The REAC 1, UND's Tech Accelerator, was originally formed to assist the University of North Dakota to advance its research agenda, to commercialize its university innovations and discoveries, and to create economic opportunities for Grand Forks and the State of North Dakota.
The REAC 1 opened in 2009 and is operating a 50,000 square foot research facility with laboratories in Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies. REAC 1 is one of only a handful of facilities nation-wide that contains Biosafety Level 3 and 3E lab spaces. The BSL-3 lab has the second highest level of bio-containment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed facility.
The building also includes office, conference room and training room spaces. This is a facility for companies that have grown beyond the incubator stage and are approaching a time of rapid growth. Those are commonly technology-based companies that need appropriate laboratory space.
The UND Tech Accelerator facility helps support UND's mission of economic development for the state. Prior to UND Tech Accelerator, there were no laboratory facilities available for either life sciences or engineering in the local commercial real estate market. The UND Tech Accelerator facility has made it possible to develop high-tech businesses and diversify the state's economy.
- One recent tenant, a life sciences start-up company, came to Grand Forks from Maryland. The company was attracted by the opportunity to hire graduates from UND's outstanding Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, and by the opportunity for research collaborations with faculty from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
- Currently, three companies (Avianax, NovaDigm Therapeutics, and UND Basic Science) representing life sciences and advanced technologies. Most of the companies are coming from out of state to work with UND faculty on research projects or develop relationships for student intern programs.