BioDistrict New Orleans

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.

The BioDistrict Board of Commissioners is comprised of 15 members, and is currently fully seated. Board members include representatives from each of the major academic and medical institutions, including Xavier University, Delgado Community College, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and Ochsner Health System. The Board also includes four appointments from the Governor of Louisiana and one from the Department of Louisiana Economic Development (LED). In addition, the Mayor of New Orleans has three appointments representing individuals from GNO, Inc., the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, The Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, and a seat for the Mayor at Large, currently filled by Deputy Mayor of New Orleans, Andrew Kopplin. James P. McNamara is the BioDistrict President and CEO.  Visit the BioDistrict here.

New Orleans BioInnovation Center
The New Orleans BioInnovation Center 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.  Visit the New Orleans BioInnovation Center here.

Louisiana Cancer Research Center
Located in the heart of the BioDistrict and the university medical research community, this new 177,000 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 researches are working to improve the medical communities understanding of molecular factors that contribute to cancer.  Visit the Louisiana Cancer Research Center Here.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Designed to serve over 70,000 enrolled Veterans, the new VA Medical Center will consist of nearly 1.6 million square feet of state of the art facilities. This new VA center will meet the full array of the VA missions, including; Healthcare to America's Hero's, Education, Research and National Preparedness. Consisting of 260 inpatient beds, state of the art diagnostic and treatment components and over 400,000 square feet of outpatient rehabilitation facilities that will provide over 500,000 outpatient visits annually. The new facility will attract top notch doctors, patients from across the country and future research dollars.  Visit the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here.

The University Medical Center
Situated on 34 acres, the $1.2 billion dollars University Medical Center will become one of the cornerstones of the BioDistrict. The new UMC will help attract the world's top medical professionals while delivering high quality healthcare, advanced research and Level One trauma care. The new 424 bed facility will provide 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 will combine 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.  Visit the University Medical Center Here.

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



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