Esophagus Regeneration Startup Wins Tulane Novel Tech Challenge

PhD student Derek Dashti won top prize and $5,000 in the first ever Novel Tech Challenge for Tulane students. The competition asked students to come up with a solution for a real-world problem and build a prototype, and Derek has developed a novel medical device to regenerate a damaged esophagus for patients with cancer, extremely severe regurgitation of stomach acid, birth defects, and other conditions.

April 21, 2015 — Read more at Tulane News

ICONIC Debuts New Flavor and Packaging

Be Well Nutrition, makers of the healthy protein drink line ICONIC, have announced a packaging change along with the launch of a new flavor, Cafe au Lait. The company has seen strong demand for the two existing flavors of the drink, which serves as a convenient breakfast, on-the-go snack, or workout recovery beverage. Sales will also be expanding across the country in the coming months.

April 10, 2015 — Read more at BevNET

NOBIC Awarded $500,000 Grant to Expand Assistance Statewide

The BioInnovation Center has been awarded a 3-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand our free startup assistance program to life science entrepreneurs across the state. This will scale the assistance and events programs we offer and help us connect researchers and innovators across Louisiana with resources here in New Orleans and in our growing nationwide network.

April 2, 2015 — Read more at the New Orleans Advocate