New Orleans Secures Some Funds for Labs—But Can NOLA Become a Serious Life Sciences-Focused Hub?

New Orleans Secures Some Funds for Labs—But Can NOLA Become a Serious Life Sciences-Focused Hub?

New Orleans (NOLA) recently received some funds to support its growing life science research and development industry—manifested with a recent $1.3 million grant facilitated by local Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). Specifically, the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) gave the New Orleans Business Alliance money to develop two wet labs and a clean room for the Information Technology Center at the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research and Technology Park. Analysts at the Commerce Department’s EDA suggest the funds can create 39 jobs while contributing to $5.1 million in private investment. The $1.3 million is also matched with $370,000 in local funds. As TrialSite points out below, New Orleans is transforming and actively positioned to become at least a player as a regional life sciences hub. The potential is there, but historical challenges materialize in the form of deep pockets of poverty, health equity challenges, and crime (and the COVID-19 era crime wave could hinder progress). But a confluence of culture, history, and diversity in this predominantly Black city offers potential if a series of the right decisions an...

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