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UTEP Health Sciences BuildingThe Borderplex Alliance has identified significant opportunities for discovery, research and development efforts in healthcare issues related to Hispanics, international borders and the military.

With an 82.1 percent Hispanic demographic, and local universities graduating more than 1,300 scientists and engineers each year, our region has the potential to develop cures for a number of diseases that have shown to occur in higher prevalence in the Hispanic population, such as …

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El PasoDiabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurodegenerative disease

This has particular relevance, as the Hispanic demographic of the U.S. is anticipated to increase by 188 percent in the next 40 years.

CONMED CorporationThe North American Borderplex region represents the future face of America, and we have a notable advantage in pursuing this type of research. Our location on the U.S.-Mexico border creates an environment that fosters unique exposure to maladies that can be directly linked to our binational dynamic. 

Furthermore, the growth and transformation of Fort Bliss introduces unique health-related conditions to the region, particularly …

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Prosthetics development
  • Advanced operative procedures  

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The North American Borderplex's Value Proposition

  • A large, trainable workforce for device manufacturing
  • More than 1,300 scientists and engineers graduate each year from UTEP and NMSU
  • A large concentration of contract ETO and radiation sterilization services
  • Favorable operating costs
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine provides opportunities for companies to partner in developing devices and testing protocols and cures for Hispanic, border and Army health challenges

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Diverse opportunities exist within a broad range of biomedical subclusters, including …

  • Device manufacturing: A number of devices are being manufactured in specialty fields, such as cardio and general/plastic surgery
  • R&D (Hispanic & Army populations): Research opportunities are available in the areas of infectious diseases, border health issues, mental/behavioral-health issues, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers
  • Water technology: The North American Borderplex is home to the world’s largest inland desalination facility 

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The El Paso Region’s Hispanic-Health-Research Advantages

El Paso is home to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, America’s newest four-year medical school, and only the second U.S. medical school to receive accreditation in the past 25 years.

  • Researchers can effectively study the effects of genetics, diet, location and environment
  • El Paso represents a diverse group of people at various levels of acculturation — companies can study populations that have been here from 10 days to 10 generations
  • El Paso is virtually an untapped market for clinical trials
  • The expanded Texas Tech Medical School will conduct research with an emphasis on border and Hispanic health issues (Type 2 diabetes and more)

Companies can also collaborate with William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso to conduct clinical trials, joint research and more.  

medical center of the americas (mca)

The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) is an integrated complex of medical facilities currently anchored by University Medical Center of El Paso and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center–Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The MCA is also home to the El Paso Children’s Hospital currently under construction, and a future biomedical research park. The unfolding of the MCA as well as the emergence of the region’s life sciences community is supported by the MCA Foundation.

To help people better understand and monitor the life sciences boom taking place in the region, Synapse (a monthly newsletter) was launched in July 2010. It is the first publication dedicated to the life sciences news taking place in the region.


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