Jeanine Phipps, media relations, Purdue Research Park, (765) 494-0748 (office), (765) 413-5579 (mobile), jeanine@purdue.edu

February 5, 2007

Purdue Research Foundation VP to speak at French conference on innovation policy

Gregory W. Deason
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., February 5, 2007 — Gregory W. Deason, Purdue Research Foundation's vice president for real estate and research park development, will speak about growing the Purdue Research Park on Monday (Feb. 5) to the Franco-American Conference on Competitive Clusters.

The goal of the two-day conference in Toulouse, France, is to reinforce economic and scientific exchanges between the U.S. and France and to encourage greater participation by American entrepreneurs and commercialization experts in the French technology innovation process.

Sponsored by the Association pour le Management de Projets d'Etudes et de REcherche (Ampere), the conference will present the best practices in the United States in the fields of research and in innovation policy. Workshops will include the following topics: the organization and operation of university research parks; the financing of U.S.-based innovation technology and technology transfer; and sessions devoted to the fields of information technology, life sciences, aeronautics and space, and micro and nano technologies. The proceedings and conclusions of the conference will be published.

Deason was invited to speak at the conference by officials from the Mission for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C.

"To be invited to speak at this caliber of international conference really underscores the strides that Purdue University has made over the past 10 years with regard to its economic development initiatives — from its incubators and technology parks to its business acceleration and technology transfer programs," said Deason, who also serves as vice president for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), which represents leaders of 195 of the nation's university-affiliated research facilities.

"Conference attendees want to know the recipe for success when it comes to transforming Purdue discoveries into revenue-producing companies, and we can share how Purdue has formed the largest cluster of technology companies in the state of Indiana."

Deason's presentation includes topics such as leveraging universities to develop clusters of technology; Purdue University's land-grant mission and how it affects Purdue’s entrepreneurial climate; the Purdue Research Foundation's economic outreach activities in Merrillville, Indianapolis and New Albany; and Purdue's involvement as a university sponsor for parks designated within the Indiana Certified Technology Park Program.

About Purdue Research Park

Purdue Research Park (https://www.purdueresearchpark.com) encompasses 591 acres in West Lafayette, Ind., and is home to the largest university-affiliated, state-of-the-art business incubator complex in the nation. Within the park, 140 businesses, of which more than 90 are high-tech, employ more than 2,900 people. The Association of University Research Parks recognized Purdue Research Park for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 2005, and the park received the organization's Research/Science Park Company of the Year Award of Excellence in 2004.

Related Links:
Franco-American Conference on Competitive Clusters: https://www.ampere-asso.net/?page_id=197

Purdue Research Foundation: https://www.prf.org

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