Posted February 1, 2012
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter touted the benefits of his proposed new $5 million IGEM, Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, at the Idaho State University Research and Innovation in Science and Engineering (RISE) Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Otter said IGEM's mission is to create new enterprises and high-paying, knowledge-based economy jobs by increasing strategic areas of research and development through targeted partnerships among industry, higher education and government that leverage new and existing resources.
He said he hopes that the IGEM program, using facilities such as the new ISU RISE Complex, can be as successful as the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Idaho Falls, a research consortium of Idaho universities working with the Idaho National Laboratory that Otter said has attracted $45 million in investments.
"We'll do our best to make IGEM a success at ISU," said Otter, who credited ISU President Arthur C. Vailas for his leadership in helping to obtain and develop the RISE Complex and increase research activities at ISU.
The IGEM program provides an opportunity for ISU faculty to collaborate with staff at the Idaho National Laboratory and faculty at Boise State University and the University of Idaho in funded research directed toward commercialization of research results to support Idaho's economy.
About 50 local officials, media representatives and business leaders attended the presentation in the RISE Complex's nano-crystal laboratory, and a tour of the 260,000 square-foot facility followed.
The Governor's fiscal year 2013 budget recommendations include:
• A recommendation of $1 million for the Department of Commerce for a fund to bridge the gap between the development of a technology at an Idaho university and its commercialization. The focus would be on technologies with viable commercial application and a private industry partner.
• A recommendation of $2 million for competitive state university research under the direction of the Idaho Higher Education Research Council (HERC).