A new collaborative joint research building is in preparation and will be housed on the new life sciences campus of Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects)
A new joint research building to be located at the future site of the Texas Medical Center’s life sciences campus expansion project, TMC3, has been under construction since January 2021 and will be completed by fall 2023, have announced the research institutions of Texas Medical Center.
The 250,000 square foot building, called the TMC3 Collaborative Building, will house synergistic translational research initiatives for three research institutes: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Health Sciences Center Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center. . The facility will also be shared with life science trading companies and industry leaders, according to a September 20 announcement.
The new building, designed by Boston-based life sciences architectural firm Elkus Manfredi Architects, will be located at the heart of a future 37-acre TMC3 campus, with four floors designed to encourage collaboration between healthcare facilities. academics and industry partners. To facilitate this collaboration, the three partners in the healthcare sector are creating a 43,000 square foot joint research laboratory combining laboratory, office and common workspace.
Beyond that, 85,000 square feet of lab and office space will be developed for industry partners, while 14,200 square feet will house strategic initiatives from TMC, Braidwell, the TMC Venture Fund and partners. national venture capital and investment funds, the statement said.
MD Anderson will also create an additional 14,000 square feet of space for strategic initiatives.
“MD Anderson is proud to be a founding institution of TMC3. This project represents a unique opportunity for the Houston academic medical community to collaborate together and with industry to advance our missions and accelerate knowledge and treatments, ”said Dr. Peter WT Pisters, President of MD Anderson in the announcement. “TMC3 also represents a gradual advance in the local life sciences ecosystem, which will create jobs and opportunities for Houston, the region and the state. “
Meanwhile, Texas A&M Health will use space as a new platform for pioneering advancements and commercial activities, while UTHealth Houston will use space to advance the work of its scientists as they seek to do advances in medicine.
To make this center a reality, the three health care facilities as well as the Texas Medical Center have invested $ 185.8 million in the design and construction of the building.