Bolstering Utah’s “Innovation Infrastructure”

Leading researchers and industry are utilizing two state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and development facilities here in  Utah as a result of a key program of the USTAR initiative.

These facilities, one at the University of Utah (U of U) and one at Utah State University (USU), are used by the recruited “all-star” research teams working in the initiative’s key innovation areas. Each facility also serves as an industry magnet, encouraging collaboration between USTAR researchers and industry experts.

The primary purpose of these buildings is to give our research teams top-of-the-line facilities in which to conduct their work. The secondary purpose is also critical, and that is to foster the connection between industry, entrepreneurship and research.

USTAR Buildings

 USU BioInnovation Center

USTAR BioInnovations Building

The 118,000 square-foot building, dedicated in October 2010, houses highly advanced life-sciences laboratories and provides researchers the resources to seek cures for a range of human and animal diseases.

 U of U Sorenson Building

Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology

The 208,000 square-foot multidisciplinary building is home to the Brain Institute, the Nano Institute, and the Department of Bioengineering.

Infrastructure and Partners

SBIR STTR Assistance Center

SSAC: Utah’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center

If you are a technology-oriented business with less than 500 people and a new discovery or innovative concept that needs to increase your research and development dollars, USTAR’s SBIR-STTR Assistance Center may have help for you

BioInnovations gateway

BiG: Bioinnovations Gateway

A new high-technology business incubation facility designed to spur economic development and enhance the training of Utah’s life sciences workforce

Start Up Ogden

Startup Ogden

We have a beautiful three-story building in downtown Ogden for startups, classes, and co-working space. There’s also an WSU bookstore, computer repair shop and a coffee shop. Above all, Startup Ogden is a community of tech startups. Startup Ogden is dedicated to giving back. Jobs are created and classes are offered to the public. Opened December 13, 2013.



The Business Resource Center is UVU’s storefront for economic development. For entrepreneurs and small business managers,the BRC is a one-stop shop for resources, expertise and assistance that accelerate business growth.


ITRE Incubator accelerates Southern Utah technology-based companies and delivers entrepreneurial coaching, a mix of no-cost business services, access to capital, and the connections to legal services needed for successful business formation, IP protection and long-term growth.

 Utah EPSCoR


The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of Utah higher educational institutions and related organizations a five-year, $20 million competitive grant to help manage and protect one of the state’s most valuable and scarce resources, water.


The 70,000-square-foot Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center is a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility that will train students in business, entrepreneurship, accounting, engineering, water management, natural resources, environmental policy and other programs.