New UNR Applied Research Center to Help Nevada Industry

Entrepreneurs and industry looking for a research and development boost will be able to get just that from a new University of Nevada, Reno program.

The new Nevada Center for Applied Research is slated to help with business incubation and R&D by providing industry access to UNR facilities and expertise.

The program is funded through a $3.1 million grant from the Nevada Knowledge Fund. The center is also supported by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

“This is for the business or entrepreneur looking to move an opportunity or idea solution forward,” said NCAR Director Carlos Cardillo in a statement. “We are creating an applied research-and-development-technology center that delivers the intellectual and physical assets of the University to attract industry and enhance the global competitiveness of Nevada industry.”

NCAR assets include the UNR Applied Research Facility’s new Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab, which specializes in research of chemicals, biologics and compounds. Building assets similar to those available to the program would typically require businesses millions of dollars, according to the university.

By using the program, companies or entrepreneurs who have ideas for things like new drugs, biofuel sources and engineering solutions can not only tap into the university’s equipment and expertise but also get assistance in developing plans or setting up fee structures as well, said program organizers.

“We believe our structure is unique,” said Ellen Purpus, UNR associate vice president for enterprise and innovation. “NCAR further facilitates research and development by taking care of infrastructure so companies can focus on growing their business.”

Jason Hidalgo

Reno Gazette-Journal 

Jason Hidalgo, jhidalgo@rgj.com

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