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Work begins on Innovation Campus hotel

Work has begun on a new six-story hotel at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies Inc. said it broke ground this week on the hotel, which is located near the intersection of 21st Street and Transformation Drive, adjacent to the Rise building.

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Work has begun on a six-story hotel at Nebraska Innovation Campus that's expected to open sometime in fall 2021.

Merck Animal Health Completes Acquisition of Quantified Ag®

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), today announced the completion of its acquisition of Quantified Ag®, a leading data and analytics company that monitors cattle body temperature and movement in order to detect illness early. In April 2018, Merck Animal Health invested in Quantified Ag® and partially funded their development work in data analytics in livestock. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Staff craft solution to deliver hand sanitizer to campus

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Jim Jackson had a mother lode of necessity — the numbers he was looking at were staggering.

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Jim Jackson, associate vice chancellor of University Operations, put a team together to solve the problem of efficiently distributing hand sanitizer across campus. They invented the large-capacity, free-standing dispenser station shown here.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln sends hand sanitizer to USDA as COVID-19 cases soar in meat industry

Demand for fresh meat and poultry has not diminished but, because of COVID-19 outbreaks in facilities across the U.S., meat processing plants are struggling to keep up.

In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, keep plant employees, inspectors and consumers safe, a team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is sharing a new supply of hand sanitizers with the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA, like many others, is experiencing difficulties because of the short supply of hand sanitizer. 

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Canadian company locates first U.S. office at NIC

A Canadian company, JCA Electronics, has become the newest partner at Nebraska Innovation Campus, Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director, announced May 21.

JCA develops advanced technology solutions for mobile machines and is emerging as a leader in technology solutions that enable advanced precision agriculture and autonomous applications. The company applies a combination of advanced technologies, engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities to enable unique mobile off-highway machine systems.

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USDA meatpacking inspectors receive hand sanitizer made at Nebraska U

Food safety inspectors employed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are receiving a supply of hand sanitizer thanks to an innovative partnership between Nebraska’s ethanol industry and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The hand sanitizer will be used by the men and women responsible for inspecting more than 6,500 meat-processing facilities across the country, ranging from “mom-and-pop” facilities that handle only a few animals at a time to the giant beef, poultry and pork plants that employ thousands of people.

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Hand sanitizer is mixed and loaded into jugs inside a fenced-off section of the Food Innovation Center parking lot. More than 6,800 gallons of the hand sanitizer has been shipped to the USDA for use by food safety inspectors.

Innovation Campus' PPE projects benefit hundreds of communities

In mid-March, when personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer were scarce, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus helped address those needs.

The efforts have rippled across Nebraska and the United States. To date, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals have benefited from the expertise and innovation found at NIC.

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Public urged to help keep Nebraska’s free hand sanitizer project going

The emergency hand sanitizer project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in partnership with the Nebraska ethanol industry and other corporate partners is asking the public for support to help keep its important production going.

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Emergency hand sanitizer if produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at the Food Processing Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus in response to statewide need for the product. It’s provided at no cost to help protect health care workers, medical first responders and others.

Lincoln company on forefront of COVID-19 vaccine battle

Tucked away in one of the many labs on Nebraska’s Innovation Campus lays the company Adjuvance.  At the beginning of the year they were asked by the National Institute of Health to join in on the global race to fight COVID–19. Four months later they’re making strides.

“We have plans right now to make a million doses of our adjuvant by the end of the year and 100 million doses by next fall,” CEO Dr. Tyler Martin said.

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Adjuvance is developing a component that will strengthen a vaccine and prolong its dosage.

Innovation Studio coordinating army of makers for PPE projects

While assembling up to 1,800 face shields a day, staff at Nebraska Innovation Studio are also assisting coordination of an army of community workers and volunteers to make more personal protective equipment, namely gowns for first responders and fabric masks for essential workers.

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Jerry Reif, studio manager at Nebraska Innovation Studio, cuts out a gown form from Tyvec material.

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