The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute will celebrate the completion of a major expansion project with an open house Friday.
The institute — a collaboration between Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory — recently finished work on 12 new labs at its facility in Building 11 on the Corvallis campus of Hewlett-Packard Co.
The state-funded, $14 million construction project was the second phase of improvements to the cavernous 80,000-square-foot building, which HP is making available for free under a long-term lease.
“With this phase two completion, we’ll have about 50,000 square feet of it built out,” said Richard Peterson, co-director of the institute and a professor in the OSU School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “There will be a phase three at some point.”
The public is invited to tour the expanded facility, north of downtown Corvallis on Highway 20, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. At 1 p.m., a program titled “Putting Innovation to Work” will explain how startup ventures are using the institute’s research to create commercial products and generate jobs.
The speakers will include OSU President Ed Ray, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director Mike Kluse and Michael Baker, president and CEO of Home Dialysis Plus, a Portland company that is using the institute’s research to produce a kidney dialysis machine for home use.
The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute is a shared user facility of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, a collaborative research program that includes Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon.
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