Session Descriptions

 

 

PLENARY SESSIONS

BROWN SUGAR: ROCKIN' THE ECONOMIC DATA

Anirban Basu, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Sage Policy Group

Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group and Johns Hopkins University lecturer on Global Strategy of international, urban and micro-/macro-economics, will rock your concept of interpreting economic data. Considering global, national and regional economies, plan to utilize the most up-to-date data available to give special attention to invested critical elements of economic life, including the performance of financial, labor, and real estate markets.

 

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PARKS ARE THRIVING IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON SCIENCE CORRIDOR: COLLECTIVELY UNITING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION  

Dr. Mike Gill, Secretary of Commerce, State of Maryland

University representatives from:
   Amy Adams, Associate Director, Institute for Biohealth Innovation, George Mason University
   Ellen Hemmerly, President and Executive Director, [email protected] Research and Technology Park
   Martha Schoonmaker, Executive Director, Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology, Montgomery College (PIC MC)
   Jane Shaab, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, University of Maryland BioPark; Assistant Vice President, Economic Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore
   Ken Ulman, Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development, University of Maryland, College Park

University research parks are thriving in the Baltimore-Washington Science Corridor and witnessing an ongoing revolution of substantial magnitude—transforming not only the region, but the state and surrounding areas.

Come hear how the parks are collectively uniting research and innovation to fuel the economy and impact change and progress. The secret, really? Leadership, research, engagement, collaboration and ingenuity. University research parks in the Baltimore-Washington Science Corridor are the shining example of how parks are “Uniting Science & Innovation”. 

 

BENCHMARKING REPORT: ROLL OUT OF OUR 2018 AURP-TECONOMY PARTNERS STUDY  

Mitch HorowitzPrincipal and Managing Director, TEConomy Partners LLC

AURP is working with the Managing Director of TEConomy Partners’ Mitch Horowitz to analyze parks’ progress since our last analysis in 2012. Working closely with our membership to gather updated date over the last few months Horowitz will give us a sense of what is trending in our sector and provide a preview of what will be included in our final impact report.

 

THE CORPORATION COMES TO CAMPUS: IMPROVING BUSINESS-HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS ON CAMPUS, AT RESEARCH PARKS AND AT INNOVATION DISTRICTS - A ROUNDTABLE

Moderator: Brian Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Business-Higher Education Forum
Patrick AntkowiakCorporate Vice Presient & Chief Technology Officer, Northrup Grumman
Jarrod Borkat, Senior Director, Partnering & Strategy, MedImmune
Robie I. Samanta Roy, PhD, Vice President of Technology Strategy and Innovation, Lockheed Martin
Adam Wenchel, Vice President of AI & Data Innovation, Capital One

Interact with these C-Suite level executives, discussing the criteria required by corporate leaders when establishing a presence at your research park, or innovation district. From physical facilities to strong corporate-branded partnerships, these business leaders will debate and validate the improved research partnerships, student recruiting, technology development, and sense of community when the corporation comes to your city, town or region.

Consider bringing your university leaders for this dialogue and direct connection to Fortune 500 leaders! 

 

MADE IN AMERICA: GROWTH AND MANUFACTURING WITH NIIMBL

Moderator: J. Michael Bowman, Associate Director, Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, University of Delaware; President & CEO, Delaware Technology Park
Laurie Locascio, PhD, Vice President for Research, University of Maryland
Kelvin H. Lee, PhD, Director, NIIMBL; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware 
Tracy Shickel, Director, Economic Development, University of Delaware
Phillip Singerman, PhD, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

University of Delaware has been honored with its largest grant in history as a National Manufacturing Institute awarded by NIST. The federal funds plus match from a consortia of universities and companies amounts to $250M over five years. The focus is biopharmaceutical manufacturing, biologics not small molecules, in conjunction with NIH and FDA. The punch line is this. Maryland. A consortia of university and companies are major players in this University of Delaware grant called NIIMBL. Share in this national story of growth and connections.   

DC EXPERIENCE - AURP'S DAY ON THE HILL

(Additional fees apply. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Robert Atkinson, PhD, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
Leslee K. Gilbert, PhD, JD, Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates
Jessica Sebeok, JD, Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy, Association of American Universities

The mid-term elections are coming! How will this affect my research park? What can we expect from a new Congress in research and development funding and policies helping create communities of innovation? I’m not a lobbyist: how do I work with my Congressional delegation in positioning my park locally and supporting innovation nationally? 

Learn the latest election predictions and updates in innovation legislation; how to partner with your university and congressional leaders, and ways your parks can inspire bi-partisan support for economic growth. These questions and more will be addressed by seasoned thought leaders and professionals at the AURP DC Experience.

