The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and the city of Austin have announced the creation of the UTech Dorm Room, a cooperative research laboratory designed to provide laboratory space for entrepreneurs to develop life-sciences technologies and evaluate their commercialization potential.
The UTech Dorm Room lab facility will be in the College of Pharmacy. While most labs at the university are devoted to the research of a particular faculty member, the UTech Dorm Room will enable bioscience entrepreneurs outside the university community to contractually reserve wet lab space for a period of time as they test and develop their technologies and potential products.
The UTech Dorm Room is ATI’s demonstration project to provide a commercial laboratory environment to accelerate start-up commercialization, says Dr. Cindy WalkerPeach, ATI-Biosciences director. “What we learn from the project will be coalesced with information from other ‘best practices’ lab incubators as part of ATI’s Economic Development Administration grant to study a stand-alone facility to serve the Central Texas biosciences community.”
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