Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced the opening of JLABS @ TMC, a new 34,000-square foot life sciences incubator providing entrepreneurs shared lab space, private offices, and modular laboratory suites. The Houston, TX-based incubator is equipped with a medical device prototype lab, including a 3D printer, which will provide entrepreneurs access to highly specialized tools, as well as skills building programs to design and develop smart health technologies.
JLABS @ TMC is housed within the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Innovation Institute, adjacent to TMC’s life sciences accelerator TMCx, the new JLABS facility can accommodate up to 50 startups, and will open with 21 companies that represent a range of disciplines and geographies. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson Innovation has entered into a collaboration with PerkinElmer, Inc. to outfit the new JLABS @ TMC facility with world-class lab instruments and software as well as to provide training, OneSource® Laboratory Services and on-site technical support for the resident companies.
JLABS @ TMC joins a network of facilities that are based throughout North America in life science clusters, including San Diego (flagship), San Francisco, South San Francisco, Boston and, opening this spring, the first international location in Toronto, Canada. These facilities are currently home to more than 100 early stage companies advancing bio/pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs. The JLABS facilities will have a total capacity for 225 resident companies once all six are open and operational.
Texas Medical Center hosts an increasing number of life sciences and biotech companies via commercialization initiatives, such as its Innovation Institute, steadily growing the opportunities for academic and industry partnerships in Houston.
The following companies are the first selected as residents of JLABS @ TMC:
Beta Cat Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Targeting cancer stem cell/tumor activator pathways with potent, in cell, small molecule inhibitors. The lead program is in Wnt/ beta catenin signaling, to help inhibit cancer growth.
Icell Kealex Therapeutics
T cell engager-armed oncolytic virus for the treatment of solid tumors.
Developing Immuno Diverse Antibodies to fulfill the unmet demand for efficacious antibody-based products in therapeutic, diagnostic and research applications.
IGY Immune Technologies & Life Sciences
Design & manufacturing of proprietary technology and processes making it possible to create immune health ingredients to strengthen and supplement the body’s natural immune system against broad and targeted bacterial, viral and autoimmune ailments.
ImmunoMet Therapeutics, Inc.
Innovative oncology drugs to increase patient survival by disrupting cancer metabolism and enhancing anti-cancer immunity.
An immuno-oncology company developing a novel drug for use in an in situ autologous cancer vaccine (inCVAX) for the treatment of metastatic cancer.
Innovate Wireless Health
A real-time, HIPAA-compliant solution that gives health eco-system partners (hospitals, payers, pharmaceutical companies and employers) a technology platform to improve patient outcomes and increase societal benefit within chronic illness populations.
A clinical-stage immunotherapy company dedicated to the development of highly selective cytokines for targeted treatment of cancer, autoimmune disease and fibrosis.
Developing a personalized cancer immunotherapy using tumor membrane vesicles prepared from the patient’s own tumor and combined with proven immunostimulatory molecules.
Commercializing revolutionary silicon-based medical nanotechnology products that address unmet clinical needs for personalized medicine, via improved biomarker detection for research, microbial surveillance, and diagnostics; long-term subcutaneous drug-delivery implants; and multi-staged injectable antitumor particles.
Patient monitoring system to accurately and non-invasively measure cerebral venous oxygenation in real time.
Reducing anxiety during cancer treatment through psychological interventions in Virtual Reality.
Dedicated to the development of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, fibrosis associated diseases and infectious disorders.
CareScriptions® is a mobile patient management platform for surgical teams supporting perioperative patient care.
Tomography systems that listen to the sound of light absorbed in tissues in order to see inside the human body, and detect and diagnose disease by providing physicians with quantitative functional information with high contrast and molecular specificity.
Pioneering novel T cell therapies to treat viral infections in order to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
Antibody drug conjugates and beyond: the discovery and development of breakthrough targeted therapies for cancer treatment.
Adhesys Medical Inc.
Developing next-generation surgical adhesives based on polyurethane, which permit quick and safe wound closure, topically as well as inside the human body.
Alterna Therapeutics, Inc.
Developing new therapeutics to treat diabetes and obesity.
Aortix is a heart pump implanted without surgery, designed from the ground-up as a safe and effective treatment for chronic heart failure which affects one in five adults in the United States.
Resonant Therapeutics, Inc.
High-throughput antibody discovery platform for breast and other cancers focused on identifying therapeutics targeted at novel antigens induced by the tumor microenvironment.