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How States, Industry, Universities, and Research Parks Are Working To Build Communities of Bio Innovation

Tuesday, June 8, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Join us for AURP's 2021 BIO Health Caucus (Tues., June 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm ET)!

Our 2021 BIO Health Caucus - centering on "SHOWCASE OF STATE BIO ECONOMIES: How States, Industry, Universities, and Research Parks Are Working To Build Communities of Bio Innovation" - is a powerful means of connecting with university park and innovation district leaders as they plan and build new biotech research labs, incubators and accelerators.

Our 2021 BIO Health Caucus features a a set of dynamic state bioscience associations that will present to a national audience on the unique aspects of your state's bio ecosystem. Learn what other states are doing to stimulate wet lab construction, support financing of bio entrepreneurs and attract pharma manufacturing through tax credits, tax increment financing and other programs and policies.

The AURP Bio Health Caucus will take place prior to BIO Virtual International Conference and a perfect time to highlight the great biohealth and life science work going on in your state!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Thank you to our BIO Health Caucus Chairs!
Board Nominations

AURP’s Board of Directors needs you! Here is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to furthering leaders to cultivate communities of innovation at global anchor institutions such as universities, municipalities, federal labs, and corporations. AURP is currently seeking members to serve in leadership positions on the our volunteer board.

If you are interested in serving, or know of potential board members you would like to recommend, please contact the AURP Office. 

NOMINATIONS must be received no later than JUNE 14th.
Awards Season is

Applications are being accepted for the 2021 AURP Awards of Excellence in Innovation. Consider applying for our awards categories before June 18 on our Awards Application page.
We are seeking nominations from exceptional parks or districts, innovations and leaders from all backgrounds who inspire others, set the pace for performance, and nurture success.

Deadline for Awards submissions is June 18th.
#AURP Member & Industry News
The University of Arizona Center for Innovation, UA's incubator at the UA Tech Park, recently accepted into its program a startup, called uPetsia, that has developed a harmless bacteria strain to battle bad breath in dogs. When administered orally, the additive strain produces a minty aroma that improves dogs' breath, said inventor Eric Lyons, who co-developed the technology with David Baltrus, both associate professors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences School of Plant Sciences. Read more.
Cameron J. McCoy, PhD, a past AURP Board Member and longtime advocate for AURP and our communities of innovation network, has been named Shenandoah University’s new provost and will begin his new role on July 15. A scholar in the fields of higher education administration and university-community-business partnerships, McCoy has an extensive record of leadership, achievement and service. Congratulations Cameron!! Read more.
A prestigious, international jury recently convened in the heart of the Oklahoma City Innovation District. The 2021 Harold Hamm Prize Jury Symposium, held last month, featured a selection jury of diabetes scientists for the Hamm Prize - a biennial award of $250,000 recognizing innovation in the field of diabetes research. This year's Symposium included researchers from Duke Univ., Harvard Medical School, Vanderbilt Univ., the Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Univ. of Copenhagen. Read More
A decade-long effort to build a life science cluster in Virginia Beach is gaining traction and momentum due to the efforts of VABeachBio and its partners. BioBuzz reports Virginia Beach, in seeking to build its own bio cluster, reached a key milestone in that effort with the recent opening of an accelerator lab built and managed by Facility Logix. VABeachBio and its partners see this new lab as "a sign of great things to come." Read more.
Ventas, a S&P 500 company that operates at the intersection of healthcare and real estate, has purchased two Class A office and medical research buildings in Baltimore that are anchors in the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins University, according to the Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ). The BBJ notes that both buildings are 94% leased and "establishes a relationship with Johns Hopkins Medicine's leading global academic medicine and research." Read more.
NC State's Centennial Campus has won a rezoning request from the City of Raleigh to permit the redevelopment of 975 acres on the campus property. "Future development on Centennial Campus will present additional opportunities for NC State to further its academic and research endeavors,” said Alicia Knight, Associate Vice Chancellor, Real Estate and Development with NC State in an article in WRAL TechWireRead more.
AURP Career Center
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Director, Bioproducts Sciences & Engineering Laboratory, Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Enterprise, University of South Florida
  • Executive Director and Chief Innovation and Corporate Officer, Office of Innovation and Corporate Relations, The University of Oklahoma
  • Assistant Vice President Operations, University of Cincinnati
  • Vice President & Managing Director, Children's National Research & Innovation Center
  • Director, Rensselaer Technology Park

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!