What is the TURBO program?

The TURBO program or Tech Transfer, University, Research and Business Opportunity program, is an economic development initiative that will support the commercialization of novel dairy technologies and products. Whether your company is interested in licensing a CDR technology or working with CDR to develop a novel technology or product, the TURBO program can help bring you idea to the market. CDR's partners, including those listed below, have graciously offered their assistance and resources to those who work with the CDR TURBO program. This assistance may include technical support, reimbursable grants, market research or another form of business assistance. A website with TURBO program information will be available following the official launch of the program in April. For those who would like to learn more or begin discussing a technology now, please contact TURBO manager, Vic Grassman at vgrassman@cdr.wisc.edu.

TURBO and the i6 Challenge

In September 2012, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded one of seven $1 million i6 Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This grant will support an effort to commercialize research ideas that will positively impact economic development. CDR, along with state, industry and university partners, will use the federal funds to develop new products for fast-growing Asian markets, create new, higher value uses for cheese and dairy by-products such as whey to grow exports, and develop healthier dairy-based alternatives for school lunch menus.

The Obama Administration launched the i6 Challenge in 2010 to encourage economic growth and innovation. The program provides a new challenge to industry each year, with this year’s challenge focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. Funding for the project began in October 2012 and will continue through 2014.

To keep this important initiative going past the term of the i6 Challenge Grant, CDR has developed the TURBO program.

TURBO Partners

CDR is honored to partner with the following organizations for the TURBO program:

  • Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB)
  • Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
  • UW Office of Corporate Relations (OCR)
  • Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA)
  • College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS)
  • United States Dairy Export Council (USDEC)
  • Dairy Research Institute (DRI)

For more on the TURBO Challenge please review the links below:

CDR TURBO Overview
i6 Press Release
TURBO FAQ
Learn more about the TURBO program

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