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Champaign County EDC: 2023 Illinois Manufacturing Month: Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) Tour

Urbana, IL
1:00pm - 2:00pm UTC-0600
In-person Event
The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is a bioprocessing product research and development facility that bridges the gap from basic discovery to commercialization of bioproducts. The facility serves as an invaluable asset to bioenergy and bioprocessing companies by partnering them with the human and equipment capabilities of the university. Faculty and researchers affiliated with IBRL have the expertise needed to improve efficiencies, reduce water usage, and increase biofuel production in the corn ethanol industry. IBRL provides a lab and pilot plant for innovative research to market application and commercial products for industry partners. Learn more at

Fun facts about IBRL:
• Since opening in 2018, IBRL has supported pilot testing for 90+ companies and trained 150+ students and industry members.
• Their fermenters range from 16L to 1200L.
• IBRL is the lead agency of the Illinois Fermentation and Agriculture Biomanufacturing Hub, or iFAB for short:

DATE: Monday, October 30, 2023
TIME: 1-2 PM
LOCATION: IBRL - 1300 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
*Metered parking is available along Pennsylvania Avenue.

*Registration is required.

A few notes for the tour:
• The tour will include a short presentation about IBRL, followed by a facility tour.
• The tour is limited to 20 participants.
• Participants must wear sturdy closed-toe and closed-heel shoes – no flip-flops, clogs, or high heels. Tennis shoes are acceptable.
• Safety glasses will be required and provided.
• No photos allowed.

Questions? Contact Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, at

Champaign County Economic Development Corporation thanks The Atkins Group for their support to celebrate and promote the Champaign County manufacturing industry during Illinois Manufacturing Month.

About Illinois Manufacturing Month: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) proudly supports October as Manufacturing Month and celebrates the present and future makers across our great state. We are the fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 14,000 companies employing over 650,000 Illinoisans. In the years ahead, this industry is on pace to grow for the future – and this month we will join the national celebration of Manufacturing Month to educate, inspire, and cultivate the next generation of makers in Illinois. Learn more at
Organization Information
1817 South Neil Street, Champaign, IL, USA
Contact Information
Carly McCrory-McKay
Event Information
Event Type
Facility Tour, Presentation
1300 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801