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.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: DALLAS & TEMPLE, Texas—Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare completed the merger of the two health systems to form the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $75 million Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to treat soldiers injured on the battlefield and advance care for the public will involve bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M’s National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect U.S. animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas—The National Institutes of Health is turning to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin to develop computer simulations to improve surgical repair of the heart’s mitral valve, one of the aging heart’s key points of failure.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—UT Southwestern Medical Center and Fort Worth’s Moncrief Cancer Foundation each pledged $5 million to bring comprehensive cancer services to Fort Worth and surrounding communities through the UT Southwestern / Moncrief Cancer Institute.
As a business owner, would you sign a contract that requires you to purchase a product, give that product away and then request payment from a third party without knowing how much you’d receive? What if you also didn’t know how much you’d be reimbursed before signing the contract, and that the other party could change that reimbursement rates without notice?
Texas received federal approval in May to begin more than 1,100 experimental projects that could transform the way health care is delivered to the state’s poor and uninsured. But there is a catch: To receive billions of dollars in federal financing, health care providers across 20 Texas regions must start the projects using local financing and meet some performance benchmarks.
When Dr. Jeff Alling, a family physician, moved to Wise County more than 20 years ago, he was one of only two doctors in the rural North Texas community qualified to deliver babies. Since then, he has delivered more than 2,000.
Texas Business reports: A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies.
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—An innovative method for treating potentially fatal brain aneurysms by filling them with foam-like plastics is a step closer to clinical trials after demonstrating an ability to promote healing at unprecedented levels, said a Texas A&M University researcher who is developing the treatment.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health and Hospital System (Parkland) settled allegations it violated the civil False Claims Act and Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Capstone National Partners won a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to further support the expansion of translational research to find treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury, including servicemen and women.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Balfour Beatty | McCarthy joint venture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA) and Medical Command (MEDCOM) recently celebrated the official topping out for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Replacement at Fort Hood, Texas.
Texas Business reports: IRVING—Humana Inc., a healthcare company, plans to open a RightSource mail-order pharmacy call center and support operation in Irving in August, bringing more than 620 new jobs to the area over the next three years.
Texas Business reports: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents authorized the execution of a contract to create a family medicine residency program with Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria, Texas.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO—The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at Las Palmas Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery.
Researchers at The University of Texas are developing technology that may soon allow individuals to be tested for a number of infections and diseases without having to make a trip to the doctor’s office.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Episcopal Diocese of Texas approved today a Definitive Agreement for the transfer of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized health care system.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital received a $11.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of more effective and less toxic targeted T cell therapies for children and adults with cancer.
Texas Business reports: EL PASO—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District awarded a $648 million contract January 29 to Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II for the construction of the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—UHC, an alliance of 119 academic medical centers and 283 of their affiliated hospital organizations, announces that Harris Health System of Harris County, Texas, has become UHC's newest member.
Texas Business reports: The state of Texas plans to give $3.15 million to health care start-up companies. The money will be funneled through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to three early stage companies that are developing technologies to help treat and diagnose diabetes and heart failure.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Elekta and Royal Philips Electronics announced that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center signed an agreement to join a research group to advance the development of an image-guided treatment technology for cancer care.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A five-year, $1.75 million grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was awarded to Texas Children’s Cancer Center to establish the Developmental Therapeutics Center of Excellence.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited, a specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, closed the acquisition of 19.98% of indirect ownership of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center (MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center).
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— XBiotech, a privately held biotechnology company, has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for its therapeutic monoclonal antibody MABp1 (CV-18C3) as a treatment to reduce the need for re-intervention after superficial femoral artery (SFA) revascularization.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Nora’s Gift Foundation selected Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) to build the new Nora’s Home hospitality facility near the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – Lawrence T. Tyler, 40, has been indicted on charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS and TEMPLE, Texas—The boards of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare have approved the signing of an agreement of intent to combine the strengths of their two health systems to create a $7.7 billion organization with the vision and resources to offer its patients continued exceptional care while creating a model system for an industry undergoing fundamental transformation.
Texas Business reports: WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas—CVS/pharmacy and Medicine Chest Pharmacy announced CVS will acquire 19 Medicine Chest drug stores in Texas during the last weekend of December.
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—MedSpring Urgent Care, a provider of quality urgent health care, announced the opening of a new center located at 6501 South Fry Road, at the southeast corner of South Fry Road and Grand Parkway, near the planned Whole Foods Market.
Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI – A state district court in Nueces County issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Silverio Salinas, owner of Corpus Christi-based Silverio Salinas Inc. d/b/a Neohealth Inc., Natural Doctor Center, and Maya Wellness Center from selling unauthorized supplements:
Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Beginning in December 2012, all newborns in the state of Texas will be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) as part of the standard newborn screening panel which already screens for 28 additional disorders. In correlation with this new screening, Texas Children's Hospital opened Newborn Primary Immunodeficiency Disorder (PIDD) Screening Clinic which will immediately see referred newborns who have tested positive for SCID and other PIDDs to limit mortality rates through early diagnosis and treatment.
Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—Smith & Nephew, a U.K.-based medical technology business, signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Healthpoint Biotherapeutics for $782 million in cash.
Texas Business reports: Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in development at Rice University with support from the National Institutes of Health.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— Harden Healthcare, a Texas-based senior healthcare services provider with operations in 14 states, announced its subsidiary, Hospice Care of Kansas, will change its name to Harden Hospice Kansas effective immediately.
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—XBiotech, a privately held biotechnology company, announced positive interim analysis results today from a Phase II study using a True Human monoclonal antibody (MABp1) in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—A Dallas-area home health services company owner admitted his role in a $374 million home health fraud scheme in which he and others conspired to bill Medicare for unnecessary services that were never performed.
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