Health, Technology, and Innovation Center Launch,
Chicago, April 24, 2013

President Easter and other University of Illinois dignitaries joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the ground breaking ceremony for the Health, Technology, and Innovation (HTI) facility. HTI is made possible by a $1.7 million capital grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and matched by $1.7 million of University funds.

Gov. Quinn is welcomed by President Easter.  

President Easter greets Governor Quinn. 

Larry Schook, VP for Research, welcomes the governor.

This new facility will have 12,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. Located within the Illinois Medical District, HTI will bring scientists, clinicians, engineers, and industry together in an interdisciplinary approach to drug, diagnostic, device, and information technology development. The center is expected to be a venue to validate technology, convert innovation into products, and accelerate projects to venture readiness.

With a community-based approach, HTI will serve University faculty, staff and students, Chicago area research institutions as well as the broader entrepreneurial community as a nexus of biotechnology commercialization. Laboratory and office space will be ready for occupancy in summer 2013.

Cutting the ribbon.

Dignitaries from the state, U of I, UIC, IMD, and other organizations help cut the ribbon. Photos used with permission, U of I VPR.