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Twenty years ago, the Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF) recognized that northwest Louisiana was going to lose the fight for economic competitiveness unless it had a workforce trained in complex technology and had the adaptability and creativeness needed to respond to the demands of our rapidly changing world.

BRF's mission is to diversify the region by promoting and developing a technology-based economy in northwest Louisiana. The BRF strives to generate public support and collaboration in knowledge-based economic development strategies, to provide infrastructure and resources to new or growing companies, and to support research at LSU Health Shreveport that may lead to marketable discoveries. Perhaps most importantly, the BRF promotes the development of our region's future creative workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by raising private and public funds and assisting with project development for K-12 programs.

BRF is founding member of CERT, the Consortium for Education, Research and Technology for North Louisiana, which is a consortium of all north Louisiana higher education institutions. The BRF serves as its economic development partner to promote institutional collaboration and technology transfer.

BRF has raised funds for eleven K-12 programs in Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes that reach over 4,000 students per year. The investment in our future from community supporters has been crucial in providing these programs.

1) the Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) K-12 Program in four Caddo Parish middle and high schools;
2) Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program at Southwood High School;
3) FIRST Robotics Programs at Southwood High School;
4) the Biotechnology Magnet Academy for high school students at Southwood High School;
5) BioStart, the laboratory research program at LSUHS for Biotech Academy seniors; 6) BioStart summer Boot Camp laboratory training program;
7) the College Navigator for Biotechnology Magnet Academy students;
8) Hands-on research programs for high school students and teachers including SMART - the Science and Medicine Academic Research Training program for advanced high school seniors from Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes with LSUHS researchers;
9) Extended Research Experiences for SMART and BioStart high school seniors that allows these students to continue their research at LSUHS after their internship has ended;
10) Bossier Parish High School Biotechnology Technical Training program; and
11) Project Lead the Way engineering modules at Captain Shreve High School and Youree Drive Middle School.

BRF has raised nearly $1 million from the community and has been instrumental in obtaining over $2 million in government funding to help support its education programs.

In 2008, BRF was named as a Distinguished Partner in Education by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for its efforts in developing K-12 science and math programs. The Foundation was the only recipient in north Louisiana to receive this honor that year.