Houston’s next gift to the world

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are developing a state-of-the-art research translation collaborative campus called TMC3. TMC3 will help establish Texas Medical Center as the world’s leader in human health and life science.

TMC3 at a Glance

In addition to collaborative research space and shared labs, the TMC3 project includes space for industry partners, retail and restaurant space and a hotel and conference center.

1.5 million
square foot collaborative campus
square feet of core labs and amenities, including 138,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 112,000 square feet of shared research facilities
36 acre
research hub
rooms in the TMC Hotel and Conference Center
square feet of conference space

The Third Coast for Life Sciences

TMC3 will be a biomedical research hub that clusters researchers and industry experts on a collaborative 36-acre campus. TMC3 will unite the brightest minds in life sciences in one place for one purpose: to translate fundamental discoveries into commercial solutions to advance human health. The campus integrates leading researchers with a host of top-tier expertise from the private sector.

TMC3 represents Houston’s greatest opportunity to expand and diversify its economy. TMC3 will stimulate the economy through job creation, employee compensation and overall spending. The groundbreaking project will generate a $5.2 billion stimulus to Texas and create 26,000 new jobs, according to a third-party economic impact study by Silverlode Consulting conducted in November 2017.

An Engine for Economic Opportunity

TMC3 will leverage collective intellectual talent and financial resources to establish an epicenter of global life sciences research and become a beacon for humanity’s hopes for a healthier future.


Over the years, Texas Medical Center member institutions developed individually. As science and technology advance in complexity, it is increasingly difficult for one entity to solve the mysteries of medicine in isolation. Collaboration is required to compete globally. In 2014, TMC brought together leaders of its member institutions and the community to create a campus-wide strategic plan for the first time in 70 years. The goal was to identify key areas for collaboration among member institutions that will establish TMC as the “Third Coast” for life sciences. Around the same time, four of the largest member institutions approached TMC about purchasing land for additional lab space. TMC seized the opportunity to boost efficiency through shared resources and create an opportunity for industry to propel discoveries from bench to bedside.

Founding TMC3 Institutions