by Andrew Crisp
The IGEM Council, spearheaded by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to spur innovation in the private sector, is slated to meet with the director of a Utah program that motivated the effort, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Ted McAleer, executive director of the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, USTAR, will lead a voluntary working session at the Idaho Department of Commerce.
The Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission, IGEM, is an effort to marry university research with the private sector, supported by approximately $5 million set aside by the Department of Commerce, Idaho National Laboratory, the state and other groups.
USTAR is a similar effort launched in Utah prior to IGEM's founding. Since its creation, USTAR has invested $100 million in universities alone, according to NPR.
On Tuesday, the two organizations will meet at the Idaho Department of Commerce with a daylong agenda, which includes a presentation from McAleer on the evolution of the USTAR program, and the importance of joint ventures.
The full agenda of the meeting can be found at the Department of Commerce website.
In May, Boise Weekly looked at the state of innovation in the Gem State, and examined IGEM's role in the economy (The Politechs of Innovation, May 16, 2012).