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GEAR Center adds labs to accelerate research entrepreneurship

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Researchers and entrepreneurs will soon have access to additional space and resources as they grow their research programs and launch new companies.

Nearly 5,000 square feet of lab and office suites are currently being constructed on the first floor of University of South Dakota’s Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) Center. The GEAR Center is located on the University Center campus in Sioux Falls.

The mission of the GEAR Center is to foster economic development by creating an environment where university research and talent connect with entrepreneurs and private sector resources. Currently the GEAR Center is home to USD’s Biomedical Engineering program as well as multiple companies working to bring newly developed technologies to market.

“We are excited that the GEAR Center is at capacity and that we needed to build out this additional space,” said USD Vice President for Research Dr. Laura Jenski. “The Biomedical Engineering Program has been a success in terms of research funding, graduate student enrollment, and commercialization opportunities and will fill the Center’s entire second floor.”

Along with specialized space that includes a clean room, dark room, cell and tissue culture suites, GEAR Center tenants also have access to business incubation services of the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC). “It’s amazing to see how research and commercialization at GEAR has grown and evolved since the facility opened in 2009,” said Rich Naser, SDTBC executive director. “We look forward to continuing to work with USD and additional GEAR tenants to help grow research and new companies in South Dakota.”

Construction of the new space is scheduled to be completed in September 2012. For more information about the GEAR Center or becoming a tenant, contact Dan Engebretson, GEAR Director, at (605) 367-7762 or Rich Naser, SDTBC, Executive Director, (605) 275-8010.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News