The following article was originally posted in the Sept-Oct Center for Crops Utilization Research Newsletter
The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) were awarded the Iowa State University Award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa at the 2017 Iowa State Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony held Sept. 25.
The economic development award recognizes faculty and staff members for outstanding Iowa State-based achievements in advancing the economic development of the State of Iowa. For over 30 years, CCUR and BCRF have provided full-service facilities with bench-top to small industrial-scale manufacturing capacity to support research and commercialization solutions for the food, feed and biorenewables industries.
CCUR and BCRF work closely with the Center for Industrial Research and Service to help connect Iowa manufacturers with researchers and other resources at Iowa State. The past five years, CCUR and BCRF have delivered $118 million in documented economic impact involving 36 companies headquartered in Iowa or that have a significant Iowa presence.
“While CCUR and BCRF serve a global audience, approximately one-third of our clients reside in Iowa,” said Kevin Keener, director of CCUR and BCRF.
In addition to working with Iowa companies, CCUR and BCRF support more than 60 faculty affiliates securing research projects totaling over $15 million annually.
Eleven employees support the activities at CCUR and BCRF and were recognized at the awards ceremony. They are:
- Peggy Best, administrative specialist
- Sharon Colletti, administrative specialist (retired)
- William Colonna, assistant scientist
- Steve Fox, research technician
- Darren Jarboe, program manager
- Kevin Keener, director
- Jeni Maiers, program assistant
- John Strohl, Fermentation Facility manager
- Andy Suby, BCRF manager
- Hui Wang, CCUR pilot plant manager
- Ethan Wiegle, CCUR assistant pilot plant manager
“CCUR and BCRF staff work seamlessly together to support Iowa State faculty, staff and students and our industry clients,” said Keener. “They have made a significant impact on economic development in the state of Iowa through their efforts.”