The University of Arizona Bio5 Drug Discovery Institute knows "Where Bio Works™."
The University of Arizona Cancer Center knows "Where Bio Works™."
Bioscience and Bioindustry work at Innovation Park in Oro Valley, Ariz., just north of Tucson.
The Arizona Bioindustry Association, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, the Bioscience Leadership Council of Southern Arizona and many other companies, organizations and associations have discovered bio works phenomenally at Innovation Park.
Two global pharmaceutical giants, Sanofi and Roche, are early pioneers at Innovation Park, which still has 275 acres of pristine desert ready for biodevelopment.
Innovation Park is the Tucson region's heart for taking a "garage" startup to international prominence.
Roche acquired Ventana Medical Systems, the most successful spinoff company from the University of Arizona, where one professor developed an automated tissue diagnostics platform to become a global leader in advanced cancer detection and personalized treatment protocols. Roche is projecting to have 3,000 employees at Innovation Park by 2015.
Sanofi started as Selectide, founded by four University of Arizona professors, who found a way to create a massive amount of molecular compounds in a process called combinatorial chemistry. Sanofi recently opened a new state of the art LEED Gold facility at Innovation Park, where researchers from around the world create millions of compounds a year for target screening in a world class environment.
Venture West assembled 275 acres since 2005 around Ventana and Sanofi to create Innovation Park — and Innovation Park calls Oro Valley home.
Oro Valley is "Where Bio Works™" because it is a planned community, where high-tech is welcomed just as much as a half dozen golf courses, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort and instant access to the Santa Catalina Mountains for bikers and hikers.
Yahoo! ranked Oro Valley as one of the Best Places to Live in Arizona in January 2011 based on median household income, educational attainment (43.5 percent of residents have a bachelor's degree or more) and low property crime rates.
Family Circle Magazine found Oro Valley one of the 10 Best Towns for Families, and Fortune Small Business Magazine named Oro Valley among the 100 Best Places in America to Live and Launch a Small Business.
North Louisiana: Incubating a High Tech Innovation Corridor
eyond North Louisiana's traditional strengths as a manufacturing, oil/gas and agricultural hub, the region is nurturing an emerging technology sector that we call the "North Louisiana Innovation Corridor." The Innovation Corridor is a collection of high tech assets, which include technology companies and innovative programs, hosted by nine public educational institutions and private entities.
The assets within the North Louisiana Innovation Corridor generate the R&D, the intellectual capital, the venture capital, the entrepreneurial development, and the high tech labor force needed to nurture, sustain and grow technology companies.
Access to Research & Development
The exciting research that is happening at universities and colleges in the North Louisiana Innovation Corridor offers many opportunities for patents, partnerships and commercialization.
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport is conducting hundreds of bioscience research projects, including but not limited to, cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's College of Pharmacy, the state's only public pharmacy school, is investigating the development of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery, cancerand Alzheimer's treatments and the early detection of prostate cancer. The College of Pharmacy often collaborates with pharmaceutical companies to develop new drug formulations.
Ranked third nationally in nanotechnology education, Louisiana Tech University's Institute for Micromanufacturing harnesses intellectual capital from faculty and students to develop cutting-edge technology and inventions. Research at Louisiana Tech produces five times the national average on report of inventions (ROI) per expenditures. License/option activity at Louisiana Tech has more than quadrupled over the past five years.
Nurturing High Tech Growth
As a unique collaboration between local and state governments, private industry and academia, the Cyber Innovation Center acts as a catalyst within the Innovation Corridor to foster a knowledge-based economy. CIC anchors a 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park, aimed at accelerating technology transfer and fostering collaboration.
The Biomedical Research Foundation's InterTech Science Park serves as a technology incubator, nurturing life science and digital technology companies. Since 1986, the Foundation has generated $213 million to promote this entrepreneurial environment.
Together these assets and many others offer technology companies an exciting environment of opportunities.
NLEP assists prospective and existing companies in expanding or locating in 14 parishes in North Louisiana. Contact Kurt Foreman at 318-677-2536 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.