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Tissue, cellular science center launches Monday

Timothy Lyden, Ph.D. UW-RF Professor and TCIC Director

Scientific, industrial, political and educational heavy weights gather Monday in the Riverview Ballroom of UW-River Falls' University Center to take a virtual tour of the new Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center.

TCIC Director and UW-RF Associate Professor Timothy Lyden, Ph.D., agrees the center could be called a virtual think tank but does include a total of four physical areas inside UW-RF. He's excited about the potential its research holds for partnerships with industry, for medical advances in tissue engineering and for generating revenue.

Lyden, along with students, colleagues and other collaborators, expect the TCIC to eventually produce intellectual property. Patents and licensing rights of that "IP" would make money for the TCIC and some of its stakeholders.

Lyden, who has a research lab at UW-RF, organized a symposium Monday bringing together TCIC collaborators and others interested in the concept. Some of them will speak at the launch event: Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce Richard Leinenkugel, UW-RF Interim Chancellor Connie Foster, UW-RF Distinguished Alum and Regions Hospital surgical researcher Bob Nelson, UW System VP of Federal Relations Kris Andrews, Dr. Peter Dahlberg from the River Falls Area Hospital, local and federal politicians, many scientists and representatives from private-industry companies including Phillips Plastics.

Lyden said students will likely come and go to hear some of the speaking and look at descriptive posters outside the room. The event includes poster sessions from 9-9:30 a.m., speaking presentations from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the TCIC opening event 11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. and a collaborator's meeting from 1:15-3 p.m.

With more than 15 people speaking, Lyden expects that given start and end times may not be exact.

Get more details about the TCIC in next week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.