The BioHio Research Park is located just south of U.S. 30 and U.S. 250 in the City of Wooster on The Ohio State University-Wooster Campus, which is home to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is the largest university agbioscience research center in the nation.
In 2006, the Ohio Department of Development sought proposals for the first $60 million round of awards and received 63 applications. The BioHio Research Park was selected as a first round funding awardee and received an Ohio Job Ready Site grant in the amount of $3,373,600.
Prior to the Job Ready Site award, a primary obstacle to leveraging agbioscience technology transfer was the lack of incubator and accelerator space for start-ups and few options for expansion on campus, as most of the vacant land lacked access to adequate infrastructure and utilities. The Job Ready Site grant allowed Wooster and the Ohio Agricultural Resource and Development Center to make significant improvements to the BioHio Research Park and Secrest Road.
These improvements created various sites for future development, including the Job Ready Site at the BioHio Research Park, which comprises 28-developable acres able to accommodate 360,000 square feet of technical center and research laboratory operations. Additionally, the 15,000-square-foot Pounden Hall (located southwest of the site) was renovated to serve as a technology start-up incubator. These renovations and improvements ensure end-users that the BioHio Research Park can accommodate their short and long-term expansion needs.