New Orleans shows the signs of a city reborn from the destruction brought on by Hurricane Katrina. The changes in the city’s infrastructure and building projects have certainly been among them. The Crescent City reached a milestone in its renaissance last June when the New Orleans BioInnovation Center opened for business.
The center is a 65,000-square foot biotech business incubator created to foster entrepreneurship within the New Orleans bioscience community and help commercialize technologies developed at Tulane, Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana. The building already houses 13 tenants, including two venture capital firms. Eventually, the building could house up to 50 companies and employ up to 200 people.
I recently sat down with Aaron Miscenich, president of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center and Chairman of LouisianaBio to discuss the critical elements that were brought together and what is being done to promote bioscience economic development in his city and state.