On Dec. 10, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is investing $1.75 million in Minimus Spine Inc. to support its non-surgical lumbar disc herniation technology. The company is working with Texas A&M University to develop and commercialize the technology. Headquartered in Austin, Minimus Spine is developing ozone injection technology for the treatment of spinal disorders related to herniated discs.
"We are pleased to have the state of Texas as an investor in our company and vision," Minimus Spine founder and CEO David Hooper Ph.D said. "This funding will enable us to build upon the successes we have had this year, support our first clinical work in Europe and pave the way for future growth. Austin has a strong entrepreneurial culture and is home to a number of successful spine companies. There is a great deal of local talent. We look forward to growing the business in Austin, but most importantly, improving the lives of patients with our innovative approach to ozone as a therapeutic modality."
The TETF is a $200 million initiative created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 at the governor's request, and reauthorized in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. To date, the TETF has allocated more than $202 million in funds to 142 early-stage companies, and over $220 million in grant matching and research superiority funds to Texas universities. Additionally, says the governor’s office, since the inception of the TETF, more than $1.6 billion in additional investment from other non-state sources has followed on to the TETF investment, more than quadrupling the amount invested by the TETF.