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Intertech Science Park

Initiated in 1998, InterTech Science Park is a community response to the need to diversify the economy of northwest Louisiana by encouraging the growth of technology-based industries. Sponsored by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, InterTech is located in an urban Brownfields area proximate to 80% of the region's scientific/medical personnel. The InterTech Master Plan is a strategy to create an environmentally friendly, worker-amenable, and technology-stimulating campus that enables the proliferation of life sciences, digital media and other emerging industries. 

InterTech's BioSpace1 is a $12.2 million incubator for new bioscience businesses. Companies in the 60,000-square-foot BioSpace1 facility share $500,000 worth of equipment in a core laboratory and have experts analyze their business plans on a yearly basis. Companies from life science, pharmaceutical, digital media, and venture capital industries reside in BioSpace1. 

Currently 23 tenant entities are in the InterTech's eight facilities. Over 315 employees work for these companies, with an average salary of over $50,000 and a total payroll exceeding $16 million.

 

PET Imaging Center

The PET Imaging Center (positron emission tomography) was established in 1995 by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana as one of the first full-service centers in the southern United States. Since inception, the Center has performed over 35,000 clinical PET or PET/CT imaging procedures in areas including (but not limited to) oncology, neurology, and cardiology. Nearly 10,000 scans have been provided free of charge to uninsured patients mostly from LSU Health Shreveport.

 

EDventures

Since 1994, the education of our future scientific workforce has been a major component of the Biomedical Research Foundation's mission that recognizes that a trained and knowledgeable workforce is essential to improving the quality of life in our community. Since then, the Foundation has raised nearly $2 million from public and private sources to fund educational programs that challenge students to learn more, participate more, and experience more than basic curriculum requires. In addition to two programs for higher education institutions, the Foundation has raised funds for ten K-12 programs in Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes that reach over 4,000 students per year.

 

Southern Isotopes

Southern Isotopes, owned and operated by the Biomedical Research Foundation, is a radiopharmaceutical production and manufacturing laboratory with the capability to produce and distribute radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear medicine procedures (including PET and SPECT). Southern Isotopes have two cyclotrons: one located in Shreveport and the other in Baton Rouge.