International Textile Center becomes Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute

Texas Tech University’s International Textile Center (ITC) announced Friday its decision to change its name to the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI).

Written by Cory Chandler

In a move to better reflect the increasingly sophisticated molecular cotton and fiber research conducted through its facilities, Texas Tech University's International Textile Center (ITC) announced Friday its decision to change its name to the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI).

This follows the review and approval of College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean John Burns, Provost William Marcy and other Texas Tech officials.

"The new name was chosen to better communicate our research mission," said M. Dean Ethridge, FBRI's managing director. "Our efforts to enhance the economic value of cotton as an industrial raw material have increasingly involved research at the structural and molecular levels. From a structural/molecular viewpoint, cotton is an iconic example of a biopolymer. We believe that the decisive technological advances of the future will come from such research and we are determined to help achieve breakthroughs that will secure cotton's future as a dominant global fiber, as well as Texas' position as a major supplier to the global market."

Additionally, the FBRI building has undergone recent renovation-enlarging the Materials Evaluation Laboratory (MEL) and creating the institute's new Biopolymer Research Laboratory (BRL).

The BRL is fundamental to the FBRI's longstanding mission to add value to natural fibers produced in Texas and an integral part of a growing collaboration with plant breeders, geneticists and biotechnologists. As always, the knowledge gleaned in the newly improved fiber and biopolymer research laboratories is verified and augmented by the yarn spinning and other processing laboratories at the FBRI.

Along with the name change, the FBRI is also changing the telephone numbers. FBRI personnel can now be reached at (806) 742-5333 or faxed at (806) 742-5343.

To find the FBRI, visit this Google Maps page.

CONTACT: Mike Stephens, communications coordinator, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5333 ext. 223, or michael.l.stephens@ttu.edu.