13 Oct UW-Madison completes Institute for Influenza Viral Research
Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison has announced the completion of a $12.5 million Institute for Influenza Viral Research, located in University Research Park.
The facility was built to support the work of Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a researcher at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Kawaoka, who developed a “reverse genetics” technique to make flu vaccines more efficient, has demonstrated how flu viruses create infectious particles.
UW-Madison recently received approval from Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services to begin influenza research in the 30,000-square-foot facility.
The lab had to meet stringent requirements, including Biosafety Level 3-Agriculture specifications, a high containment classification for specific laboratory research protocols.