LBTC discussing new incubators with Pennington, AgCenter
The LSU-affiliated Louisiana Business & Technology Center, which runs a business incubator, has held preliminary conversations with the LSU AgCenter and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center to set up incubators tied to the latter two entities. Charlie D'Agostino, executive director of the LBTC, says he currently sends clients to Edible Enterprises, the state's only food incubator, in Norco. He says he's had discussions about what it would take to create an incubator tied to the AgCenter and the LSU Department of Food Science that would be useful for business clients and help commercialize LSU research. Along the same lines, LBTC already sends a few clients to Pennington, and D'Agostino says the center, which has excess space at the moment, might also house early-stage companies while allowing access to outside innovators and entrepreneurs. "To form that two-way street," he explains, "where we can go in and work with the Pennington scientists and develop new businesses in the life sciences area." —David Jacobs
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