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Pennington Biomedical

Baton Rouge/Capital Region

The Mission 

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.  The center conducts basic, clinical and population research and is affiliated with Louisiana State University.

The Challenge

Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge aimed to establish a major bariatric and metabolic surgery center that would make the state a global center for destination health care in obesity surgery and treatment.

The Opportunity

Louisiana offered a competitive incentive package that included:

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Marketing grant of $600,000 to promote the center as a medical destination for bariatric and metabolic procedures.

$1.8 million grant for program costs, including the recruitment, relocation and retention of professional staff.

$3.5 million grant for renovations, leasehold improvements and capital equipment spending for the new center.

LSU Health New Orleans research fellowship and other support.

Marketing grant of $600,000 to promote the center as a medical destination for bariatric and metabolic procedures.

$1.8 million grant for program costs, including the recruitment, relocation and retention of professional staff.

$3.5 million grant for renovations, leasehold improvements and capital equipment spending for the new center.

LSU Health New Orleans research fellowship and other support.

The Outcome

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2019

The state announced the establishment of a major bariatric and metabolic surgery center at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge.

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direct new jobs

38

indirect new jobs

$125,000

average annual salary

$100 million

economic return within four years

2019

The state announced the establishment of a major bariatric and metabolic surgery center at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge.

55

direct new jobs

38

indirect new jobs

$125,000

average annual salary

$100 million

economic return within four years

“We now have a unique opportunity to establish Pennington Biomedical as the research institution in the world for metabolic surgery and to bring bariatric clinical research trials to the people of Louisiana. We are thankful to all of our partners – the State of Louisiana, Our Lady of the Lake, LSU Health New Orleans and Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation – for partnering with us on this initiative. Through their support and Pennington Biomedicals’ reputation as a global leader in obesity and nutrition research, we outcompeted several large academic health centers around the country and successfully recruited Dr. Schauer and his team to Louisiana.”

– Pennington Biomedical Executive Director Dr. John Kirwan