BioHouston Announces Leadership Change

Houston, TX – October 6, 2015

BioHouston, Inc. today announced that Ann Tanabe has been named the organization’s chief executive officer. Ann previously served as BioHouston’s chief operating officer, and is replacing current CEO Jacqueline Northcut, who is departing to pursue other opportunities.

“Our board looks forward to Ann’s leadership as we continue to focus our efforts on supporting the life science industry in the Houston region. Ann has played a key role in the success of BioHouston over the past four years, and we have great confidence that the organization will continue to thrive under her direction,” commented David McWilliams, chairman of BioHouston, Inc. “The board thanks Jacqueline for her years of service to BioHouston dating back to its founding, and for helping make Texas better known and competitive for attracting new and innovative life science companies to our region. Jacqueline was relentlessly innovative and showed endless energy in pursuit of the BioHouston mission. She will be missed. We would also like to thank Jacqueline for working closely with Ann during the past several years to ensure BioHouston is well positioned for the next exciting phase of the Houston life science journey.”

Ann joined BioHouston in 2011 following a decade-long career as a corporate communications and investor relations executive at Houston area biotech and energy companies, including Texas Biotechnology, Encysive Pharmaceuticals and Synthesis Energy Systems.

About BioHouston

BioHouston, Inc. is a non-profit tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] corporation founded by Houston area academic/research institutions. We are leading a broad effort to establish the Houston region as a vigorous global competitor in life science and biotechnology commercialization. Our mission is to create an environment that will stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization, thereby generating economic wealth for the Houston region and making it a global competitor in life science commercialization. BioHouston’s activities provide the greatest leverage in making the Houston region a world-class competitor in the life science industry. For more information visit us at


Ann Tanabe
BioHouston Inc.
2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Suite 27G
Houston, TX 77021
Tel.: 713-874-9300