SCSU Today

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 agribusiness.

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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