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Texas A&M University System’s Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) will play a key role in vaccine manufacturing. FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a Texas A&M University System subcontractor, has plans to mass-produce vaccines in agreement with the federal government. The CIADM is working with pharmaceutical companies Novavax and Sanofi. The facility is contracted through the federal government as a part of “Operation Warp Speed” with a $265 million order. The facility has been preparing since July 2020 and should be set to begin the process for mass production by early January 2021 at the latest. https://ciadm.tamhsc.edu/

The Department of the Air Force selected Port San Antonio, Texas, as one of the six finalists for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. SAN ANTONIO was on the radar for the last few months, reaching phase 2 in August 2020 in a bid to attain the permanent headquarters of one of the Defense Department's 11 unified commands. The command is temporarily based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If San Antonio is chosen, the headquarters would bring 1,400 jobs to the area. Space Command is distinct, but complementary to U.S. Space Force, the sixth branch of the military that President Donald Trump created in late 2019. The six finalists were chosen from more than 50 U.S. communities, including Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs; Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska; Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico; Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama. The Air Force will now work with the city of San Antonio to evaluate the location and expects to make a decision in January 2021. Space Command would fall under the U.S. Air Force, much like Cyber Command headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. While Cyber Command is meant to serve as the lead for combat in the virtual arena, Space Command serves the same function to combat potential threats in space. https://www.spacecom.mil/#/

Infinitum Electric, ROUND ROCK, created a printed circuit board (PCB) motor, has signed an agreement with a leading U.S. automotive supplier to support the development of a hybrid vehicle. Under the agreement, Infinitum Electric will validate performance of its IEm Series motor using oil cooling techniques before building a purposefully designed motor for hybrid assist powertrains used for more efficient hybrid vehicles. Twenty-five trillion kilowatt hours of electricity are consumed per year, of which 45 percent is consumed by electric motors. This leaves a significant opportunity for many industries, including automotive, to develop or replace machines using traditional electric motors with ultra, high-efficiency electric motors, which consume far less energy. Infinitum Electric is enabling this transition with its IEm Series of motors. https://www.infinitumelectric.com/


Baylor Genetics is releasing a new combination test that can check a patient for active COVID-19, Influenza A and Influenza B infections and release the results within 48 hours of receiving the samples. Researchers say the test will help doctors and patients treat their sicknesses more accurately. Test results are automatically reported to state officials, according to Baylor Genetics. In October 2020, Baylor Genetics launched a $119 at-home COVID-19 test kit. The COVID-19 pandemic marks the first time Baylor Genetics, which focuses on genetic testing for illnesses and cancer, has sold a diagnostic test for an infectious disease. https://baylorgenetics.com/

DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (DZS Inc.) said in March 2020 that it was relocating its base from Oakland, California, to PLANO. DZS, which provides telecom industry technology products, said it would put an engineering center in Plano. The firm has leased almost 14,000 square feet of office space in the Legacy Place East office building at 5700 Tennyson Parkway. Renovation of the office space is scheduled for completion in early 2021. DZS has more than 700 workers and plans to keep some operations in California. https://dzsi.com/

IRVING-based Fluor Corporation has reached an agreement with Sargent & Lundy to collaborate with joint marketing and design services for the execution of new NuScale Power small modular nuclear reactor plants in North America. Under the new agreement with Sargent & Lundy, Fluor will design the turbine island and balance-of-plant facilities with Sargent & Lundy providing the design for the nuclear island. NuScale’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission-certified technology is the world’s first and only small modular reactor to gain design certification approval by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sargent & Lundy and NuScale agreed to work together in late July 2019 with Sargent & Lundy providing standard plant design services as well as architect-engineering support. https://www.fluor.com/


HOUSTON-based McDermott International, Ltd has secured approximately $560 million in new capital through a series of transactions expected to close by the end of 2020. McDermott has secured commitments from certain existing lenders and shareholders for these transactions, as well as approval from a steering committee comprised of certain existing letter of credit and term loan lenders. The transactions are designed to further strengthen the Company's balance sheet, increase liquidity and fund future growth opportunities. https://www.mcdermott.com/

NexTier Oilfield Solutions Inc. and National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) announced that the two HOUSTON-based companies recently entered into an agreement to collaboratively field test NOV’s electric fracturing system known as the Ideal™ eFrac fleet. The Ideal™ eFrac fleet provides efficient, environmentally conscious hydraulic fracturing capabilities that dramatically reduce emissions, equipment, and complexity at the well site. Under the terms of the agreement, NexTier and NOV will collaborate to test the operational capability of the Ideal™ eFrac prototype in the field and under normal operating conditions. The agreement provides NexTier the option to transform from the test phase to the future purchase of the first Ideal™ eFrac fleet manufactured by NOV. https://nextierofs.com/ ; https://www.nov.com/

Houston-based Womble Co., a provider of pipe coating services to the oil and gas industry along the Gulf Coast, has acquired La Barge Coating of CHANNELVIEW. The purchase includes 130 acres of coating facilities, pipe storage yards and assets. The deal brings Womble’s holdings to more than 400 acres of facilities across seven locations, including the newly acquired the South Sheldon Yard and the Shields Street Yard in Channelview. Womble employs more than 400 people following the acquisition. The La Barge brand, employees and customer base are assimilating into Womble. The newly acquired plants provide fusion bond epoxy and abrasion resistant overcoating to pipes with diameters from 12 to 48 inches and to fittings. https://www.wombleco.com/


MIDLAND’s Blue Quail Energy Services has acquired Fluid Delivery Solutions, expanding its business beyond the Permian Basin into South and East Texas and the Marcellus and Utica in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. http://www.blue-quail.com/