Health & Science

AT&T Plans Commercialization Hub In Houston’s Medical Center

Dallas-based AT&T will open a research and commercialization center inside the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute

The AT&T Foundry for Connected Health will open in February inside the Innovation Institute at the Texas Medical Center, off Holcombe.

Craig Lee, a director with the company's Foundry network, said this will be the sixth location for a Foundry, and it will focus on digital health technologies.

"Houston was just the natural place to put the healthcare Foundry because it's just right in the center. It's the hub of everything to do with healthcare," Lee said.

Dr. Robert Robbins, the president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, has been working on commercializing promising biotech ideas being developed in Houston's hospitals and research labs.

"This won't be the last," he said of the AT&T partnership. "We've got a series of companies we're talking to about having some sort of presence in Houston."

In March, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson will open a business incubator in the same TMC building as AT&T.

"Once we get a critical mass of companies, than I think the other companies are going to have to respond and have a presence in Houston," Robbins said. "We'll have the infrastructure built to have a true, globally-competitive life science cluster, right here in the heart of the Texas Medical Center."

The Foundry for Connected Health will start out with four full-time staffers. They will invite in entrepreneurs or customers who have ideas about digital communication between patients, doctors and hospitals.

A floor plan for the Foundry for Connected Health. The innovation hub will allow experimentation at  mock-ups of an operating room, a doctor's office and a patient's home.
A floor plan for the Foundry for Connected Health. The innovation hub will allow experimentation at mock-ups of an operating room, a doctor’s office and a patient’s home.

 

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