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CHAMPAIGN -- We are happy to announce that Liang Liu has joined the Board of Managers at Research Park. Liu is a self-declared "groundskeeper" and a professor in the College of Engineering specializing in construction management. He also holds positions as the Associate Dean of Facilities and Capital Planning for the College of Engineering, Associate Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies and many more. Some of Liu's research areas include: construction project planning, controls, cost estimating, productivity, and life-cycle analysis. Welcome to the team. 

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Contact: Laura Bleill, (217) 244-7744,

EnterpriseWorks Receives EDA Grant To Further Entrepreneurship at Illinois Universities

Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant will support development of higher education entrepreneurial ecosystems across Illinois

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2017Contact:Laura Weisskopf Bleill,; 217-244-7744

EnterpriseWorks Awarded University Center Grant For Downstate Illinois Entrepreneurial DevelopmentWill Provide Direct Technical and Business Assistance For Entrepreneurs South of I-80


Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, made a visit to the University of Illinois on Monday, January 30, with about 20 other Chicago tech company executives.


SIMnext®, LLC will begin distributing von Hagens Plastination specimens, a product that is intended to reduce the use of human cadavers in anatomy education.

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The News-Gazette interviewed Ran Chao for the Wired-In column this week. Chao is the 29-year-old founder of LifeFoundry Inc., an organization that completes research for biotech companies through the use of synthetic biology and robotics, which is now a tenant in EnterpriseWorks. He created the company during his time as a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. Chao and his collegues produced the first prototype for automative advanced biomanufacturing, and companies around the world are taking notice.

TENANT: Agrible, Granular

Agrible and Granular were recently recognized on THRIVE 50, an annual list created by SVG Partners that ranks the best AgTech companies in the United States.

Agrible is a homegrown organization that first started at the EnterpriseWorks incubator. They focus on providing farmers with the tools and science to improve production with cloud-based delivery systems. The company has since moved to a different building, but are still located at Research Park. Agrible received praise in the "Big Data and Analytics" category of the THRIVE 50 list.


CHAMPAIGN, IL -- The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation has announced the finalists for the 2017 Innovation Celebration.

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Cast 21 presents at EnterpriseWorks

Cast 21, an EnterpriseWorks startup that makes waterproof, breathable casts, has closed a funding round of $800,000. 


The Carle Sports Medicine and Orthopedics facility officially opens in Research Park this month, but the public is invited to a community open house on Thursday, Jan. 12.

On January 12, the new building will be open to the public from 6—8 p.m. Guided tours will be available as well as refreshments and meet-and-greet with Carle providers.

The 52,000 square foot facility is the 15th building in the University of Illinois Research Park. It sits at the corner of Windsor and First Street in Champaign. 

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