Nebraska Innovation Campus


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Omaha World-Herald ( 50f5-b035-eaa660843361.html)


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Innovation Campus is the University of Nebraska’s commendable effort to create a world-class scientific research park on the former Nebraska State Fairgrounds. Rather than blindly copying what’s being done in, say, Massachusetts or North Carolina,Innovation Campus is rightly building on Nebraska’s proven strengths. The point isn’t gargantuan size. Instead, it’s quality and specialization, using sound long-term planning and a phased approach to construction. Using a mix of $25 million in public funds and more than $100 million in private contributions,the project is focusing on fields in which Nebraska already has a strong reputation. A key example: food science. Innovation Campus will open its 178,000-square-foot Food Innovation Center this summer.Scientists with Omaha-based ConAgra Foods, one of the world’s leading food companies, will be among those making use of the center’s cutting-edge laboratory and research facilities. Joining them will be faculty with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Food Science and Technology Department, respected for its top-flight scientific work. The department is relocating to Innovation Campus from UNL’s East Campus.