Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, this week’s guest host, and I’m here with Ann Tanabe, the Chief Executive Officer of BioHouston. Welcome to the Playbook Ann.
Ann: Thanks, Jen, thanks for having me.
Jen: So BioHouston has been around for a while but I know you guys have really kind of ramped up a lot of your efforts in the Life Sciences community within the last 5 years; what have you guys been doing?
Ann: So this is a really great and exciting time for the Life Sciences industry here in Houston. I’m happy to report today we have over 200 companies that span therapeutics, med device, healthcare IT and digital health. Most of that innovation is coming out of the Texas Medical Center as you can imagine and we’re really happy to say that not only the TMC but the member institutions like Baylor, MD Anderson, Rice University are all putting innovation at the forefront.
Jen: That’s awesome. Now do you guys ever work with – I know Life Sciences but do other industries come in and share technologies?
Ann: Sure, so we’re seeing a lot of healthcare, digital health and the software and hardware development interchange and play with our therapeutic areas. So at the TMC, for instance, AT&T has established what they call the AT&T Foundry which has been a great resource for our community.
Jen: Perfect. Now if somebody doesn’t know about what BioHouston does what’s just a quick synopsis of what you guys do for the community?
Ann: We’re a hub and a connector and we like to call ourselves the information booth. Anybody interested in looking for opportunities either to volunteer or be an intern with a company, if you’re a startup company looking for investors or if you’re a business wanting to transact business with companies we’re the place and we’re the place to come to meet and interact with folks.
Jen: And your website is?
Jen: Well I know there’s a whole host of other things I want to ask you so can we get you back?
Ann: Sure, happy to do so.
Jen: Perfect. This has been another Thought Leader production brought to you by PKF Texas the Entrepreneur’s Playbook. Tune in next week for another chapter.