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  1. Yes you may be right about the fact that the prestigious universities in SF and Boston play a role in the massive amounts of VC. But if you think Rice, MDA, BMC aren’t “premier research institutions”, I don’t know what else to say. Yes I know Rice isn’t in TMC3 but they’re in the TMC and have expressed interest in joining. I’ll give my personal anecdote: I live in Boston, work in the biotech industry, and am getting my master’s in biotech. A lot of my colleagues/classmates/professors know, or have heard, about Rice and MDA and the research that has come out of them. If the largest biotech hub in the nation knows about these institutions I can bet every single other hub knows also. I’m really sorry if I come off as defensive, but this is something that I wished was here when I graduated UH! Maybe I’m in cloud 9, but TMC3 is something that will elevate Houston’s profile in the life sciences industry and a place I would want to work in. And I really want to move back to Houston
  2. Yes that's true but we already know clustering works. SF and Boston wouldn't be where they are, in regards to the amount of capital flowing, without clustering. Both Boston and SF have VC funding in the billions while the other "clusters" only have VC funding in the hundreds of millions. Why spread out the hub when we can consolidate like the two most successful biotech hubs.
  3. I believe you keep thinking TMC3 is for academic research only. The goal of TMC3, as outlined and said repeatedly by McKeon, is to bring the life sciences industry into Houston. He wants Novartis, Roche, AbbVie, etc. to setup shop here like they did in Boston and SF. TMC3 is there so that the academics (UTHSC, MDA, BMC, etc.) can partner with these companies. The reason this is important is because before TMC3 was even conceptualized NO industry (for-profit) was allowed on TMC land. If you’re a biotech company and want to partner with MDA but have to walk across the bayou instead of next door you don’t want that. They had to change the TMC’s covenant so that private industry can setup shop on TMC land and thus be closer to the academics.
  4. I believe McKeon talked about it in the State of TMC 2017 and 2018. There isn’t a name to the developer because they’re still in the planning stages. You’d think the board of regents for A&M, UTHSC, MDA, etc. would be on board if they had to pay for a hotel, residential tower, and convention space? And yes this is all on TMC land.
  5. The entire TMC3 project isn't taxpayer funded. A&M, UTHSC, MDA, etc. pay for their own building (the one that's touching the DNA helix) within TMC3, but the convention space, the hotel, the residential parts are all privately developed.
  6. McKeon (TMC CEO) mentioned that these research buildings on the outside of the helix could house partnerships with industry. Like, for example, if Novartis partnered with MDA, it could be housed in MDA’s research building. TMC3 is supposed to be a catalyst for letting the biotech/pharma industry into the TMC. I think, someone correct me if I’m wrong, there’s a clause or something within the TMC’s founding document that doesn’t allow industry/for-profit institutions on TMC land.
  7. The general idea is to foster research relationships with the other institutions in the TMC. The CEO of TMC stressed that, as of right now, all of the TMC institutions are very independent, aka, they don’t really work together towards a common goal. He mentioned this in State of TMC 2017 and 2018, I think. The design of TMC3 is supposed to build those collaborative relationships. Instead of walking 2,3, or 4 blocks from one institution to another they’ll be right across from each other with the DNA helix in the middle.
  8. Does anyone know what happened to Massimo Dutti? The store front advertising its opening is gone. I can't find anything on it
  9. I don't know...maybe it's because Rice charges 40k for its tuition????? UH depends on the state because it's a PUBLIC university. Anything PUBLIC (parks, roadwork, schools, etc.) receives funding from the government. You saying UH shouldn't get any money from the state because it's only in one metro is like saying HISD shouldn't get any funding from the state because it's only in Houston........
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