UNC-Wilmington has added a new facility to its research campus.
University officials, private business partners, community leaders and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre helped celebrate the grand opening of a biotechnology building during a ceremony Monday.
It is the most recent addition to the millennial CREST Research Park–a campus of flexible research laboratories available for rent to established firms, entrepreneurial startups, government agencies, universities focusing on biotechnology, analytical services, environmental sciences and early stage pharmaceutical research and development. The campus, located near Monkey Junction on the Intercoastal Waterway, also includes the Center for Marine Science and Shellfish Research Hatchery.
On-site services include biological screening, nutrient analysis, analytical services, synthetic chemists, nuclear magnetic resonance and stable isotope spectroscopy.
The new 69,000-square-foot building will house MARBIONC Development Group, LLC, a nonprofit entity associated with the Center for Marine Science.
“The biotechnology building is an important addition not only to UNCW but to the Southeastern region,” UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller said. “We are committed to working with our partners to provide economic opportunities for our graduates and our region. The biotechnology building will do that by bringing in global companies who want to capitalize on this innovative research space.”
Leasing opportunities for flexible lab space are still available. More information on CREST is available here.