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Division of Research, Innovation and Economic Development
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4791
Dr. Mary E. Benjamin, Vice Chancellor
(870) 575-8216

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On the Horizon

 Center for Biotechnology and Nanosciences

Overview
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff proposes to establish a world class Biotechnology and Nanosciences Center to help advance the economic and research productivity of the state, region, nation and global community. The Center:

• Builds on existing strengths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Agriculture and Aquaculture/Fisheries
• Uses interdisciplinary model
o Agriculture
o Computer Science
o Physics
o Biology
o Regulatory Science
o Aquaculture/Fisheries
• Includes research; B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs
• Links to existing research programs and industry R&D departments
• Provides outreach to K-12 schools
Biotechnology
Uses organisms or their products for commercial purposes

• More than 250 biotechnology health care products and vaccines available to patients, many for previously untreatable diseases
• Bio-fuel refineries using biotechnology techniques to produce biofuels and chemicals from renewable biomasses to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Nanosciences
• Nanometer observes at 1000 times smaller than a micrometer

• Observes matter that cannot be seen by human eye or any optical microscope

• Requires atomic microscope or a scanning electron microscope

Biotechnology and nanosciences are considered as twin engines that help to propel the economic
growth of the nation. 
Impact
• Biotechnology jobs expected to increase between 2006 and 2016 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) in Arkansas bioscience industry (2001-2010)

• Global Information Inc. predicts the annual worldwide market for products incorporating nanotechnology $3.3 trillion in U.S. by 2018

• Technology professionals working in nanotechnology field to increase to 1 million employees in U.S. by 2015 (National Science Foundation)

• Well-prepared diverse and accessible UAPB graduates to staff high tech industry

Linkages
• Advisory council of farmers, businesses, economic development specialists and external researchers

• MOUs with research institutions and business/industry research and development programs