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Industry Highlight: Bioscience / Healthcare

With San Antonio’s diverse mix of nationally-recognized healthcare systems, well-regarded research institutions, health profession education programs, cutting-edge biotech companies and successful national corporations, the bioscience and healthcare industry is a dominant force in the city’s economy. One in every six San Antonians works in the industry, supporting a $37 billion annual economic impact.

What’s more, San Antonio’s ever growing bioscience and medical research community is spurring innovations and medical breakthroughs. Today, 13 research institutions are actively engaged in 1063 research projects, according to the continually updated database, sabioscienceresearch.com. The San Antonio Medical Foundation, in partnership with BioMed SA, saw the need in San Antonio to aggregate and display all of this crucial research happening in San Antonio in one database so that organizations can identify opportunities for collaboration.

UT Health San Antonio was recently awarded a $9.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The grant allows UT Health San Antonio to join an elite group in the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium. As part of this 5-year research grant, UT Health will invest resources and conduct studies to identify more individualized cancer treatments in hormone resistance breast and prostate cancers.

San Antonio is also conducting important research on diabetes that affects about 29 million Americans according to the CDC. Scientists from UT Health’s diabetes center are working with a method called gene transfer that has been successful in curing diabetes in mice by assisting the body create its own insulin once again.

The bioscience and healthcare industry in San Antonio is constantly growing and innovating to better the lives of San Antonians and the world. Through the vast bioscience research community, San Antonio is leading the charge to cure many of the world’s most prevalent illnesses.