscience incubator Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) announced today its participation in The MedTech Conference 2019 on Sept. 23-25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts as an exhibitor (Booth #109). THBD is the only nonprofit incubator of its kind in Texas, offering medical industry startups a comprehensive lab and office facility with state-of-the-art equipment, grants, seed funding and mentoring.

“Medtech 2019 provides an excellent platform for us to engage with budding medical professionals seeking a supportive home for their startup,” says Tami Annable, THBD Executive Director. “We look forward to showcasing our city-supported, not-for-profit office and laboratory facility located in Temple, Texas. From the latest laboratory equipment to mentorship and more, we have everything a startup company needs to stay on the path to commercialization. Our current tenants and alumni have already experienced success, and we are looking to help others while reinforcing Central Texas’ growing biotech industry.”

The MedTech Conference, organized by the Advanced Medical Technology Association, 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. THBD brings a unique perspective to conference attendees as a nonprofit incubator that requires no equity from its tenants offering grants, connections and ample resources to companies looking to grow.

Located in the growing biotech corridor of Temple, Texas, THBD. The 5,000-sq. ft. laboratory and office facility provides equipment for prototyping, testing, 3D printing and cell research. In addition to office and laboratory space, THBD provides networking opportunities with local collaborators: Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple College, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System of Central Texas (Central Texas VA), USDA Agrilife Research Center, and the City of Temple.

To learn more about THBD, visit www.templebioscience.org or visit us at Booth #109 during the conference. To apply to become a THBD occupant, visit www.templebioscience.org/apply.

About Temple Health and Biosciences 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. Join the conversation on Twitter @TempleHBD, Instagram @TempleHBD and on Facebook.com/TempleHBD.

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