NCET helps you explore business and technology
By Dave Archer
Robots navigate obstacle courses and autonomous vehicles learn how to drive at the Nevada Center for Applied Research at the University of Nevada, Reno. And, that’s what’s happening in only one room of the three-story building. On the other floors, startups and other companies can access the physical and intellectual assets of the university to do groundbreaking research and create life-saving innovations.
Located in the Applied Research Facility on UNR’s campus, the Nevada Center for Applied Research is a best-in-class, stand-alone, fully-functional applied research and development technology center. At NCAR, entrepreneurs or other businesses can work with laboratories, testing centers, equipment and expertise that might otherwise be too expensive or difficult to access. Supported by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and a $3.1 million grant through the State of Nevada Knowledge Fund, the center helps industry, startup companies, researchers and entrepreneurs access the broad range of technical services, intellectual capital, testing and research capabilities, advanced tools and methodologies at UNR.
NCAR focuses on three main areas of development, including robotics, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. It offers a variety of laboratories and testing facilities, such as:
- The shared Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory, a wet lab incubation space for biotech startups that provides faculty and students the equipment and training to accelerate the growth of new businesses.
- The Entrepreneurial Lab System labs, which are occupied by single start-up or spin-out companies. Half of the companies that began in the shared laboratory space continue to expand their research and development efforts into the ELS system.
- The Intelligent Mobility initiative, a user-centered, open-innovation living lab ecosystem for autonomous and connected vehicles in Northern Nevada. The principal activities of Intelligent Mobility include the instrumentation of a mass-transit electric bus, an autonomous passenger vehicle and all intersections of an urban area in a living lab, along with a communication system for a connected transportation system with cybersecurity and data-science support.
- The Autonomous Robots Arena, a unique research infrastructure for researchers and industry that enables comprehensive testing of advanced robotic systems.
- The Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center, which works with UNR faculty, staff, and students to develop technology related to robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.
Since its creation in 2016, 16 start-ups and spin-outs established in the center have created more than 65 jobs. Many of the companies in the Nevada Center for Applied Research are in the biotechnology field and more companies from the Bay Area and the region are looking at the center as the ideal place to establish their research, development and commercialization efforts.
The NCAR is on a mission to open the door for entrepreneurial activities on campus and provide support for the development of business ideas and startup companies. Judging by its work so far, the center is doing just that.
See the Nevada Center for Applied Research at the University of Nevada, Reno during NCET’s Tech Wednesday at 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10. For more information and to RSVP, visit NCETwed.org
Dave Archer is president/CEO of NCET, which produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.