Penn State Grad, Chairman & CEO of Medtronic talks innovations in healthcare

Penn State alumnus Geoff Martha is Chairman & CEO of Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology. He recently appeared on episode #54 of the Lion Legacy podcast, talking about miniaturization, AI, robotics and other disruptions in healthcare. Listen here. These are FDA approved products out on the market today, and the AI-driving robots, that's […]


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Penn State Just Hired a Marketer as its New President and We Are Here For It

Neeli Bendapudi, currently president and professor of marketing at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, has been unanimously named Penn State’s next president by the Penn State Board of Trustees on Dec. 9. With a nearly 30-year career in academia, Bendapudi has:  Taught marketing at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels at several universities Received numerous […]

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CIMP-3D at Penn State Is Expanding Capabilities in Additive Manufacturing

The move benefits DoD, manufacturing and R&D around the U.S.   Penn State’s Innovation Park-based Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) is expanding its already-world-class capabilities in metal-based additive manufacturing. It’s a move that will benefit the Department of Defense, American manufacturing companies and researchers around the globe.   “The university performs […]

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Penn State’s Learning Factory Challenges Students to Solve Real-World Problems

Research shows that project-based learning better prepares students for their futures. In the engineering world, it's not enough to simply have theoretical knowledge and technical breadth. You also need that spark of innovation and creativity that often only comes when you mix education with real-world experience. Enter the Learning Factory. What started as a shop […]

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From “Right Place, Right Time” to 2,000+ Customers Worldwide

Happy Valley innovation and ingenuity is a driving force in this Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ success story, but timing played an equally important role in the rise of SoftGenetics.  “It was kind of kismet,” chuckles co-founder John Fosnacht. “My partner Dr. Jonathan Liu and myself had just sold a weld sequencer to a leading cancer […]

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NeuExcell and Spark Developing Treatment for Huntington’s Disease

Happy Valley-based early-stage gene technology company NeuExcell Therapeutics is on the cusp of a life-changing breakthrough treatment for patients suffering from Huntington’s Disease, an incurable, hereditary brain disorder that affects different parts of the brain, impacting movement, behavior and cognition. In September, the company announced a gene therapy collaboration with Spark Therapeutics aimed at developing […]

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Why Happy Valley’s Brain Belt Location Matters

Over the last 18 months, I’ve asked a lot of Happy Valley leaders about how they feel about working here. Here in this valley that’s built out of mountains and patchwork fields, startups and materials DNA and entrepreneurial grit, as opposed to Silicon Valley or Research Triangle.  Does location even matter anymore, you might ask? […]

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