5,000+ life science firms: Texas is home to more than 5,000 life science and research firms and approximately 100,000 workers in related fields. Top Fortune 500 companies such as Kimberly-Clark and Celanese are based in Texas, while global industry leaders such as Abbott, Allergan, Galderma, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson and Novartis, among others, have major operations in the state.
World’s largest medical center: The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the world’s largest medical complex and is also home to the world’s largest children’s hospital—the Texas Children’s Hospital— and the world’s largest cancer hospital—MD Anderson Cancer Center. TMC recently announced the addition of TMC3, a new translational research campus will serve as the cornerstone for biomedical advancements in the TMC and beyond.
11 medical universities: Texas is home to 11 medical universities-six that are ranked in the nation's top 100 and the state is continuing to expand its network with the addition of two new medical schools. The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas-Austin, which welcomed its inaugural 50-person class in June 2016, is the first MD-training institution in nearly 50 years to be built from the ground up at a top-tier U.S. research university. North Texas will also be home to another MD program when Texas Christian University and the UNT Health Science Center team up to welcome their first class in 2019. With this growing educational network and the second largest workforce in the nation, it's no wonder Texas ranks No. 1 for Chemical Engineers and Veterinary Technologists.
Grants to drive research: With $5.3 billion in annual R&D expenditures and 23,701 clinical trials underway, Texas is driving innovation in healthcare research. In 2015, the Texas legislature supported the launch of the Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI) grant program with a goal to bring the best and brightest researchers in the world to Texas. To date, the State has awarded $45.5 million to attract and recruit 14 prominent researchers in fields such as molecular biology and animal genetics. In 2016, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $30 million to recruit outstanding faculty for its health science institutions through its Faculty STARS (Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention) Program, doubling the budget from the previous year.
Texans conquer cancer: Home to four NCI-designated cancer centers, Texas is a national leader in cancer research largely due to its historical commitment of $3 billion to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The only such state commitment, CPRIT is the second largest publicly funded cancer research organization in the nation. To date, CPRIT has made 1,247 awards totaling $1.95 billion. Of this amount, 73 percent is for academic research, 17 percent for product development reseaarch and 10 percent for prevention.
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