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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.

Bi-weekly | Wednesday @ 2:00 pm ET

Bi-weekly | Thursday @ 12:00 pm ET

CEO Blog (new postings)

October 18-21, 2021
Continuing Importance of University Career Centers, Corporate Partnerships and Research Parks/Innovation Districts
October 15, 2:00-4:00 pm ET
November 2-6, 2020
CHANGEMAKERS: Leading Communities of Innovation in Uncertainty
Steve Case, AOL Founder and CEO, Revolution to Keynote at #AURPWEEK 2020!
November 2-6 | Daily | 2:00pm-4:30pm ET

Mark your calendar for #AURPWEEK!

AURP's International Conference (#AURPWEEK) will be a new exchange, one never experienced before.

For #AURPWeek, renowned "changemaker" Steve Case, Founder of AOL, Chairman & CEO of Revolution, and the catalyst behind Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, will be with us to share his insights on the continued opportunity of high-potential communities, even in the midst of our global crisis.

One of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, Steve continues his work focusing on venture communities in high-potential geographies, based on his axiom that "while talent is well distributed, opportunity is not.

Recognizing that some of the most compelling investment opportunities in the next decade will likely emerge from startups in cities all across the United States, Steve invests in passionate entrepreneurs based outside of Silicon Valley, Boston and New York City (where 75 percent of VC dollars currently go). Learn more!

Together, we are the CHANGEMAKERS. CHECK IT OUT
Get creative. Tell a story. Share your worth. Show your CHANGEMAKER status in the community.

Learn more about VIRTUAL TOURS to share your unique story to our global network.

With AURP’s motto “If you’ve seen one research park, you’ve only seen one research park”, at this year’s virtual conference #AURPWEEK, we invite our global network to submit your video to introduce your research park or innovation district through Virtual Tours. 

Gathering high level executives from universities, innovation and medical districts, federal/state agencies, research companies, and the many supporting suppliers related to these communities - engagement opportunities at AURP WEEK are unique, limited, and within your reach. Learn more.
Welcome to Our Newest Members
Our New Annual Corporate Sponsor

The Park at Auburn
(formerly Auburn Research Park)
Member News: Knowledge Park and Ignite Fredericton's Larry Shaw Honored
Knowledge Park and Ignite Fredericton (N.B. Canada) CEO (and #AURP Board Member) Larry Shaw has been recognized by Atlantic Business magazine as one of 2020's "Top 50 CEOs"!

As Atlantic Business writes, "As CEO of Knowledge Park and Ignite Fredericton, Larry Shaw has led his team in supporting the creation of 300 companies and increased employment by more than 1,500 jobs over the past five years. If that were not enough, they have also supported workforce expansion in the N.B. capital with the arrival of more than 3,000 newcomers." Read more.

Our congratulations, Larry!!
VIRTUAL SEMINAR: The War for Talent, Oct. 15
Thursday, Oct 15, 2:00-4:00 pm ET

To build lasting relationships with universities for access to technology and talent, corporations are establishing corporate innovation centers as a sustained growth strategy. Join AURP’s experts will deep dive into the opportunities, complexities, and successes in building place-based corporate centers in university research parks and innovation districts. Learn more.

America’s Bio and Pharma Manufacturing Renaissance
(Held September 15th, 2020)

If you missed this insightful, interactive seminar held just last week, you can check it out on-demand here!

The COVID-19 pandemic vividly demonstrates the need for refashioning the process to manufacture biological materials and create sustainable medical product supply lines for the US. Watch the best and brightest experts in biopharma to be a part of the effort to create a resilient biopharma manufacturing infrastructure in response to COVID-19.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Virtual Seminar Sponsors
Member News: UUtah Research Park's
Altitude Lab Welcomes First Resident Firms
The University of Utah Research Park (which is set to host AURP's 2021 International Conference) has announced that its Altitude Lab has welcomed its first resident companies and that it opened applications for its breakthrough collaborative facility and program.

“We’re focused on where innovation and economic growth truly start — founders,” said Chandana Haque, executive director of Altitude Lab. “We see an opportunity in Salt Lake City to propel global health care innovation by meeting the needs of a diverse community of entrepreneurs.”

Founded by Recursion and the University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization, the Altitude Lab incubator fills the critical role of finding, supporting, incubating and accelerating early-stage life science and health care companies in Utah. Altitude Lab is the first of its kind — a blended incubator/accelerator program focused on developing diverse and inclusive businesses in the health care sector. Read more.
Member News: GA Tech Engineering Faculty, Students Team Up to Fight COVID-19
Georgia Tech engineers get to work! Personal initiatives by a pediatrician and by researchers to make face shields for medical workers have transformed into an industry collaboration that by last June had delivered 1.8 million shields to hospitals and other organizations around the country with plans to produce 2.5 million all total.

To make it happen, a team of researchers and industry partners convened at the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), a Georgia Tech-affiliated nonprofit that guides new experimental medical solutions to market, along with Georgia Tech engineering faculty and students. The group combined the physician’s vision with the researchers’ original designs, adjusted them to pass FDA emergency guidelines and then coordinated mass production and distribution. Read more.
Member News: HudsonAlpha Researchers Receive US Dept. of Energy Grant for Biofuels
Several research groups at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are passionate about producing crops that can be used as fuel to create clean and sustainable energy for our planet. And now with a new Department of Energy (DOE) grant, they can move one step closer to this goal.

The grant is part of a DOE project that will provide $68 million in funding over five years for basic research aimed at making more productive and resilient crops that can be used to produce fuel, called biofuel. Material from these crops, referred to as biomass, can be harvested and converted into liquid biofuels for use in transportation, or as energy for heat and electricity. Biofuel represents an important alternative to fossil fuels because it is a renewable, sustainable, and carbon neutral source. Read more.
Member News: Fueling the Hub RTP
Congratulations Hub RTP on a very special ground ⁠breaking ground ceremony today, sharing your concept that blends a place where some people work, ⁠with a place that works for all people! #forevergroundbreaking#hubrtp
Regular Peer Networking Zoom Gatherings
Recordings available on the Digital Library and YouTube

Learn through shared experiences and guest speakers. Sign up today!

P2P | Wednesday, Sept 30th @ 2:00 pm ET
Join in on our next AURP Peer to Peer (P2P) gathering to learn how others are dealing with these rapidly changing crises. Discussions include new best practices for maintaining your environment while meeting stakeholder expectations, employee privacy and safety, growth and financial strategies and more.

Communicators Check-In | Sept 24 @ 12:00 pm ET
The Communicators Check-In group (communications, marketing, community and tenant liaisons) share communications strategies for parks/districts mission and initiatives.
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • President and Chief Executive Officer, The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Research Triangle, NC
  • Associate Vice President, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, West Virginia Regional Technology Park, South Charleston, WV

Would you like to showcase your Community of Innovation, tenant or university activities in an upcoming AURP Park Post? We want to hear your stories so we can share them with the greater AURP community. Email us today!