Johnson & Johnson, the New Jersey-based global healthcare leader, believes in the depth
of knowledge and experience in the tech community at the Texas Medical Center. In fact,
the company recently invested in its second facility at the complex – the Center for Device
Innovation at the Texas Medical Center (CDI @ TMC) – a broad, innovative collaboration
to accelerate development, from concept to commercialization, of breakthrough medical
Housed within the TMC Innovation Institute, the 26,000sf facility hosts Johnson & Johnson
Medical Devices Companies’ research and development staff, working on select internal
projects along with strategically aligned external ventures of JJMDC. For the first time,
medical devices innovators are able to execute each stage of the product development life
cycle without ever having to leave TMC, enabling unparalleled efficiency in responding to
patient needs. The TMC Innovation Institute is also home to JLABS @ TMC, a life sciences
incubator and TMC’s first collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, which opened in 2016.
CDI @ TMC offers R&D teams real-time visibility into the most pressing healthcare challenges,
as well as rapid prototyping and development of relevant patient solutions. Further,
through the collaboration, CDI @ TMC staff will also be welcome at the TMC network’s
broad range of preclinical facilities – including those at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Methodist Hospital and Texas Heart Institute – to test new ideas.
“CDI @ TMC represents unprecedented collaboration between the scientists, business leaders,
academicians and investors required to bring revolutionary medical devices from concept
to market,” said Sandi Peterson, Group Worldwide Chair of Johnson & Johnson. “With
all these resources in one zip code, medical devices may be developed, tested, moved to
clinical trials and regulatory approval, then provided to the doctors and patients around the
world who need them faster than ever before.”
Described as an “engineering studio,” the facility is appointed with all the tools its staff
may need to translate ideas to products, including a machine shop, a mechanical testing
lab, an electronics workspace and component lab, a 3D printing lab and a virtual reality
demonstration area. The space itself is designed to spur creativity, with a conference room
made of spare building materials – a symbol of new applications for traditional ideas –
and a wall with glass cases to display medical devices led-learnings.
They’ve come a long way from Band-Aids and baby shampoo. This is the J&J of the future,
and it’s only at the Texas Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.jnjinnovation.com.