KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm has unveiled a new name and logo that encompasses both the innovative capabilities at the campus and maintains its roots.
“Our new name emphasizes the cutting-edge and diverse research that occurs here,” said Cliff Hawks, president and CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation. “It also maintains a connection to our roots as Cherokee Farm, though our present and future reach goes far beyond just agriculture.”
The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm, formerly known as Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, is a collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It is the first research park in the United States to build a world-class materials science research facility for its tenants – the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM). The $56-million, 140,000-square-foot facility offers unparalleled advanced research capabilities, including polymer labs and advanced microscopy.
Private industry partners at the campus’ Innovation North building include Arkis BioSciences, AUBO Robotics USA, Civil & Environmental Consultants, and University Health System divisions for Internet Technologies and Heart Lung Vascular Data Research and Management.
“Our primary goal is to develop public-private partnerships that build relationships with the technology resources in our region to create breakthroughs in diverse fields,” Hawks said.
The research park provides access to some of the most powerful tools available in materials science and high-performance computing, along with internationally renowned researchers at UT and ORNL.
The UT Research Park is an ideal fit for firms that will benefit from close partnerships with UT and ORNL. The campus is located in the heart of Innovation Valley, the corridor linking ORNL and McGhee Tyson Airport and providing regional economic development and world-class resources in science, technology and business.