Tech Park’s New Innovation Partnership Building (IPB)
The new Innovation Partnership Building (IPB), scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, will mark a new milestone in UConn’s legacy as a leading public research university. The $132 million building will provide researchers access to 115,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space and over $40 million worth of specialized equipment.
The IPB will be a focal point for ongoing and future research partnerships between UConn scientists and some of Connecticut’s – and the nation’s – leading businesses and industries.
The IPB will offer large, flexible laboratories and highly-specialized equipment that is not readily available to the industry. Teams of world-class academic researchers, private industry scientists and business entrepreneurs will work collaboratively within the facility to develop innovative new technologies in energy, electronics, materials science, additive manufacturing, microscopy, cybersecurity and other fields.
The overall mission is to provide faculty expertise, state-of-the-art laboratories and specialized equipment to enhance research and development projects with industry partners, leading to research breakthroughs, commercialization of new products and high-paying jobs for the State of Connecticut.
There are a number of research centers and technology parks across the country that are mostly focused on the needs of the region and state in which they operate. We are also looking to position ourselves so we are not just another tech park. We want to have unique tools and capabilities that no one else has in the region. We believe these kinds of resources will help us attract companies from areas like Boston and New York, and not just Connecticut. We also expect we will work with researchers from places like MIT, Harvard, and Yale University, because our capabilities will make us an attractive partner.
The Innovation Partnership Building is the first building to be built in the new University of Connecticut’s Technology Park.
For more information, visit us at http://innovation.uconn.edu/
Published: July 3, 2017