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NIC to house Nebraska's first self-driving shuttle

Nebraska Innovation Campus is living up to its name.

The university’s epicenter of forward-thinking initiatives will temporarily house the state’s first self-driving shuttle, which was announced June 20 at Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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A self-driving shuttle, the first of its kind in Nebraska, will temporarily reside at Nebraska Innovation Campus and provide rides to the public in July.

Driverless shuttle arrives in Lincoln, will be tested this summer

From horses to trains to cars and airplanes to automated driverless vehicles, Lincoln residents continue to be pioneers, always looking for better ways to travel, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said as he stood in front of a 15-passenger driverless shuttle that will be tested in the city this summer.

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Mayor Chris Beutler spoke during a news conference Wednesday at Nebraska Innovation Studio announcing the arrival of a driverless shuttle.

Lincoln grain elevator to be covered in art as part of new initiative

A grain elevator in north Lincoln is the first structure getting a makeover as part of a new initiative that seeks to beautify high-traffic parts of the city.

Local ecommerce firm Spreetail recently launched the program, called Elevate.

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The first project in Spreetail's new Elevate initiative will be to cover this grain elevator along Salt Creek Roadway near North 27th Street with 20-foot-by-60-foot billboard banners featuring submitted designs. The banners will be hung Aug. 31.

South Korean company bases U.S. headquarters at Innovation Campus

Sunseo Omega 3, a South Korean agricultural company, has located its U.S. headquarters at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

“NIC is proud to welcome Sunseo Omega 3 to Nebraska,” said Dan Duncan, executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus. “This direct foreign investment in the state is great boost for statewide economic development.”

The company, which manufactures and distributes animal feed, chose to locate in Nebraska because Nebraska beef is the preferred choice in the Korean market.

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Sunseo Omega 3 Logo

Woodturning helps Veterans in Recovery

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - As veterans work to adjust to civilian life, the VA in Lincoln said it's important men and women go through new experiences that are outside of their comfort zone.

Some are overcoming behavioral health problems related to their service.

Now a new program at Nebraska Innovation Campus is serving as a stepping stone to help veterans on their road to recovery.

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Rochester Midland joins Alliance for Advanced Sanitation

Lincoln, Neb. — Rochester Midland Corporation, a leader in specialty chemical manufacturing, has joined the Alliance for Advanced Sanitation.

Launched by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founding industry partners in 2015, the alliance works to improve sanitation approaches and practices with and for the food industry.

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The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation is based in the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Biotech Connector open for business

The Biotech Connector, the state’s first wet-lab business incubator, is now open for business at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Companies already are using the newly completed 7,700-square-foot facility, according to Dan Duncan, NIC’s executive director.

The Biotech Connector is a collaboration between NIC and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Bio Nebraska, Invest Nebraska and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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 Biotech Connector at Nebraska Innovation Campus is the state's first wet-lab. Wet labs are specialized laboratories that offer water, direct ventilation and specialized piped utilities. They are often used to test chemicals, drugs and biological matter.

Innovation Studio helps international students learn English, technical skills

While the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Studio has been home to many 3D printing creations, ceramics and handcrafted wood sculptures, its purpose is not limited to physical creations. Every Monday at 3 p.m., 20 students from around the globe gather in the workshop to build their English skills.

The UNL Intensive English Program provides a variety of classes to help international students learn English. One of those classes, IEP 85 English for Science and Engineering, takes place at the Nebraska Innovation Studio.

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David Martin, director of Nebraska Innovation Studios, explains screen printing to students in the Intensive English Program on March 1, 2018, at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Spreetail planning expansion in Lincoln, Omaha

A Lincoln-based e-commerce company is branching out even as it plans to expand in its home city.

Spreetail CEO Brett Thome said Thursday that the company plans to open an office in Omaha later this year that will employ about 100 people.

Thome said the office, which will be located in the same building as Firespring, another Lincoln-based company, will be an extension of its Lincoln operation.

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Lincoln e-commerce company Spreetail is expanding into more space at Nebraska Innovation Campus and also is planning to open an office in Omaha later this year.

Innovation Campus relishing its newfound momentum

As Nebraska Innovation Campus was preparing to open a little more than three years ago, university and research park officials asked lawmakers and regents for patience.

Speaking to the Board of Regents in September 2014, then-Chancellor Harvey Perlman said the park’s biggest obstacle would be showing an activity level capable of sparking excitement from potential partners.

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Tetrad Property Group is constructing a $15.3 million building at Nebraska Innovation Campus for mixed-use space with small-and-mid-sized companies in mind.

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