Do you know someone who exemplifies innovation and entrepreneurship at Penn State Hershey? Call for nominations – 2014 Innovation Awards

The Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and the Office of Technology Development invite all Penn State Hershey faculty, staff, and students to submit nominations for the 2014 Innovation Awards.

Each year, special awards in innovation are announced. Awards include Innovator of the Year, Investigator to Watch, and the Student Award for Excellence in Innovation. Nomination guidelines and forms can be found on the OTD website. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 25.

OTD will host the 2014 Innovation Award ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center. At this event, faculty, staff, and students from a variety of departments and research focuses will be recognized for their achievements in moving innovative ideas closer to patients. The event will begin with remarks from Penn State Hershey leadership, dinner, and a keynote address, followed by the acknowledgement of individuals who have executed a licensing agreement, started a company based on a Penn State Hershey technology, or earned a patent between July 1, 2013 and June 30 of this year. The ceremony will conclude with the announcement of the Innovator of the Year, Investigator to Watch, and the Student Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Registration to attend the event is available at:

For questions or additional information, please contact Sara Love at or x286376.

A beautiful night for networking on the porch of the Cocoa Beanery

The sky cleared and the sun shone brightly just in time for the June 19th Innovation Cafe! The Summer Networking event was held on the porch of the Cocoa Beanery. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Pennsylvania caught up while enjoying samples from Mount Gretna Craft Brewery, a local start-up.

Congratulations to our gift basket winner, Luke Peterschmidt! We send special thanks to Mount Gretna Craft Brewery for the beer tasting and the Cocoa Beanery  for hosting the event.

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Join us at the Cocoa Beanery June 19 for the summer networking event

MGCB_CanoeOvalJoin us for our Innovation Café summer networking event on Thursday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cocoa Beanery in Hummelstown, Pa. Come for great networking, music, and samples from the area’s newest start-up, the small-batch brewing company, Mount Gretna Craft Brewery.

The event will include complimentary craft beer tastings from Mount Gretna Craft Brewery and appetizers from the Cocoa Beanery. Blues singer and songwriter Danielle Miraglia will also perform as part of theHershey Farmers Market Summer Concert Series. The Farmers Market was established in 2010 to increase accessibility to healthy, locally-grown foods in the community and sponsors a series of free concerts every Thursday.

The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Lawn chairs will be provided. Register for the event today!

PA Department of Health secretary, Penn State Hershey spin-off company share updates at May event

Innovation Cafe’s May event gave attendees an opportunity not only to network and learn how to translate scientific discoveries into marketable products, but also to hear presentations from prominent individuals working in the life science industry. Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary Michael Wolf discussed the state of the life science and healthcare industries in Pennsylvania. Later, representatives from the Penn State Hershey spin-off company Oncoceutics shared an update about the significant milestones they recently achieved in cancer therapeutics. If you couldn’t make it to the May Innovation Cafe, a recording is available here.


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Innovation Cafe participants learn to ‘perfect their investor pitch’

The March 26 Innovation Cafe event gave attendees the opportunity to speak with nationally recognized innovation and entrepreneurial mentors Merom Klein, Ph.D. and Louise Yochee Klein, Psy.D. They discussed interactions with investors, from perfecting the original pitch for a technology to the steps to take after an investor shows interest in funding the technology. The half-day workshop also focused on accessing the commercial potential of an academic finding and how to proceed from that point. If you missed this Innovation Cafe, you can view a recording of the event here.

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Innovation Café hosts Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary to discuss state life science

During this day and age, healthcare is always on our radar, affecting anything from the economy, to workforce development, and more. This makes life science company research and development increasingly important for not only the state of Pennsylvania, but for the nation as a whole.

Join Pennsylvania Department of Health secretary Michael Wolf at the next Innovation Café to hear what he has to say about the lay of the Pennsylvania life sciences land. From 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Penn State Hershey University Conference Center, Secretary Wolf will address the State of the Life Sciences in Pennsylvania.

Also during this hour and a half, Penn State Hershey spin-off company, Oncoceutics, will share updates on their recent milestones in cancer therapeutics, including recent FDA approval to enter Phase 1 of clinical trials.

Slots are limited! Register today!

Comcast Business: Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest

Calling all entrepreneurs and small-business owners! Now through April 30, join the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest by Comcast Business is offering innovators the chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and a suite of services.

There’s no doubt about it—technology has revolutionized the professional world. Share your story of how your small business uses technology to enhance customer or employee experience, and you could win one of 32 regional winner prizes, or one of six grand prizes.

How can you enter?

  • Describe your current business
  • Identify the need that the technology filled
  • Detail and explain how technology enhanced customer or employee experience
  • Share your next steps in expanding the technology

Seems manageable, right? You’re just writing about what you already do!

Apply now through April 30! Comcast Business will select the 32 Regional Winners during the first weeks of May, and the public will vote to choose the Grand Prize Winners from May 20 – June 1. The Grand Prize Winners will be announced July 3!

Whether your use of technology includes using the cloud, increasing employees’ mobile capabilities, or networking and collaborating through use of technology, Comcast Business wants to recognize the innovative ways to improve customer and employee experience.