The conference singled out MU’s research community as an important economic asset. Matt McCormick, the Chamber of Commerce president, said research is an asset Columbia needs to capitalize on, calling it “one of the lifebloods of our economy.”
During a panel session, five local figures in the research field discussed the many economic opportunities to be found in local research:
- Hao Li, a professor in the MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and founder of Nanova Biomaterials, Inc.
- Ken Brooks, associate director of business development at MU Research Reactor Center.
- Bill Turpin, president and CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center.
- John Bucksath, senior vice president of ABC Laboratories.
- Mark McIntosh, MU interim vice chancellor for research, graduate studies and economic development.
McCormick said the conference gives the business community the opportunity to learn about national and local economic trends. “We hope they can take some of these trends and implement them into their businesses,” he said.
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