NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana

The recipient entity's physical address:
           2031 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           PO Box 38050, Shreveport, LA 71133-8050

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Horace R. Ladymon

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  1612

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $3,712,500

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           ARLENA ACREE
City of Shreveport
Director of Film, Media & Entertainment
505 Travis Street, Suite 200
Shreveport, LA 71101
673-7515
Fax 673-5085
jlacree@bellsouth.net

R. KEITH BERGERON
Past Chairman
14055 Ventress Road
Ventress, LA 70783
(225) 638-8049
Keith.Bergeron@gmail.com

LENNIS S. ELSTON, CPA
14007 Ellerbe Road
Shreveport, LA 71115
(318) 797-0370
Richlen01@aol.com

JOHN F. GEORGE, JR., M.D. (President & CEO)
G6 Management
504 Texas Street, Suite 600
Shreveport, LA 71101
681-1031
Fax 681-1032
john@g6management.com

ROY L. GRIGGS
Griggs Enterprise, Inc.
330 Marshall Street, Suite 711
Shreveport, LA 71101
424-9748
Fax 425-2526
roy.griggs@partners.mcd.com


CURTIS R. JOSEPH, JR.
Attorney at Law
The Law Offices of Ronald F. Lattier, LLC
330 Marshall Street, Suite 317
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 213-1077
misterjoseph@earthlink.net

BERNARD KIMBLE, Ph.D.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
740 Turner Lane
Shreveport, LA 71106
318.458.6699
bkpreach@aol.com

BILLY MONTGOMERY
Project Coordinator
Bossier Parish Police Jury
P.O. Box 70
204 Burt Blvd.
Benton, LA 71008
965-3388
Fax 965-3703
susanjorden52@gmail.com

BONNIE MOORE
Community Development Director
City of Shreveport
505 Travis Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
673-5900
Fax 673-5944
mooretiffany1@aol.com

TERRY E. MOORE
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
401 Edwards Street, 6th Floor
Shreveport, LA 71101
674-9415
Fax 402-0487
Terry_moore@ml.com

MALCOLM MURCHISON
Vice-Chair
Attorney at Law
Bradley, Murchison, Kelley & Shea LLC
401 Edwards Street, Suite 1000
Shreveport, LA 71101
227-1131
Fax 227-1141
mmurchison@bradleyfirm.com

LINDA C. SELL, CPA
2100 E. 70th Street
Shreveport, LA 71105
798-1987
Fax 798-1985
linda@lindacsellcpa.com

STEPHEN F. SKRIVANOS Chairman
President
Skrivanos Engineering
P.O. Box 1492
Shreveport, LA 71164
424-9200
Fax 424-9210
Steve@skrivanosengineering.com


ARTHUR THOMPSON Treasurer
Clerk of Council
City of Shreveport
505 Travis Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
673-5262
Fax 673-5270
athompson1941@me.com

WILLIE C. WHITE III Secretary
CEO
David Raines Community Health Center
3041 MLK Jr. Drive
Shreveport, LA 71107
227-3350
Fax 222-2979
wwhite@davidraineschc.org


J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, JR.
Honorary Member

James D. Dean
Executive Vice President & COO
Biomedical Research Foundation
PO Box 38050
Shreveport, LA 71103
318.716.4111
Jddean@biomed.org


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Micro-Imaging Equipment for the Molecular Imaging Center at the Biomedical Research Foundation in Shreveport

Project ID # 550230
Total Cost: $4,950,000
Capital Outlay Funds Being Requested: $3,712,500
Amount Being Matched by BRF: $1,237,500

