Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) provides large animal Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and translational research studies with unique access to expertise in all major medical and scientific disciplines including surgery, biomedical engineering, advanced imaging, pathology, radiography, interventional cardiology, neurology, animal behavior, chemistry, and engineering.

With unique resources and collaboration with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, TIPS facilitates the inclusion of animals with naturally occurring disease as viable research models. TIPS provides unique opportunities to develop new therapeutics in the fields of oncology, cardiology, immunology, endocrinology, and an array of genetic disorders common to humans and companion animals.

Our Mission

The Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies fosters multi-disciplinary service, research, and education. The primary focus of TIPS is to develop research activities and provide core services in the areas of device development, preclinical studies under Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and biomedical imaging. In addition, the educational mission of TIPS centers around the advanced training of graduate and professional students within relevant scientific and engineering disciplines, as well as support the needs of degree programs that train students and industry personnel on regulatory issues within biotechnology.

Our Vision

To become a leader in translational research and provide comprehensive preclinical research services using an interdisciplinary approach to improve the effectiveness and efficacy of drug and device development from early stage and into clinical trials by:

  • seamlessly integrating all aspects of device and drug development from basic research/design to imaging and preclinical testing through human clinical trials;
  • facilitating the use of animals with naturally occurring disease as a viable research model;
  • and using our unique resources to develop new tools for molecular and translational imaging.

Current Preclinical Research Areas of Interest

  • Diagnostic imaging and therapies to treat and prevent cancer
  • Treatments and prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Implantable cardiovascular devices (assist devices, pacemakers, leads, artificial hearts, valves)
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Research in bone regeneration
  • Neurointerventional products
  • Treatments for hemorrhagic shock
  • Nanotechnology
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Neurostimulation devices