Tag: Southwest Research Institute

How BioMed SA President Ann Stevens Helped Bring FIRST Robotics to San Antonio
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How BioMed SA President Ann Stevens Helped Bring FIRST Robotics to San Antonio

Attendees at the annual BioMed SA breakfast Wednesday heard a career retrospective that honored outgoing president, Ann Stevens, who announced her decision to retire November 20. Launched in 2005, BioMed SA is a nonprofit advocacy organization former Mayor Henry Cisneros helped create to highlight San Antonio's strengths in the biomedical and healthcare sectors. Stevens, an experienced leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, worked to promote San Antonio’s industry assets across the U.S. and globally. She also sought to create connections and relationships among research organizations and educational institutions throughout the city, Walt Downing, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Southwest Research Institute told the audience.  During the last decade, the...
Port San Antonio Delegation at Global Aerospace Conference Highlights Advanced Tech
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Port San Antonio Delegation at Global Aerospace Conference Highlights Advanced Tech

At this week's Aviation Week MRO Americas in Atlanta, Georgia, decision-makers from the aviation industry gathered to learn about the latest technology solutions to business challenges. Its expansive exhibit hall floor affords attendees the ability to connect with the people behind emerging innovations across the globe. The expansive 800 square feet exhibit showcasing San Antonio’s technologies captured the attention of many at the MRO conference who were unaware of the city's talents in advanced aviation, robotics, cybersecurity, and virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Port San Antonio headed a delegation of businesses and partner organizations to participate in the international conference April 9 and 10 to connect with the industries that support the maintenance, repair, and over...
San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017
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San Antonio’s Healthcare and Bioscience Industry Tops $40 Billion in Economic Impact for 2017

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2018 Healthcare and Bioscience Economic Impact Study is based on 2017 data, according to the study authors economist Richard Butler, Ph.D., and health care administration professor Mary E. Stefl, Ph.D., both from Trinity University. The study completed in 2018 stated its conservative estimate of over $30 billion in impact on San Antonio's economy in 2017. The authors included a more comprehensive analysis of economic impact with data from UT Health San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, and some military medical presence in San Antonio. The overall impact rises to more than $40 billion when the comprehensive data is taken into account. This sector employs over 18 percent of San Antonio's population, with...
Demand Driving Growth in San Antonio Robotics Community
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Demand Driving Growth in San Antonio Robotics Community

Over 75 people crowded into a meeting space Thursday at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). The big draw was robotics at the inaugural meeting of the new SATX Robotix meetup group. Its mission is to organize and grow San Antonio’s robotics community to meet the anticipated demand for specialized expertise. Shaun Edwards and Paul Hvass are two former Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) engineers and current co-founders of Plus One Robotics. The duo, with help from others in the robotics community, organized the first SATX Robotix Meetup at SAMSAT. Edwards explained the goal for the group was “to establish San Antonio as a significant and quality contributor to ROS.” ROS—short for robot operating system, is open-source software used as the operating system of a r...
San Antonio Startup Plus One Robotics Raises $8.3M
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San Antonio Startup Plus One Robotics Raises $8.3M

A San Antonio startup has raised $8.3 million in funding, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing last week. The industry leader in robot perception technology, Plus One Robotics, Inc., received the investment from an undisclosed source. “We did file the Form D with the SEC earlier this week, which only tells the world that we raised over $8 million,” Plus One Robotics chief executive officer (CEO) Erik Nieves said Friday afternoon. “What is important is the launch of our new technology and the partnerships it took to build it.” Plus One Robotics has partnered with leaders in robot manufacturing, system integration, and e-commerce to develop the PickOne Perception system for the order fulfillment and parcel shipping sector. The startup launched the new system i...
Rapamycin Holdings Treats First Humans in eRapa Clinical Trial
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Rapamycin Holdings Treats First Humans in eRapa Clinical Trial

Rapamycin Holdings, Inc. (RHI), a privately-held drug development company, has started treating human patients with its proprietary formulation of a ground-breaking cancer prevention drug. The San Antonio-based company is commercializing eRapa, a novel reformulation of the generic drug Rapamycin. This first human Phase 1b clinical trial of eRapa will treat men with early-stage prostate cancer. Twelve to 24 qualified patients are in the first human trials to establish safety and the optimal dose of eRapa. Michael Liss, M.D., a urologic oncologist at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, is leading the clinical trial at the center where the Phase 1b study is being conducted. The cancer center has a long history of testing cancer breakthrough therapies in their early-phase cance...
SwRI Shares Pharmaceutical Expertise with New Workshop Oct. 8
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SwRI Shares Pharmaceutical Expertise with New Workshop Oct. 8

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is hosting a one-day workshop on Oct. 8 to teach life science professionals strategies and tools needed for a more successful investigational new drug (IND) submission. This workshop, to be held at SwRI, is designed for beginner- to intermediate-level bioscience professionals involved in new drug development. The workshop will help showcase SwRI’s specialized capabilities such as its new clean room, high-potency laboratory space, and complimentary storage facility to the bioscience community. The institute’s 2017 annual report details recent infrastructure investments and educational outreach efforts such as this inaugural workshop that can help attract more drug development to SwRI as well as benefit local startups bringing drugs to market. The Sm...