While in Washington, DC, attendees are encouraged to (pre) schedule appointments with their congressional leaders, embassy/consulate offices or plan to tour the magnificent memorials or galleries throughout DC.

NOTE: Registered attendees of the DC Experience are invited to attend the annual celebratory Board of Directors' Sponsor Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, Oct 22nd.

PEER TO PEER MEETUP AND NEW MEMBER ROUNDTABLE

Amp up your networking and knowledge sharing this morning at our AURP networking breakfast! We invite you sit in on one of the Peer to Peer (P2P) Networking Groups and/or our New Member Welcome tables. 

Not a member of a P2P or even AURP? No worries! Choose a seat and join in the conversation. ALL conference attendees are encouraged to join in on any discussion groups, which will be segmented by table. There will be table signage for each group. Feel free to table hop!
AURP leadership will welcome new members to the AURP Community of Innovation at the new member breakfast tables. Discover how to get the most out of your membership.

For more information on the Peer to Peer Networking Groups, visit AURP.net or speak with any member of the AURP Team.

VALUE-ADDED LEARNING LABS

(Included in full conference registration fee. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING LAB 1A
PRACTICAL ADVICE TO SECURE GRANT FUNDING: REGIONAL INNOVATION FUNDING STRATEGIES

Charles D’Agostino, MBA, Immediate Past President, AURP; Executive Director, LSU Innovation Park and Louisiana Business
& Technology Center
Julie Lenzer, Associate Vice President of Innovation & Economic Development; Co-Director of UM Ventures, The University of Maryland
Lucien Parsons, MBA, Director, Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC), The University of Maryland
Neil Davis, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, TEDCO

This dynamic group will lead Learning Lab participants through a series of small round-table discussions and exploration sessions—providing attendees with practical advice for securing grant funding to fuel their parks.

You’ll hear first-hand how other park leaders originated, structured and set-up the logistics for their regional innovation fundraising programs. Additionally, you’ll walk away understanding best practices for how to structure fundraising programs, measure success and impact, and ultimately, communicate and repeat success.

 

LEARNING LAB 1B: UNIVERSITY-BUSINESS COOPERATION

Cameron J. McCoy, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Career Services Lehigh University
Arno MeermanPhD (ABD), Chief Executive Officer, University Industry Innovation Network

University-Business Cooperation (UBC) has become a major topic of interest for policymakers, higher ed, and research park leaders across the world. However, UBC management and regulation remain challenging due to the complexity of the UBC phenomenon. What is needed is a common understanding and framework for the topic - a ‘big picture’ to connect all the elements.  The aim of the workshop is to share knowledge and experience while highlighting practical steps you can take back to your institution to improve organizational collaboration.

Participants will be provided with an overview of key global best practice case studies, intense academic research, and actionable survey results from across the EU, Australia, and North America.  They will then explore the UBC Ecosystem TMFramework and the University-Business Cooperation Handbook to ground those insights to their own institutions. Finally, participants will co-create a base framework to identify and overcome the typical obstacles towards collaboration with an eye towards asssessing outcomes, outputs, and impacts of university business cooperation.

 

LEARNING LAB 2: INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS & GLOBAL EXCHANGE

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Jonathan GennGlobal LifeSci Development Corp. 
Antonio Rios-RamirezPhD, Director, The Orion Technology ParK
James Tilghman, MA, AIA, University of Maryland School of Architecture
Sean Xiao, U+DESIGNPARTNERS

Are you wanting to go global, but just don’t know exactly how to make the leap? Then, roll-up your sleeves and join this power-packed Learning Lab. Seasoned, global research park leaders will help you think globally and plan globally.

Learning lab presenters will discuss the barriers and opportunities for partnerships, foreign direct investment strategies, as well as strategies for both partnership and entrepreneurship. As a global park, learn how to locate tenants, lease your park and overcome licensing issues. You will hear first-hand struggles and successes that ultimately shaped and grew the parks to be the global powerhouses that they are today. Don’t miss out on this content-rich lab that is guaranteed to leave you with a desire to GO GLOBAL.

LIGHTNING ROUND INNOVATION EXCHANGE - Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

LEVERAGING THE EVOLUTION OF COMPANY LOCATION TRENDS TO BEST POSITION AND MARKET YOUR COMMUNITY AND RESEARCH PARK

Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Director, Tech Center Corporate Research Park, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
Steven JastPresident, ROI Research on Investment 

The corporate site selection process has evolved dramatically over the course of the past 10 years, largely due to new technologies (i.e. GIS-based facilities databases);  data that was once expensive and complex to acquire has become widely available; availability and effective training of workforce at all levels and so much more. Parallel to these site selection dynamics, the location needs of companies have also changed due to global transit and customer delivery demands, communication technology, and automation. These issues have caused a fundamental shift in how business parks, technology parks and economic development professionals should present themselves to the world and ultimately attract new businesses. Join in the dialogue with Steve Jast, President and Founder of Research on Investment, to find your sweet spot in this changing dynamic of site selection for your research community.

