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Current Report Highlights
- Improved earnings at University Health before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization by approximately $80 million.
- Provided support services for 27 InterTech Science Park tenants, who employ 424 individuals with a total annual payroll of over $23 million. The average salary for these employees is more than $55,000, compared to the average per capita income of $23,995 for Shreveport.
- DMII completed a virtual reality Oculus Rift experience for local startup SkyRunner which produces flying off-road vehicles.
- Provided more than 1,700 clinical scans to patients in the community to assist physicians in diagnosing, staging and treating disease through CMIT.
- EAP introduced seven companies to the New Louisiana Angel Fund 1 (NLAF 1) which approved more than $1 million in investments. These companies received more than $10 million in additional investment from around the U.S. to advance their operations.
A recently published study by BRF’s Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy (CMIT) Executive Director Dr. Pradeep K. Garg and his research team focuses on developing a novel radiopharmaceutical that shows promise in helping the medical community more effectively...read more
New study shows University Health System responsible for over $900 million boost to State since privatization
Economic impact study shows University Health System the largest contributor of all public-private hospitals An economic impact study by noted economist and former LSU chair of economics Dr. Loren Scott outlines the economic impact of hospital privatization on the...read more
ORDA funds three research projects in areas of Neuroscience/Neuroengineering and Aging Three research projects have been funded through BRF’s Seed Funding Program (BRFSFP) administered by BRF’s new Office for Research Development and Administration (ORDA). Vassia...read more
The Digital Media Institute at Intertech (DMII) is supplying a pipeline of workers and interns to various local industries, proving that digital media skills have a broad application. “Though digital media’s most popular applications are in the entertainment sectors,...read more
Biotechnology Magnet Academy students in Southwood High School recently boarded buses for Tinseltown in Shreveport, where they were taken on a BRF sponsored field trip to see the biographical drama “Hidden Figures.” The Hollywood production about the heroism of a...read more
Daniel J. Snyder, an internationally recognized healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience in private and military medicine, has been named Chief Executive Officer of University Health System effective Feb. 6. In his role he will oversee all...read more
BRF President and CEO John F. George Jr., M.D. and Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) Executive Director Dave Smith have for the second year in a row been named to Silicon Bayou’s top 100 list of the most influential and active people in tech and...read more
University Health System Board of Managers Chairman Stephen F. Skrivanos announces four new community members are joining the Board, which oversees University Health Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe. Newly inducted members are Burnadine Moss Anderson,...read more
EAP closes successful year The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) reports 157 startups screened from Jan. 1 to the close of its fiscal year, Sept. 30. Since inception, 347 startups and business ideas have been screened by EAP, and the program has provided...read more
On Oct. 28, Sen. Greg Tarver made a number of comments at the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget in Baton Rouge about University Health that are inaccurate. Below are some of the statements Tarver made, and our response to his comments. These comments were...read more
An introduction to funding opportunities from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Agency To increase regional entrepreneur services for your company Join BRF's Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) to learn more about federal grant funds that can...read more
BRF, formerly Biomedical Research Foundation, will continue to own and operate North Louisiana’s safety net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe under a new collaborative partnership agreement we have reached with the State and LSU. We are very pleased that through...read more
BRF was a team sponsor at the fourth annual Federal Bar North LA Chapter Clay Shoot fundraiser to benefit Operation Bright Holiday at Barksdale Air Force Base. Operation Bright Holiday sends first term airmen stationed at Barksdale home for the holidays. The Barksdale...read more
With broad growth in many business categories, our brand is evolving. Biomedical Research Foundation is now BRF. Together, we are Building our Region's Future. https://youtu.be/JgqoZ25BpcYread more
Biomedical Research Foundation unveiled its new name, logo and other updated branding at its Annual Meeting hosted Tuesday, Sept. 20 at East Ridge Country Club in Shreveport. The organization’s new name is BRF, accompanied by tagline “Building our Region’s Future.”...read more
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and Jon Whitehead, Director of Business Development for Planet Aqua Group (PAG), announced that the city would be home to EAP portfolio company PAG's pilot aquarium. From The Shreveport Times: A Shreveport landmark...read more
EAP marks two years of launching high-growth local startups The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) celebrated its second year of operation and successful launch of local high-growth startups with the unveiling of the EAP Wall of Entrepreneurial Achievement. The...read more
