Delegates met with fellow finalists of the $1 Billion competitive award
NEW ORLEANS (June 30 ,2022) — Delegates from the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC), lead agency of the Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor (GCHSC), recently traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC) Summer Conference sponsored by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The conference was an invitation-only event.
The GCHSC is a coalition of stakeholders from business, government, nonprofits, and academia within the South Louisiana Super-Region, spanning from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. The coalition was awarded a $500,000 Phase I grant from the EDA in order to support the planning of projects intended to transform the region into a national leader in health sciences, with a particular focus on addressing obesity and chronic diseases. GCHSC is currently one of 60 national finalists for an EDA BBBRC Phase II implementation grant, part of a $1 billion competitive award.
“Our goals for this conference were to build strong connections by meeting with fellow finalists, federal agencies, and philanthropies to outline the tremendous opportunity we have to improve our communities through the combined efforts of this partnership,” said Korey Patty, Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer at NOBIC. “We want to spread our coalition’s name in hopes of furthering our projects that will lead to an improved health sciences industry in Louisiana.”
The conference included opportunities for finalists to give presentations, learn from peers, listen to reflections from the EDA’s Technical Assistance Coalition and to network. Prominent speakers included Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and White House Infrastructure Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the president Mitch Landrieu.
Delegates from the following agencies were a part of the GCHSC representation: NOBIC, Tulane University and Louisiana Economic Development. Also in attendance were representatives from GNO, Inc., which is also a finalist in the BBBRC challenge.
About the Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor: The Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor is a unique collaboration between hub cities Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It is led by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center in partnership with the Baton Rouge Health District, Xavier University, Tulane University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Greater New Orleans Foundation and Greater New Orleans Inc. The Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor represents a coalition of stakeholders from business, government, nonprofits and academia. They were awarded a $500,000 Phase I grant from EDA to support the planning of projects intended to transform the region into a national leader in health sciences with a focus on addressing obesity and chronic diseases, and are currently a finalist for a Phase II implementation grant. For more information, visit https://neworleansbio.com/nobic-gno-foundation-among-60-finalists-for-1b-in-economic-grants-from-biden-admin/
About New Orleans BioInnovation Center: The New Orleans BioInnovation Center (“NOBIC”) is a nonprofit business incubator focused on advancing life science entrepreneurship and technology commercialization in Louisiana. The mission of NOBIC is to create a successful biotech ecosystem by providing emerging companies with customized commercialization services, premier facilities and a comprehensive support network. Through relationships with research institutions, economic development organizations and industry stakeholders, NOBIC helps its clients de-risk novel technologies, attract funding and improve global health outcomes. For more information, visit neworleansbio.com/.