Dallas-Fort Worth is home to an enviable roster of corporations across major sectors, health systems to support growth, and life science innovators that have turned their discoveries into high-performing ventures.
centers of excellence
Diversity is our strength in the life science industry. Dallas-Fort Worth is unique in that you won't find just one industry or sector that dominates the region, rather you'll find multiple centers of excellence and expertise. A few stand out from the crowd and are at the core of our region's life science DNA.
- AI AND MACHINE LEARNING – Life science companies are infusing artificial intelligence and machine learning into the development of new therapies and care. For example, Tenet Healthcare is leveraging AI in diagnostics, precision medicine, and patient adherence. DFW is strong in AI talent working at all types of companies. Dallas AI, is the largest nonprofit AI forum in the region with over 5,000 members.
- BIG DATA – Bioinformatics, data analytics, and new software development are paving the way to new treatments and patient care. Verily, the life sciences and healthcare-focused subsidiary of Alphabet, which sits at intersection of healthcare, data science, and technology opened an office in Dallas in 2022.
- BLOCKCHAIN AND DLT – Richardson’s Hedera Hashgraph is a leader in enterprise-ready Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Proposed as a more secure than traditional blockchain, it can handle more than 100,000 transactions per second. The Texas Blockchain Council is a nonprofit industry association made up of companies and individuals that work in a variety of industries that are connected to Bitcoin, crypto, and blockchain technology.
- AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY – Building on our deep history of video game development and software engineering, companies are launching groundbreaking new technology in virtual reality for physical therapy and neurological treatments. Recognized as one of the best graduate schools for game design, SMU Guildhall trains the next generation of game developers.
- IoT – DFW is home to some of the originators of IoT technology including Texas Instruments and AT&T. That legacy has created over 200,000 computer, mathematical, engineering tech jobs in the region and now is converging with a rapidly growing life science industry. 5
helping companies grow
The same landscape that fosters our largest companies also spurs explosive growth in our smallest. It’s easy to find support through one of our many life science related incubators and accelerators, and innovation centers.
Sample of DFW life science focused accelerators, incubators, and innovation centers and other support organizations
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Benches to Beds
Dallas-Fort Worth hosts several leading healthcare organizations that support growth through clinical trials and are training the next generation of life science talent. Our world class community hospitals and diverse population are coupled with industry and academia to grow research and independent platforms for multiple clinical trials.
- 6 Major Not-For-Profit Systems
- 2 Major For-Profit Systems
- Home to the VA North Texas Health Care System
- Dallas' Medical District serves 2.8 million patients a year.
UT Southwestern has four Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Each IRB meets twice per month and is properly constituted to review all submissions and types of research. LEARN MORE
The North Texas Regional IRB is a collaboration involving several institutions in Dallas-Fort Worth to provide human subject protection review services to researchers of these partnering institutions…in a single IRB framework. LEARN MORE
From 2016-2021, $4.4 billion of private capital went into DFW life science activities. 72% of investments in DFW life science startups came from out-of-state investors. DFW institutions and organizations received $131 million in NIH Funding and $72 million in Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Awards in 2021. Investors from coast to coast are paying attention to DFW.
Sample of DFW Life Science focused Venture Capital and Investment firms
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UNT HSC SBIR PHASE 0 Program
The HSC Next SBIR Phase 0 program is designed to help the owners of local forward-thinking small businesses apply for federal funds via mechanisms known as the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, collectively known as America’s Seed Fund.
Select companies will enter a comprehensive one-month, cohort-based program that meets weekly and guides them through the grant writing processes. Additionally, participants receive one-on-one mentorship with SBIR experts that help founders fine-tune their proposals to increase the likelihood of receiving federal funding.
Qualifying companies must be in Tarrant County, employ fewer than 500 employees, be U.S. owned and operated, work within U.S. borders, feature new or novel innovations, and focus on research and development with a plan to commercialize. LEARN MORE