Volume 2 Issue: #18October, 2012
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On behalf of the BioDistrict New Orleans Board of Commissioners and staff, we publish our biweekly newsletter about the plans, opportunities and activities of the BioDistrict to help the community understand the vast potential we represent.

On October 23rd, we will host our Third Annual Luncheon celebrating the post-Katrina advances made in developing another economic pillar that New Orleans can depend on for growth. As you ride around the District you will see signs of the changes we have been discussing -- seeing is believing!

We ask for your continued support of our mission, as we launch into the implementation phase of creating thousands of new, high paying jobs, better healthcare and new educational opportunities in a sustainable environment. Building the ecosystem necessary to support this industry is difficult but critical work and will be the reason we will succeed. 

Please share this newsletter with a friend, colleague or loved one looking for positive news about the future of New Orleans as the center of Southeast Louisiana's Super-Region and the emergence of a fourth pillar to our economy.

James P. McNamara
President & CEO

Upcoming Events


Third Annual BioDistrict Luncheon´┐Ż 


Creating Opportunities in the  

Innovation Economy for New Orleanians

Too many of our children have left because they couldn't find a job in New Orleans.


Act Now, only 51 tickets available!


BioDistrict New Orleans Luncheon
BioDistrict New Orleans Luncheon

Tuesday October 23, 2012

 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT


Who should attend: Parents interested in learning more about the economic opportunities of the future economy, attorneys, bankers, accountants, developers, educators, construction companies, architects, engineers, researchers, investors, healthcare professionals, marketing professionals, leasing agents and real estate brokers.  


If you are pro New Orleans and interested in our long term future you should be there.

This is our opportunity to reverse the recent trend of losing our best and brightest but we must take action by supporting our efforts at the polls and by making a financial commitment.

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors: 

1515-55 Color Logo TEG Logo
 MB+C  Billes - JBA

Table Sponsors:


PPO Plus

Bright Moments

Business Council of New Orleans 

and the River Region 

Downtown Development District

Entergy Thermal  

Jones Walker

New Orleans BioInnovation Center

The McDonnel Group 

Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects

Waggonner & Ball Architects 

Workforce Development Partnerships 
Unprecedented leverage by the BioDistrict helped to create partnerships between employers and training providers.    

One of the earliest initiatives of the BioDistrict was to organize the development of a conveyor belt style workforce development system for New Orleanians to access quality, sustainable jobs. We were able to leverage a small portion of a larger grant from Baptist Community Mission, Entergy, HCA, and others to analyze workforce demand as a result of the new hospital construction and the emerging bioscience industry.  In fact, the second most important condition to develop a bioscience industry in New Orleans is the availability of a trained, skilled workforce. During industry calls, questions about workforce are in the top five following flood protection, crime and schools. 


partnership Conf
NOW Workforce Partnership Pre-Bid Meeting



A Workforce Partnership is a collaborative group comprised of key stakeholders that work together to meet the workforce skill needs of employers and offer best practices for training low-skilled workers for jobs within an industry sector that is critical to a region's economy. Workforce Partnerships support and enhance education, training and job placement for low-income, low-skilled unemployed adults or incumbent workers. High-quality workforce partnerships are employer-driven, innovative sector approaches to help low-wage workers succeed in the economy while also improving the competitiveness of a group of employers. 



It all starts with employers and their needs. Without employer engagement in the system, nothing positive will be achieved. Next we need education providers: grammar schools, high schools, community colleges and universities to understand the look term needs of employers and train people for careers. This group includes the propriety schools and specialized providers and training programs where short term advancement needs are covered quickly.



Ideally within a centrally located clustered area to get the maximum effect. To have a central location with shared services, facilities and interaction between students, faculty and employers is the best model. In New Orleans, the ideal site would be the medical buildings around Charity and the former VA. The cluster, called the Downtown Health Campus would be anchored by an expanded Delgado School of Allied Health, a reallocated Math & Science School and shared recreation facilities available for all students including Tulane, LSU and Xavier.





