The Hormel Institute in Austin, which conducts research on cancer prevention and control, has honored U.S. Rep. Tim Walz for his work in securing $2 million in federal funding for technology since 2006.
Institute officials said Walz introduced bills that made it through Congress with the help of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“These grants have provided cutting-edge instruments and new technologies, allowing The Hormel Institute to accelerate cancer research progress, provide biotechnology jobs and strengthen the bioscience industry in Austin and Southern Minnesota,” said Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute.
Walz got a plaque from the institute Wednesday and toured the plant, checking out state-of-the-art research instruments and technology, including a cell sorter and robotics.
Said Walz: “The Hormel Institute brings new, important jobs to rural Minnesota that compete with no others. Their research efforts are aimed at benefiting health worldwide.”