Illinois Gov. gives funds for biotech lab

By | January 01, 2004
On Dec. 17, Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced an economic development plan for southwestern Illinois, including a new biotech lab in Edwardsville. Blagojevich allocated $1.6 million to build the 11,700-square-foot lab incubator at Southern State Illinois, next to the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). "Although its purpose is not just to support the NCERC, (the biotech lab) will be a facility in which companies that wish an ongoing proximity to NCERC can lease wet labs," said Brian Donnelly, University Park executive director. "The proximity of these companies will, in turn, benefit NCERC." The biotech building would have room for 14 30-by-30-foot wet labs, which would be equipped with special ventilation, plumbing and power systems. A construction date hasn't been set yet.