Editor’s Note: In the year As 2022 comes to a close, InnovationMap is looking back at the year’s top stories in Houston innovation. In Houston, the world’s largest medical center, health tech and innovation news abounds — from startups named among investors’ most promising to the expansion of a Texas medical center. Here are five Houston health tech-focused articles that stood out to readers this year — be sure to click through to read the full story.

Houston firms announced the 10 most promising life science startups

Houston’s medical innovation community gathers to discuss innovations in healthcare. Photo by Getty Images

What are the startups shaping the future of healthcare? This week the Houston conference convened to discuss.

The 10th Annual Texas Life Sciences Forum, hosted by BioHost and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, engaged thought leadership in the life sciences community with panels, discussions and more. Additionally, 49 companies presented their solutions to the public in medical devices, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals and more.

The event names the 10 most promising life sciences companies, selected by investors and presented by the Greater Houston Partnership. Read more.

Houston hospital system to open new innovation space

Houston Methodist breaks ground on a 400-bed hospital in Cypress. Courtesy of Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist will soon break ground on a “smart” hospital in Cypress, designed to be the smartest of the nine hospitals.

The $650 million Cypress Hospital is modeled after Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands hospitals. However, the location of Cypes is on the way to surpass them with modern technology.

“Our commitment to innovation is one of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other hospital systems, and we are committed to making this new hospital the most technologically advanced and innovative hospital ever,” said Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Mark Boom. In a note to the staff. Read more.

Following a $50M gift, Tilman Fertitta outlined goals for a prestigious medical school at the University of Houston.

Fertitta and his family made a $50 million gift to the UH School of Medicine. Photo courtesy

Houston’s top billionaire and owner of the posh 5-star Post Oak Hotel and Houston Rockets, Tillman J.

But the latest move by the CEO of the massive Ferrita entertainment empire has nothing to do with penthouses or guards, but rather a game-changing legacy to help the health of his homeland.

The longtime UH board member and former chairman and his family have pledged $50 million to the University of Houston’s College of Medicine. In turn, the new school of medicine, Tillman J. christened Fertitta Family Medical College. Read more.

TMC details the new Bioport, Helix Park in partnership with Greater Houston

TMC has given an update on TMC3 – now called TMC Helix Park – and introduced a new Bioport project. by Elkus Manfredi Architects

In the next five to 10 years, the Texas Medical Center you know today will double in size. TMC President and CEO Bill McKeon said yesterday at a Texas Medical Center event hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

The largest contribution to TMC’s growth is the TMC3 campus expansion, which will bring 37 acres and 5 million square feet of space to TMC, now known as Helix Park. The name is a nod to the design of the park and walkway in the center of the campus. The TMC3 Collaborative Building – the first multi-institutional research facility in TMC’s history – will be the first of the project and is currently under construction and will be completed by 2023.

However, the big news of the event was TMC BioPort, the company’s soon-to-be biomanufacturing and medical supplies distribution engine. This new campus will cover several hundred acres of land across the road from TMC and will repatriate much-needed critical medical supplies and new cell and gene therapies, according to a news release. Read more.

Heard: Houston experts discuss women in med tech, insights from investors and more.

Healthcare innovators join Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University’s ENMED program to discuss women in healthcare innovation and venture capital investment. Photo courtesy of Houston Methodist

Houston’s health innovation community is making strides toward high-quality care and technology adoption every day—but what challenges does the industry face these days?

The Houston Tech Rodeo, a partnership between Houston Methodist and Texas A&M University’s ENMED program, weighed in on topics across the industry, including healthcare startup bias and investment opportunities.

Did you miss the conversation? Here are seven key moments from the panels held Thursday, March 3, at A&M’s new ENMED building at the Texas Medical Center. Read more.


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