Leading researchers and industry are utilizing two state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and development facilities here in Utah as a result of a key program of the USTAR initiative.
These facilities, one at the University of Utah (U of U) and one at Utah State University (USU), are used by the recruited “all-star” research teams working in the initiative’s key innovation areas. Each facility also serves as an industry magnet, encouraging collaboration between USTAR researchers and industry experts.
The primary purpose of these buildings is to give our research teams top-of-the-line facilities in which to conduct their work. The secondary purpose is also critical, and that is to foster the connection between industry, entrepreneurship and research.
USTAR BioInnovations Building
The 118,000 square-foot building, dedicated in October 2010, houses highly advanced life-sciences laboratories and provides researchers the resources to seek cures for a range of human and animal diseases. USTAR teams including Applied Nutrition Research, Synthetic BioManufacturing and Veterinary Diagnostics and Infectious Diseases are occupants of the innovative structure.
The USTAR BioInnovations Center is the first LEED Gold certified building on the Logan campus. “As a LEED Gold certified building, the USTAR BioInnovations Center is among the most sustainable, energy-efficient research centers in the nation,” said Robert T. Behunin, vice president for commercialization and regional development at Utah State University. “The USTAR Center is a tremendous asset for researchers. The state-of-the-art capabilities within the facility have allowed us to leverage our resources to build important partnerships with industry.”
The state-of-the-art facility includes:
- Bio Safety Level 3+ lab
- Clinical nutrition center
- Life science labs
Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology
The USTAR James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building is the centerpiece of a visionary plan to bridge the U of U main campus and health sciences with the goal of accelerating research at the interfaces of medicine, engineering, pharmacy, science, business, law and digital media.
Ground breaking for the facility took place April 22, 2009 and it was dedicated April 19, 2012. The building was awarded LEED Gold certification in September, 2013. Facilities include:
- State-of-the-art Nanofabrication facility
- 18,000-square-foot cleanroom
- 5,300 square-foot microscopy and materials characterization suite
- Open-plan lab space
The 208,000 square-foot multidisciplinary building is home to the Brain Institute, the Nano Institute, and the Department of Bioengineering.
The Utah Nanofab currently leverages $83 million in federal funding for active research projects and services 45 Utah companies. With the new facility’s capabilities in both “dry” and “wet” nano, these figures are expected to increase dramatically, as early results already show.
Cynthia Furse, U of U Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Electromagnetics, sees the Sorenson building as an invitation to industry to come to the university and work with the researchers, as well as a critical component of leveraging funding opportunities.