View from the laboratory bays
On Thursday, July 28, the University of Utah, USTAR, and Layton Construction hosted a hard-hat tour of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building A USTAR Innovation Center. The two dozen people who got a sneak preview included legislators, legislative and Governor's office fiscal analysts, U of U faculty and staff, and members of the Utah Technology Council's Public Policy Forum.
The 208,000 square foot interdisciplinary research center is slated for occupancy in January 2012. The primary purpose of the building is to give USTAR research teams top-of-the-line facilities in which to conduct their work in USTAR's key innovation focus areas.
The secondary purpose also critical is to foster the connection between industry, entrepreneurship and research. The Sorenson building will serve as an industry magnet, encouraging collaboration between researchers and industry experts to commercialize new discoveries.