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UMass Boston Opens Venture Development Center to Expand R&D Activity
Date:5/1/2009

Facility to Foster Faculty and Student Research, Partnering with Industry

Boston (Vocus) May 1, 2009 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston today officially opened a cutting-edge Venture Development Center that will significantly expand the university's research and development activity and provide entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty and students. The 18,000-square-foot innovation center will be the university's focal point for industry outreach and partnering, and will offer state-of-the-art labs and research and collaborative facilities for UMass Boston's faculty and students to pursue research and development that drives lasting change and creates new products and services that dramatically improve people's lives.

"The University of Massachusetts Boston Venture Development Center is the most recent evidence of our commitment to growing our research and reputation for excellence," said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. "The Venture Development Center will broaden and stimulate UMass Boston's research activities, attract top faculty and students, and invigorate undergraduate and graduate learning and teaching. Equally important, it will expand Boston's innovation economy by bringing it to the Dorchester waterfront."

Research activity at UMass Boston has increased at a rate nearly double that of other research universities in the area - growing 50 percent over the past five years. This expansion in research activity is helping to grow UMass Boston's role as an economic engine in the r
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