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Clemson University Innovation Campus and Technology Park (CUICAT)

Innovation Campus and Technology Park at Clemson University, South Carolina

91 Technology Drive, Anderson, SC 29625
Dr. John Ballato
jballat@clemson.edu | 864-656-1035

Through a unique partnership with Clemson University, Innovate Anderson — a public-private partnership with the mission of growing Anderson County's economy — purchased acreage adjacent to Clemson research facilities on behalf of the county. The goal is to attract startup companies and corporate landing parties and collaborate research initiatives with the University. The comprehensive plan is being designed as a neighborhood research park, and in keeping with Clemson University's emphasis on sustainability, the CUICAT plan will feature pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting buildings with nearby woodlands and open spaces. The plan takes advantage of the natural resources surrounding the technology park, including the Clemson Experimental Forest and the Hartwell Lake shoreline. The plan will connect CUICAT to the main Campus with a bike trail through the Clemson Experimental Forest.

The park will emphasize the advanced materials and computing industries and serve as a focal point for attracting this segment of the economy to Anderson County. Assets to industry partners include available land in a beautiful lakeside setting, convenient location to I-85 and proximity to Atlanta and Charlotte, and a well-established on-site research initiative in materials science and engineering. CUICAT is home to facilities such as Clemson's Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL), a state-of-the-art facility that houses internationally recognized research programs in optoelectronics, chemistry and materials science. It also houses one of the nation's most outstanding electron microscopy facilities and a professional staff that provides services to private industry and academic clients. The National Brick Research Center, CCIT (Clemson Computing and Information Technology) and Environmental Engineering also are located on the campus. Clemson and Innovate Anderson believe this winning combination of assets will attract businesses to Anderson County.

Clemson University is a leader in advanced materials research, which accounts for almost 30 percent of the University's total research funding. Clemson has a significant track record as a resource for the advanced materials industry, with 14 startup companies and landing parties based on Clemson advanced materials expertise and more than 70 advanced-materials-based technologies available for licensing. One particular advantage for recruiting businesses to the research campus is the 43,000-square-foot Duke Energy Innovation Center that provides business incubation space. The Duke Energy Innovation Center, which is a joint project of Clemson University and the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), is immediately adjacent to the AMRL. "Innovation, collaboration and ultimately technology transfer occur when people have an opportunity to interact spontaneously as well as intentionally. Clustering buildings and providing common spaces for faculty and students to interact with private-sector researchers is itself an innovative way to stimulate creativity and new ideas," says Office of Economic Development Vice President John Ballato.

Another advantage Ballato notes is proximity to Clemson's world-class computing and information technology facilities in the Advanced Materials Center. "Anderson County is home to one of only a handful of university computing facilities of this caliber in the nation," states Ballato. "Its power, the network capabilities, and the state and regional leadership of our computer experts in helping establish state and regional collaborations in both public and private sectors are a unique resource."

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