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Charles D'Agostino is stepping down in January from his post at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center and LSU Innovation Park.

Charlie D'Agostino, the longtime head of the LSU Innovation Park and Louisiana Business and Technology Center, will leave his post atop the research park at the end of the year.

"It's time for me to move on," D'Agostino said, adding he will continue to do consulting work for research parks and spend time with family.

D'Agostino has led the LBTC since its inception in 1988 on LSU's campus and will have spent 30 years leading the incubator for fledgling businesses when he retires Jan. 1. He also heads the LSU Innovation Park, developed in 2005 south of LSU's main campus in Baton Rouge, on land the school acquired from Albermarle Corp.

The incubator has provided resources to hundreds of companies over three decades, and includes a student incubator.

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David Winwood, assistant executive director of Innovation Park, is poised to take over as executive director next year, D'Agostino said. Winwood, who currently splits his time between Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Innovation Park, has experience in research parks elsewhere, D'Agostino said.

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