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SPOTLIGHT: Strategic Plan Update


Under the leadership of President/CEO Dr. Larry Schlesinger and Executive Vice Presidents Dr. Joanne Turner and Bruce Edwards, Texas Biomed embarked on a journey in 2017 to establish a new strategic direction. The 10-year strategic plan was adopted in 2018, providing a road map to grow Texas Biomed’s people, places and programs.


  • Texas Biomed set fighting infectious disease as its primary scientific mission
  • New Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) leadership recruited
  • New BSL3 and marmoset housing facility opened


  • Office of Research worked collaboratively with scientists to establish scientific programs, named new program leads and co-leads
  • Vivarium established
  • Integrated SNPRC and Texas Biomed scientists and veterinary faculty


  • Business Development unit established
  • Office of Research established new external Scientific Advisory Board
  • Recruitment kicked into high gear with new faculty and senior leadership
  • Texas Biomed played pivotal role in preclinical work on therapies and vaccines against COVID-19, while maintaining safe operations


  • Education and Outreach Manager and Learning and Development Specialist hired to implement internal and external education programs
  • Launched first Global Health Symposium
  • Broke ground on Animal Care Complex


  • Launch pre-design for Global Center for Bioscience
  • Work begins on Animal Care Complex
  • Since 2018, Texas Biomed has recruited 11 new faculty
  • To date, more than $50 million secured to implement the strategic plan, with capital campaign ongoing


  • Continue implementing education and training programs for internal team members and the community to build bridges of learning
  • Continue recruiting top talent to double size of scientific faculty from 20 to 40
  • Complete Animal Care Complex and break ground on Global Center for Bioscience


This content appeared in the Summer 2022 edition of TxBiomed magazine. See more stories from TxBiomed here.