MCA Innovation Center Launches Program to Assist Nurses and Health Professional Bring Ideas to Market

May 25, 2021

The MCA Innovation Center is launching Nurse Innovator, a binational program that empowers nurses, and other health care professionals, to take their innovative ideas from concept to prototype to production. The MCA Innovation Center will help nurses in El Paso and Cd. Juarez develop solutions to the problems they experience day-to-day in the clinical setting.

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MCA Awarded $750,000 to Create a Product Development Lab and Support Local Manufacturers and Suppliers

April 8, 2021

The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation Innovation Center (MCA) is excited to announce that it was awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the 2021 SPRINT challenge.

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The MCA Releases its 2020 Annual Report, From Disruption to Innovation

April 7, 2021

This year, the MCA team created a virtual annual report that is an interactive and engaging presentation of its efforts. The regular print version is also available on our website. Read more about it.

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MCA Innovation Center Awarded $25,000 Prize from National Competition to Support Nurses Creating Solutions for Frontline Healthcare Workers

February 1, 2021

The Medical Center of the America Foundation’s (MCA) Innovation Center received a $25,000 Visionary Prize from the New Lab-to-Market (L2M) Competition. Click on the link to see what that means for local nurse innovators and the entrepreneur ecosystem in the region!

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Arrowhead Center and The MCA Innovation Center Win National $25,000 SBA Partners Awards for Visionary Innovation Programs and Ideas

January 28, 2021

Two local non-profit organizations that support tech startup companies, Arrowhead Innovation Center and MCA Innovation Center, were each awarded $25,000 for the most creative and actionable ideas that support a more inclusive research and development (R&D) innovation ecosystem for the future. To read more, click on the link!

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Don't Miss The Last Installment of the From Start to Finish: Medical Manufacturing Series

November 5, 2020

Don't miss the final installment of our Tech Tuesday series featuring the Medical Device Manufacturing industry in our region. The showcase will feature regional manufacturers who have transitioned from Contract Manufacturers to developing their own products.

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Ricky Yean Y Combinator and Venture-Backed Founder of Serval Startups Joins the Founders BookShelf Live Discussion

October 23, 2020

Every month, Founders BookShelf hosts a virtual video discussion about the featured book of the month to help innovators and entrepreneurs in the region progress thier ideas and products, and this October 27th at 4:00 Pm, Ricky Yean, a Y Combinator and Venture-Backed Founder of serval startups will joining the Instagram Live session to discuss The Lean Startup by Eric Ries as well as product design, perseverance, and pivoting for startups.

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Next Up On Our Events Calendar is SCALING UP: A Conversation with Corporate and Contract Manufacturers

October 17, 2020

Join us on October 20th for the second installment of a four-part series focused on the manufacturing of medical devices lifecycle.

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A Letter From MCA President Emma W. Schwartz: Help Us Make a Difference

June 22, 2020

To respond to this pandemic, the community needed to find solutions quickly to respond to our immediate needs, while looking to the future and how we could build a more resilient medical community and stronger economic sector. The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation’s mission to catalyze and develop our region’s life sciences ecosystem to improve healthcare and create economic opportunity is not only an idealistic goal but an absolutely necessity now more than ever. Help us make a difference today by donating.

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A Message From MCA Foundation President Emma W. Schwartz

March 17, 2020

MCA Facilities Remain Open, Precautions Are Being Taken To Maintained Facilities Sanitized, MCA Staff In-Office Limited, MCA Meetings and Travel Postponed, But the MCA's Work Continues Amid COVID-19

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MCA Innovation Center to Host a Series of Saturday Workshops for Innovators and Entrepreneurs of the Region

January 23, 2020

The Medical Center of the Americas calls all entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, and startup founders to participate in STARTUP Labs at the MCA

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UTEP receives $400K to study converting wastewater to potable water

August 7, 2019

The Center for Inland Desalination System (CIDS) at The University of Texas at El Paso has received a $400,000 Desalination and Water Purification Research grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to study desalination of water for direct potable reuse or converting municipal wastewater to drinking water.

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The MCA Receives $300,000 EDA Grant to Create an Innovation Center Seed Fund

July 25, 2019

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the winners of the EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Seed Fund Support grant competition this week, naming the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation as a recipient of a $300,000 grant.

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UTEP scientists sniff out cancer

July 7, 2019

Inspired by dogs’ uncanny sense of smell, a team at UTEP is developing a new test for prostate and kidney cancer

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5 Nurses Making Waves in Healthcare Innovation

July 2, 2019

From socks that monitor heart failure to a tool that aims to predict developmental outcomes in newborns, nurse innovators around the world are developing solutions with the potential to change human health. Meet five nurses who are transforming what it means to be on the frontlines of care.

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The MCA Celebrates National Nurses Week with Ernesto Holguin

May 8, 2019

The MCA highlights RN Ernesto Holguin as CEO and Founder of OTEN Medical and his journey from nurse to nurse-innovator-entrepreneur.

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OTEN Medical Attends the SXSW Conference as an MCA Ambassador

April 5, 2019

OTEN Medical travels to Austin, Texas to participate in the SXSW conference and represent the MCA Innovation Center as an ambassador.

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The MCA Innovation Center Welcomes Kathleen Cahill, The New Mentor-In-Residence

April 5, 2019

Former hospital CEO Kathleen Cahill has become the MCA Innovation Center's new Mentor-In-Residence where she will be providing help and expertise to participants in the Innovator and Startup Programs.

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Singularity University Launches Chapter in El Paso, Texas

March 25, 2019

The MCA is proud to be a strategic partner to the local Singularity University chapter that seeks to bring exponential technologies and innovation to El Paso.

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Women In Innovation

March 8, 2019

The MCA highlights Dr. Malynda Cappelle as the first woman entrepreneur to join and graduate from the MCA Innovation Center program.

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MCA Awards Funds to Startups

October 22, 2018

The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation hosted its second investor pitch event of the year where startups from its first Proof-of-Concept Competition vied for a total of $50,000 in pre-seed funding.

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MCA grooms 11 startups

October 30, 2017

The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation selected 11 teams out of 25 applicants to participate in a new technology “proof-of-concept” competition. It is part of a broader effort by city leaders to create more high-skill, high-wage jobs in the region by cultivating innovative growth companies.

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