Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Children’s Medical Center is partnering with UT Southwestern Medical Center to establish a $150 million pediatric research institute.
The Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern will focus on the discovery of transformative advances related to the understanding and treatment of cancer, birth defects and metabolic diseases.
The institute will combine the comprehensive clinical expertise of Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital system, and UT Southwestern, an internationally recognized center for medical research.
Children’s has committed to raise $150 million in endowment to support the new initiative.
“The Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern is poised to lead the way in a new era of scientific discovery,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s. “This will make treatments more effective and delivery of care more efficient. Ultimately, we will push the frontiers of pediatric medicine, help reduce suffering and save lives, a goal of Children’s for nearly 100 years.”
“The goals of the institute align with our focus on translating scientific advances into outstanding patient care,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “We look forward to this enhanced collaboration between UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center.”
The institute is focusing on research at the interface of stem cell biology, cancer, and metabolism that has the potential to reveal new strategies for treating disease.
“Our goal is to discover the therapies of tomorrow,” Morrison said. “We will invest in research to illuminate the biological basis for disease by integrating interdisciplinary groups of scientists and physicians who combine skills that are rarely found in a single laboratory.
“When we make discoveries that have the potential to improve the treatment of patients, we will invest in clinical research to deliver the benefits of the science to patients. Our ultimate goal is to cure somebody who would not be cured otherwise.”
The institute currently has more than 30 scientists in two laboratories. It eventually will include 150 scientists in 15 laboratories led by UT Southwestern faculty members.
The institute is located at 6000 Harry Hines Boulevard, on the UT Southwestern campus.
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