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Faculty Member’s Startup Company Expands to New Location

News-Gazette (April 10) – The University of Illinois Research Park held a grand opening for LabWorks, which officials described as a new facility for “growth-stage life sciences startups.” The building’s first tenant, Epivara, is a company that has developed a way to spay and neuter animals via injection rather than surgery, said founder and CEO Jay Ko, who is also a professor with the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The new location has space for the company’s offices and labs to be together. “So we have a lot more interaction,” Ko said. “And this new facility is better for our biological research than the previous place. It was a chemical lab, so we had some limitations.”