Friday, June 08, 2001

High tech center in the works

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — Gov. Paul Patton and Mayor Dave Armstrong unveiled plans Thursday for a biomedical and information technology incubator to complement downtown's computer technology district.

        “We're expecting to attract many new researchers and businesses to our state,” Mr. Armstrong said.

        The center would house up to 20 startup life-sciences and technology companies, many of which are being started by University of Louisville faculty members.

        UofL professors commercializing their research will occupy the biomedical portion of the center, while technology and information-based startups attracted to the state will be housed in another part, said Christi Lanier-Robinson of the Louisville Medical Center Development Corp.

        “The university will now offer its expertise to entrepreneurs, faculty, students and existing companies,” UofL President John Shumaker said.

        Construction will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed by April 2003.


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