Biotech research companies moving to New Orleans university

Biotech research companies moving to New Orleans university
Science Building at the University of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) - Two biotech research companies are moving their lab to the University of New Orleans in July.

LaCell LLC, and its spin-off company, Obatala Sciences, will be housed on the second floor of the Science Building within the Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI), according to a release from the university.

John Wiley, the director of AMRI, said the move-in for these companies will increase internship and job opportunities for students. The move would complement research to develop better materials for the technological and medical purposes.

The companies selected the Big Easy university because it had the ability to meet the companies growing needs for space, core facilities and trained personnel.

Dr. Jeffrey Gimble and Dr. Xiying Wu founded LaCell LLC in 2010 and later created Obatala Sciences with Trivia Frazier in 2017.

LaCell LLC focuses stem cell research and the clinical translation of that research. Obatala is a tissue-engineering company that offers 3-D human adipose tissue culture system, which is used for disease modeling and drug discovery within the obesity, diabetes, metabolism, pharmaceutical and academic sectors.

LaCell LLC and Obatala Sciences will join startups InnoGenomics and Advano, which are currently in AMRI facilities.

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