Texas A&M University has a longstanding reputation as a leader in higher education and research. The Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) was formally established by the Board of Regents on May 25, 2007. It is an institute within Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas meant to serve the preclinical needs of academic researchers and industries. TIPS reports administratively to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is one of the largest veterinary schools in the United States, having a wealth of expertise in:
- all major veterinary medical specialties
- animal husbandry
- surgical and non-surgical interventional techniques
- advanced imaging and diagnostics
This direct association with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences gives TIPS unique qualifications to conduct medical device and product safety studies in large animal models. All TIPS’ studies comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations. The TIPS GLP Quality System is led by staff with over 30 years of combined experience in conducting and managing FDA GLP studies.
Texas A&M Bioscience Business Accelerator
TIPS is also home to the Texas A&M Bioscience Business Accelerator, a testing facility which provides comprehensive research services and product development support. The facility aims to accelerate the entire commercialization process, assisting with everything from product inception to clinical trials.
The Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies’ incubator spaces house early stage biomedical, pharmaceutical, and life science technology companies. Tenants have the opportunity to collaborate with one of the country’s top research universities, and will be part of a growing entrepreneurial community. Industry and academic researchers will have access, in one location, to experts in all major fields of medicine, veterinary medicine, bioengineering, statistics, bioinformatics, laboratory animal medicine, business, and regulatory affairs.
Additional incubator benefits include:
- access to dedicated wet lab space and office space
- proximity to researchers, students of Texas A&M, and other members of The Texas A&M University System
- access to meeting rooms
Incubator tenants should have the capacity for growth, and the potential to provide economic benefits to Texas and the Research Valley. They should create new jobs and opportunities for members of The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M, its faculty, researchers, students, as well as local businesses.
Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
TIPS maintains a close working relationship with Texas A&M Technology Commercialization (TTC). TTC promotes an industry-friendly environment to facilitate partnerships and commercialization. In addition, support from the Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation highlights the unlimited economic development opportunities present in this 21st century community.
TTC’s mission is to spur practical application of The Texas A&M University System’s 11 universities’ research for public benefit as well as:
- encourage and assist those associated with the System in the protection, licensing, and commercialization of their discoveries
- guarantee the equitable distribution of royalties and other monetary benefits resulting from the commercial application of intellectual property
- ensure that commercialization activities benefit the research, education, outreach, and economic development missions of the A&M System and State of Texas into the future.