Welcome to Innovation Park at Penn State, an ecosystem where business, education and research come together.
Innovation Park at Penn State offers 118-acres of remarkable office, manufacturing and research space, and is part of one of the world’s premier research institutions, with access to Penn State’s scientific, engineering, technology and business resources, as well as the support services needed to transfer knowledge from the University to the marketplace. The network of resources available at Innovation Park supports early-stage entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. Innovation Park at Penn State is home to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel—a 300-room hotel with world class conference facilities. Just a few miles from the University Park Airport and directly off of Interstate-99, the Park is easily accessible for travelers.
For millions, Earth Day is a time to give pause and focus on the impact our behaviors have on the planet. For more than four decades, April 22 has marked the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. Companies around the world make these efforts their focus, but right here in Innovation Park, research and products are developed that have major impacts on our environment.
Peconic is on the forefront of genetic discovery and technology. Made up of a team of scientists, the company is led by Dr. Frank Pugh, a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, and team members Dr. William Lai and Nina Farrell.
Dr. Jeffery Catchmark will be the first person to tell you that he doesn’t consider himself business-savvy, but he somehow managed to develop an idea for a company that could redefine how to approach wound care. What began as an effort to replace Styrofoam with a more environmentally safe alternative, specifically foam, has taken on a life of its own, with significant potential to impact the medical field and patient care.
1. Access to Resources, Talent, and Technology: Happy Valley is home to Penn State University, one of the country’s top research universities. People from around the world come to study and conduct research at Penn State, giving local businesses access to a highly educated talent pool. You also have access to Penn State’s scientific, engineering, and technology resources and grad students. In addition, the area offers world-class conference and meeting facilities at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.