Outlook

Collaboration bringing biosciences center to Central Minnesota

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Opening in Willmar this fall is a $2.5 million biosciences research and business development center that will provide facilities for new and expanding businesses in biosciences, technology and related industries. The center on the MinnWest Technology Campus will give those businesses access to laboratory and research equipment to help them further bio-business endeavors, which encompass everything from pharmaceuticals to renewable energy to agribusiness.

The center is made possible by a $1.25 million grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to the city of Willmar, matching funds from the MinnWest Technology Campus, and a partnership that includes the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. St. Cloud State is serving as the lead MnSCU institution for the project.

St. Cloud State students will be involved through coursework, laboratory studies and internships, gaining reality-based research skills in business and industry settings. Because of its strength in facilitating the transfer of technology into the marketplace, the university’s Herberger College of Business also will have a role in the bioscience-biobusiness interface.

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