UW Building Plans Luring Big Donors From Dairy, Meat Industries

Monday, August 27, 2012

In these tight budgetary times, paying for a new academic building on a public university campus requires creative financing, and in some cases, ambitious fundraising among special interest groups that could benefit from research produced there.

It's a good thing Wisconsin has a vested interest in cheese and sausages.

A dairy plant addition and a new meat science and muscle biology laboratory are on the drawing board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with half the money to build them being raised privately by the dairy and the meat industries, respectively.

The pharmaceutical industry also may have a vested interest in the lab. Researchers there are studying how tissues from the intestines of meat-producing animals may be used for wound dressings, and possible medical applications for enzymes and other products from these animals.

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