For more than 25 years, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research has been assisting the dairy industry with product development and technology transfer. Interest in this area has grown exponentially over the years and now, thanks to funding from the i6 Challenge (Economic Development Administration) CDR has launched the TURBO program, which offers companies the opportunity to work with CDR to license or learn a new technology.

In September 2012, the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded one of seven $1 million i6 Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This grant will support an effort to commercialize research ideas that will positively impact economic development. CDR, along with state, industry and university partners, will use the federal funds to develop new products for fast-growing Asian markets, create new, higher value uses for cheese and dairy by-products such as whey to grow exports, and develop healthier dairy-based alternatives for school lunch menus.

The Obama Administration launched the i6 Challenge in 2010 to encourage economic growth and innovation. The program provides a new challenge to industry each year, with this year’s challenge focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. Funding for the project began in October 2012 and will continue through 2014.

To keep this important initiative going past the term of the i6 Challenge Grant, CDR has developed the TURBO program.