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DBI Announces Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology

Article by Laura Crozier, Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson, 8:39 a.m., Dec. 23, 2011—

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) has announced the Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (Bioscience CAT) -- a program to synergize efforts among the academic and industrial life science communities in Delaware.

With support from the state of Delaware, the Bioscience CAT provides grant opportunities to faculty and investigators from around Delaware that are working collaboratively with Delaware bioscience businesses, including those that are members of the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio). 

In addition, the CAT provides easier access to high-end instrumentation platforms available within the academic community at the University of Delaware. 

“The goal of the Bioscience CAT is to invest in the bioscience community and economy in Delaware,” says Kelvin Lee, director of DBI and Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering at UD. “While many states do provide some support for activities that link academic and industrial scientists, Delaware's CAT program uniquely recognizes that science-based businesses of different sizes -- from start-up to medium to multinational -- have different needs and can offer different benefits to academic partners.”

The cornerstone of the Bioscience CAT -- its grant program -- will begin accepting proposals for funding in January from principal investigators (PIs) working in any of Delaware’s academic research institutions, including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical and Community College, Nemours Research Foundation/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, and Christiana Care Health System.

For more information about the Bioscience CAT grant program, visit the website.

To help launch this initiative, DBI is hosting CAT Connect -- a forum for academic and industry scientists seeking partners to connect with each other -- on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-8 p.m. Registration is open on the CAT website. 

“We’re excited about CAT Connect as a chance for academic and industry scientists to get together in a 'speed dating'-type event to introduce each other to current scientific research happening all across Delaware,” says Lee. “The evening is a great opportunity to connect investigators working in basic and applied life sciences with engineers and colleagues from industry. We hope that the program can help translate research discoveries into new products and process improvements leading to the creation and retention of bioscience-industry related jobs in Delaware.”