Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Texas Children’s Hospital Joins Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative

Late in July, Texas Children’s Hospital became the first Texas Medical Center institution to lease space in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC).

Ranked among the top 10 best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Texas Children’s will lease space on the eighth floor of the 10-story BRC for 10 years, with an option to renew up to 40 years. Because the space is still under construction, dates for occupancy have not been finalized.

Leebron“We believe that this building and the collaborative work that it will foster between Rice and other institutions of the Texas Medical Center will provide a new impetus to the center’s leadership in medical research,” said Rice University President David Leebron.

“Texas Children’s Hospital, with its strong commitment to medical research as well as teaching and health delivery, has become an increasingly important partner for Rice, and we are immensely pleased to enter this new and deeper phase of working together.”

Texas Children’s president and CEO Mark Wallace said that joining the BRC was a natural progression in the hospital’s journey from “excellence to eminence.”

“The BRC is ideally situated to draw from a pool of intellectual talent that is second to none,” said Wallace. “We are proud not only to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to research, basic sciences and collaboration, but also to be the very first partner of this amazing venture.”

Although patients will not be treated at the BRC, they will benefit from new treatments developed there by researchers, physicians and scientists. Nanobiotechnology, for example, is expected to be used increasingly to design noninvasive treatments for diseases that now require surgery.