The Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF) is a public charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a champion for driving economic development in the biosciences and technology. We fund and develop innovative ventures, and own and operate the 1,200-acre Texas Research Park. We’re building San Antonio’s emerging bioscience and technology economy.
TRTF was first envisioned in the early 1980’s by community leaders when they began to realize the potential economic growth in the biosciences and healthcare sectors in San Antonio. The “Crown Jewels” of these sectors were the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (now Texas Biomedical Research Institute), the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, and Brook Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston (now the San Antonio Military Medical Center, SAMMC).
TRTF was incorporated in 1983. In December of 1986, Tom and Nancy Pawel donated the land for the Texas Research Park. In June of 1991, after almost 4 years of engineering, utility extensions, roadway construction, and a large investment from the City of San Antonio, the Park was open for business.
TRTF has benefited from public/private partnerships, new highway construction, the Pawel land gift, and significant public, private, and corporate gifts to become an important economic development organization for the community.