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2.7 million dollar Wet Lab grant will boost research, student opportunity, and small businesses in the region

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SIU-C's Fermentation Science Institute will be able to expand, and collaborate with more partners, thanks in part to a 2.7 million dollar state grant. The money will will kickstart the Campus's BioLaunch Core Facility, a multi department program that will provide lab services, assistance for business development and will expand biotechnology on campus.

Matt McCarrol, is Director of the Fermentation Institute.

"Really going all the way to partnerships with the University farm, the agricultural products, move them to value-added agricultural products and testing, and all of the things that go to a final product."

McCarroll adds the projects the new grant will help, will enable faculty from many different departments on campus to get involved, and will broaden the student's education in the fermentation, chemistry and marketing fields.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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