Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs was released at a recent news conference in Austin. It was prepared in support of a bill pending in the Texas Legislature that would provide a research and development tax credit.
Dr. Curtis Triplett, an assistant professor of diabetes medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Texas Diabetes Institute, said university medical schools and science centers, local hospitals and private clinical research facilities have conducted 8,254 research studies since 1999.
Studies in Texas target both debilitating chronic diseases — asthma, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and mental illnesses — and many less-prevalent medical conditions as well, he said.
Other highlights from the report:
- There are 125 biopharmaceutical companies operating in Texas, with a workforce of more than 9,500
- Total value of pharmaceutical shipments from Texas topped $4.7 billion in 2010
- There are more than 14,000 studies under way in Texas
- A total of 850 private scientific R&D companies operate in Texas with a workforce of 21,300
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