May 2015
BioParks Quickly Approaching ---- Register Today
There are only 18 days left until BioParks 2015. Following the theme Rise of the BioDistricts: Startups, the agenda includes:

Opening remarks on the University City: Developing America's Next World-Class Innovation Hub with Stephen S. Tang, President and CEO, The University City Science Center and Joseph A. Reagan, Jr., Vice President, Development, Wexford Science & Technology LLC, a BioMed Realty Company.

A presentation and discussion about Creating the Startup Culture with Vinit Nijhawan, Managing Director, Office of Technology Development and Executive-in-Residence, Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC) at Boston University.


An update on the New East Baltimore Project at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins with Scott Levitan, Senior Vice President, Forest City Science + Technology Group; Development Director, Forest City - New East Baltimore Partnership.


Hear the latest trends and recent developments in their biodistricts in Flash Presentations by André H. R. Domin, Chief Executive Officer, Technology Park Heidelberg GmbHDavid Lupson, Director, CAM-SCI Knowledge Economy Development, Ltd.; Bruce A. Wright, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona; and Patrick J. Whalen, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.  


In the afternoon, our host, The University City Science Center, will take us on a tour of their latest campus developments.   


BioParks 2015 | June 15 | Philadelphia
Held in advance of the BIO International Conference
Hosted by The University City Science Center 

Call for Nominations
for AURP Board of Directors
AURP is requesting nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors. All research park members in good standing may nominate themselves, or others, for service on the Board. Board service is for an initial term of three years, with a maximum of two three-year terms allowed.

Six board seats are available this year, including the seats of two incumbent members of the Board who may be standing for re-election. With six openings on the board, per AURP By-Laws, a minimum of eight people must be on the ballot.

Nominations must be received no later than 8:00 am on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership Breaks Ground on $65.6 Million East Baltimore Innovation Hub   

1812 Ashland Avenue will feature a new laboratory and office building with seven levels and about 168,000 square feet of space.
By Adrian Maties, Commercial Property Executive
Forest City-New East Baltimore Partnership, a joint venture between Forest City Enterprises, Inc. and Presidential Partners LLC, is building a new innovation hub for life sciences in East Baltimore, just north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus. The project is called 1812 Ashland Avenue and is expected to cost $65.6 million.

Picasolar Dedicates New HQ at Arkansas Research and Tech Park  

Picasolar Inc., a solar startup company affiliated with the University of Arkansas, dedicated its new headquarters at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park in Fayetteville. The 2,300-SF space in the Enterprise Center at the UA tech park will enable Picasolar, an Innovate Arkansas client firm, to reduce the time it takes to produce its patent-pending product, a hydrogen super emitter that improves solar cell efficiency and reduces the amount of silver needed in the manufacture of solar panels.

Iowa State University Research Park Aims to Urbanize, Double in Size

By Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register 
Iowa State University Research Park is the picture-perfect model of the suburban office park - a model that a growing number of research institutions are trying to change. To recruit entrepreneurs, investors and highly educated workers who are increasingly drawn to jobs in city centers, suburban research parks like Iowa State's are adding amenities and denser developments in an effort to create a more urban atmosphere. At the ISU Research Park, construction crews recently started work on a town square-style development that will anchor a 183-acre expansion.   

Stratatech at University Research Park in Madison, WI Creates New Burn Treatment Method

By Laura Braden, Lab Manager 

When people become severely burned, there are limited options available to repair the skin and tissue that have been affected. People must undergo painful and tedious surgery and skin transplants to repair the damaged skin and tissues. Stratatech Corp., one of the many bioresearch companies located at University Research Park in Madison, WI, has been focused on creating new treatment options for severe burns and recently developed a new human skin tissue called StrataGraft that was used to heal severe burn wounds in 30 patients during a recent clinical trial.

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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Cummings Research Park
Posted May 4, 2015

Innovate ABQ
Posted April 20, 2015


Operations and Entrepreneurial Manager
Purdue Research Foundation
Posted May 6, 2015 

Program Manager-Quorum
The University City Science Center
Posted May 5, 2015


Are you starting a new innovation community ---- a new park or an innovation district? Perhaps you have an existing park or a district facing challenges ---- one that could benefit from a repositioning.

AURP's Creating Communities of Innovation is an on-site workshop that brings together your most important stakeholders to learn from AURP's successful park and innovation district creators and partners exactly how to make your university's community of innovation as successful as it can be ---- whether your innovation community is in its beginning stages or needs to reposition itself as it moves through time. Each program is custom designed to address your unique questions and concerns.

If you'd like to find out more information, please email Eileen Walker at


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