Tartu Science Park Planning Nanolab at EUR 3.2-6.4 mln

Tartu Teaduspark, (the Tartu Science Park Foundation) in cooperation with local businessmen, universities and the Education and the Economic Affairs Ministries, is planning the construction of a nanolab which should cost approximately 50-100 million kroons (EUR 3.2-6.4 mln).
Toomas Noorem, managing director and board member of Tartu Teaduspark, said that the project was intended for the development of nanotechnology. “In cooperation with the Tartu University Institute of Physics and development companies in our own house we would like to create a new, so-called clean room environment,” Noorem said.
Noorem said the idea of the lab was at the preliminary design level at present. “We will start with making drawings for a concrete building very soon. If everything goes well, the first phase could be completed next year,” he added.
Marika Priske, secretary general of the Economic Affairs Ministry said the intended joint use lab would make it possible to set up a common experimental base for businessmen. “It will have technology they would certainly not be able to purchase on their own and which also the university faculties could use in their scientific and study work,” Priske said. “This could create new business ideas or products,” she added.
Priske said that the lab could probably be supported also by Education and Economic Affairs Ministry measures.
Source: Estonian Review