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BioDistrict Jobs 
Pharmaceutical Technician 


Pharma Tech
Pharmaceutical Technician
A pharmaceutical technician is a health care worker who performs pharmacy related functions, generally working under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of locations, usually in retail and hospital pharmacies but also sometimes in long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies, government, or teaching. 
Job duties include dispensing prescription drugs and other medical devices to patients and instructing on their use. They may also perform administrative duties, such as reviewing prescription requests with doctor's offices and insurance companies to ensure correct medications are provided and payment is received. Pharmaceutical technicians also speak directly with patients on the phone to aid in the awareness of taking medications on time.
Average Salary in New Orleans (As of Oct 9, 2012): $31,000.00
Available Positions to be filled: 5+  

BioDistrict New Orleans: Harnessing university research to create new opportunities 
BioDistrict recently played host to researchers and business development experts from Tufts University in Boston, MA. 

The first of a series of major industry building events occurred in the latter part of September. Increasing global research collaborations part of the development of promising new joint research opportunities that can be created and financed in part by the biopharmaceutical industry. In our 2012-15 Business Plan as well as the Master Plan, we planned to add value to our member universities while supercharging new investment opportunities in New Orleans around new innovation discovered. The biopharmaceutical industry is taking notice of our activity and increasing their interest in potential investments. 


The next challenge is to identify project leaders and projects that represent the best opportunities for the collaboration to get win.






David Coy

  • John Christie, Tech Transfer
  • David Coy discussed the capabilities of the Peptide Research Laboratory.
  • Lisa Morici detailed her work in anti-microbial compounds.
  • Luis Branco represented Bob Garry's lab and discussed their work on Lassa Fever.
  • Barbara Beckman spoke briefly about anti-cancer compounds developed in her lab in collaboration with a colleague at Xavier.



  • David Greenblatt demonstrated the work his lab has done on drug-drug interactions as well as some exploration of food-drug interactions.
  • John Leong provided an overview of leading research in the Department of Microbiology.
  • Brent Cochran spoke about the broad range of anti-cancer research at Tufts.
  • Ira Herman discussed his group's efforts in wound healing and regenerative medicine. (Tulane Graduate)
  • Larry Botticelli gave a brief overview of neuroscience activity at Tufts.


  • Rachel Cruthirds, Assistant Vice President for Resource Development
  • Tarun Mandal discussed the capabilities of his lab at drug formulation.
  • Partha Bhattacharjee spoke about his work on anti-cancer compounds.



BioDistrict New Orleans: In the News   
BioDistrict New Orleans recognizes the growing emphasis on science, health and quality jobs  
Out to Lunch
Credit Grant Morris 
 It's New Orleans 
Arman Sadeghpour, Peter Ricchiuti and Sean Simone.

Theodent Toothpaste 
Mr. Arman Sadeghpour was recently a guest on "Out to Lunch with Peter Ricchiuti". The active ingredients in Theodent Toothpaste are the first changes in toothpaste in over 100 years and it is a product of New Orleans. 
Theodent Toothpaste is sold at Whole Food Stores priced at $9.99 and has incredible power to restore enamel. Give it a try and support a New Orleans bioinnovation.  

Check here for the full interview


NOLA.com By Mark Waller, Staff writer BioDistrict New Orleans, a state economic development agency that promotes the growth of health care and bioscience enterprises ...

$2 million grant expands minority access to cancer trials

Coordinators with expertise in cultural sensitivity will assist physicians in identifying patients who qualify for enrollment into cancer treatment trials, and work with patients and family members to answer questions about clinical research.
BioDistrict New Orleans: In the Community  
BioDistrict New Orleans recognizes the growing emphasis on science, health and bioethics  


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Announces the $5,000.00


Turner BioChallenge


Friday, October 12 from 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

1441 Canal Street, New Orleans

Ground Floor Conference Room



 9:30 - 10:00: Light Breakfast
10:00 - 10:15: Welcome Address
10:15 - 11:15: Power Pitch Presentations
11:15 - 12:00: Open House

12:00 - 12:15: BioChallenge Winner Announcement



Please join us for the New Orleans BioInnovation Center's first annual BioChallenge in celebration of the Center's one year anniversary. Competing in the Challenge will be five of the region's most promising biotech companies. Each will pitch to an impressive panel of judges from Silicon Valley Bank, The South Coast Angel Fund, Turner Industries, Sibling Capital for the chance to win $5,000 in  start-up funding, three months of free work space, and assistance in the development of their business plan in conjunction with the NOBIC commercialization team and the Tulane Entrepreneurship Association.


