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West campus business incubator adds new tenant, 360 Energy Engineers

The Bioscience and Technology Business Center has secured its fifth tenant.

360 Energy Engineers, an engineering and energy management firm, has signed a lease at the center’s main facility on west campus, effective June 1. The company will bring four employees to the incubator and plans to house eight employees there within two years.

The firm becomes the fifth company to lease space in the center since it opened last summer. Other tenants include Garmin, a global leader in navigation and communication devices; BrightEHR, an electronic health records company; Sunlite Science and Technology, a producer of specialty LED products; and Propylon, a producer of software systems for state legislatures.

The addition means the 21,400-square-foot main facility will be 50 percent leased and house 40 employees.

“360 Energy Engineers is a cutting-edge engineering firm, and their choosing to locate here speaks well of the BTBC’s system to help build companies, our business support services and our location on the KU campus,” said Matthew McClorey, executive director of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center. “We welcome them to Lawrence, and we’re prepared to help them grow their business here.”

360 Energy Engineers has coordinated the design, development, implementation, management and support of more than $50 million in energy projects throughout the Midwest. Clients include organizations in education, health care, industry, manufacturing and all levels of government.

“The BTBC offers an outstanding facility for a growing tech-focused company like 360 Energy Engineers,” said Joe Hurla, business development manager for 360 Energy Solutions. “The office space is fantastic. The support staff has the expertise to help us with all aspects of our business. And the location on the KU campus gives us the option to recruit highly trained KU students as interns or new employees.”

The center provides state-of-the-art wet lab and office space; access to KU resources and research expertise; and business support services such as capital-raising and consulting services from incubator staff. The center's main facility is on the KU campus at 2029 Becker Drive, and the expansion facility is nearby at 4950 Research Parkway. A third facility on the KU Medical Center campus will be dedicated June 21.

The Bioscience and Technology Business Center is a partnership of the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority, Lawrence Regional Technology Center, KU, city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas Bioscience Authority and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. For details, visit btbcku.com.

“360 Energy Engineers is the latest company to recognize the benefits of locating here,” said Julie Goonewardene, associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at KU. “Tenants benefit from a unique location that encourages collaboration with KU researchers and students. They’re directly across the street from our pharmacy and bioscience research facilities and on the same campus as a range of other potential research partners.”

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