Here are Houston's top health tech innovation stories of the year

Here are Houston’s top health tech innovation stories of the year

Editor’s note: As 2022 draws to a close, InnovationMap looks back on the year’s top innovation stories from Houston. In Houston, home to the world’s largest medical center, health tech and innovation news abounds – from startups named among the most promising by investors to new details about the Texas Medical Center expansion. Here are five Houston health tech-focused articles that stood out to readers this year — be sure to click through to read the full story.

Houston Organizations Announce Top 10 Promising Life Sciences Startups

Houston’s medical innovation community came together to discuss breakthrough innovations in healthcare. Photo via Getty Images

Which startups are creating the future of healthcare? A Houston conference this week met to discuss.

The 10th Annual Texas Life Sciences Forum hosted by BioHouston and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship engaged thought leadership within the life sciences community with panels, discussions and more. In addition, 49 companies showcased their solutions for medical devices, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals and more to the audience.

The event also named the 10 most promising life sciences companies selected by investors and presented by the Greater Houston Partnership. Read more.

The Houston Hospital System will open an innovative new location

Houston Methodist opened a 400-bed hospital in Cypress. Rendered courtesy of Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist will soon open a “smart” hospital in Cypress that is poised to be the smartest of its nine hospitals.

The $650 million Cypress Hospital will be modeled after Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands hospitals. However, the Cypress location is well on its way to surpassing them in terms of smart technology.

“Our commitment to innovation is one more way we set ourselves apart from other hospital systems, and we are committed to making this new hospital the most technologically advanced and innovative hospital,” said Dr. Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist. in a note to employees. Read more.

After donating $50 million, Tilman Fertitta reveals goals of eponymous University of Houston medical school

Fertitta and her family donated $50 million to UH Medical School. Photo courtesy

As Houston’s hottest billionaire and owner of the posh 5-star Post Oak Hotel and the Houston Rockets, Tilman J. Fertitta has become synonymous with outsized opulence and high-profile entertainment.

But the CEO of the latest move in the massive Feritta Entertainment empire has nothing to do with penthouses or playmakers, but rather a legacy, a revolutionary appropriation meant to help the health of his home country.

The longtime UH board member and former president and his family just pledged $50 million to the University of Houston College of Medicine. In turn, the new medical school was named the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. Read more.

TMC Unveils Details of New Helix Park Bioport at Greater Houston Partnership Annual Event

TMC provided an update on TMC3 – now called TMC Helix Park – and presented a new bioport project. Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects

In 5 to 10 years, the Texas Medical Center you know today will double. That’s what Bill McKeon, president and CEO of TMC, said yesterday at the State of the Texas Medical Center event hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

The largest project contributing to TMC’s growth is TMC3, a campus expansion that will bring 37 acres and 5 million square feet of space to TMC, now known as Helix Park. The name is a nod to the shape of the park and the design of the walkway at the center of campus. The TMC3 Collaborative Building – the first multi-institutional research facility in TMC’s history – will be the first of the project to be delivered and is currently under construction and expected to be completed in 2023.

However, the big news from the event was the TMC BioPort, the organization’s future biomanufacturing and medical supplies distribution engine. This new campus will span several hundred acres just down the road from TMC and will result in much-needed repatriation of critical medical supplies and new cell and gene therapies, according to a press release. Read more.

Heard: Houston experts discuss women in medtech, investor insights, and more

Healthcare innovators joined the ENMED program at Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University to discuss women in healthcare innovation and venture capital investing. Photo courtesy of Houston Methodist

Houston’s healthcare innovation community is moving forward every day toward better quality of care and technology adoption — but what challenges does the industry face these days?

Through a partnership between Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University’s ENMED program at Houston Tech Rodeo, health innovators weighed in on topics surrounding the industry, including biases and investment opportunities.

Did you miss the conversation? Here are seven key moments from the panels that took place at A&M’s new ENMED building at Texas Medical Center on Thursday, March 3. Read more.

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