Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor
Coalition Lead Applicant: New Orleans BioInnovation Center
Region (applicant-defined): Cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cluster Sector(s): Health Care Services; Education
The Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor, led by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, includes the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as the rural and suburban communities between them. The coalition aims to transform the region into a national leader in health sciences with a focus on addressing obesity and chronic disease by: 1.) creating economic opportunity through specialized workforce development with a focus on women, residents in rural areas and people of color, and 2.) strengthening the regions' research development and commercialization pipeline through infrastructure and collaboration to leverage industry expertise and promote startup creation and investment. The coalition believes that a strategic investment in South Louisiana's health services industry cluster will help to create a resilient and equitable regional economy and reduce the state's health disparities.