Virtual and Vital
June 8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET

October 18-21, 2021
University of Utah Research Park, Salt Lake City, UT

Watch for more info and make your plans to unite physically in 2021!
Articles on 2021 predictions; the Endless Frontier Act; 40th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act; Creating sustainable medical product supply lines; and more!
AURP Members: 2021 Salary Survey Is Open -
Now Is The Time To Participate!

The AURP 2021 Salary Survey is now open for your input!

This very helpful tool is beneficial to our AURP Members for comparison of your colleagues' pay and benefits packages.

Please participate in this year's survey, and then take advantage of the compiled information to assist you and your university in determining equitable compensation arrangements. Click Here to Access the Survey!
Member News: Science Center's Tiffany Wilson Profiled on First 90 Days on the Job
Tiffany Wilson, President & CEO, with Philadelphia's University City Science Center, was profiled last week in Science City's online blog: "90 Days In: An Interview with Tiffany Wilson."

Last October, Wilson began her tenure at the Science Center after serving as CEO of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), an Atlanta-based non-profit that supports the development and commercialization of innovative medical products.

Over the last 50 years, Science Center resident companies have supported one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and have driven $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. Read the interview.
Member News: Nebraska Innovation Campus
to Host new USDA Research Facility
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will benefit from $11.2 million in new federal funding for the planning and design of a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facility to be located at the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The funding, included in the FY2021 omnibus appropriations bill, was approved by Congress and signed into law in late December.

US Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, helped secure funding for the new ARS facility, which will enable the USDA to expand its strategic research investments in agricultural innovation and precision agriculture. Read more.
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Member News: Danfoss Expands Presence
at Innovation Park of Tallahassee 
Innovation Park of Tallahassee and its governing body, the Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA), has announced that Innovation Park resident, Danfoss Turbocor Compressors, is expanding its local operations by adding a new advanced manufacturing and R&D facility in the park.

A new 88,000 square-foot facility will be built on 16 acres of land. The project will create more than 200 high-wage jobs in manufacturing and R&D over the next several years. The economic impact of this expansion is estimated to be $140.6 million with the creation of 367 construction-related and 586 permanent jobs. Read more.
Industry News: NIST Announces Winners of
its PEER Prize (Bayh-Dole) Competition
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced the winners of its NIST PEER Prize Competition, which seeks solutions to incentivize the recipients of federal R&D funding to comply with Bayh-Dole reporting requirements.

The winners, each of whom receive $10,000 in prize money as determined by an expert panel of judges, are Rhonda Kivlin, Intellectual Property Administrator at Northeastern University, and Nicholas LeBlanc, License Maintenance & Compliance Manager with NC State University's Office of Research Commercialization. LeBlanc won both the second and third prizes.

The PEER Prize is funded using NIST Lab-to-Market (L2M) funds. The L2M program supports interagency efforts to advance the administration's goal to improve transfer of federally funded technologies from the Lab-to-Market. Read more.
Member News: Sandia Science & Tech Park Releases Biennial Economic Impact Analysis
The Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP), a 300+ acre master-planned technology community affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories and adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, announced the results of a biennial economic impact analysis that was completed by the Mid-Region Council of Governments.

According to the analysis, the SS&TP companies paid out $6.4 billion in wages and salaries; generated $3.1 billion worth of economic activity; and produced $147.4 million in tax revenue for New Mexico and $32 million for Albuquerque since the SS&TP was established in 1998. Read more.
Industry News: Day One Project Cites AURP
in New Report Focusing on OZs
AURP is cited in a new report from the non-profit Day One Project, titled Place-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation (P4I).

The report was authored by Deborah Crawford, Jim Kurose, Mason Ailstock (AURP Past President) and Bob Geolas (former AURP Board Member).

