Tiffany Stewart, the Dudley and Beverly Coates endowed professor, took members of the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation’s Council of 100 through the process of how discoveries made in the laboratory transition into products and services that become part of everyday life at the foundation's "Meet the Explorers" luncheon June 28. These quarterly luncheons offer individual and corporate donors the opportunity to meet the world-renowned faculty supported by their gifts. The Coates family was on hand for this one as were Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp and foundation CEO Carol Dreher.

Aside from serving as Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s Behavior Technology Laboratory director, Stewart founded and serves as chief scientific officer of her own technology company, developing interactive health media and distributing behavioral health programs directly to consumers via the internet and through scientific research and clinical treatment channels. While Pennington Biomedical is recognized for its achievements in the fields of science and medicine, Stewart’s work demonstrates the research center’s potential to produce products that contribute to the economic growth of the entire region.

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