UNL unveils new research hub

On Tuesday, the governor and others cut the ribbon and unveiled the Biotech Connector at UNL’s Innovation Campus.

It provides almost 8,000 square feet of wet lab space, equipment and services for bioscience startups and biotech businesses in the agriculture sector.

“We’ve been the research engine for this state,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said.  “And we’ve been the innovation engine — the discovery engine — that now combined with entrepreneurship and a facility like this gives us new opportunity.”

Gov. Ricketts said one of the possibilities this brings is making corn and ethanol big players in the biorefining industry.

“Ethanol has that same potential to be able to go from just something we put in our tank…but really tap that potential of chemical refining,” Ricketts said.

Right now, four companies are using the bio connector space.

Mayor Chris Beutler said this can also help attract and retain the best scientists and professors to work in Nebraska.

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