RSVP to: biochallenge@neworleansbio.com






 Fall Meeting
New Orleans, LA  
October 19, 2012
Space is limited -- Register Now


!st anniversity   DID YOU KNOW?
Bio New Orleans is growing and celebrating our 1st Anniversary   
Networking group shares daily discussions on the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana's Super - Region.  
BioDistrict New Orleans created a special group on LinkedIn called Bio New Orleans where professionals and employers can post job opportunities, discuss research findings or industry trends and network with other professionals in the biosciences industry. The aim is to create a bioscience community for job opportunities, discussions and networking.

More than 486 multi-disciplined professionals have already joined. Some are locals, some ex-pats and some have never been to New Orleans and are sharing in our growth and want to stay in touch. 
This is how industry hubs are formed, thrive and take on a life of their own.
Are YOU in the game or on the sideline?
View our profile on LinkedIn
For more information, please visit www.BioDistrictNewOrleans.org
In This Issue:
New Orleans Works -- Workforce Partnership
Harnessing university research to create new opportunities
BioDistrict in the News
BioDistrict in the Community

Meetings, Conventions and Conferences
BioDistrict Quick Links

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Vision and Value Proposition for New Orleans:

The Vision  


In 20 years BioDistrict New Orleans (the BioDistrict) will become a thriving and highly livable business, education, science and health destination.


The BioDistrict will be known for its walkable scale, new and historic neighborhoods, excellent schools and services, accessible open space and transit, and a range of stable, well- paying bioscience and health industry jobs. 


The BioDistrict will become a national model for urban revitalization and the Built Environment for healthier living, job creation and economic development.


With visionary leadership and long-term commitment, the BioDistrict can expect a host of economic benefits through the successful implementation of the Action Plan, including:


* Direct and indirect job creation 34,000 jobs

* Construction jobs 3,600 jobs

* Local Economic investment $3.3 billion

* Increased local personal earnings $2 billion

* Increased local tax revenue $1.4 billion

* Increased state tax revenue $1.9 billion 

* New and renovated buildings 11.6 million  



Positive Business Environment

Top Rankings
Just Released:
#1 - Louisiana Ranked Top State in Economic Growth Potential  - Business Facilities, August 2012
#1 - New Orleans is America's Fastest Growing City - Bloomberg -- U.S. Census Bureau
16 Years and Counting:
#1 - Xavier University graduates more pre-med students that actually attend medical school than any other university in the country 

Other Notables: 

#1 - Hospital project in the world! - Combined UMC/VA under construction on Canal Street in the BioDistrict

#1 - Coolest Start-up City in America - Inc.

#1 - Brain Magnet in America - New Geography

#1 - Major Market of the Year (tie) - Southern Business & Development

#1 - IT Job Growth - Forbes

#1 - Educational Reform - Thomas B. Fordham Institute

#1 - State of the Year - Southern Business & Development

District Demographics
Transparency and predictability are critical issues for individuals and businesses thinking about investing in a community. We are making available data about the District and the area around us. We invite you to follow the link and customize your query. 
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 An array of beautifully transformed homes of all sizes offer flexibility and comfort to anyone from artists, researchers, families and singles. Most of our units are conveniently located by employment opportunities and have easy access to public transportation.
BLue Plate Artist Lofts
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Canal Housing
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PJ's on Poydras 1515 Poydras Street
Ur Way Yogurt & Coffee
in the BioDistrict
3001 Tulane Ave
Shops at the Crescent Club

Ur Way
 Great treats and good eats! Free WIFI for customers.

Construction Cam
Construction Cam
New Orleans 
BioInnovation Center
Rev. Avery C. Alexander, Jr. Academic Research Hospital
Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
 Click here for more information on the BioInnovation and the LA Cancer 
Research Centers  
Click here to inquire about business 
opportunities and partnerships.


Partners In Trade 
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The BioDistrist is a Founding Member of the Workforce Collaborative

World Trade Center- New Orleans
World Trade Center
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NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership is a coalition of over 50 stakeholders in the Treme/Lafitte and Tulane/Gravier neighborhoods of New Orleans.

Core Element supplies teachers with the tools to ensure students will be ready for the opportunities ahead.