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Novozymes Biologicals gives Radford $50,000 for laboratory

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Novozymes Biologicals has donated $50,000 to Radford University for a laboratory in the university’s new Center for the Sciences building.

The Novozymes Biology Lab will be a teaching laboratory for introductory biology courses for undergraduate students.

Construction on the Center for the Sciences is expected to begin this fall with a tentative completion date of fall 2014.

In addition to teaching and research laboratories, the $49 million, 115,000-square-foot building will include faculty and staff offices, a climate-controlled enclosed area for zoology research and a new Museum of the Earth Sciences and RU Planetarium.

The Novozymes Biology Lab is the second Radford University program supported by the company. It has supported the Summer Bridge Program for the previous three years and has made a $10,000 gift to the 2012 event.

The program is offered free of charge to rising sophomore, junior and senior female high school students from across Virginia to study science, technology and mathematics with Radford University professors.

Denmark-based Novozymes is a biotechnology company with a location in Salem.

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