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JLABS @ TMC

JLABS @ TMC

In Collaboration with the Texas Medical Center

Everything is bigger in Texas, and JLABS @ TMC is no exception. With over 34,000 square feet of common, wet lab, and office space, our Houston site boasts the largest JLABS footprint in the US. Our portfolio is as diverse as our hometown, with companies hailing from five countries, and seven states. Not only are our companies diverse, but so are their technologies. The JLABS @ TMC portfolio spans the breadth of life sciences with companies focused on oncology, therapeutics, pharma and medical device, turning Houston into the true third coast of innovation. To help our medical device companies and partners in the TMCx cohort and BioDesign program innovate faster, we recently renovated a ~1,000-square foot concept lab into a full-scale prototyping space, which includes specialized software, electronics testing and assembly equipment, rapid fabrication and 3D printing capabilities.

JLABS @ TMC is already linking regional entrepreneurs to the global subject matter experts internally at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, including opportunities to discuss funding, access third-party services, attend educational events and meet with R&D experts from our medical device, consumer healthcare product and Janssen pharmaceutical teams. JLABS @ TMC has the same no-strings attached approach currently in operation at the California and Boston-based JLABS facilities.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation seeks to find the best science and technology, no matter where it is located, to solve the greatest unmet medical and healthcare needs of our time. As one of the top global biotechnology clusters, and home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, Houston is a flourishing life science hub in which JLABS @ TMC plays a pivotal role. The JLABS model enables talented scientists in the region to take their innovations to the next level, furthering our goal of helping entrepreneurs advance science with the potential to become transformational solutions for patients.

JLABS @ TMC
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021
346-772-0300
Get directions

Our Partners:

We live in a flourishing life sciences environment, and we take advantage of it. Johnson & Johnson Innovation has established partnerships with local institutions to provide JLABS @ TMC companies access to the breadth of the ecosystem. Our key partners include:

  1. The Texas Medical Center, For the first time in the history of the Texas Medical Center, leaders throughout the TMC community have joined together in a visionary initiative to drive the next generation of life science advancements. Their goal: To become the world leader in health and life sciences by leveraging the collective power of TMC’s renowned institutions in a shared, centrally managed environment. The result is a research collaborative unlike anything TMC has ever known or health care has ever seen.

    The initiative is a natural extension of TMC’s original mission to serve the health, education and research needs of Texas and the world. As health care’s largest and most diverse community, TMC is positioned to make a difference in ways no other single institution can. By uniting its unrivaled resources and expertise, the Texas Medical Center can more readily drive the commercialization of breakthrough ideas, expand its reach as a global medical leader and ultimately transform human health.
     

  2. TMCx Innovation Institute, The Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute is the first step in the Texas Medical Center’s long-term plans to become one of the world’s premiere life science commercialization clusters. The institute provides programs including the TMCx accelerator, which provides entrepreneurs the essential resources for growth including office and meeting space, training curriculum and an extensive advisor network comprised of business and legal experts, health care professionals, executives and investors. The inaugural TMCx program launched in Spring 2015. The Innovation Institute programs also include the year-long TMC Biodesign digital health and medical device fellowship and TMCx+ co-working space. For more information, visit www.tmcinnovation.org.
     

  3. TMC Biodesign, Fellows from engineering, medicine, business, design, computer science and research backgrounds work together in interdisciplinary teams to observe and identify unmet needs and collaboratively create products to solve them.

Leadership
 

Tom Luby

Tom Luby Ph.D. is the Head of JLABS @ TMC in Houston, Texas.  His responsibilities include external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. In this role, he catalyzes and support the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare sectors.

Tom joined the Johnson & Johnson Innovation family 3 years ago as a New Ventures Lead at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in Boston. In that role, he was instrumental in fostering many deals for the Boston office, which included the expansion of JLABS to JLABS @ Toronto.  Prior to J&J, Tom spent 14 years in various R&D and business development positions, most recently as Sr. Director, Research Ventures at Shire. Nine of those years were spent working in R&D and operational roles across three start-up biotech companies in the Boston area.

Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from State University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. For his post-doctoral research, Tom shifted to the study of cancer cell genetics at Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Testimonials
 

Chris Stevens | Replete Biotics

From JLABs I have received tremendous coaching and mentoring. I have had access to world class thought leaders in my particular field of interest. I have been able to meet some of the researchers who I have idolized, and was given a platform of legitimacy that would not have been possible were I not a JLABs client company.