 

CHANGING NARRATIVES OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S ROLE IN MIXED-USE CAMPUSES

Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD, Executive Director, Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC) 
David Petr, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)
Doug Ryder, President, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital 

Montgomery College (MC) serves over 55,000 highly diverse students through three campuses located in Montgomery County, Maryland, within the National Capital Region. The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology at Montgomery College (PIC MC) is the integrated academic, business and research campus in Germantown, Maryland. Our session leaders will explore how they have utilized business partnerships to develop real estate assets and to market for business locations for the ultimate benefit of students. Learn more.

 

THE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN RESEARCH EXPANSION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

Eli GriggsProject Manager, Civil Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Scott Foster, Principal, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI)
Alan Elgersma, Principal, Champlin Architecture
George Ward, Executive Director, Coldstream Research Campus, University of Kentucky

These planning experts will explore the number of issues to overcome in the planning and development for this research community on the University’s research campus. Major areas of discussion include the learning curve of the innovative foundation allowing building over a karst landscape, a 40,000 SF green roof over a vivarium, and the innovative solutions for irrigating this space, all the while focusing on required energy efficient systems.

 

THE LAND OF OZ (OPPORTUNITY ZONES) AND HUB ZONES
Billions of Dollars of Investment Opportunity for Infrastructure and Companies Available Under These Federal Tools

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Molly BrysonTeam Leader, Tax Credits, Ballard Spahr
Wendi Kotzen, Co-Practice Leader, Tax Group, Ballard Spahr

The new federal Qualified Opportunity Zone tax incentives can be used by investors as well as real estate developers and businesses that build in and operate in Qualified Opportunity Zones. This new program provides for deferral and elimination of gain invested in Qualified Opportunity Zones  - over 8000 areas designated by the Governors of all 50 states, D.C., and the 5 US territories.  Many of these zones are severely distressed but many are not distressed at all. As is true of most tax programs, the devil is in the details and this session will help explain the rules. 

 

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PARKS AT COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES

Moderator: Ken Marcus, MBA, Director, UA Tech Park, Chief Financial Officer, University of Arizona Science and Technology Park
Laura O’Blenis, President, Stiletto Consulting

Research and technology (R&T) parks are clusters of innovation, research, and entrepreneurship. It is no surprise than that colleges, which have long been fostering partnerships with industry collaborators on applied research, are becoming leading innovation hubs where innovative ideas transform into commercialized products, and the next generation of entrepreneurs and quality talent are trained. This teaching session will introduce lessons learned from recent work on establishing innovation hubs at Canadian colleges.

 

THE RISE OF MEDICAL CENTERS AS COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION

Stephen Coulston, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Managing Principal, Perkins+Will
Mark S. Romney, Director, Research Development & Industry Alliances, UC Davis Health

University health research and technology advances are increasingly becoming the new drivers reshaping of innovation ecosystems throughout the globe.  Physical and programmatic collaboration are fueling a new kind of health and research experience. The medical center is becoming an innovation hub, where healthcare professionals and those they serve are part of a larger, engaged and collaborative community. Here, real estate, physical planning and industry partnerships converge and ideas ignite. This session addresses the rise of medical centers as communities of innovation, with a particular case study focus on UC Davis Health in Sacramento.  Already a major driver of prosperity in the region, UC Davis Health generates more than $3.4 billion in annual economic output and more than 20,000 jobs.  A new innovation district in Sacramento will expand existing research activities, foster public-private industry partnerships, and provide a center for integrating the substantial research activities already occurring.  

 

THE DNA OF INNOVATION DISTRICTS

Moderator: Brian Darmody, JD, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Office of the President, University of Maryland

Thomas G. Osha, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Economic Development, Wexford Science + Technology
Gintas Civinskas, LEED AP, Associate, Ayers Saint Gross

This session will illustrate the evolution an “Innovation District” template used by the Wexford / Ayers Saint Gross team in the creation of Innovation Districts in St. Louis, Miami, Winston-Salem, Baltimore, and more. Focusing on the new Providence Innovation District, the development and design team will highlight criteria leading to project success and provide applicable insights for other Innovation Districts and Research Parks, particularly on the important role of partnerships in driving innovation.

