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DCED: New State Investments Helping Pennsylvania Researchers Bring Home-Grown Technologies to Market

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Source - DCED News Release - November 30, 2010

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania today invested more than $1 million in its world-class colleges and research facilities to help bring Pennsylvania-made technologies to market, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Austin Burke said today.

The 14 investments totaling $1.3 million made through Pennsylvania’s Innovation Grant program will leverage an additional $1.6 million in outside funding – more than a dollar for every state dollar invested.

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Overcoming the University-Industry Gap in Smalltown, PA

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Keystone Edge - December 9, 2010

In Pennsylvania, there is no shortage of success stories involving the commercialization of university research. With international powerhouses like the University of Pennsylvania in the East, Carnegie Mellon University in the West and Penn State University's main campus in the center of the state, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and even rural State College have all benefited from faculty-led research, as new or existing companies within their respective regions and statewide have helped bring the discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

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A First at F&M: College Celebrates Patent

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Source:  Lancaster - 10/31/10 - By Paula Wolf, Staff Writer

Franklin & Marshall College has been around for 223 years, but one milestone it hadn't achieved was owning a patent.

Until June, when associate chemistry professor Ryan Mehl learned that the technique he invented for viewing proteins was approved — after seven long years.

The experience spurred F&M to rewrite its outdated patent policy, so the process will be more streamlined. And that revamped policy already is being used as Mehl begins his quest for patent No. 2.

The patent not only brings the college prestige, but Mehl's technology should be marketable to biotech companies as well.

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Penn State Harrisburg Begins Construction of Special Greenhouse Complex

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Source:  AZoBuild - The A to Z of Building Technology September 28, 2010


Penn State Harrisburg has begun construction of a specialized 3,500-square-foot greenhouse complex, the first phase of a planned $1.6 million biotechnology research and teaching facility.

A Sept. 16 groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the greenhouse project, which is expected to be completed late this year.

The groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of Penn State Harrisburg's greenhouse construction project.

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The Green Economy in Central Pennsylvania

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We took the time to focus this week on one state:  Pennsylvania.  Why?  Because transformation takes time and money, and the work being done in the state provides a blueprint for rebuilding an economy. 

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PA Model Gives Small Colleges a Shot at Commercialization

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Source:  Technology Transfer Tactics, June 2010 Issue

Most small colleges lack the resources to maintain a dedicated technology transfer office, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to pursue commercialization.  Consider what’s going on in central Pennsylvania with the Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), an organization that basically serves as the TTO for 13 smaller colleges, each of which has a representative on the ITN board.

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