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Trine University dedicates $6M innovation center

– A university in far northeastern Indiana has dedicated a new $6 million innovation and biomedical engineering research center that opened over the summer.

Trine University officials joined staff and students Thursday at the official dedication of the new Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering. The Bocks had donated $1 million to Trine to help launch the center.

The nearly 25,000-square-foot building that opened in August houses Trine’s Innovation One technology incubator that’s intended to spur economic development in northeastern Indiana.

The university stocked the center’s laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment to support the new incubator. One end is anchored by a cast metals laboratory while the other end has a new plastics laboratory to support Trine’s plastics engineering minor.