A courtyard is centrally located in the public area. Providing a place not only to research, JLABS TMC also promotes creativity and collaboration within an environment
that revolves around connectivity and transparency.
Combining creativity and collaboration
Lisa Pope-Westerman, RID
What if we were able to radically accelerate scientific discoveries and medical innovations by
bringing brains and business together?
That was the idea brought to our team
at Gensler’s Houston office by the
renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC),
in partnership with Johnson & Johnson
Innovation. Our team had designed and
completed TMC’s Accelerator space in
2015, also known as TMCx, as a way
to stimulate breakthrough biomedical
and technological ideas and discoveries.
TMC’s next goal was to create an
extension of the TMC Accelerator
to further attract BioMed startup
companies to the Texas Medical Center.
With a drive to further inspire
research, promote creativity, attract
talent and engage the greater
community, our team of designers
converted an empty factory space with
virtually no natural light in the TMC
McGovern Campus facility into a new,
34,000+ sf lab environment called
The JLABS TMC space, which
kicked off in October 2014 and was
completed in December 2015, provides an
innovative, co-working environment for
up to 50 emerging BioMed companies.
This collaborative lab environment
features state-of-the-art research facilities
typical of a major R&D company
including a wet lab, wet lab support prep
rooms, workspaces and an advanced