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UTHSC, UTSA partner to bolster
$12 billion biosciences sector


February 2004

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. and Ricardo Romo, Ph.D.
President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., (right) and UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Ph.D., sign the SALSI agreement.
President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., and Ricardo Romo, Ph.D., president of The University of Texas at San Antonio, signed an agreement Dec. 1 that provides governing guidelines for the new San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), an initiative designed to strengthen collaboration between the two institutions and enhance their research, teaching and service missions.

In a ceremony at the Health Science Center, Presidents Cigarroa and Romo recognized Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Robert Puente, the members of the Bexar County legislative delegation who authored H.B. 1716 and its companion bill, S.B. 728, during the 77th session of the Legislature. This legislation authorized creation of the SALSI.

SALSI is expected to stimulate San Antonio's $12 billion biosciences sector and, through a new graduate degree program in biomedical engineering, provide an educated workforce for companies in this sector. Co-directors are James Roberts, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the Health Science Center, and Joe L. Martinez, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology at UTSA.

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