June 21, 2018

Mass. lab joins UConn's TIP

PHOTO | Charles River
PHOTO | Charles River

A Massachusetts drug discovery company has opened offices and lab space in UConn's Technology Incubation Program (TIP) in Storrs, creating the potential for more bioscience employment there, authorities say.

Charles River Laboratories, of Wilmington, Mass., says its vaccine testing group joined UConn's TIP program to continue research and development and manufacture of its line of diagnostics and laboratory products.

The lab's specific pathogen-free avian supplies (SPAFAS) product line is returning home to UConn, where professor Roy Luginbuhl and Ray Davis founded the product line in 1961. After expanding its products and services for decades, Charles River acquired SPAFAS in 1992.

Charles River Labs produces products that support pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and academic institutions.

"Having offices in UConn's TIP space provides an exciting opportunity for engaging a new audience in the drug discovery and development process," said John Bakke, Charles River's general manager of global operations. "Being in such close proximity to both UConn's students and TIP's other resident organizations will allow Charles River's researchers to share their expertise and expand the knowledge-base simultaneously."

Officials said the partnership will provide opportunities for UConn students to fill more than 500 open jobs at Charles River.

Charles River said it will also aid companies from TIP, the state's lone university-based technology business incubation program.

Founded in 2004, TIP has supported more than 100 companies in raising more than $62 million in grant funding and more than $50 million in revenue.

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