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Why Sugar Land?

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A city built on sugar redefining itself as a frontrunner in medical innovation.

A Sugar Land Space Cowboys–branded fire truck on the team’s opening day in 2022. Courtesy of the City of Sugar Land
A Sugar Land Space Cowboys–branded fire truck on the team’s opening day in 2022. Courtesy of the City of Sugar Land

Welcome to Sugar Land, a city of world-class innovation, rich community, and expanding opportunities. It was built in the early 1800s on the production of sugar, but today the city is redefining itself as a frontrunner in medical innovation.

Illustrated advertisement illustrating some of the industries at Sugar Land, TX, including Sealy Mattress Co., Imperial Sugar Co., and Home Packing Co.
Old Sugar Land. A piece from W.T. Eldridge's advertising folio about Sugar Land. Courtesy of the City of Sugar Land

Hope Biosciences is a proud member of one of its key business sectors, life sciences; our neighboring companies include Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land

The way Hope Bio’s Founder and CEO sees it, we as a society are at a tipping point—on the verge of widespread treatments more advanced and less invasive than surgery and medication. Citizens of Sugar Land and the Greater Houston Area have front row seats to the show, with the Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the largest and most comprehensive life sciences ecosystem—at the center of their city.

“As a person deeply passionate about advancing the level of care for patients who have little hope, I felt this was the place to start making our impact.” ~ Donna Chang, Founder & CEO

Hope Biosciences moved to Sugar Land—voted the best suburb of Houston—in 2017 with three employees. Today, the company employs more than twenty skilled professionals, and that number is growing. As a company seeking to revolutionize medicine, there seemed no better place to settle than this scenic and family-friendly neighbor of the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S.

The Hope Biosciences® and Hope Biosciences Research Foundation building looks out onto Brooks Lake and lies within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, fitness centers, and retail shops.
The Hope Biosciences® and Hope Biosciences Research Foundation building looks out onto Brooks Lake and lies within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, fitness centers, and retail shops.

Life sciences companies are densely concentrated in the TMC, but the innovation doesn’t stop at the Harris County limits. The Fort Bend County and Sugar Land Economic Development Councils do well in fostering the exponential growth of their life sciences sector, of which Hope Biosciences is a proud and notable member. Our neighbors include Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann, and Bluebonnet Nutrition, among other companies from the pharmaceutical, medicine manufacturing, and R&D industries.

Hope Bio has had the pleasure of meeting and partnering with many influential Houston-based companies, organizations, and institutions, such as KPRC Local 2 News, Rice University, and UTHealth, who share the same mission of patient-focused innovation. Not only are companies interested in our mission, but the community, as well. This past year, we were honored to participate in the annual Fort Bend County Health and Wellness Expo at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, which showcased transformative and innovative healthcare products and services available in Fort Bend county. Attendees learned about the latest research trends, and strategies in the healthcare industry, and with a “passport” in hand—sponsored by Hope Biosciences—they participated in a prize drawing. We love that Fort Bend County rewards its citizens who seek to discover the best quality of healthcare possible for themselves and their communities.

The entrance to the Sugar Land Regional Airport hosts a movable art installation by Whitaker Studios called, VorTEX.
The entrance to the Sugar Land Regional Airport hosts a movable art installation by Whitaker Studios called, VorTEX. Courtesy of the City of Sugar Land

Hope Bioscience’s community of stem cell bankers and researchers stretches well beyond our city limits, but since Sugar Land boasts easy access to two major international airports (IAH and Hobby) and houses its own regional airport, that’s no problem. Hope Bio’s facilities are easily accessible to the world. Our stem cell bankers live in 64 cities in 16 different states of America and five countries worldwide—in 2022, we successfully banked our first international baby from the Philippines! The bankers who are old enough to travel across land and sea visit our Sugar Land location not only to bank with Hope Bio, but to receive stem cell therapeutic treatments using their own cells at the Hope Biosciences Research Foundation in the same building. There, patients receiving infusions can enjoy scenic views of Oyster Creek with all of its wildlife activity.

Sugar Land is nationally known as one of the best places for families to live for its excellence in healthcare services, exponential growth, unrivaled ethnic diversity, and the strong sense of community. We have felt the true effects of the city’s partnership during our company's growth and expansion. Both the city officials and the Fort Bend County Economic Development Council are deeply invested in our success. They also know how to have fun! Pictured is our team at Smart Financial Center with concert tickets, courtesy of the city of Sugar Land.