American Society for Cell Biology and BioDistrict New Orleans Collaborate

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Partnership to enhance scientific research and workforce development in New Orleans.

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and BioDistrict New Orleans announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote the organizations’ shared goal of enhancing scientific research in New Orleans while promoting professional and workforce development. This partnership is also part of a continuing outreach by the BioDistrict to increase the number and attractiveness of biopharmaceutical conventions to New Orleans.

BioDistrict New Orleans acts to foster collaboration and interaction among bioscience researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders and institutions across the community. The BioDistrict’s main focus is on building alliances across the state and industry sectors to educate the public and advocate for policies to strengthen the growth of Louisiana’s bioscience industry. Cell biology, the basis of all life and the building block of what is called “P4 medicine” (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory, is a critical component to enhancing scientific research at the BioDistrict member universities and the new VA and UMC hospitals.

“At ASCB, we know that basic biology research is driving the medical and economic revolution of the 21st century,” says Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology. “The new BioDistrict is vivid proof that New Orleans ‘gets it.’ It’s a natural alliance between the world’s largest society of research cell biologists and a famous city committed to science, education, and entrepreneurship.”

In December 2013, the ASCB and BioDistrict partnership will launch when New Orleans hosts the ASCB Annual Meeting. A premier, international meeting in the field of cell biology, the ASCB plans for scientists, teachers, and students to participate in more than 100 scientific sessions and 2,500 poster sessions to experience the latest in scientific advancements.

“We’re excited about having ASCB here in New Orleans and showcasing our emerging bio-industry,” said BioDistrict President and CEO James P. McNamara. “With our shared goals of enhancing scientific discovery and developing a skilled workforce, the collaboration between ASCB and BioDistrict is a natural fit. We’re particularly looking forward to kicking off the partnership by hosting ASCB at their annual meeting in December and getting to know leaders in the Cell Biology technology fields.”

About ASCB:

ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. ASCB works to advance scientific discovery, advocate sound research policies, improve education, promote professional development, and increase diversity in the scientific workforce.

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