Introducing the Forty under 40 class of 2018

Whether they’re working late into the evening to complete a big assignment, getting up early to ready their kids for school or scrambling to a nonprofit board meeting, Business Report‘s 2018 Forty Under 40 class is anything but idle.

Some work for the government, some are employed in the private sector and others are their own bosses—yet all of them play a key role in making the Capital Region a better place to call home. Not only do they juggle the demands that come with nascent careers and growing families, but they also make time to volunteer for nonprofit organizations across the Capital Region, many sitting on the boards of Baton Rouge’s most influential organizations and companies.

Culling down the list of nominees for this year’s Forty Under 40 class was no small task. Business Report received a record 584 nominations for 275 unique candidates. A panel of community leaders and members of our staff took on the difficult challenge of choosing this year’s class.

Click the links below to the individual winners to get a sense for why each of the honorees has been included in this year’s Forty Under 40 class, what makes them tick and what challenges they’re planning to take on next. In extensive question and answer sessions, each shares their greatest accomplishments thus far, as well as lessons learned the hard way and aspects of their jobs most people don’t know about. They also dish on their favorite places to dine in Baton Rouge, the best vacations they’ve ever taken and their greatest hopes for our city.

This year marks the 19th that Business Report has honored young professionals with the Forty Under 40 awards. We recently caught up with eight of our past honorees to see what they’ve been up to, and you check that out here.

Also, a special thank you to Amy Martin, who took the photographs of this years winners, and to Diana Pietrogallo for gathering the survey results for this years class.

Musculoskeletal Oncologist-Orthopaedic Surgeon, Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic; Co-chair-Sarcoma Specialty Treatment Team, Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center; Co-founder, Barneys Farm Sanctuary

Curator of Fishes and Associate Professor, LSU Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Science

Owner/Family Nurse Practitioner, Louisiana Healthcare Services; Assistant Professor, Southern University School of Nursing

Transplant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist, Director of Hepatology at Ochsner Baton Rouge; LSU Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

BATON ROUGE — LSU has seen “significant” growth in several entrepreneurship and innovation metrics, including invention disclosures and patent applications, in recent years, according to a new report from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

The report, which analyzes metrics on technology transfer, including issued U.S. patents, startups formed and research spending, compares LSUs performance to the average of the other 13 SEC schools from 2012 to 2016. LSUs research spending fell during the period, even though peer schools spent more.

Several other metrics including patent applications, issued patents and licenses executed grew at LSU during the period. Technology transfer offices take inventions by faculty members or students and file patent applications to bring the idea to market.

“LSU has shown significant progress since BRAC last researched its performance on innovation practices almost a decade ago,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “While the report shows there is still more work to do, the program is making strides and it should encourage the leadership at the university to invest and push toward the innovation goals outlined in LSUs Strategic Plan 2025.”

In 2012, LSU lagged the SEC peer average in “almost every key technology transfer metric,” BRAC found.

By 2016, the school had grown the number of invention disclosures by 97 percent, from 88 to 173. That figure is the “best evidence that the innovation culture at LSU is changing for the better,” BRAC wrote.

BRAC recommended that LSU increase research expenditures, which fell by 3 percent over the period, while the SEC peer average in spending rose by 11 percent. Industry-sponsored research spending fell by 40 percent at LSU during the period, while the SEC peer average increased by 21 percent.

LSUs license income fell slightly during the period from $10.3 million to $9.5 million. Both outpaced the SEC peer average.

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