The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are launching a partnership dedicated to research and technology development for some of society’s most pressing challenges, from producing clean water to treating cancer.

The partnership will bring about 100 faculty, researchers and students from Urbana-Champaign to collaborate with UChicago colleagues, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and will be based at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation complex on Chicago’s South Side. In addition, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory announced Oct. 18 that it plans to establish its central states location for research and technology at the Polsky Center.

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