One of the Lucky 13

The Right Place is one of the Lucky 13. This according to an article in xconomy. I do feel lucky. . . extremely lucky. Being selected as one of the Lucky 13 companies into the Texas Medical Center’s accelerator program, TMCx, was an incredible opportunity for The Right Place. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is in our hometown and while I see it or pass by it most every day, I had no idea how expansive the place was until experiencing it firsthand. If you have not heard of TMC, you soon will. This scope of this place is astounding. TMC is the largest medical complex in the world. In the world! There are 21 hospitals in TMC including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s Hospital to name a few. 7.2 million patients from all over the world visit TMC each year. There are approximately 7,000 patient beds and it is the 8th largest business district in the country. And now TMC is aiming to become the global leader in health and medical innovation. . . and that is where TMCx comes in. TMCx is a 4-month health care-focused curriculum that supports digital health start-ups as they bring their services to market. (TMCx also has a medical device cohort at a separate time of year). Just being here is an amazing opportunity, and there are many reasons to feel lucky: 1.) The TMCx offices are beautiful. Formerly a Nabisco Cookie factory, the space has beautifully polished cement floors, loads of natural light and is an inspiring place to come to work every day. 2.) The curriculum is substantial. During the initial 2-week boot camp, we garnered incredibly valuable intel from presenters and mentors such as Jess Simpson, a former entrepreneur, and now a Sourcing Specialist for University of Texas System and MD Anderson, Tim Tindle, Executive Vice President & CIO at Harris Health System, Niko Skievaski, Co-Founder of Redox (Redox was in the first accelerator class at TMCx) and Todd Dunn, Director of Innovation for Intermountain Healthcare Systems. 3.) The opportunities to meet and strategize with doctors and medical innovation leaders who are extremely passionate about what they do and about using technology to solve some of the challenges they face is invaluable. We saw it first-hand during tours and sessions at MD Anderson Cancer Center and at Texas Children’s Hospital. 4.) Last, but certainly not least, we are in such good company. There are so many brilliant ideas floating around with the other start-ups in the cohort that it’s impossible not to feel inspired and motivated every day. How lucky to get to share ideas, come up with solutions, help and support each other as we all strive toward the same goals – to make a difference in health care and to improve the lives and treatment of patients through our technology. Yes, we are lucky.

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