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Nanotechnology Center Opens in Indiana

buckyballThe Associated Press ran a story this week highlighting nanotechnology and Purdue University’s new Birck Nanotechnology Center:

Purdue’s modernistic 187,000-square-foot Birck center, set to be dedicated Oct. 8, aims to put it ahead in the nanotech race by bringing together under one roof researchers whose work was once spread across 23 Purdue laboratories. The center dominates Discovery Park, the high-tech research complex on the West Lafayette campus…

…the Birck facility one of the nation’s most innovative nanotech centers, largely because of its emphasis on bringing together the far-flung field’s many disciplines…

Projects, including work to create devices to improve early tumor and cancer detection, unfold in state-of-the-art labs designed to control noise, temperature, humidity and electromagnetic interference from radio waves.

I enjoy staying on top of the latest news and developments in nanotech, and I am glad the Birck center is finally getting off the ground.

The project was initiated under the Certified Technology Park Program that was created by the General Assembly in 2002. Several such parks have begun development – mainly in relation to universities around the state. South Bend and the University of Notre Dame (who has its own nanotechnology program) are working to bring the concept to Northern Indiana, but it seems to be simmering on the back burner at the moment.

Indiana has been a leader in many innovative technology programs – from the public 21st Century Fund, to the non-profit Indiana Venture Center, and the technology trade association TechPoint. Both public and private initatives such as these are crucial to moving Indiana into the next decade as a strong competitor and global leader.

On a related note, and an update to my earlier post about renewable energy in Indiana, the innovative BioTown, USA project seems to be moving right along (hat tip to the Indiana Law Blog).

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