The South Dakota Public University and Research Center (University Center) is a collaboration of the South Dakota Board of Regents and all of the regental universities in the state. The GEAR Center was opened in Spring, 2009 in Sioux Falls to stimulate applied research and commercialization in South Dakota. USD's Biomedical Engineering program and Center for Research & Development of Light-activated Materials (CRDLM) are both housed in the GEAR Center.
The GEAR Center is a collaborative environment where innovative solutions are sought to relevant problems and where entrepreneurism is encouraged.
The cohesive research focus of the GEAR Center creates a critical mass of expertise and resources, and is aligned with state priorities in biomedical and material sciences and biotechnology.