The Capital Region has a diverse group of globally-respected assets. These entities and organizations possess strong intellectual capital and state-of-the-art facilities uniquely positioned for successful collaboration and partnerships. From innovative software development strategies to world renowned research partnerships for complex solutions to global challenges such as coastal protection and restoration, water conservation, healthcare, agriculture and engineering, the Baton Rouge Area offers the right resource for your business, including:
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center is a world research leader right here in Baton Rouge, with a mission to discover the triggers of chronic diseases through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan.
At the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia, Pennington Biomedical is a campus of Louisiana State University and conducts basic, clinical and population research.
The research enterprise at the center includes approximately 70 faculty and more than 15 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 40 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. The center’s 450 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 222-acre campus.
BRAC is working with and actively marketing Pennington Biomedical Research Center in an effort to bring new business development opportunities which will drive expansion and increase job creation right here in the Baton Rouge Region.
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University (LSU) is Louisiana’s flagship postsecondary institution. LSU is working closely with the private sector as seen through public-private partnerships with companies such as EA Sports and IBM. The alignment, shared-vision and collaboration between education, economic development and industry is a successful combination for companies growing in Louisiana.
Louisiana Optical Network Initiative
The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) is a $50 million investment in 1,000 miles of backbone fiber connecting all Louisiana research universities. Combined with LSU’s 50 teraflop Queen Bee 2 (QB2) super computer, these powerful assets can offer a world-class network and a high performance computing environment with scalable bandwidth and storage capabilities. This network not only flows through LSU, but also exists in strategic locations in Baton Rouge such as the Louisiana Technology Park. Companies in industries like biological research, water and meteorological research, cyber security, and software design are well-suited for potential collaboration with LSU for cutting edge research, development and testing.
Louisiana Agricultural Research Center
The Baton Rouge Area’s historical ties to agriculture along with its growth in the information technology sector make it a perfect location to invest for agriculture technology companies. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, the LSU AgCenter plays an integral role in supporting agricultural industries with 20 research stations across Louisiana, one of the most active intellectual property programs in the country, and with entities such as the Audubon Sugar Institute, Forest Products Development Center and W.A. Callegari Environmental Center. BRAC is focusing on four main areas for development in agriculture technology: Water and Fertilizer Efficiency, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Equipment & Machinery Software Integration, and Food Safety, Innovation and Packaging.
The Water Campus
The heart of Louisiana’s Water Cluster is located on 35 acres in Baton Rouge next to the Mississippi River, adjacent to downtown Baton Rouge and less than two miles from Louisiana State University. Anchored in this collaborative space are the Water Institute of the Gulf, Governor’s Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, and Louisiana State University’s Office of Coastal Science. Together, these organizations — in partnership with industry leading engineering, technology and construction companies — will solve complex challenges associated with coastal protection, restoration, sea level rise, subsidence, urban water management and disaster response. It is projected that this campus will expand to over 4,000 researchers and support staff working in more than 1.8 million square feet of labs, research facilities and commercial space. State-of-the-art facilities, including a scale model of the Mississippi River, will enable them to carry out their vital work in a collaborative environment — studying coastal threats, formulating theories, exchanging ideas, and cooperating to arrive at innovative solutions that might never be possible working alone.
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and Science Education Center (LIGO) is making worldwide headlines by observing ripples in the fabric of spacetime (gravitational waves). The LIGO in the Capital Region is one of only two in the U.S. and collaborates with other research organizations around the world. The Science Education Center is open to the public and showcases the center’s cutting edge science and engineering to inspire each visitor.
Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices
LSU’s Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) offers researchers an opportunity to use the only synchrotron light source in the southeastern U.S. CAMD focuses on areas such as new technology to improve green energy generation, diagnose and treat disease, and develop and fabricate new products and manufacturing technologies.