The Temple Health & Bioscience District (THBD) recently announced the relocation of a building to serve as a new office and laboratory that will enhance the development of early-stage biotechnology and life science companies. The 5,000-square-foot building is located at 1802 South First St. in the Temple Medical and Education District (TMED).
The relocation of the THBD building is expected to enable the unique biotech district to offer both office and lab spaces to new biotech and life science companies. Situated between Baylor Scott & White and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, the new facility is located in a geographic area designated by the City of Temple to receive redevelopment funding.
The facility includes a lobby and shared receptionist, four office/lab suites, three additional offices, a 15-person conference room, a 6-person meeting room, a break room and 530 square feet of common lab space equipped with an Instron ElectroPuls E10000 material testing system, 3D printer, bio-hood, negative-80-degree freezer, incubator, centrifuge and other laboratory equipment. The design of the building will support Temple Health & Bioscience District’s mission of helping to create and develop health, bioscience, biotechnology and life sciences opportunities in Temple, Texas. THBD is the result of a 2013 State of Texas legislation and it is the first district of its kind existent in Texas.
“THBD was founded with the mission of growing the number of biotech jobs in Temple to complement and support our significant health care presence,” explained the executive director of Temple Health & Bioscience District, Jack Hart, in a press release. “We can now market our availability of office and lab space to attract more biotech and life sciences businesses to Temple.”
In addition, Temple is known for its focus on the development of health science endeavors for over 100 years, with the presence of numerous recognized physicians and researchers. Baylor Scott & White Health, the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple College, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory are all located in Temple, which means that the new THBD office and lab will join these five medical services, education, clinical research and agri-life research centers.