Arizona university presidents pitch value of research to lawmakers

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“The thing that we do is that we have the ability to produce people, ideas and stuff,” Crow said before the House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. “Any one of which can help Arizona’s economy to be more effective, but also any one of which can become a game changer.”

Crow and the presidents of the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University briefed the committee on their research and its value to the state.

Crow pointed to ASU spinoffs like Pollen-Tech, a company based out of the university’s Sky Song business park that is working to generate technologies to artificially pollenate plants, saving farmers roughly $400-$500 per acre, said Pollen-Tech CEO David Wade.

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