USD Discovery District

Mark Brown has been appointed as the new president of the USD Discovery District. He began his job this week.  Brown holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Texas and has built his career in research and leadership at Colorado State University. He has over 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and he has many published works. He says he's excited to come to Sioux Falls and moving the Discovery District forward.

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LifeScape—a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities—is leasing more than 30 acres from the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls. The site will serve as LifeScape’s new hospital, school and rehab facility.

USD and LifeScape leaders expect the partnership to advance research and fill workforce needs in disability care.

CEO Steve Watkins points to a picture of children with polio breaking ground for the current LifeScape hospital back in 1948. He says specialized care isn’t the only thing that’s changed since then.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 8, 2018 Show 354 Hour 2

The USD Discovery District has its first anchor tenant - SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc.  SAB president, CEO and co-founder Eddie Sullivan talks about being the first tenant and shares his goals for the first project.  He's joined by Rich Naser, president of the USD Discovery District.

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Rich Naser is president of the USD Discovery District.  The USD Discovery District is an 80-acre corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls. Earlier this month the announcement came that the Discovery District is open for business. At full build out, the project will include 26 privately developed buildings employing 2,800 people. 

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The USD Discovery District is South Dakota’s first live-work-play innovation community, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in northwest Sioux Falls. Its goal is to spur innovation-driven business through specialized facilities and an environment that fosters interaction between businesses, students, researchers and entrepreneurs. Rich Naser, President of the District and Executive Director of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, gives Cara more details on the development.

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Cara Hetland hosted a panel discussion about innovation in South Dakota. On the panel: 

Rich Naser, President of the University of South Dakota Discover District and Executive Director of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship;  

Joni Johnson, Executive Director of South Dakota Biotech. She oversees advocacy, communication, education and membership services representing more than 50 members in industries spanning from food and agriculture to human health and renewable energy;