New Orleans BioInnovation Center Opens Registration For Annual Startup Conference

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans BioInnovation Center has opened registration for the upcoming Innovation Louisiana 2017 conference, an educational event on Nov. 6 and 7 that educates attendees on turning cutting-edge scientific discoveries into viable businesses. This annual conference offers critical networking, education and professional development opportunities. It attracts nearly 200 attendees each fall, including researchers, students, entrepreneurs and other professionals in the statewide life sciences industry.

         In celebration of the fifth annual conference, the center is embracing ingenuity from across the state and highlighting local experts in healthcare, research and beyond, reps said. The conference will feature two New Orleans-based keynote speakers who will discuss harnessing scientific advances to address serious global crises of the past and present.

         Michelle Hatwood is the curator at the Freeport McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, an endangered animal breeding center. She will discuss this innovative partnership program between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global, which is employing recent research advances to conserve endangered species from around the world.

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         Robert Wallace, STEM Education coordinator at The National World War II Museum, will also offer a keynote address. He will cover the development of life-saving antibiotics during World War II that revolutionized healthcare and the current antibiotic resistance crisis that now threatens modern medicine.

         “Louisiana scientists have a long history of quietly making ground-breaking contributions to industries from medicine to engineering,” said Aaron Miscenich, president of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. “At this year’s conference, as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our Innovation Louisiana events, we are raising the profile of local STEM experts who will discuss applying scientific breakthroughs to create real change across the globe.”

         Additional conference speakers include experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Open Prairie, multiple angel investor networks and more. Session topics will include raising funding for business growth, finding development partners, implementing new technologies in clinical settings, and much more. The conference is designed to be of particular value for Louisiana technology entrepreneurs, university researchers, clinicians, and science, business and law students that are interested in startups.

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         The BioInnovation Center offers facilities, free consulting, educational events, and the BioFund capital program to help emerging Louisiana innovators develop new healthcare interventions and other scientific advances. The conference provides critical educational and networking opportunities to ultimately help Louisiana innovators develop new companies that create jobs and economic growth for the region. It is part of the Center’s Innovation Louisiana 2017 series of events, which will take place from Nov. 5-10 in New Orleans.

         Discounted tickets are available for students.

         For more information and to register

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