 

SCALE AND SALE: HOW TO GROW YOUR BABY UNICORN!

Moderator: Carol Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, AURP
Mona Sabet, Managing Director, Tribal Advisors

Less than 1% of tech startups get VC funded beyond Series A. If you don’t fall in that tiny bucket, should you give up your entrepreneurial dream? Not at all. Mona Sabet will share alternative paths to startup success. Takeaways include alternative strategies for funding your “baby unicorn”, moving from innovation to commercialization, planning for a successful exit, and how acquirers think about buying startups.

 

STUDENT AND FACULTY TALENT: A STRATEGIC COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Leah D. Burton, Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State University (Moderator)
Keisha J. Demps, Partnership Developer, NCSU Centennial Campus
Morgan High, Director of Marketing & Communications, Office of Partnerships & Economic Development, NC State University 

Collaborations between corporate partners and the university’s student and faculty talent result in the greatest campus success stories. Partner with our NC State University Centennial Campus team and they explore the case studies of these collaborations and strategies gained in this process.

 

GROWING LEAN FROM TWO PERSPECTIVES: THE ENGINEER AND THE MARKETER

Moderator: Laura Weisskopf Bleill, Associate Director, University of Illinois Research Park
Alison Doyle, Marketing Director, Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations, Startup Factory 
Nathan Easter, Real Estate and Operations Manager, Iowa State University Research Park

Join us as we reflect on a 30-year track record and a look to the future from the perspective of the marketer (cup half full) and the engineer (cup could be empty any moment). We’ll dive into development and community building, productizing for industry and university infrastructure, a shifting value prop, leveraging wins and success to grow/scale infrastructure and integrating commercial amenities and community partners.

 

ACCELERATE TO INDUSTRY (A2i): INNOVATION IN WORKFORCE READINESS

Moderator: Leah Burton, Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State University
Laura Demarse
, PhD, Assistant Dean, The Graduate School, NC State University
Jason Cramer, PhD, Director, Accelerate to Industry Program, NC State University

The A2i program serves as a platform for private sector engagement between research parks, university administrators, and business leaders. A2i provides a “menu” of options that address talent development, recruitment, and retention, and it has already gained national exposure as an innovative workforce development model that spans all job sectors. Speakers will include discussion of elements of the Accelerate to Industry (A2i) approach and best practices that can be implemented at other research parks.

 

HOW TECHNOLOGY DISTRICTS ARE TRANSFORMING BUSINESS, RESEARCH AND THE HUMANITIES

Moderator: Ken Marcus, MBA, Director, UA Tech Park, Chief Financial Officer, University of Arizona Science and Technology Park
Brian Kowalchuk, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, HDR

The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation is a magnet, front door and externally facing center for connecting data and technology to science and research, business and humanities, and to the arts and ideas. Brian Kowalchuk will look at how seemingly disparate strategies and decisions – such as campus siting and placement, program offerings, operational protocols, industry partnerships and architectural design–can come together to support the role of technology districts as the future of collaboration. 

RECEPTION AND TOUR OF A. JAMES CLARK SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Addresses from:
Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director (invited)
Darryll Pines, Dean of the University of Maryland College of Engineering

 

While on tour, we will be addressed by Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director commenting on the latest public request for information and national town halls along with and Darryll Pines, Dean of the University of Maryland College of Engineering (voted ‘Sexiest Dean Out There’). He will bring his swagger to AURP and share his pride for the new facility and his passion for aerospace engineering.

TOUR OPTION 1: TOUR OF BALTIMORE-AREA RESEARCH PARK
(concluding at BWI Airport at 3:00 pm)

Stops of interest include:

• UM BioPark
• Science+Technology Park at Johns Hopkins
[email protected] with Lunch

Make sure you have a full breakfast and coffee as we hit the road on our day trip through the University of Maryland System. Throughout the day, we will visit a number of our colleagues from this Maryland community of innovation.

For those flying out of BWI Airport on Friday, make sure your flight out is in the late afternoon to get the full experience of this research park tour. Buses will arrive at the BWI Airport no later than 3:00 pm.

TOUR OPTION 2: TOUR OF UMD DISCOVERY DISTRICT
(concluding at Reagan National Airport at 11:00 am)

Flying out of Reagan National Airport? Plan to fly out early afternoon following our group breakfast at The Hotel. We will tour the impressive UMD Discovery District. Specific stops of interest include:

• NOAA
• UMD Discovery District

Our transportation will make at stop at The Hotel before traveling to Reagan National Airport. Buses will arrive at the airport no later than 11:00 am.

 
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