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BIO on the BAYOU accepting applications for startup pitches

July 10, 2023 5:00 PM
Carolyn Scofield scofield@tulane.edu

BIO on the BAYOU includes sessions with senior executives and top decision-makers from the corporate, investor, foundation, government, and academic sectors. (Photo by Carolyn Scofield)


BIO on the BAYOU, the annual showcase of academic research happening across the Gulf South, returns for its 4th installment this October. The two-day event is expected to attract 200 senior executives and top decision-makers from the corporate, investor, foundation, government, and academic sectors. The conference has historically included presentations from faculty members in the life sciences as well as a mix of industry, government, and academic panels discussing the latest topics in biotech and healthcare. This year, the conference continues to evolve and now includes presentations from university-affiliated startup companies based in the Gulf South.

“This is an opportunity for startups to showcase the innovative work they’re doing to an audience of potential partners, investors, and key opinion leaders who could help move their technologies forward,” said Kaylynn Genemaras, PhD, Business Development Associate at Tulane University School of Medicine. “It’s an excellent opportunity to network and get feedback from experts in the field.”

BIO on the BAYOU organizers invite startup companies to apply for a chance to pitch. Because the primary goal of this conference is to showcase the exciting life science research that is being conducted in the South—a region typically overlooked by biotech investors—the startup companies must be connected to academic institutions based in the Gulf South, the multistate/territory region of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. To see the full criteria and apply, click here. Applications are due by July 31.

The co-founders of BIO on the BAYOU, James Zanewicz of Tulane School of Medicine and Patrick Reed of LSU Health Science Center New Orleans and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, are proud of how the annual research symposium continues to grow. 

“What started as a one-day event between two universities has grown into a true regional showcase attracting international attendees,” said Reed. Zanewicz added, “We always strive to listen to our attendees, and last year several investors and companies suggested that we open a few slots to start-up companies - so we are excited to include more of them alongside our amazing university faculty.”

BIO on the BAYOU will be held October 3 – 4 in New Orleans. Thanks to generous sponsorship, registration for companies, investors and all other attendees is free of charge.   If you are interested in sponsoring more information is available in the sponsor prospectus, and for more information and the registration portal, visit BIOontheBAYOU.com.