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Research Commercialization

The College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to fostering technology development and bringing research to the marketplace through the transfer of technologies to existing and start-up companies.

With substantial support from the Office of Research and Graduate Education, the College of Agricultural Sciences has committed to building a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators within the faculty and students. Research Application for INovation (RAIN) grants program, offers competitive funds for college researchers to translate their results to the marketplace. The college partners with the Office of Industrial Partnership to identify industrial partnership opportunities and connect college researchers to the technical challenges and needs of industry.

Entrepreneurship News

Dr. Maria Spencer has become the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence at the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Research commercialization leader joins PSU College of Agricultural Sciences
August 8, 2018
Dr. Maria Spencer has joined the Entrepreneurship & Innovation team in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences as the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence. She will help the college's researchers commercialize discoveries to reach the full potential of their work.
Entrepreneurs from two startups in the ag sciences will tell their stories next month at a series of interactive, TED-talk-style City Lights events to showcase Invent Penn State. Image:Penn State Alumni Association
City Lights: Experience the ingenious power of partnership
May 16, 2018
Leaders of ConidioTec and Phospholutions, two ag sciences startups, will tell their stories next month at a series of interactive, TED-talk-style City Lights events to showcase Invent Penn State. The annual series will visit Harrisburg; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from June 18-21.
Phospholutions won $75,000 at the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference Tech Tournament on April 20, 2018. Image: Penn State
Ag Sciences Startups Win Big at Invent Penn State Event
May 11, 2018
Phospholutions won $80,000 in investment prizes and ConidioTec won $10,000 at this spring's Invent Penn State Venture & Intellectual Property Conference. Both startup companies are commercializing discoveries and technology developed at the College of Agricultural Sciences.