From left: Dr. Julio Palmaz, 2014 award recipient Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, BioMed SA Chair Ken Trevett, and President Ann Stevens. Photo by Joel Spring.

Dr. Cigarroa Comes Home to Accept Palmaz Award

Last night in a crowded room at the Vista at Valero, the who’s who of San Antonio’s leadership, bioscience, and medical community gathered to honor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, a South Texas native and local San Antonio leader, with the ninth annual Julio Palmaz Award for his work in bioscience and biomedical education.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Courtesy photo.

Pediatric Transplant Surgeon to Accept 2014 Palmaz Award

Each year in September, the bioscience and medical community of San Antonio gathers together to honor a major leader in their field with the prestigious Julio Palmaz Award. The award is presented by BioMed SA, a nonprofit born out the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Economic Outlook Conference as a way to promote a sector of the city’s economy that employs 1/6th of the population and has an economic impact of more than $30 billion dollars.

San Antonio Clean Technology Forum's Tuesday program at the Pearl Stable, "Mexico's Historic Energy Reforms: An Opportunity for Texas." On May 13, 2014. Photo by Ryan Beltrán.

Mexico’s Energy Reform: Great Change Brings Great Opportunity

The constitutional reform and ensuing enabling legislation ending Mexico’s 76-year-old oil and gas monopoly should be completed this summer, opening markets to foreign participation and unleashing what experts predict will be tens of billions of dollars in new offshore and land exploration, well drilling, pipeline construction and refining.

Haven for Hope volunteers pose for a Big Give SA photo on Instagram.

More Than $2 Million Raised for Big Give SA

After nine months of planning, countless cups of coffee, many moments of worrying about crashing websites, 46 nonprofit parties and $2,017,441 and 21,909 donations later, on behalf of the Big Give SA planning team, I just want to say thank you for your heart and generosity, San Antonio.

Courtesy of the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Could Trigger Cross-Border Boom

Each year around this time, the University of Incarnate Word’s Raul Rodriguez gives a local state of the union on the previous year’s changes in Mexico and the current outlook on the country’s development.  While each year’s talk provides valuable information and insight on our country’s nearest neighbor, this year’s conversation was especially relevant given the Peña Nieto administration’s commitment to historic energy reformation.