University Health expands telemedicine program to provide healthcare access to more than 500,000 individuals
USDA grant and UH match will fund $732k in upgrades University Health System, with a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant, will expand healthcare access to more than 500,000 rural Louisianians in 21 parishes with a new telemedicine infrastructure....read more
AKC, studies say wait to neuter and spay The American Kennel Club’s (AKC) recent clarification to its position regarding spaying and neutering dogs did not come as a surprise to Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) portfolio company Highly Favored Creation’s...read more
LSU Health Shreveport scientist’s drug moving closer to the marketplace EAP portfolio company Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc., headquartered in Shreveport, has been awarded a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant in the amount of $11.1 million. Embera’s EMB-001...read more
University Health Shreveport has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its patient care and performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an...read more
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA — The Louisiana Startup Prize is scheduled to host their final Qualifying Event of 2016 this weekend (June 10-12). New to this event, the Louisiana Startup Prize together with the The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program have coordinated to...read more
Current DMII Animation Visual Effects and Interactive content student Cameron Nichols, is part of the 2015 award winning team that created the short film Turbulence, which won the 2015 Best Overall Saxxy Award. The winning team including Nichols, will be flown to...read more
Digital Media Institute at Intertech alumni complete internships at Emmy Award winning Moonbot Studios Two Digital Media Institute at Intertech (DMII) graduates recently completed internships at Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, and more are planned between the institute...read more
Magnet program encouraging knowledge-based workforce in STEM discipline Biotechnology Magnet Academy at Southwood High School graduating seniors earned $500,208 in scholarships this year to pursue higher education. Twelve of the 16 graduates plan to attend four-year...read more
New mentor and breastfeeding education programs set to start at University Health To combat Louisiana’s low national ranking in breastfeeding rates, University Health in Shreveport has developed new programs aimed at addressing negative stereotypes and misinformation....read more
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - It's new technology hoping to change the way police communicate across the country and it is being created in Shreveport, Louisiana. Two Former FBI Violent Task Force agents said they noticed a flaw in the current system used to share...read more
Policy makers and economic development specialists throughout America and around the globe are asking the question, “What makes regions prosper?” It appears everyone wants to get around the table of knowledge for regional prosperity. Seminars and programs have been...read more
A local startup company hopes to put a time-saving tool in the hands of every nurse in America. Wayne Nix, of RNVention, an Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) portfolio company, has developed the “Nix Tool,” currently in its demonstration phase receiving...read more
The Biomedical Research Foundation held its annual luncheon honoring the Science and Medicine Academic Research Training program 2016 class, which consists of area high school seniors who gain experience through a one-year, hands-on curriculum of medical-intensive...read more
Shreveport startup CyberReef Solutions has secured $1.3 million in investments to grow and expand its business nationally. CyBerReef provides technology that makes transactions across the Internet more secure. Its customer is Verizon Wireless. Raising the $1.3 million...read more
We’re one and a half years into something remarkable in north Louisiana – boots-on-the-ground startup economic development. The support from this community and from the Biomedical Research Foundation (BRF) has allowed theEntrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) to...read more
Students at Digital Media Institute at InterTech in Shreveport have just completed their first project – a game of Tetris. DMII executive director John Miralles said each student, with about one month of instruction and introduction to game development, has created...read more
The Biomedical Research Foundation congratulates Moonbot Studios, who has shared space in its InterTech 1 facility since 2009, on its expansion at Caddo Schools’ Alexander Learning Center. “We’re excited about Moonbot Studios’ continued growth in Shreveport and we...read more
Since 2013, when the state directed LSU to find private partners to operate its public hospitals, Biomedical Research Foundation has helped drive the two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to new heights in patient care and access. The system has an impact of more...read more
Shreveport Times Monday, September 14, 2015 INNOLYZER LABS TAKES HOME STARTUP PRIZE VICTORY ADAM DUVERNAY ADUVERNAY@GANNETT.COM photo by Stan Carpenter/The Times Another prize is in the bag, and no one walked away a loser. The Louisiana Startup Prize concluded Sunday...read more
Having the drive to strengthen a community through entrepreneurship is a great start. But creating a platform that nurtures inventors, prototypes and startups is pure progress. The Biomedical Research Foundation highlighted many of its successful initiatives at its...read more