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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 - 4:30 pm ET
Join us for AURP's 2021 BIO Health Caucus (Tues., June 8, 1:00 - 4:30 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
Marco A. Chacon, PhD has joined Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, as the company’s first Chief Scientific Officer. As a successful serial entrepreneur, Chacon brings a depth of experience that will allow him to help life science companies take full advantage of connections to universities and entrepreneurs that are at the core of Wexford’s Knowledge Communities. Read more.
Construction has begun on a 260-unit residential complex on the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Coldstream Research Park campus, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. The project's groundbreaking, held in late May, has been in the planning stages for the past five years. UK officials hope new residential apartments, townhomes and related amenities will attract more companies to the research campus, Read more.
Tech Parks Arizona Associate Vice President Carol Stewart was recently featured on TechFocus, the Arizona Tech Council's podcast. Listen in to hear the role and impact of Tech Parks Arizona; the recent expansion of University of Arizona Center for Innovation; plus progress being made at the UA Tech Park at The Bridges. “There are 6,000 knowledge workers and over 65 companies located in 2 million square feet of lab, office and technology space," says Carol. Listen here
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking proposals from innovation-focused entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) across the US that would outline programs to speed the launch, growth and scale of deep-tech small businesses across the country. The SBA says applicants should submit a 12-slide deck and a 90-second video, addressing the relevant elements of two specific tracks (Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and SBIR Catalyst) by 4:00pm ET, July 2, 2021. Read more.
#AURP CEO Corner
AURP's Brian Darmody was quoted in a Washington Business Journal article last week on "Quantum Competing: A new industry hub founded on microscopic atoms could generate massive returns for the D.C. region." Brian said: “This is a good example of federal investment outside the gates of a federal lab that helped develop the University of Maryland’s expertise in quantum.” Read more.
Brian also appeared in a podcast last week hosted by Ballard Spahr on "The History and Growth of Research Institutions." Brian joined with Scott Marty, PhD, a registered patent attorney who counsels clients on technology commercialization. Brian the history of research parks and the founding of AURP; the expansion of research institutions beyond the university space; and other industry and regional trends in research parks. Listen here.
AURP Career Center
Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • Director, Operations & Logistics, The University of Utah
  • Associate Vice President of Research, San Jose State University
  • Assoc. Vice President Corporate Commercialization, University of Cincinnati - Office of Innovation
  • Executive Director, Real Estate, Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF)
  • Executive Director, Jacobson Institute, Grand View University
  • Director, Bioproducts Sciences & Engineering Laboratory, Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Enterprise, University of South Florida
  • Vice President & Managing Director, Children's National Research & Innovation Center

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!