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BioMed SA is pursuing four core strategies to achieve its mission: to organize and promote San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience assets to accelerate growth of the sector and to enhance San Antonio's reputation as a city of science and health. While specific objectives and activities evolve from one year to the next, the organization's underlying strategies remain constant.
Objective: Build the BioMed SA/industry brand and increase our visibility:
- Initiated national/international advertising program with full-page ad in Forbes and Forbes Asia.
- Launched BioMed SA website, inviting Forbes readers and other web visitors to "Discover the Science of San Antonio" at www.biomedsa.org.
- Presented 2nd Annual Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences to Dr. Karen Davis of New York, President of The Commonwealth Fund.
- Arranged meetings with Dr. Davis with local hospital CEOs, a community advisory board, a newspaper editorial board, and medical school faculty and students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
- Prominently featured in Business South Texas magazine cover story (June 2007) and SA Woman article on women in healthcare (November/December 2007).
- Contributed news roundup stories on San Antonio's biomedical industry for Innovation Texas magazine (Winter 2006 and Spring 2007).
- Attracted local broadcast news coverage in support of Proposition 15, Texas' new cancer research initiative
- Quoted in local press articles about San Antonio's biomedical industry.
- Raised San Antonio's biomedical industry profile by speaking at two national conferences, a regional biodefense summit and various local business group meetings.
- Exhibited and arranged for four local industry representatives to speak at the Business of Science Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Facilitated introductions and provided needed information and assistance for BioMed SA members.
Objective: Position BioMed SA as a "sector expert" with economic developers.
- Played active, ongoing role in positioning San Antonio for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
- Represented San Antonio's biomedical industry on trade mission to Vancouver, British Columbia, and on three Texas visits by Canadian officials.
- Worked with City of San Antonio to facilitate ongoing collaboration between a Japanese institute on experimental animal research and two local bioscience institutions.
Objective: Develop recruitment strategies and tools.
- Played active role in efforts to recruit four emerging bioscience companies.
- Conducted a local technology industry census with SATAI to compile information for recruitment strategies and tools.
Objective: Continue to guide industry cluster initiative for workforce development
- Organized core teams to execute Steering Committee action plans on nurse retention and growth of clinical research.
- Identified need for technical workforce in clinical research, prompting Northwest Vista College to introduce a new associate's degree in clinical research in Fall 2007.
- Applied for National Science Foundation planning grant for community college workforce development in three-way partnership with Alamo WorkSource and ACCD.
- Received "Board Chair Frontier Award" from Alamo WorkSource for leadership of the Healthcare & Bioscience Industry Cluster Initiative.
Objective: Build community membership and cultivate ongoing public sector support.
- Secured 2008 funding commitments from the City, County and CPS Energy totaling $250,000.
- Accepted $60,000 grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries to support operations and workforce development initiatives.
- Began broadening our private sector recruitment efforts into the community at large.
- Attended workshop for non-profits on achieving sustainable funding.
Objective: Host investor/donor/legislator events to develop industry awareness/support.
Worked with legislative sponsors and cancer research advocates to build awareness and raise funds for passage of Proposition 15.
Worked with The Greater Chamber to identify potential San Antonio appointees for the new Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas.
Briefed Bexar County delegation members in Washington and Austin on San Antonio's pursuit of the National Bio & Agro-Defense Facility during The Greater Chamber's SA to DC trip and the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute's Legislative Fly-In.
Began discussions with a group of Midwestern investors about investing in San Antonio's life science industry.