(20 ILCS 230/10)
The Department of Agriculture, in cooperation
with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, shall establish a
targeted sector program in the area of biotechnology. In fulfillment of this
purpose, the Department of Agriculture is authorized to:
(a) Analyze on an ongoing basis the state of the
biotechnology sector in Illinois, including, but not limited to, its strengths and weaknesses, its opportunities and risks, its emerging products, processes, and market niches, the commercialization of its related technology, its capital availability, its education and training needs, and its infrastructure development.
(b) Work in conjunction with the Biotechnology
Advisory Council created under this Act.
(c) Develop a resource guide for use in promoting the
biotechnology sector in Illinois.
(d) Explore the feasibility of conducting seminars to
provide both entrepreneurs and investors with information about the biotechnology sector in Illinois.
(e) Operate, internally or on a contractual basis, an
equipment resource referral service to identify available surplus equipment that could be used by biotechnology entrepreneurs.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)