Bioscience center coming to Central Minnesota
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
St. Cloud State, the University of Minnesota and the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU)
recently unveiled plans for a $2.5 million biosciences research and
business development center in Willmar.
The Mid-Central Biosciences Center, to open on the
MinnWest Technology Campus by fall 2009, will provide facilities
for new and expanding businesses in biosciences, technology
and related industries. 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, along with
matching funds from the MinnWest Technology Campus.
By offering access to laboratory and research equipment that
otherwise would not be affordable for startup companies and small
businesses, the Center will further biobusiness endeavors, which
encompass everything from pharmaceuticals to renewable energy to
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.
The Center is expected to help keep the 150-200 biology,
chemistry, engineering, technology and other science majors who
graduate from St. Cloud State every year in Minnesota when they
launch their careers.
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