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Will Germain, AURP Board Member, Becomes Co-Founder and CEO of MCB Science + Health

MCB Real Estate LLC has partnered with Wilkingson “Will” Germain, current AURP Board Member, to co-found MCB Science + Health. Germain, who will serve as CEO of the company, will focus on pursuing acquisition and development opportunities in US life sciences, medical offices and senior living spaces. Read more.

University of Utah Elevates Role of Chief Innovation and Economic Engagement officer to Cabinet-Level Position

University of Utah President Taylor Randall, in a move to accelerate research to commercialization, is elevating the university's chief innovation and economic engagement officer to a cabinet-level position. The new role is to be held by Keith Marmer, who will work closely with the university’s Interim Vice President for Research Erin Rothwell. Read more.

Guy Mascari, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center, Announces Retirement 

After more than 27 years in leadership positions at the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center and its predecessor organization, the Milwaukee County Research Park Corporation, Guy Mascari, current Executive Director, announces he will retire at the end of 2022. Read more.

University of Utah Research Park Awarded APA Utah High Achievement in Master Planning

Perkins&Will announced earlier this month that the University of Utah Research Park Strategic Vision has received a High Achievement Award for a Master Plan or Study from the American Planning Association (APA) Utah. Read more.

Michael Wacholder, Founder of Rensselaer Technology Park and Co-Founder and Leader of AURP, Dies 

Michael Wacholder, who founded Rensselaer Technology Park and was globally recognized as a pioneer of the incubator and technology park movement, died March 11. Michael, 79, also was an original AURP co-founder and served as a Board Member and Past President. Read more. 

University of South Florida (USF) Research Park Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Building

The University of South Florida (USF) Research Park has opened its three story, 121,000 square foot building for research companies in the medical, biotech and semiconductor sectors. This is the first new building in USF Research Park since 2005. Read more.

University City Science Center Names New Vice President, Real Estate

University City Science Center has named Timnit Abraha as Vice President, Real Estate. Abraha joins the organization following the retirement of its long-time Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Curt Hess. Read more.

Prince George’s County (MD) Economic Development Corporation Launches Tech Council

The Prince George’s County (MD) Economic Development Corporation (EDC) recently celebrated the launch of the Prince George’s County Tech Council. AURP CEO Brian Darmody attended this event. Read more.


James Abbott Becomes Interim President and CEO with the University of South Dakota Discovery District

Former University of South Dakota (USD) President James W. Abbott last fall became interim president and CEO with the USD Discovery District, helping the innovation community move one step closer toward making the much-anticipated initial Discovery District building a reality. Read more.

Gensler Cites Innovation Districts as Top 5 Global Trend

Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning, cites innovation districts as a Top 5 Global Trend in their annual design forecast: "Innovation districts will continue to thrive. Campus planning used to be inward-focused; now, institutions are looking at how they interact with surrounding communities." Read more.