Flower Hall to feature startup incubator space

10 December 2012

Tulane University’s new Flower Hall will officially open this week with a dedication ceremony. The new research facility will feature an incubator laboratory space for budding entrepreneurs, as reported by New Orleans City Business.

New Orleans City Business

Tulane research facility to feature startup incubator space

New Orleans City Business

11 December 2012

By Maria Clark, Staff Writer

Young entrepreneurs attending Tulane University will have access to a working laboratory space at a new building on campus.

Tulane officials said today that in order to attract top researchers and faculty, the Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation will have incubator space for emerging companies primarily in the bioscience and chemical engineering sectors.

The $7.4 million facility will open officially this week with a dedication ceremony being held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The building features 15 research labs as well as study rooms, offices and gathering areas on each floor.

Nicholas Altiero, dean of Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, said there has been a tremendous upsurge in intellectual property on Tulane’s Uptown campus. The incubator space could foster entrepreneurship among undergraduate students who normally don’t have access to private lab space, he said.

As of September, Altiero said there had been 21 patent disclosures in 2012 at the Uptown campus.

The School of Science and Engineering is in the process of moving into the building and a portion of the third floor has been proposed for the incubator space.

The facility was designed by Woodward Design + Build and replaces the Taylor Laboratory building, which was built in 1949.

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