Thomas Baird, John Kiella and Gregg Strasburger were sworn in as board members of the Bioscience District board at the Temple Health and Bioscience District May meeting.
Their elections to the board went uncontested earlier in the month.
Dr. Robert Cortes was sworn in as a district board member earlier in the week to complete the term of Wendell Williams, who resigned to run for the District 4 Temple City Council seat, which he won.
Ryan Quinn and Colin Dodson, tenants of the Temple Health and Bioscience District facility, gave a report to the Bioscience board of directors on their recent trip to Minneapolis, which was funded by the district’s Existing Tenant Development Program.
SiMMo3D, Quinn and Dodson’s company, uses 3D printing to make medical models for training.
Quinn and Dodson registered with RQR — Recognize/Quantify/Realize, a commercial viability academy.
RQR brings in companies and looks at their business plans and comes up with ways to improve, expand or make changes to them, if needed, Dodson said.
“The main things we took away was looking at how our product would impact the market, determining an exit strategy, and lastly taking what we had learned that first day and applying it to a big picture,” Quinn said.
Quinn and Dodson met with Dr. Douglas Adler of Boston Scientific and learned more about the device they could train on. Boston Scientific manufactures medical devices used in interventional medical specialties.
Andrew Johnson helped the two with their pricing strategy. Steve Erickson, head of simulation at Boston Scientific was a great sales lead and Jim Reed, quality control with Minnetronix, will be helping with product development down the road, Quinn said.
“It was a great experience,” he said.
They were able to talk to the companies that would be purchasing SiMMo3D products and received helpful feedback, Dodson said.
The Bioscience board approved granting $35,000 in funding to Temple Education Foundation to continue to fund summer internships for Temple Bioscience Institute students at $17,000 as well a $15,000 grant for dual credit scholarships for TBI students. Poster and drug testing costs are $3,000.
The funding includes a stipend for students. Many who would otherwise have to find a summer job that pays, rather than participate in the internships.
Changes in research structures in the local health care and universities resulted in more emphasis on different internship programs, such as math, engineering, environmental and computer science fields.
Local internships this summer will be with the Temple VA, Blackland Research, Temple College Foundation, city of Killeen and USDA.