Thursday evening, an open house was held to launch WVU’s Health Sciences Innovation Center. 

Students, faculty and staff were able to tour the facility in the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Center.

The center provides fully functional biomedical laboratory space with benches, casework and infrastructure ready to be used by emerging life science start-ups.

The center will make the connections between academic scientists and their business partners closer and easier. CereDx and Modulation Therapeutics are the first two companies placed in the center.

“We have a large wet lab facility that is going to be the home to two life science spin out companies from West Virginia University. And there is also space available for outside-in commercialization. So companies that are looking to have a closer relationship with WVU are able to establish a presence on campus to be able to interact more closely with researchers at WVU,” said Richard Giersch, director of Health Sciences Innovation Entrepreneurship and Commercialization.

Officials believe that the innovation center is a place for incubating ideas and technologies that aren’t quite ready for licensing to larger organizations.