Dear Friends,

This year, we have witnessed extraordinary resilience in the North Texas community, our nation, and around the world. We have adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 by changing the ways we live, work, heal, and protect our health. We have been reminded how infinitely complex and precious life is.

Southwestern Medical Foundation continues to light the path for greater health and discovery in North Texas as the region continues unprecedented growth. We are grateful for our community supporters, who are unyielding in their bold and informed generosity bringing significant impact to not only improving health in our region, but also helping UT Southwestern Medical Center grow into an internationally recognized, iconic center of excellence in research, medical education, and compassionate health care.

The momentum we see today at UT Southwestern comes as no surprise, thanks to the community visionaries who have sown countless seeds of progress by investing in state-of-the-art facilities, key research initiatives, and healers at the center of innovation. Together, there are no limits as to what we can accomplish.

Together…we are nurturing a flourishing life sciences community.

North Texas is gaining national recognition as a biotechnology hub, and its potential for impact on human health is transformational. Across UT Southwestern’s campus, groundbreaking research is fueled by scientists with great vision and curiosity, and their discoveries hold the potential keys to fighting diseases. Philanthropy has played an important role – and will play an even more critical role moving forward – in supporting discovery that will save and improve lives.

As a leader in biotechnology, UT Southwestern continues its efforts to build a pathway to help move promising research discoveries forward into new lifesaving drugs and therapies, translating treatments from early discovery into clinical trials and then to the marketplace. The Office for Technology Development (OTD) cultivates collaborative relationships between faculty, researchers, students, and external partners who are leading discovery and generating innovative developments in manufacturing treatments and diagnostics. Since the office was formed in 2012, 319 U.S. patents have been issued; more than 55 startups have been formed; 1,415 inventions have been disclosed; and 556 licenses and options have been executed.

Pegasus Park is a dynamic office ecosystem that exists to build the brightest future imaginable.

The OTD is now part of the exciting new Pegasus Park development, created to incubate fledgling biotech companies in Dallas. Located north of the UTSW campus, medical center teams will have a significant presence in Pegasus Park alongside tenants in biomedical fields and non-profits in education and workforce development.

Together…we are nurturing a flourishing life sciences community.

In partnership with our community and catalyzed by the forward vision of the late Peter O’Donnell Jr., UT Southwestern leaders created the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute by assembling a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians united in a bold mission to find cures for disorders of the brain. The institution’s ambitious vision is to be one of the nation’s leading institutes in neuroscience discovery and an international referral destination for patients needing care for diseases of the brain.

The generosity of Peter O’Donnell Jr. and his late wife Edith encouraged and built excellence in our medical community, and we know future generations will continue to benefit as the O’Donnell legacy inspires us to continue moving forward in seeking solutions and meeting society’s greatest health care needs.

Community support for initiatives including the Campaign for the Brain and the William P. Clements University Hospital expansion – a 12-story third tower that serves as the clinical home for the O’Donnell Brain Institute – is bringing vision into reality.

Philanthropic gifts help our leaders recruit top clinician-scientists and create new initiatives like the Total Care Program to provide supportive services to enrich and simplify care delivery for patients. Donors who recognize the infinite power of research provide important seed funding for research faculty to advance high-impact potential projects that often lead to additional funding and spark new discoveries in brain science. Their gifts have enhanced UT Southwestern initiatives, including neural circuitry therapeutics to better understand brain diseases and Neuro MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound to deliver safer and more precise technologies in patient care. They provide much-needed resources for scientists, including the new Brain Research Tower that fosters collaboration and interaction across scientific disciplines and leads to the rapid translation of discoveries into new therapies. They create fellowships to help attract the best and brightest physicians and scientists who will become the next generation of leaders.

Walk alongside us as we move ahead.

A caring community makes it all possible. As we approach 2022, we are inspired and confident in facing the challenges of tomorrow. We ask that you please consider investing in the good health of our community by supporting Southwestern Medical Foundation in the work we do.

Today, the opportunity to foster new hope and new progress is both our inspiration and our promise.

With many thanks and regards, I am

Sincerely,