Life Sciences and Healthcare
The Borderplex Alliance has identified significant opportunities for discovery, research, and development efforts in healthcare issues related to Hispanics, international borders, and the military.
The North American Borderplex represents the future face of America, and we have a notable advantage in pursuing this type of research. Our location on the U.S.-Mexico border creates an environment that fosters exposure to the healthcare challenges of our binational community.
Furthermore, the growth and transformation of Fort Bliss introduce unique health-related conditions to the region, particularly in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, prosthetics development, and advanced operative procedures.
The North American Borderplex's Value Proposition
The North American Borderplex is the site of world-class higher education institutions. More than 1,300 scientists and engineers graduate each year from UTEP and NMSU. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the only medical school along the U.S.-Mexico border, provides opportunities for companies to partner in developing devices and testing protocols and cures for Hispanic, border, and Army health challenges. Additionally, the region is home to a large, trainable workforce for industries such as medical device manufacturing.
Diverse opportunities exist within a broad range of biomedical sub-clusters. One such opportunity in device manufacturing, particularly in specialty fields such as cardio and general/ plastic surgery. Opportunities also exist in R&D surrounding border health issues, infectious diseases, mental health issues, diabetes, and heart disease. Additionally, the Borderplex is home to the world’s largest inland desalination facility, creating opportunities in the field of water technology.
The El Paso Region's Hispanic-Health-Research Advantages
El Paso is home to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, America’s newest four-year medical school, and only the second U.S. medical school to receive accreditation in the past 25 years.
Home to a large Hispanic population, the Borderplex offers various advantages to companies interested in research or clinical trials. A virtually untapped region for clinical trials, the Borderplex represents a diverse group of people at various levels of acculturation — companies can study populations that have been here from 10 days to 10 generations. Researchers have the opportunity to study topics ranging from the effects of genetics, diet, location, and environment on a population.
Companies can also collaborate with William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso to conduct clinical trials, joint research, and more.
Medical Center of the Americas (MCA)
The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) is an integrated complex of medical facilities currently anchored by University Medical Center of El Paso and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center–Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The MCA is also home to the El Paso Children’s Hospital currently under construction, and a future biomedical research park. The unfolding of the MCA, as well as the emergence of the region’s life sciences community, is supported by the MCA Foundation.
To help people better understand and monitor the life sciences boom taking place in the region, Synapse (a monthly newsletter) was launched in July 2010. It is the first publication dedicated to the life sciences news taking place in the region.
Current investors already operating in this sector include:
- Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc.
- Del Sol Las Palmas Healthcare System
- The Hospitals of Providence
- Memorial Medical Hospital