MCA Foundation News
November 22nd, 2013
The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation recently kicked off a $10.4 million capital campaign for its $38 million biomedical innovation center known as the Cardwell Collaborative. The MCA Foundation has already raised about 70 percent goal; but, to help raise the remaining approximately $3 million, the launch of a capital campaign took place in front of nearly 100 people Nov. 21 at a special Thanksgiving Reception.
The reception highlighted Jack Cardwell, founder of Petro Stopping Centers and longtime contributor to the MCA Foundation and many other El Paso organizations, for his multi-million dollar gift to the four-story development. Patricia Shorter, a regional representative of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, was also thanked at the event for the $1 million federal grant awarded to the Cardwell Collaborative. Both Cardwell and Shorter spoke at the reception, explaining why the Cardwell Collaborative is a venture worthy of strong community support. The reception... [more]
November 21st, 2013
Synapse (the region’s only life sciences news digest) has joined forces with KTEP 88.5 FM (the NPR station for the Southwest) to boost the station’s coverage of the region’s medical and life sciences news. KTEP’s long-standing talk show El Paso Prime Time will bear the fruits of the combined effort with Noemi Rojas (founding editor of Synapse) co-hosting with Dennis Woo (host and producer of El Paso Prime Time). El Paso Prime Time airs every Saturday at 1 pm and currently averages about 2,200 listeners with a primary age demographic of 35 to 50.
October 31st, 2013
The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation and the Biomedical Institute of the Americas, now rebranded as RedSky, presented its first annual report to El Paso City Council on Oct. 15. The report was well received by city representatives. This report will be the first of many yearly reports that will update the city on the MCA Foundation's progress with developing the MCA campus and growing the region's life sciences industry. The 2013 report included information and renderings of the Cardwell Collaborative research building, to be erected on the MCA campus. The MCA Foundation plans to kick-off a capital campaign on Nov. 21st for the building with an invitation-only event. The building’s namesake, Mr. Jack Cardwell, will be present to support the kick-off.
October 28th, 2013
More than 350 people attended the region’s first-ever BIOMED symposium on Saturday, Oct. 26. That was more than double the attendance expected by organizers. The goal of the symposium was to get industry, academia, private sector, government professions together to collaborate, network and share ideas. The hope was that attendees would form new and powerful collaborations to help solve the region’s most prevalent health care problems. The event also included the unveiling of a new for-profit organization -- Red Sky -- that will complement the nonprofit Biomedical Institute of the Americas. The symposium was spearheaded by the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation and the Biomedical Institute of the Americas, and joint sponsored by Las Palmas Del Sol Health System.
Some comments by BIOMED attendees
-- UTEP researcher: “In my 17 years living in El Paso, I’ve never seen so much... [more]
August 20th, 2013
Work has begun at the site of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing. The 34,000-square-foot facility will be located at the corner of Concepcion and Alberta street, adjacent to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Medical Education Building and near University Medical Center and the El Paso Children's Hospital. The new building will include 12,000-square-feet of simulation labs, four classrooms and collaborative learning spaces. The groundbreaking ceremony took place Aug. 19.
Currently, the nursing school operates out of a leased building at 415 E. Yandell, near downtown El Paso. The new building is scheduled to be complete by November 2014 and ready for move-in by January 2015.
Construction is made possible through an $11 million grant administered by the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation.
July 12th, 2013
Research building will be named “Cardwell Collaborative”
The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation recently received a commitment from local businessman Jack Cardwell for a major donation that will result in the naming of the 83,000-square-foot research building as the “Cardwell Collaborative.”
The biomedical research and technology commercialization building being developed by the MCA Foundation is a $28 million, highly sophisticated facility that must meet complex biosafety standards to meet the needs of its prospective tenants: the Biomedical Institute of the Americas, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, City of El Paso Public Health Laboratories, and private biomedical companies. The MCA Foundation intends for the building, located off of I-10 between Raynolds and Chelsea, to be an iconic structure that will symbolize the region’s proliferating biomedical community. Ground breaking is set for 2014, with completion expected in 2015.
This image is an artistic rendering of the new... [more]
July 11th, 2013
Trains will soon be able to move more quietly though several El Paso neighborhoods and the Medical Center of the Americas campus. As part of a joint project with Union Pacific Railroad, the City of El Paso will modify eleven railroad crossings, allowing trains to pass while sounding their horns less frequently.
The project requires the permanent closures of the following Union Pacific railroad crossings: Estrella Street, Cebada Street, Boone Street (on the MCA campus), and Cadwallader Drive.
The following Union Pacific railroad crossings will remain open and undergo upgrades to include median and new crossing arms: San Marcial Street, Grama Street, Copia Street, Chelsea Street, Glenwood Drive, Concepcion Street (on the MCA campus), and Clark Drive.
Construction, which is scheduled to begin December this year, will be overseen by the city’s Engineering and Construction Management Department. The department held community meetings in July to present preliminary designs to the community.
June 25th, 2013
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today (June 24) announced a $1 million grant to the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation of El Paso, to fund the design and engineering of a new biomedical research and technology commercialization building. The facility will be a key part of a new biomedical technology center that will support an existing industry cluster in the El Paso region and help revitalize an economically distressed community.
“The EDA grant announced today will help provide a new place for biotechnology and medical businesses in west Texas to grow and establish cross-border links throughout the entire Paseo del Norte region,” said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine.
The building will be the anchor for a new medical district being developed in El Paso, the Medical Center of the Americas. The center is designed... [more]
June 24th, 2013
Four weeks after hiring its first-ever executive director, Albert Di Rienzo, the Biomedical Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce the hiring of three more people: Mark Frazer, Jeff Fuchsberg and Neyha Sehgal.
Mark Frazer will be the Institute’s Senior Director of Business Development. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration. He was previously employed at Welch Allyn, Inc. where he was the strategic initiative lead for Global Telehealth as well as the Director of Global Marketing, Portfolio Management. Frazer, who is married with two teenage sons, has a start date of July 1.
Jeff Fuchsberg will be the Director of Intellectual Property & Competitive Analysis for the Institute. He has a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Science in Entomology. Previously, Fuchsberg worked at Blue Highway, Inc. where he was the Intellectual Property Manager. Fuchsberg, who is married with two... [more]
May 20th, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry has signed S.B. 120 into law, making Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) at El Paso the fourth university under the TTU System. The announcement came today (May 20). TTUHSC at El Paso joins Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (headquartered in Lubbock) and Angelo State University as a freestanding institution of the TTU System.
El Paso is home to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, each of which will graduate its first class of students during the May TTUHSC commencement ceremonies. TTUHSC at El Paso is also home to a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Preparations for the transition from a regional campus to a freestanding university with degree-granting authority have been underway since 2011. The TTU System Board of Regents gave its approval for undertaking this... [more]