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BioDistrict New Orleans is an economic development district that works to grow the biosciences sector of the New Orleans economy.  

We’re working to transform our region into a national leader for health research and treatment, and a model for inclusive, equitable job growth.

Health care, economic development, higher education, business, and nonprofit leaders are working collaboratively to harness expertise, assets, and opportunities to position New Orleans as a global center of excellence in research and healthcare specialties (e.g. neurodegenerative diseases).

We believe that with the right investments, the BioDistrict can serve as the physical center for a job-creating, medical center of excellence, with healthcare industry anchors, world-class research, biotech startups, and small businesses. We’re working to position the BioDistrict as a model for equity and economic inclusion, including small business creation and local hiring and training to increase the wealth of residents in the region.

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Board of Directors

Resources & Information

News & Press

The BioDistrict’s Board of Directors is made up of appointees of the Governor and the Mayor of New Orleans, as well as leaders from higher education, the healthcare industry, and the economic development community. 

Andy Kopplin, President and CEO of the Greater New Foundation, currently serves as Chair of the BioDistrict Board of Directors.  

Kaneisha Bailey Akinpelumi, Associate Vice President of Research & Sponsored Programs at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) has been appointed by Dr. Reynold Verret to serve as the university’s representative on the BioDistrict New Orleans (BioDistrict) Board of Commissioners.

Click here to view a complete list of our Board of Directors.

Click here to view minutes of BioDistrict Board Meetings.

Board Meetings:


March 14, 2024: Agenda 

February 28, 2024: Agenda | Minutes


December 13, 2023: Agenda | Minutes

August 9, 2023: Agenda | Minutes

March 8, 2023: Agenda | Minutes

February 9, 2023: Agenda | Minutes


November 14, 2022: Agenda | Minutes

August 15, 2022: Agenda | Minutes



December 16, 2021: Agenda | Minutes

Strategic Planning Committee:


September 11, 2023: Agenda 

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In compliance with R.S.24:523.1, BioDistrict New Orleans is posting this notice for anyone to report any suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of public funding.  For more information, visit the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's website:

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