ARS Enters Tech Transfer Partnership with Pennsylvania
Economic Development Group
By Sandy Miller
May 13, 2010
Officials with the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today
signed an agreement with the Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Development
Authority to help commercialize technologies and bring world-class research
opportunities to Pennsylvania.
The five-year Partnership Intermediary Agreement was signed by ARS
B. Knipling and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
George Cornelius at the ARS
Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, Pa.
"This increases the access of Pennsylvania companies and researchers to
the technology and world-class research capabilities in ARS' more than 100
research labs across the country," said Knipling. "This agreement
will strengthen ARS' partnerships with Pennsylvania's colleges, universities
and small businesses to promote research, product development,
commercialization and economic development for Pennsylvania companies."
"I am a strong proponent of technology-based economic development
because I know that up-and-coming technology companies, entrepreneurs and
researchers are critical to Pennsylvania's future," Cornelius said.
"This agreement will expand Pennsylvania's research and intellectual
property base, and represents an important next step in our technology-based
economic development agenda."
Under the terms of the agreement, ARS and the Ben Franklin Technology
Development Authority will work together to increase awareness among
Pennsylvania businesses about opportunities for collaborative research,
licensing and commercialization of technologies developed in ARS laboratories.
The partnership will encourage the creation or expansion of Pennsylvania
businesses to address such challenges as food security, healthy eating for
human nutrition, local and urban agriculture, and bioenergy. The partnership
also will create new opportunities for providing goods and services to the
communities along the nation's I-95 corridor and address emerging agricultural
and land management issues in the Susquehanna and Chesapeake basin.
Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority is one of the
nation's largest and most-replicated state technology-focused economic
development initiatives. Its programs are managed by the Pennsylvania
Department of Community and Economic Development and are a key component of its
strategy and mission.
It is one of nine economic development partners nationwide chosen to enter
into a technology transfer partnership with ARS as part of the Agricultural
Technology Innovation Partnership program network. ARS has similar agreements
with the Maryland Technology
Development Corporation, the
Security Research Consortium, the National
Association of Seed and Venture Funds, and the
Georgia Research Alliance. Three others are
pending, including the California Association
for Local Economic Development, the
Authority, and the
Innovation at Arlington, TX. All are expected to be in place by mid-June
when the inaugural meeting of the network convenes in Beltsville, MD.
ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of USDA. The
partnership with the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority was
developed under the auspices of ARS'
Office of Technology Transfer
(OTT). ARS is a leader in the federal government in transferring and marketing
new technologies developed from its research, and has formed numerous
partnerships using cooperative agreements. More information about opportunities
for licensing ARS technologies is available on the ARS-OTT website at