UConn: Conn. Could Gain Worldwide Reputation

Monday, January 9, 2012

With the right investments and optimistic mindset, Connecticut could transform itself into the Silicon Valley of medical, engineering and science research advancements, the president of the state's flagship university said Friday.

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst urged hundreds of business leaders at a conference Friday to consider that California-based technology hub and North Carolina's academia-driven Research Triangle as examples of how a region can gain a worldwide reputation by developing expertise on emerging technologies.

Her comments came one day after Connecticut formalized its plans with The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, Maine, to build a bioscience research facility at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, where enrollment will also be expanded in UConn's medical and dental schools.

The state is also building a technology park at UConn's Storrs campus to encourage public-private partnerships in engineering and related research, and to offer support and space to entrepreneurs to launch new high-tech businesses -- similar to some services in the Research Triangle that links universities and industries in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C.

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