State Budget Includes Funding For Completion Of Bioprocessing Research Lab At U Of I
The state of Illinois is investing $26 million in the completion of the University of Illinois’ new Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab.
That’s the word from State Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet), who says the money was included in the stopgap state budget plan signed into law June 30.
Rose held a news conference with university officials on Tuesday at the lab's construction site on the Urbana campus to announce the new funding. He says completion of the bioprocessing lab will help Illinois compete for a projected 20,000 jobs in a growing sector devoted to developing new food, fuel and fiber-based products.
At another news conference Tuesday at the Midwest Inland Port in Decatur, Senator Rose said the new lab at the U of I, combined with the manufacturing and research work done in Decatur by ADM and Tate & Lyle could make Illinois a “destination” for investment in biochemistry research, development and production.
The University of Illinois first proposed the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab nearly 20 years ago. Construction of the lab was announced in 2014, with completion predicted for this year. But its completion has been delayed by a lack of funding.