The Texas Lyceum will hold their their 26th Public Conference on the topic of healthcare innovation in Texas on October 19, 2012, at the Shell Auditorium in McNair Hall at Rice University. This important event will address the impact and challenges faced in healthcare innovation in the state as it relates to the health and economic future of Texans.

Analogous to the event that triggered rapid growth in the Texas oil industry and brought dramatic economic expansion, thousands of Texas scientists and entrepreneurs are drilling for the next Spindletop in medicine. State and federal governments are investing billions of dollars annually in biomedical research and commercialization in Texas.

Attend the conference to hear success stories from some of the state's top medical innovators including TAMEST members and leaders of TAMEST member institutions. The conference will explore the role for state investment into the life sciences, showcase achievements in the war against cancer, and feature cutting-edge healthcare innovations. The event agenda is available here.

The Texas Lyceum is the state’s pre-eminent non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization with over 30 years of history in identifying the next generation of leaders, educating them on pressing policy issues, and stewarding the values that characterize the State of Texas. More information about the Texas Lyceum is available here.

An intended goal of the conference is to raise the level of awareness of Lyceum Directors and the public regarding public policy involving commercialization and funding of biomedical research, education in the sciences and medicine, challenges faced and lessons learned by leading entrepreneurs, and state initiatives including the $3B Cancer and Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

Registration for the conference is available here, and TAMEST members are offered a discounted rate of $125 by selecting the Sponsors and Supporting Partners option from the Registration Type drop down menu.