This new report asserts that the "next administration should launch national Place-Based Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation (P4I) to supercharge American innovation by leveraging the power of proximity and partnerships, and in so doing, lay the foundation for a new and more inclusive era of American

The P4I initiative aims to catalyze the formation and growth of Innovation Zones (IZs) "creating powerful points of convergence that weave together place-based investments with educational, research, entrepreneurship, and economic supports to advance inclusive economic development from the American heartland to the coasts." Read more.
Member News: OKC Innovation District Announces Major New Development Project
Oklahoma City Innovation District (which we're happy to report has joined AURP as a Sustaining Member) has announced a 400,000+ square-foot building development plan in the District’s core with construction to begin late this year.

The development - led by commercial real estate developers Mark Beffort, Robinson Park Investments, Richard Tanenbaum and Gardner Tanenbaum - features shared technology for 3D imaging and printing, biomedical research, laboratories, office space, a hotel, retail space, an open-air public realm and the proposed MAPS 4 funded Innovation Hall.

“The Innovation District is designed to be an epicenter for collaboration, innovation, opportunity and economic growth," said Katy Evans Boren, CEO with the Innovation District. "We convene divergent industries to create opportunities for next-level innovation. Researchers, entrepreneurs and big-thinkers all converge here in a collaborative environment. This state-of-the-art development positions our city as a leading competitor for new companies, jobs and talent in a global economy.” Read more.
Industry News: Economist Anirban Basu Posts Blog Piece on "21 Predictions for 2021"
Anirban Basu, economist and Chairman & CEO of Baltimore-based Sage Policy Group
Anirban, has posted a new blog article on "21 Predictions for 2021."

Basu has twice been recognized as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. He serves as Chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, teaches global strategy at Johns Hopkins University and serves the Chief Economist function for a number of organizations around the country.  Read more.
Member News: Matthew Ballard is new Executive Director/CEO of WV Regional Technology Park
After 15 years leading the regional economic development organization for the Charleston, WV market, Matthew Ballard last fall became CEO/Executive Director of the West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP).

Through the course of WVRTP's history, more than 30,000 patented discoveries valued at approximately $18 billion have been developed on its campus.

With facilities including laboratories, pilot plants, manufacturing and office space, the WVRTP is positioned as an ideal location to transform an abstract idea into a complete, market-ready project.

Spanning 258 acres with existing infrastructure comprised of 800,000 square feet of facilities, the WVRTP enables companies to share and benefit from an established environment of discovery, innovation and success. Read more.
Industry News: City of Vacaville, CA Starts Next-Gen Development of Biomanufacturing Cluster
The City of Vacaville, CA, located between San Francisco and Sacramento, has "started the next-generation development of its biomanufacturing cluster by announcing plans to expand it on approximately 300 acres adjacent to existing facilities and to name the entire zone the California Biomanufacturing Center," according to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN).

The newly formed California Biomanufacturing Center is a nonprofit, GEN reports, that "will work to accelerate the growth of the sector in Vacaville by working with industry and academic partners." Learn more.
Member News: ASU President Michael Crow Profiled on Career Achievements
The Arizona Chamber Foundation's Chamber Business News profiles Arizona State University President Michael Crow, whose "vision and hard driving personality have positioned ASU as one of the top research universities in the country," according to the article.

The article describes how Crow has helped lead ASU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic via cutting-edge research on testing while continuing broad expansion of its research, teaching and real estate operations to advance targeted industries.

During Crow's tenure as president, according to the article, ASU has been named "the most innovative university in America by U.S. News and World Report every year since the category was created six years ago." Learn more.
CEO Corner: BioBuzz MD Features
"5 Questions with Brian Darmody"
Maryland's BioBuzz recently posted a new article on "5 Questions with Brian Darmody, CEO, Association of University Research Parks." Read more.

Brian also recently published a column on "University Research Parks, Incubators and Innovation Districts in 2040: What Will They Look Like?" in The Future of Universities Thoughtbook. Read more.

In addition, Brian has posted a new AURP blog article on "Here Comes the Sun: Here Comes 2021!" covering what will be new for AURP in 2021! Read more.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Assistant Vice President of Partner Success, University of Cincinnati

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During unprecedented times, our
AURP Community is 'IN ACTION'!
Driving new engagement initiatives, educating municipalities and leaders on safety precautions, and driving innovation in resolve of the Covid-19 pandemic.