Project Description:
Pre-clinical research, before drugs and treatment are tested on humans, is an essential part of the process to ascertain the ability of the drug to cure disease. It is also crucial to discern the effectiveness of the drug through understanding drug deli very and disposition after injection and to determine the effectiveness and any side effects of the drug. Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport Medical School, University Health, and the BRF have been limited to the types of research and clinical trials that they can perform because of the lack of adequate micro-imaging equipment, which are non-invasive technologies for scanning small animals used in pre-clinical research. The BRF has made a significant investment in securing top molecular imaging scientists, Drs. Pradeep and Sudha Garg from Wake Forest University, to lead the molecular imaging program. The micro-imaging equipment included in this request will be a part of the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy, which is composed of the Biomedical Research Foundation’s PET Imaging Center and radiochemistry services. With the acquisition of the micro-imaging equipment, the Center will become the first comprehensive molecular imaging facility in the State of Louisiana, with 50 employees expected within the next 5 years and will average salaries exceeding $50K per year. The Micro-Imaging Center would serve the community by enhancing an integrated and functional science and technology corridor, and would facilitate collaborations among the LSU campuses, the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy, and Louisiana Tech University. Furthermore, the facilities in the Micro-Imaging Center would foster increased working relationships between institutions and drug companies. Over the past 20 years, the BRF and its partners have provided PET scans values at $29 million to uninsured Louisiana residents to diagnose and treat disease. Through the acquisition of micro-imaging equipment, the BRF can build on the considerable investments made in securing world-renowned researchers and state of the art equipment, and become an invaluable comprehensive resource of North Louisiana’s residents.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $3,712,500
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The Biomedical Research Foundation's mission is to pioneer a knowledge-based regional economy by cultivating and attracting life science enterprises and related technologies, by promoting:
•Private and public support and collaboration for a knowledge-based economic development strategy
•InterTech Science Park as a suitable physical environment for life science enterprises and related technologies
•Capacities and accomplishments, in collaboration with and support of LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport
•Human resources and the regional knowledge base via K-12, higher education and technical/professional training programs
•Support and resources for technology and business innovation, with people research, facilities, and funding.

The mission of University Health is to improve community health and well-being; provide comprehensive health and wellness programs; and provide the best experience for patients, employees, physicians, and community partners.

In 1986, the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana (BRF) was established as an independent, not for profit, 501(c)(3) technology-based economic development organization. BRF is managed by a volunteer board of directors, employs 59 personnel, holds $93 million worth of land, buildings and equipment at original cost and valued over $150 million. The BRF oversees the following programs:
1) Operates The Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute, a 160,000 square foot, $37 million research facility with 56 laboratories where 200 investigators and technicians from LSUHSC-S conduct basic research;
2) Advances the InterTech Science Park in Shreveport, an 800-acre urban brownfield, smart growth initiative located in the aging industrial core of Shreveport. The resident companies represent pharmaceutical, digital and entertainment media, drug discovery, venture capital support, and environmental industries.
3) Champions STEM education and technology-based workforce development through ten (10) programs serving 4,000 students in Caddo, Bossier and DeSoto parishes each year.
4) Established in 2013, the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy provides PET/CT imaging capabilities to diagnose and treat disease, produce and distribute radiopharmaceuticals to the region, conduct clinical trials, and offer research facilities and expertise for LSU Health Shreveport and other institutions and scientists.
5) Established in 2014, the Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII) is a center for training in animation, visual effects and interactive content, gaming, web and mobile programming, 3D printing, and industrial design to meet increasing demand regionally and nationally for talent and expertise.
6) Launched in 2014, the Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program is a suite of services and initiatives to grow the regional innovation ecosystem, including mentoring, business planning, due diligence and entrepreneur development programs.
7) Established in 2014, the New Louisiana Angel Fund 1 provides access to investors for high-growth startups and young companies.
8) Created the BRF Office for Research Development and Administration (ORDA) to pursue new initiatives and provide support for the conduct of clinical trials.
9) Manages, since October 1, 2013, the former LSU Health Shreveport and E.A. Conway (Monroe, LA) public hospitals under the nonprofit BRF umbrella as University Health System, thereby retaining $834 million in regional economic impact and 3,200 jobs. Distinguished programs include: the region’s only Tier 1 Trauma Center, Centers of Excellence including Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and the Center for Arthritis and Rheumatology, and one of only six hospitals in the nation affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          With the acquisition of the micro-imaging equipment, the Center will become the first comprehensive molecular imaging facility in the State of Louisiana, with 50 employees expected within the next 5 years and with average salaries of $50K per year. The Micro-Imaging Center will serve the community by enhancing an integrated and functional science and technology corridor, and would facilitate collaborations among the LSU campuses, the University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy, and Louisiana Tech University. Furthermore, the facilities in the Micro-Imaging Center would foster increased working relationships between institutions and drug companies.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 year to acquire and install the equipment

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 N/A
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 N/A

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  N/A

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               N/A

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               N/A

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                N/A

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 N/A

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               N/A


Contact Information
name:  John F. George, Jr., MD 
                                       address:  PO Box 38050, Shreveport, LA 71133-8050
                                       phone:  318.716.4105
                                       fax:  318.716.4120
                                       e-mail:  dbanks@biomed.org
                                       relationship to entity:  President & CEO