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New biomaterials lab in Syracuse opens today

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Ryan Morden
The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute's new lab, located on the Syracuse University campus, opens its doors today.

Syracuse University's Biomaterials Institute (SBI) used to be something of a drifter.  Spread out across multiple campuses, it was homeless.  Today that gets changed.

The institute's lab opened today at Bowne Hall, one of Syracuse University's oldest buildings.  Researchers in chemistry, biology and engineering will now have a central location, as they look at how biomaterials can help repair organ tissue, facilitate drug delivery, or repair cartilage - and to figure out how to commercialize those breakthroughs.

“Everything we do heads towards something a doctor would use. The only way that’s going to happen is if a company is going to make a product out of our technology. Tech-transfer is a necessary aspect about what we do,” said Patrick Mather, director of SBI.

Mather says part of that job could be done by tapping SU to spin small companies off into the marketplace.  That would isolate risky research into small firms that could be acquired by larger companies if the research  yielded results.

Syracuse University funded the new lab, but the institute is a joint effort between SU,  SUNY Upstate Medical University and the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

So what are biomaterials exactly?  Check out this explainer from Mather.


Innovation Trail alumnus Ryan Morden is originally from Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in journalism, minoring in political science and Scandinavian studies. Morden was Morning Edition producer and reporter at WRVO before moving over to the Innovation Trail project. Before landing at WRVO, Morden covered the Washington State legislature as a correspondent for Northwest News Network (N3), a group of nine NPR affiliates in the northwest.
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