David Irvin stood in the small lab and carefully weighed a white powder that could hold the key to boosting the energy of Air Force jet fuel. The chemical breakthrough might have remained just a concept if Irvin didn’t have access to highly coveted, high-tech lab space and experts at Texas State University to help start-up firms like his get cutting edge ideas off the ground.
The university opened the STAR Park — the acronym stands for science, technology and advanced research — less than a year ago, and the $7 million, 14,000-square-foot technology incubator is nearly full. Texas State officials, who hope the facility will put the university on the map as a technology innovator, already are planning to more than double that footprint with an $8 million expansion.
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