June 2016

Ignite Fredericton, the community's economic development catalyst agency, reported the creation of 410 direct jobs (156 indirect) and 55 new startups since January 2015 at the Vision 2020 Progress Summit today. Ignite also reported on key strategy deliverables including: the integration of Ignite Fredericton, Planet Hatch and Knowledge Park into one operational organization, driving the creation of an entrepreneurial hub, an investment attraction strategy and toolkit, new export acceleration program, and partnership with the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Business Administration program. Read more.
Resson's $14M Round Led by Monsanto
From entrevestor.com

In a landmark venture capital funding, Fredericton agriculture technology company Resson has raised US$11 million (C$14 million) from Monsanto Growth Ventures and other investors to expand its team and open a Silicon Valley office.

Resson said in a statement today that the investment was led by the VC arm of Monsanto, the St. Louis-based agrichemical and agritech giant that is best known for its genetically modified foods. Read more.
After Nine Years, the MaRS Phase 2 Tower is Full and Open for Business
From business.financialpost.com

Synaptive Medical Inc.'s office is bright, open and filled with trendy furniture. There are people at desks who look busy, and medical equipment that looks expensive. There's also a squishy, pink brain.

The replica brain, explains president and co-founder Cameron Piron, is better than a real one if you're practising brain surgery. It allows would-be neurosurgeons to try out Synaptive's software, which helps them find the tumours they want to eliminate and avoid the tissue they want to keep intact. Read more.

Entities Come Together to Create the First Center for Digital Excellence in Panama
From ciudaddelsaber.org
Digitization has infiltrated Panama and around the world. Currently, interacting with an object or digital system is an every day thing. Thinking about this reality, the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the City of Knowledge Foundation (FCdS) and the Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA) Foundation, join forces to create the first Center for Digital Excellence in Panama.

Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Take Part in $15M Research  Project to Study Cigarettes and Vaporized Nicotine
From augustafreepress.com
The National Cancer Institute awarded $15 million to a consortium of 10 academic institutions in four countries to assess the likely impact of current and potential future policies regulating tobacco products, including increasingly popular vaping products.
Warren Bickel, the inaugural Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professor, will use $2.63 million of the major consortium research grant to examine how a person decides to use a vaporized nicotine product, such as an e-cigarette, over a conventional cigarette. Read more.

Sweden or Bust for Research Triangle Park COO, Mason Ailstock
From masonailstock.com
RTP's Chief Operating Officer, Mason Ailstock, was awarded a 2016 Eisenhower Fellowship. Each Eisenhower Fellowship consists of 5-7 weeks of travel to meet with some of the leading thinkers in the areas of government, industry, academia, art, and the non-profit sector. Mason Ailstock took off earlier this month for Sweden and travels to Saudi Arabia in the fall. Follow him on his journey and keep abreast of his recent stops along the way. Read more.

How Fish Scales and Magnets Could Mop Up Oil Spills
From stand.uow.edu

PhD student Haifeng Feng and Dr Yi Du demonstrate movement of the magnetised oil.

What started as an off-the-cuff challenge in the laboratory has led to two novel methods of using magnetic forces to control how oil droplets move within other liquids, including water. Research fellow Dr Yi Du, from University of Wollongong's Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), set new PhD student Haifeng Feng a series of tasks to help him familiarise himself with the lab equipment.

Dr Du and partners at Beihang University in China are actively researching new dimensions in materials science to build next generation computing, electronics and smart materials for sophisticated sensors and drug delivery systems. "Haifeng said to me that he could possibly achieve a 'mission impossible' of making a liquid go against gravity without using a pump but an external field," he said. Read more.

2016 Calendar
International Conference
September 27-30th
Oklahoma City 

This year's annual event will bring hundreds from around the world to Oklahoma City and The University of Oklahoma's Research Campuses

Visit our International Conference Website to learn more about the Agenda, Speakers, and other exciting events we have planned. 

Full Calendar of Events

Call for Nominations for AURP Board of Directors 
To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete the Nomination Form, which must be submitted electronically with your biography and photo.

Nominations are due by 
8:00 am on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Call for AURP Awards of Excellence Nominations 

Deadline: Friday, July 15
Click here for Online Applications 

Career Opportunites 
Director of Economic Development and Tourism -Stafford Technology and Research Park

Jorgenson Consulting has been retained to conduct a national search for an executive to lead the economic development and tourism efforts that create jobs and investment prosperity throughout Stafford County. Reporting to the County Administrator, the Director is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Economic Development and Tourism Department. Read more.

Stay up-to-date with all job postings by visiting our Career Center page.

Request for Host Proposal
2018 International Conference
We are in the final phase of receiving proposals from cities/research parks around the country that desire to host AURP's 2018 International Conference. For more information or to find to make sure your Park isn't left out, click here for more information.
Additional Stories
On the Future of 
Canadian Innovation

Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision sits down with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada about the Future of Canadian Innovation and to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Accelerator Centre. Click here to view the video online.

Marianne Duration, 
Elected Presidet of Genopole

Genopole announces the arrival of Marianne Duranton as its new President. 
Mrs. Duranton was voted to the new position at the occasion of the Annual General Assembly of the GIP in early April, and is Regional Councilor of Ile-de-France. Read More.


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