On April 19, the University of Utah (U of U) held the dedication ceremony for the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building – A USTAR Innovation Center. A new video released by USTAR highlights how the 208,000 square-foot facility spurs ambitious research, and serves as a nexus for industry collaboration and commercialization.
“The USTAR building is a real invitation for industry to come to the university to work with our researchers,” said Cynthia Furse, U of U associate vice president for Research. “It’s a place to get people together, so our creative faculty and creative people from industry can really make things happen for the state of Utah.”
The Sorenson Building houses a 23,000 square-foot nanofabrication and microscopy facility that provides the U of U and partner companies with unparalleled resources in nanotechnology and bioengineering. The two dozen USTAR principle investigators housed in the building also represent an intellectual asset for industry to leverage.
Also interviewed in the video are Ted McAleer, USTAR executive director; Tom Parks, vice president for Research; Bob Hitchcock, assistant professor of Bioengineering ; John A. White, USTAR professor and Brain Institute executive director; David S. Layton, President/CEO of Layton Construction; Richard Brown, dean of Engineering; Miriah Meyer, USTAR assistant professor with the Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute; and Bryan Ritchie, Technology Commercialization Office executive director.
Love Communications produced the video for USTAR.