Dr. Ann M. Leen | ViraCyte

Here at JLABS @ TMC, we have everything we need to be successful. The labs are state of the art, we have access to expertise inside Johnson & Johnson, and the infrastructure allows us to focus solely on the science.

Albert Huang | Allotrope Medical

With the close proximity to the largest medical center in the world, we have benefited from tapping into that massive resource of hospitals along with the healthcare providers that reside there. At the same time, the team at JLabs is constantly bringing in potential investors, thought leaders, as well as those within Johnson & Johnson that can assist us in advancing our company from all angles.
JLABS gives us the opportunity to work in an innovative environment as well as have access to J&J resources to build connections and company success.

Jessica Traver | IntuiTap

We chose JLABS because of the access they provide to medical device experts, as well as to internal Johnson & Johnson leaders.  The guidance we’ve received in helping us refine our go-to-market strategy and our sales and distribution strategy is something we couldn’t receive anywhere else.

Alex Schueller | Adhesys Medical

Having access to the experience of J&J is a key differentiator, along with the unique ecosystem of driven entrepreneurs and aspiring companies. Being part of JLABS in Houston accelerated our development from science to product to acquisition.

 

Event Testimonials
 

Mark Horsey | StemBioSys (attended “Sell Your Science” event in San Antonio, Texas)

Great presentation all around. Tom was engaging and interesting, and while I’ve built many a pitch deck in the past, it was interesting to hear a few new perspectives…

Irma Calderon Woodruff | Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, Inc. ( “Sell Your Science” San Antonio, Texas)

Dr. Luby is an excellent presenter. He fed us information with stories and analogies that made the presentation engaging and easy to understand. He is a great ambassador for J&J. This session showed me that J&J cares about the community and helps entrepreneurs with their innovations. It made me feel proud that I buy J&J products!

Warren Lau | Nexus Biopharma, Inc. (Mentor Day)

What I found most valuable about Mentor Day was the confirmation that JLABS is really “there” for us and wants to find ways to help us succeed.

JLABS @ TMC

In Collaboration with the Texas Medical Center

Everything is bigger in Texas, and JLABS @ TMC is no exception. With over 34,000 square feet of common, wet lab, and office space, our Houston site boasts the largest JLABS footprint in the US. Our portfolio is as diverse as our hometown, with companies hailing from five countries, and seven states. Not only are our companies diverse, but so are their technologies. The JLABS @ TMC portfolio spans the breadth of life sciences with companies focused on oncology, therapeutics, pharma and medical device, turning Houston into the true third coast of innovation. To help our medical device companies and partners in the TMCx cohort and BioDesign program innovate faster, we recently renovated a ~1,000-square foot concept lab into a full-scale prototyping space, which includes specialized software, electronics testing and assembly equipment, rapid fabrication and 3D printing capabilities.

JLABS @ TMC is already linking regional entrepreneurs to the global subject matter experts internally at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, including opportunities to discuss funding, access third-party services, attend educational events and meet with R&D experts from our medical device, consumer healthcare product and Janssen pharmaceutical teams. JLABS @ TMC has the same no-strings attached approach currently in operation at the California and Boston-based JLABS facilities.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation seeks to find the best science and technology, no matter where it is located, to solve the greatest unmet medical and healthcare needs of our time. As one of the top global biotechnology clusters, and home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, Houston is a flourishing life science hub in which JLABS @ TMC plays a pivotal role. The JLABS model enables talented scientists in the region to take their innovations to the next level, furthering our goal of helping entrepreneurs advance science with the potential to become transformational solutions for patients.

JLABS @ TMC
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021
346-772-0300
Get directions

Our Partners:

We live in a flourishing life sciences environment, and we take advantage of it. Johnson & Johnson Innovation has established partnerships with local institutions to provide JLABS @ TMC companies access to the breadth of the ecosystem. Our key partners include:

  1. The Texas Medical Center, For the first time in the history of the Texas Medical Center, leaders throughout the TMC community have joined together in a visionary initiative to drive the next generation of life science advancements. Their goal: To become the world leader in health and life sciences by leveraging the collective power of TMC’s renowned institutions in a shared, centrally managed environment. The result is a research collaborative unlike anything TMC has ever known or health care has ever seen.

