Utah State University biomanufacturing facility awarded 250k

August 29, 2018 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah State University will get more money over the next year for its Synthetic Biomanufacturing Facility.

The Herald Journal reports the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative has approved $250,000 in subsidies to help pay for the salaries of people who work in the building.

Among its prime users is Utah State researcher Randy Lewis, known for his work producing synthetic spider silk.


The facility is partially funded by Utah State, but it is trying to get enough private revenue to be self-sustaining.

University president Noelle Cockett says she hopes the facility will negotiate a new, cheaper lease next year that will help it become more self-sustaining.

The USTAR money will help keep it afloat in the meantime. The initiative was created to pay for research that can be spun into private companies.