MRC’s mission is to drive innovation and breakthrough economic growth for the State of Tennessee.
Something Remarkable is taking Place in Memphis
Something remarkable is taking place in Memphis—a commitment by the chief executives of the The University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical Technologies, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Healthcare, and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation—an innovative policy of collaboration as the Memphis Research Consortium.
In January 2010, Tennessee passed the Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA), a comprehensive reform agenda that seeks to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional level. The bill recognizes the importance of Tennessee’s Memphis research community by establishing the Memphis Research Consortium (MRC):
Recognizing the potential leverage and synergy that can be achieved by collaboration among the public and private entities, it is hereby declared that the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are lead collaborators in the Memphis Research Consortium.
The Memphis Research Consortium, a collaborative venture with other leading research and business entities in Memphis created to promote long-term economic development and job creation, shall explore and develop strategies and plans for establishing and enhancing opportunities for research and development in industries including public health, medical devices, medical and healthcare, bio-based products and chemical manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, computational and computer sciences, and learning technologies and related fields.
The State of Tennessee has a unique opportunity to leverage market-driven innovation in the medical device industry and massive genomics investments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by developing strengths at the University of Memphis and the The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
MRC initiatives are:
- Fighting Tennessee’s epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes through genomics research and population and health science.
- Expanding Memphis’ existing strengths in biomaterials, biomedical devices, and biologics (B3) with investments in regenerative medicine.
- Addressing critical infrastructure issues in logistics and cybersecurity.