BioDistrict New Orleans

Just steps from the downtown core, New Orleans is driving an incredible investment in biomedical research and services - more than $2.5 billion in healthcare construction, concentrated in a two-mile-square area, and served by a multi-modal public transportation hub.

BioDistrict New Orleans is a state-enabled economic development district (with taxing and bonding authority) that was created by the State of Louisiana in 2005 and charged with the responsibility of growing both the programmatic and physical development components of the biosciences sector of the New Orleans economy. The 1,500-acre district spans the downtown and Mid-City areas of New Orleans, bounded by Earhart Boulevard, Carrollton Avenue, Loyola Avenue and Iberville Street.

The BioDistrict is focused on the development of a biosciences industry in New Orleans that will provide world-class biosciences research and development; local, regional and global healthcare delivery; and stable, high-paying jobs for professionals, managers and workers representing a wide range of skills. Through partnerships among major educational and research institutions, private companies, government agencies and independent foundations, BioDistrict New Orleans will create opportunities for workforce training and research needed to build a successful biosciences industry.

Bioinnovation Center1New Orleans BioInnovation Center

The New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) houses a new generation of innovators from Louisiana's burgeoning Life Sciences Community. Situated in the heart of the emerging BioDistrict, this 66,000 square foot state of the art LEED Gold facility offers wet-lab, dry-lab, office and conference space. NOBIC currently houses dozens of start-up companies, providing the infrastructure to support the day-to-day functions that new companies can effectively share. The Center's design provides the environment for a close network of the regions leading researchers and innovators to promote collaboration within the life science community.

Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC)

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center is located in the BioDistrict, the $105 million, 180,000-square-foot facility brings together some of the brightest researchers in the country to collaborate on a variety of technologies and areas of research. LCRC is providing the support to facilitate research and resources across programs that no other single research laboratory in the area can provide through tissue procurement, bio-specimen core and clinical trial facilities. Today, LCRC researchers are working to improve the medical community's understanding of molecular factors that contribute to cancer.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (Project Legacy)

Designed to serve more than 70,000 enrolled Veterans, the new VA Medical Center consists of nearly 1.6 million square feet of state-of-the-art facilities. This new medical center meets the full array of the VA's mission, including healthcare to America's heroes, education, research and national preparedness. Two hundred and sixty inpatient beds and more than 400,000 square feet of outpatient rehabilitation facilities provide over 500,000 outpatient visits annually. Thanks to its state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment components, this facility continues to attract top-notch doctors, patients from across the country and future research dollars.

University Medical Center New Orleans

The $1.1 billion dollar University Medical Center (UMC) is one of the cornerstones of the BioDistrict. The new UMC helps to attract the world's top medical professionals while delivering high quality healthcare, advanced research and Level One trauma care.

The 444-bed facility provides a wide range of services focused on delivering the highest quality of medical care that support patients and their families. As the focal point for healthcare excellence in Louisiana, the UMC combines academics and science to provide comprehensive treatment and trauma services along with graduate and medical education programs that will train medical professionals for generations to come.

The Numbers

In 20 years the BioDistrict is projected to provide the following results:

  • 34,000 direct and indirect jobs
  • 3,600 annual construction jobs
  • $3.3 Billion in Economic Activity
  • $2 Billion in increased Personal Earnings
  • $1.9 Billion in State Sales Tax Generated
  • $1.4 Billion in Local Tax Generated
  • 11.6 Million Square Feet of New, Absorbed or Renovated Buildings
  • 2,000+ Housing Units
  • 125 Extended Stay hotel rooms