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BioMed SA Showcases “Local Breakthroughs/Global Impact” at 2010 Annual Meeting
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Some 150 industry and community leaders at BioMed SA's Annual Meeting breakfast Dec. 10 heard the organization announce a bold new "industry vision" for San Antonio to be globally recognized as a leader in healthcare and bioscience.

Having completed its fifth year in operation, BioMed SA developed the new vision, along with an updated organizational mission and strategies, during its 2010 strategic planning process involving more than 40 current and former members of the BioMed SA Executive Committee. Click here for new strategic plan.

"When we launched BioMed SA five years ago, our core mission was to raise the visibility of San Antonio's biomedical sector," explained Founding Chair Henry Cisneros. "Five years later, we can see some real progress, as San Antonio has begun to command significantly more attention, both here in Texas and around the nation. In updating our strategic plan this year, we collectively decided it is time to take our efforts to an even broader level."

With "Local Breakthroughs / Global Impact" as the breakfast theme, BioMed SA President Ann Stevens highlighted a series of 2010 initiatives and accomplishments demonstrating that San Antonio is becoming increasingly recognized as a biomedical center here in the U.S.

The decisions by Medtronic, Becton Dickinson (BD), and InCube Labs to locate new operations here are tangible evidence of San Antonio's increasing attractiveness, Stevens said. She also cited a new study reporting the San Antonio sector's annual economic impact at $24.5 billion in 2009.

San Antonio is also having an ongoing impact on global health, as illustrated by featured speakers Kenneth Trevett and Dr. Cameron Powell.

As President and CEO of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Trevett recounted how internationalist Tom Slick founded SFBR seven decades ago to bring life to his vision of creating a "City of Science" to improve the lives of people all over the world.

"We live in a time when each corner of the world has become our neighborhood," said Trevett. "We disregard this truth at our peril - the peril of lost opportunity, as well as the peril of natural and manmade threats. Reaching beyond our borders is not just desirable, it is an imperative."

He went on to cite examples of local companies and institutions, including SFBR, which are already having an impact on world health through product sales, scientific studies, clinical trials, patient care, educational programs, and humanitarian aid.

In a particularly timely example, Michael Voss of San Antonio-based Vidacare announced that Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Miller was preparing to fly over $100,000 worth of the company's intraosseous infusion equipment to Haiti to rehydrate patients with severe cases of cholera.

Meanwhile, Dr. Powell, President and Chief Medical Officer of AirStrip Technologies, illustrated how the company's remote patient monitoring technology is helping to save the lives of newborn babies and other patients here in the U.S. by giving healthcare providers access to critical, real-time information and preventing communication errors.

With the help of strategic industry and investment partners, AirStrip is preparing to expand its technology solutions into global markets and set a new standard of care in healthcare information delivery.

"Mobility is becoming the key conduit for healthcare information delivery, even more so in developing countries," said Powell, noting that over 2 billion cell phones are now in use worldwide. "With their mobile devices, clinicians expect to manage their healthcare practices like they manage their daily lives. AirStrip is there to help them."

2011 Executive Committee Members
During the breakfast, Cisneros introduced the newly elected BioMed SA Executive Committee for 2011. Joining the EC for the first time are: Dr. Kevin Land, President and CEO of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center; Dr. Randy Goldsmith, CEO of The Texas Technology Development Center; and Doyle Beneby, President and CEO of CPS Energy. Dr. William Henrich, President of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, succeeds Dr. Brian Herman as the university's representative.

Returning members of the Executive Committee include: Graham Reeve, President and CEO of the Baptist Health System; Julie Burgett, Vice President of R&D, Therapeutic Support Systems, Kinetic Concepts, Inc.; Dr. Ze'ev Shaked, President and CEO of Evestra, Inc.; Dr. Robert Gracy, Vice President for Research at UTSA; Dr. Louis Agnese, President of University of the Incarnate Word; Dr. Bruce Leslie, Chancellor of the Alamo Colleges; Col. (Dr.) Mary Ann McAfee, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Brooke Army Medical Center; along with Trevett, Moriarty, Cisneros, and Davis. Continuing as ex officio members, along with Perez, are Mayor Julian Castro, County Judge Nelson Wolff, and Bexar County Medical Society CEO/Executive Director John Wisniewski.

BioMed SA is a non-profit, membership-based organization, supported in part by the City of San Antonio. Its mission is to accelerate growth of San Antonio's biomedical sector, create regional economic benefit, and contribute to the health of San Antonio and beyond by establishing San Antonio as a leader in healthcare and bioscience. The city's healthcare and bioscience industry has added approximately 33,000 net new jobs over the past decade, significantly fueling San Antonio's growth and employing one out of every six members of the city's workforce. As America's seventh largest city, San Antonio is a community that embraces science and medicine. Its vibrant health care and bioscience industry, a dominant force in the city's economy with an annual economic impact of $24.5 billion, combines unique assets and a diversity of resources with a collaborative spirit that is making a global impact on science and health.

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