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UTSA-Led Collaborative Team Wins Grant to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine
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UTSA-Led Collaborative Team Wins Grant to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine

A consortium of scientists from San Antonio's four largest research institutions won a $200,000 grant to fund COVID-19 vaccine development. Dr. Karl Klose, director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and professor of microbiology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), leads the team. The presidents of UTSA, UT Health San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) formed a new nonprofit in October 2019 called the San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics or SAPPT. The partnership funds researchers from the four institutions who work together on the interdisciplinary development of breakthrough therapies customized for patients. Soon after the City of San Antonio announced pandemic res...
Biotech Industry Leader Heather Hanson Named New BioMed SA President
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Biotech Industry Leader Heather Hanson Named New BioMed SA President

BioMed SA, a nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes San Antonio's bioscience and healthcare industry, named Heather Hanson as its new president Wednesday. She follows Ann Stevens, who retired in February after leading BioMed SA since its founding in 2005. Hanson has over 20 years of experience in the medical device technology industry, having worked at Seno Medical Instruments, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and Motorola. Before joining BioMed SA, Hanson was president of Corvax Solutions, a medical device development contract management and technology company she founded in 2010.  She is experienced both in senior management and the more operational aspects of biomedical research and development. Hanson is trained in mechanical engineering and holds 24 U.S. patents for ...
New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities
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New Precision Therapeutics Partnership to Highlight San Antonio’s Unique Bioscience Capabilities

Tuesday's announcement of a new major collaborative initiative focused on San Antonio's unique strengths in precision therapeutics will help boost the city's biomedical capability for innovation in healthcare. The presidents of San Antonio’s four largest research institutions announced Tuesday they are collectively funding the new nonprofit San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics or SAPPT with $800,000 from UT Health San Antonio, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed), The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). This groundbreaking initiative will fund researchers working collaboratively across the four institutions, serving as a model for interdisciplinary development of breakthrough therapies customized for each pa...
Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding
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Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding

Developing new drug therapies for cancer treatment can be difficult, expensive, and take years before successfully reaching the U.S. market. Where do biotech companies find funding to support research and development? Many researchers apply for federal grants out of the $2.5 billion annually set aside for the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program, also known as SBIR, and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or STTR. These two initiatives are the largest source of federally funded early-stage, high-risk funding for startup companies. Read more: What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding The state of Texas also contributes early-stage funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for bioscience economic devel...
San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development
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San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development

The San Antonio-Austin hub of a pediatric medical device consortium announced Monday it is actively looking for innovative pediatric medical device entrepreneurs in need of investment and development resources. The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) recently received a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) five-year grant for $6.75 million. Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest children’s hospital in the U.S., and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), one of the largest recipients for pediatric federal research funding in the U.S. anchor the consortium. The FDA grant went into effect Sept. 1. and will enable the consortium to support pediatric medical device innovators with product, technology, and business acceleration services both regionally and nationally....
San Antonio Announces Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan
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San Antonio Announces Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan

The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Economic Development Corporation (SAEDC) released its San Antonio Military Life Science Commercialization Action Plan Tuesday. The plan maps out ways to create entrepreneurial opportunities by leveraging a new formal alliance among the defense, educational, and private entities in San Antonio. This new alliance will draw upon San Antonio's significant military medical research industry to create life science companies, jobs, and mutual partnerships. San Antonio has several leading military medical research missions including the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), the Navy Medical Research Unit San Antonio (NAMRU-SA), and the Air Force’s 59th Medical Wing. Along with experts working in local private medical and academic research...