    The initiative is a natural extension of TMC’s original mission to serve the health, education and research needs of Texas and the world. As health care’s largest and most diverse community, TMC is positioned to make a difference in ways no other single institution can. By uniting its unrivaled resources and expertise, the Texas Medical Center can more readily drive the commercialization of breakthrough ideas, expand its reach as a global medical leader and ultimately transform human health.
     

  2. TMCx Innovation Institute, The Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute is the first step in the Texas Medical Center’s long-term plans to become one of the world’s premiere life science commercialization clusters. The institute provides programs including the TMCx accelerator, which provides entrepreneurs the essential resources for growth including office and meeting space, training curriculum and an extensive advisor network comprised of business and legal experts, health care professionals, executives and investors. The inaugural TMCx program launched in Spring 2015. The Innovation Institute programs also include the year-long TMC Biodesign digital health and medical device fellowship and TMCx+ co-working space. For more information, visit www.tmcinnovation.org.
     

  3. TMC Biodesign, Fellows from engineering, medicine, business, design, computer science and research backgrounds work together in interdisciplinary teams to observe and identify unmet needs and collaboratively create products to solve them.

Leadership
 

Tom Luby

Tom Luby Ph.D. is the Head of JLABS @ TMC in Houston, Texas.  His responsibilities include external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. In this role, he catalyzes and support the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare sectors.

Tom joined the Johnson & Johnson Innovation family 3 years ago as a New Ventures Lead at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in Boston. In that role, he was instrumental in fostering many deals for the Boston office, which included the expansion of JLABS to JLABS @ Toronto.  Prior to J&J, Tom spent 14 years in various R&D and business development positions, most recently as Sr. Director, Research Ventures at Shire. Nine of those years were spent working in R&D and operational roles across three start-up biotech companies in the Boston area.

Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from State University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University. For his post-doctoral research, Tom shifted to the study of cancer cell genetics at Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Testimonials
 

Chris Stevens | Replete Biotics

From JLABs I have received tremendous coaching and mentoring. I have had access to world class thought leaders in my particular field of interest. I have been able to meet some of the researchers who I have idolized, and was given a platform of legitimacy that would not have been possible were I not a JLABs client company.

Dr. Ann M. Leen | ViraCyte

Here at JLABS @ TMC, we have everything we need to be successful. The labs are state of the art, we have access to expertise inside Johnson & Johnson, and the infrastructure allows us to focus solely on the science.

Albert Huang | Allotrope Medical

With the close proximity to the largest medical center in the world, we have benefited from tapping into that massive resource of hospitals along with the healthcare providers that reside there. At the same time, the team at JLabs is constantly bringing in potential investors, thought leaders, as well as those within Johnson & Johnson that can assist us in advancing our company from all angles.
JLABS gives us the opportunity to work in an innovative environment as well as have access to J&J resources to build connections and company success.

Jessica Traver | IntuiTap

We chose JLABS because of the access they provide to medical device experts, as well as to internal Johnson & Johnson leaders.  The guidance we’ve received in helping us refine our go-to-market strategy and our sales and distribution strategy is something we couldn’t receive anywhere else.

Alex Schueller | Adhesys Medical

Having access to the experience of J&J is a key differentiator, along with the unique ecosystem of driven entrepreneurs and aspiring companies. Being part of JLABS in Houston accelerated our development from science to product to acquisition.

 

Event Testimonials
 

Mark Horsey | StemBioSys (attended “Sell Your Science” event in San Antonio, Texas)

Great presentation all around. Tom was engaging and interesting, and while I’ve built many a pitch deck in the past, it was interesting to hear a few new perspectives…

Irma Calderon Woodruff | Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, Inc. ( “Sell Your Science” San Antonio, Texas)

Dr. Luby is an excellent presenter. He fed us information with stories and analogies that made the presentation engaging and easy to understand. He is a great ambassador for J&J. This session showed me that J&J cares about the community and helps entrepreneurs with their innovations. It made me feel proud that I buy J&J products!

Warren Lau | Nexus Biopharma, Inc. (Mentor Day)

What I found most valuable about Mentor Day was the confirmation that JLABS is really “there” for us and wants to find ways to help us succeed.

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