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New South Dakota research center will leverage industry and academia to commercialize health innovations

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2017

A new research center in South Dakota is aimed at developing and marketing a range of innovations to improve overall human and animal health.

The South Dakota Center for Biologics Research and Commercialization (SD-CBRC) will focus on creating vaccines, immunotherapies, diagnostic tests and other medical technologies by leveraging research from South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the University of South Dakota (USD).

On the industry side, scientists Stephen Herrmann of the weight loss system Profile by Sanford and Hasmukh Patel of Land O’Lakes have joined the SD-CBRC team.

“In developing next-generation therapies, we cannot rely on just one pathway to deal with microbial populations and disease,” says Victor Huber, an associate professor of basic biomedical sciences at USD. “The multipronged approaches that we are exploring make the team strong.”

SD-CBRC has secured $3.2 in external agency grant funding and $1.7 in sponsored research agreements from 12 industry partners. In addition, the Governor’s Research Center Program will provide the center with over $3.8 million over the next five years.

“These researchers have good productivity and a good track record on extramural funding,” says Jane Christopher-Hennings, head of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at SDSU. “Overall, the center will provide enhanced research infrastructure and high levels of collaboration within the universities, departments and industries through the development of human and animal health biologics.”

Source: Newswise

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