Researchers and partners in NC States biotechnology and
genomics initiatives have found an enthusiastic ally in the
William R. Kenan, Jr., Institute for Engineering, Technology
& Science at NC State. In the past year, the Institute has
invested nearly $300,000 in genomics initiatives. Those investments
have already been leveraged for an additional $1.6 million in
government and industry grants, and its not over yet.
The lions share of the 2001 project funds went to faculty
in four colleges at NC State. Two of those awards will provide
resources for fundraising for major nanotechnology and proteomics
equipment. The Institute also provided research project support
for university collaborations with eight start-up companiesthree
involving NC State faculty membersthrough the Collaborative
Funding Assistance Program, a highly leveraged partnership with
the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
Other biotechnology programs receiving Kenan Institute funding
in 2001 include:
The 2001 Citizens Technology Forum
on Genetically Modified Foods
NASA Specialized Center for Research & Training in
The Statistics and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute
The Gordon-Kenan Graduate Research Seminar in Bioinorganic
We provide seed money for new initiatives with a high
potential of obtaining an industry or government grant at least
three times larger, says Kenan Institute director Dr.
Ruben Carbonell. In 2001, our biotechnology investments
were multiplied five times. In addition to money for research
projects and equipment, typical uses for Kenan funds include
conferences, faculty release time for writing center or consortia
proposals, and costs of experiments to provide preliminary data
necessary for further grantseeking. Perhaps the most visible
Kenan-sponsored project has been the Emerging Issues Forum.
This year's forum, "Biotechnology and Humanity at the Crossroads
of a New Era," attracted 500 participants including many
of the nation's top scientists, ethicists, entrepreneurs and
public officials, to examine and debate issues related to biotechnology.
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