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USTAR’s New Innovation Center Opening November 3

The USTAR Innovation Center, housed at the Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park just outside the west gates of Hill Air Force Base, will officially open its doors November 3 with an opening celebration to include Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II.

“We’re excited to see the opening of the USTAR Innovation Center,” said Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “It will provide important access to sophisticated equipment, office space, mentoring, and proximity to strategic partners – all necessary components to grow Utah’s aerospace and advanced material sectors.”

As a high-tech incubator and prototype lab, the Innovation Center serves the aerospace and defense, advanced materials and outdoor product sectors. The space includes over 20,000 square feet of office and lab space, conference rooms, and dedicated space for manufacturing, research and development projects. Specialized equipment including 3D printers, a laser cutter, OMAX Waterjet, CNC mill and lathe are available.

“Designing and creating a prototype is one of the most challenging aspects for an entrepreneur,” said Teresa McKnight, Incubation Enterprise Director. “The USTAR Innovation Center provides a place to explore new ideas and put those ideas into action.”

USTAR is Utah’s technology catalyst, accelerating the growth of Utah’s economy from invention through product development. Guided by Utah’s economic clusters, USTAR supports technology entrepreneurs and innovators through training, funding, incubator and accelerator programs; brokering technology transfer by connecting capital, management and industry; addressing market gaps in Utah’s technology ecosystem and strengthening the state’s research capacity.

If you would like more information on the USTAR Innovation Center opening, please email ustar@utah.gov. Information on all USTAR programs can be found by visiting www.ustar.org.

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