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The latest effort to monetize Tallahassee research is reaching beyond the laboratory

Tallahassee's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Tallahassee's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

The goal of turning Tallahassee research activities into profits and jobs is moving into high gear. Oranizational meetings to get that effort on track took place on Tuesday, Aug. 16 during the “Magnetic Engine” conference at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. An immediate goal is to win a grant from the National Science Foundation. But the larger objective is regional economic development. Mike Mitchell from F-S-U’s Office of Research Development said success depends on having players in every corner of the community.

“It’s not just any one organization on its own. It’s the true eco-system of all of them. That’s what we’re trying to build through this program.”

With a big emphasis on creating lots of jobs and opportunities across North Florida. But the Mag Lab’s Chief Scientist Laura Greene, the main community contact, said there is a time crunch.

“We want the partners determined by Aug. 22nd. We’ve reached out to a lot of people. We have a good group here. If someone feels they have something to share: lsgreene@fsu.edu.

The next step, say effort organizers, is to map out how all the public, private and non-profit partners can work together to turn the region’s technology and research assets into gold.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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