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UMass Amherst opens $150 prototyping lab called Core Facilities


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The University of Massachusetts Institute for Applied Life Sciences opened Friday with five laboratories, called “Core Facilities,” for use by manufacturers. The labs in the campus Life Sciences Laboratories Building, 240 Thatcher Road, are the result of a $95 million state investment and $55 million in support from the university, said Andrew Vinard, the institute’s director of core facilities.

The project included half the building and all the equipment and fit out.

While the program, and the building in which it is housed, have life sciences in the name, the facilities are open to many industries, not just those involved in life sciences.

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