October 2-3, 2019
Host: Research Triangle Park
The Durham Hotel, Raleigh, NC

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Web-based, members' only meeting
Accelerating Innovation:
People Programs Places
November 4-7, 2019
Host: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

November 5, 2019
Submission Deadline: September 5, 2019
Get Ready for Atlanta 2019!
#AURP2019 #DiscoverAURP
AURP IC2019 is set to take place at Georgia Tech’s Tech Square – a truly dynamic innovation community and an ideal host for our international conference!  

With our 2019 conference theme, “ Accelerating Innovation: People, Programs, Places ,” we’re delighted to present an action-packed set of networking, community-building and education-focused sessions and programs. 

You won’t want to miss our expert slate of speakers and sessions focused on knowledge-sharing and best practices to fuel the growth of university research parks and innovation district communities worldwide.

Register today – and take advantage of Early Registration rates by October 11 – and save up to 30%!

We also invite you to become a Sponsor of our upcoming conference. Learn more about the many ways to support our community and enhance your organization’s visibility!

At #AURPIC2019 , we're inspiring executives to foster entrepreneurial communities.

AURP is THE global epicenter of
academia, research, and economic development professionals.
bwtech@UMBC's Ellen Hemmerly to Retire
AURP Past President and longtime member, Ellen Hemmerly, recently announced her plan to retire this summer as Executive Director of bwtech@UMBC.

A true pioneer in the research and technology park community, Ellen has led bwtech@UMBC into becoming a vital and pathbreaking research park serving Greater Baltimore and the state of Maryland. 

Since 1995, Hemmerly and her team have grown bwtech@UMBC to hosting 130 companies in a range of industries, including IT, life science and clean energy.

On behalf of all of us in the AURP community, we sincerely thank you, Ellen, for your hard work and dedication to driving innovation and entrepreneurship! 

Action at Tech Parks Arizona
New Executive Director Hired for UA Center for Innovation

Tech Parks Arizona has announced the expansion of the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Innovation team with the appointment of Eric Smith as its new executive director. Smith comes to the UA Center for Innovation after serving as the commercialization network manager for Tech Launch Arizona.

Groundbreaking for UA Center for Innovation at Oro Valley, Sep. 4

The UA Center for Innovation, in collaboration with Oro Valley Innovation Labs, is ready to break ground, September 4, to start building a biotech-focused incubator for startups in Oro Valley. The UA Center for Innovation at Oro Valley will provide space and commercialization programs for nascent life science businesses to conduct research and product development.
Wexford Science & Technology Opens Wexford Innovation Center in RI
Wexford Science & Technology last month joined with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo along with teams from Brown University, the Cambridge Innovation Center and Johnson & Johnson to open the Wexford Innovation Complex, a 196,000-square-foot building that will serve as a hub for education and commerce in Providence’s Innovation and Design District. Learn more.
Perkins and Will Plans for
Oklahoma Innovation District Move Forward
The Oklahoman features the new comprehensive design plan by Perkins and Will to develop the Oklahoma Health Center into a comprehensive Innovation District.

“It has been a remarkable experience to work in a city that is so committed to taking control of its destiny, making bold, visionary moves. The investment in the Innovation District is the next step to OKC’s future,” says Stephen Coulston, principal with Perkins and Will. “The partners, asset, and resources coming together to create the OKC Innovation District are truly remarkable, and with the intentional implementation of this land use and development strategy, I am convinced that OKC will continue its resolve to be a leading innovation destination while bringing further pride to the community as a whole.” Learn more.
The CEO’s Corner – Brian Darmody
AURP CEO Brian Darmody will co-present a workshop on "Innovation Districts and Research Parks in U-I Collaborations" at the upcoming UIDP29: Conference in Columbus, OH, Sept. 16-19.

Brian will join with AURP President Dan Duncan and other presenters on Sept. 16 to discuss how to find champions, funding and stakeholders for university research parks/innovation districts. There will also be a session on winning the race to land the Amazon HQ2 in the Washington, DC area. 

Also, catch this Q&A interview in Maryland’s Business Monthly with Brian on his career at the University of Maryland. He also talks about his plans to continue growing AURP’s membership and provide new programs to support the university research parks community in the US and internationally.
For AURP staff news, Vanessa Towle, who has been our lead accounting and bookkeeping rep for AURP for the past 8 years, will leave AURP this week to take on some new exciting professional opportunities. We want to thank her for helping keep AURP both balanced and in the black over these years! Her customer service was stellar.

You will be missed!
Welcome our newest AURP members!

Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • SSTI, Policy Director
  • Virginia Tech Innovation Campus at National Landing, VP and Executive Director
  • Idaho State University, VP for Research and Economic Development