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AURP and BHI Announce Article in
Journal of Commercial Biotechnology 
AURP and BioHealth Innovation (BHI) last week announced publication of "Creating Communities of Life Science Innovation in the U.S.: History of Critical Factors That Helped the BioHealth Capital Region Emerge" in the March 2021 edition of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology.

In this new article, AURP CEO Brian Darmody outlines the history of critical policy factors leading to the growth of the bio-economy in the U.S. BHI CEO and President Richard Bendis discusses specific leadership and other factors in the Capital Region of Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
AURP 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 between May 1 - 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 News
Our big congratulations to the Cummings Research Park team for hosting the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open, April 17-18, in Huntsville! Incredible event for truly incredible athletes! The 2021 U.S. Paralympics Cycling Open was the first event to bring back competitive racing for Paralympic athletes as they compete to make Team USA. Learn more.
Paramium Technologies, a University of Arizona Center for Innovation (UACI) startup, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on efficient manufacturing methods for radio antenna reflectors. Read more.
More than 50 innovation experts converged at a virtual event, March 25, at the annual Oklahoma City Innovation District Symposium. With this year’s topic on autonomous system technologies, thought leaders from the public sector, industry and academia discussed global advancements in autonomous systems and highlighted Oklahoma’s position at the forefront of this wave of innovation. Learn more.
Big Idea Ventures LLC, an early-stage food technology and alternative protein investor, has picked Purdue University for its new Generation Food Rural Partners fund, a $125 million target fund that fuels economic development in rural communities across the US through the commercialization of food and agricultural technologies, protein innovation and other university intellectual property. Read more.
A bipartisan group of US House and Senate members have re-introduced the Endless Frontier Act, which would expand the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the establishment of a Technology and Innovation Directorate within NSF to advance research and development in 10 key technology focus areas, including AI, semiconductors, quantum computing, advanced communications, biotechnology and advanced energy. Learn more.
The University of Maryland will launch a new business development arm, the Quantum Startup Foundry, to nurture quantum-focused startups. UMD Chief Innovation Officer and AURP Board Member Julie Lenzer will lead the new startup incubator as it works to enable quantum breakthroughs by connecting top researchers with business mentors and infrastructure to catalyze startups and create groundbreaking products. Read more.
With the theme Reshaping the Innovation Ecosystem, we thank the many speakers, sponsors, and especially YOU, for your participation at this year's virtual Spring Training. Discussion topics included:
  • (Apr 8) Beyond Real Estate: The Ecosystem of Place
  • (Apr 15) Smart City Technology in Innovation Districts
  • (Apr 22) Building Inclusive Communities of Innovation: Essential DEI Strategies
  • (Apr 29) Accelerating Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Lessons from MIT REAP and other Regional Entrepreneurship Programs

Thanks to our sponsors Wexford Science & Technology and Aggie Square-UC Davis for hosting our Grubhub roundtable lunches which provided networking and discussion time among our distanced members. The Snack Shack boxes was just the ticket to get the group into the groove.

Panel instruction among experts was intense and the knowledge shared extensive, plus breakout rooms provided just the platform for workshop sharing -- just the format demanded of our Spring Training community.
In 2022, AURP will return to Tempe, Arizona for our annual Spring Training festivities. Mark your calendar and plan to join us under the Arizona sun and blooming orange trees!
FEBRUARY 21-25, 2022
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!