The University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Center for Marine Science received a $15 million matching grant Monday from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the construction of a new marine biotechnology facility. The new facility will house MARBIONC, a program that focuses on the application of marine biotechnology for health, food and energy. Research areas include drug discovery, detection technologies for human-origin marine pollutants and biotoxins from microorganisms, and algae farming for biofuels and mariculture, according to a UNCW press release.
"From an economic development perspective, we've been seeking to consolidate North Carolina's marine biotechnology under a single roof, and this MARBIONC facility brings us one step closer to that reality," said Jeffrey Wright, a principal and director for research at MARBIONC.
The money comes from federal stimulus funds through the American Recover and Reinvestment Act.