March 2015
AURP's BioParks 2015 to focus on
The Rise of the BioDistricts
Following the theme The Rise of the BioDistricts, BioParks 2015 will examine the changing face of our spaces, including flash presentations from biodistricts around the world discussing what is happening in their areas and how they are handing this evolution.


BioParks 2015, hosted by The University City Science Center, is June 15 in Philadelphia and held in advance of the BIO International Conference. Hotels in the downtown Philadelphia area are going quickly so make reservations now.     


Share your expertise at AURP's 2015 International Conference
The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) is heading to Buffalo, New York for their 2015 International Conference. You are invited to share your insight with leading research park professionals from around the world. Interesting approaches and creative solutions to challenges surrounding university research parks regarding the conference theme of C3 - Connect, Collaborate, Create, as well as the new concurrent track of Innovation Districts, are sought for presentations.

Deadline: Friday, April 17  

Hong Kong Park's Start-up 'Firefighting' Robots Catch Attention of IBM

Photo Credit: K.Y. Cheng
Rex Sham Pui-sum of Insight Robotics poses next to a robot equipped with a wildfire detection system.
By Bien Perez, South China Morning Post 

A Hong Kong-based start-up, Insight Robotics, has proven that there is a smarter way to detect wildfires no matter how small, using an automated system that combines a high-precision, pan-tilt robot with thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology.

Founded in 2009 and a graduate last year of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park's flagship incubation program, Insight Robotics claims to have developed "the most advanced wildfire detection system on planet Earth".

The co-founders of Insight Robotics, Kevin Chan Kar-ho and Rex Sham Pui-sum, further backed that claim after Insight Robotics was named last year Entrepreneur of the Year at the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals in Las Vegas last month.

Arkansas Research and Technology Park Adds Nearly $55M to State Economy

The operations of the Arkansas Research and Technology Park pumped nearly $55 million into the state economy in the 2013-14 academic year, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas.


The center, as part of its overall University of Arkansas economic impact report unveiled in February, also found that the research park's economic impact on Northwest Arkansas 2013-14 was nearly $38 million.


KAUST Launches IP-Based Startup Accelerator Program in Saudi Arabia

KAUST has announced the launching of Hikma, a new Accelerator Program to help identify, develop and speed up the Intellectual Property-Based Startups. Sixteen teams from KAUST and regional universities took part in a three-day series of mentor-led workshops, which kicked off a 6-month process to accelerate their technology and startup development. The new accelerator process is run by the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center with assistance from the KAUST Technology Transfer Office.
Mark Your Calendar

June 15, 2015 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hosted by The University City Science Center   

Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2015
Buffalo, New York
Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus     


March 7-11, 2016

Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Mission Palms


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Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs
Kent State University 
Posted January 20, 2015 


AURP's Creating Communities of Innovation seminar is delivered on-site to university administrators, city officials and other stakeholders. It demonstrates how it is done ---- the path to the creation of successful community high technology economic development endeavors. Learn from the most experienced and successful park and innovation district directors in the world how to capitalize on your region's unique strengths and minimize challenges.

For more information, contact AURP CEO Eileen Walker at

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