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URI Opens Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Published on January 26, 2009

Today, URI officially opened the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (CBLS). The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by excited public officials, industry executives, and hundreds of URI faculty, staff and students. This building is the largest classroom and research building project in URI history and the second project in Rhode Island to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation. 

‚??This stunning building and the faculty and students it houses will be an important engine of economic development in the state's biotechnology sector for many years to come,‚?Ě said Jeff Seemann, URI dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. ‚??Its opening is a critically important step forward in Rhode Island‚??s economic recovery. The research and education that occurs in this building will fuel economic growth and workforce development in biotechnology, health and life sciences, and it will play a key role in driving the state‚??s new innovation-based economy.

Join Dean Seemann on a virtual tour of the new building courtesy of the Providence Journal. More information on the event and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences can be found in this Providence Journal press release and this URI press release. 

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