The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are launching a partnership dedicated to research and technology development for some of society’s most pressing challenges, from producing clean water to treating cancer.
The partnership will bring about 100 faculty, researchers and students from Urbana-Champaign to collaborate with UChicago colleagues, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and will be based at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation complex on Chicago’s South Side. In addition, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory announced Oct. 18 that it plans to establish its central states location for research and technology at the Polsky Center.
The primary goal of the partnership with UChicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be developing and commercializing groundbreaking technology, driving the formation of startup companies and other links to industry. The Polsky Center, which helps innovators commercialize ideas and technologies and fosters the creation of new businesses at UChicago and on the South Side, will lead the partnership. The academic partners and developer Wexford Science and Technology have been working with the city, local elected officials and community members on planning for the new innovation facility.