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Digital Samba Provides Virtual Learning Technology to Harrisburg University

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Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg’s growing roster of advanced technology companies has been further bolstered today with the launch of Digital Samba USA, announced Mayor Stephen R. Reed and officials from Brinjac Engineering and Access Fiber Solutions Inc. Digital Samba USA is a state-of-the-art information technology company whose signature product is the OnSync webconferencing solution.

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Versatile Systems Takes Roadshow to Computer Science Classes in the Region

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Mechanicsburg-based Versatile Systems hit the road in April to meet with students at Millersville University, F&M College, Harrisburg University, Penn State Harrisburg and Shippensburg University. A pair of developers attended each session, presenting "A Day in the Life," a look at the real world of working in a fast-paced technology company. Students learned the skills, aptitude, and work ethic necessary to compete for a position and succeed in today's IT job market. Versatile Systems worked closely with The Innovation Transfer Network to arrange the lively and informative sessions.

Photos by Gene Miller Photography


Developer Ryan Higdon gives students the straight scoop on his IT role at Versatile Systems.


Innovation Transfer Network Awards $127,000 In Grants

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HARRISBURG, PA - 05.01.08// The Innovation Transfer Network (ITN), a partnership among 13 institutions of higher education in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, provides business assistance, technology assessment, and this year a total of $127,000 in seed funding for technology transfer activities. Specifically, the seed grants provide up to $10,000 to educational institutions to encourage further development of projects that are close to commercialization. The process is competitive and preference is given to those projects that involve a private sector partner. This year the program received the most applications of any year, and 12 of the 14 projects chosen for funding had private sector relationships.

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Research Park Builds Bridge Between Science, Business

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( as featured in the Lebanon Daily News )

HERSHEY — As a young child, Hans Pfister decided he wanted to become an inventor when he grew up. Along the way, he switched paths.

“As an inventor you’re either poor or rich. Either you make it and your idea is good and ends up on a store shelf and you’re making money, or you’re very poor,” he said.

Instead, Pfister became a physics professor and invents products on the side. He spoke about his experiences at a workshop at the Hershey Center for Applied Research this week.

Opened a year ago, the research park provides life sciences and high-tech companies access to business and research resources throughout central Pennsylvania. The workshop was designed to provide information to faculty entrepreneurs, like Pfister, and company representatives on how to get their inventions to the market quickly.

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Keystone Innovation Zone cash links firms, faculty

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(As featured in the Central Penn Business Journal)

There are thousands of faculty members at the colleges and universities in Central Pennsylvania's Keystone Innovation Zones.

Finding just one? Sometimes that can be difficult.

KIZ coordinators and early-stage firms face that challenge when they try to connect with the right professors to help in research and development.

"Seed-assistance grants are a good way to find these faculty that are already doing research and connect them with private-sector partners," said Brian Reilly, coordinator for the Harrisburg Market KIZ.

The result is a deeper index of academics whose research can be applied to the work done by early-stage companies in Central Pennsylvania, Reilly and others said.

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Apogee Biotechnology Corporation Becomes First Non-Academic Tenant of HCAR

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Spin-off Developing Inhibitors to Sphingosine Kinase, an Enzyme Driving Cell Proliferation and Inflammation

The Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR) announced today that its first private company tenant, Apogee Biotechnology Corporation,has established its headquarters on the HCAR campus"..."Moving onto the HCAR campus further solidifies our presence in this community we foresee great opportunities for sharing lab facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, while also leveraging HCARs excellent network of service providers, investors, vendors and more.”


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