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The InnovaBio Contract Research Organization (CRO) is an innovative partnership of corporations and educators working to support Utah's biotechnology industry.  We offer a low risk environment for organizations wishing to develop a product or wanting to explore new ideas using our state of the art biotechnology lab, qualified scientists and student interns.  The challenging research completed by our interns creates a valuable talent pool for Utah biotechnology companies.

The overall goal of the CRO, InnovaBio, was to create flexible industry-based research internship opportunities that were available to high school and college students.  InnovaBio contracts projects, both research and development and services, from local life science companies and interns work as teams to conduct the work.  The work is conducted on-site at the Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Biotechnology labs and supervised by the InnovaBio scientific staff.  Students receive credible research experience and internship credit.

Additionally, students will learn critical soft skills such as:

  • Effective communication  
  • Effective team working 
  • Problem solving  
  • Leadership

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Is this for me?

Our mission is to mentor the next generation of Biotechnology Graduates and simultaneously assist local scientific and biotech enterprises in developing research projects.


  1. Provide a challenging and exciting training environment for high school and college interns
  2. Provide optimal access to all interns to increase success in their career path
  3. Provide quality research services to contract company partners in a directed and timely fashion
  4. Contribute to economic and workforce development for the State of Utah

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What are the facilities & equipment like?

The InnovaBio program is a unique career and technical education program in Utah aimed at training high school and college students for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry.  It prepares students for immediate hands-on work in critical, high-impact industries in a way no other training program does.

The InnovaBio program is housed in the Health Science building located on the Jordan Campus.  This building provides students with an instrumentation lab, two fully equipped wet labs, a cell culture room and a prep-room.

Because of the size of the facility the students are also able to gain hands on working knowledge with several larger pieces of equipment.  For example a 3130xl Genetic Analyzer DNA Sequencer, 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR Machine, Biomek 3000 Automation Workstation and a MicroArray.  What makes the InnovaBio program special is its innovative partnership with start-up biotech companies.  These start-up companies will contribute to the students learning by providing services such as guest lectures, and internship opportunities.


Where will classes be held?

Our laboratories are located on the Salt Lake Community College's Jordan Campus, in the Health Science building.  The main lab is room JHS 218.  The address is 9301 South Wights Fort Road, West Jordan, Utah 84088
Contact Us

Phone: 801-957-6450