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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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Materials Expertise Makes Penn State and Happy Valley a Pipeline for Industry

This year’s Materials Day made a last-minute pivot from an in-person meetup to a virtual forum, but the event was no less impactful. Speaking to attendees on Oct. 13, Clive Randall, the director of the Materials Research Institute (MRI), highlighted Penn State’s accomplishments and goals.  “Materials touches every domain in society,” he said, “particularly from […]

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A Little Bit Science, A Little Bit Rock & Roll

The Penn State ARL was developed in 1945 – in the wake of World War II – by Dr. Eric Walker and 100 engineers from Harvard University. During the war, Dr. Walker had been appointed associate director of Harvard’s Underwater Sound Laboratory — which was one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s National Defense Research Committee […]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Materials Day

Note: To minimize risk associated with the Delta variant of COVID and keep people safe, MRI is moving forward with a simplified VIRTUAL Materials Day using an engaging virtual networking hub.  Penn State’s Materials Day is an event that connects Penn State talent with companies and shares Penn State’s latest research and discovery with industry, […]

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“A Hub for Innovators to Imagine and Pursue Ideas” Set Up Phospholutions for Growth & Expansion

“Something special is happening in Happy Valley,” Hunter Swisher, founder and CEO of Phospholutions, says. “Since the inception of Invent PSU, and thanks to the numerous members of the community that [prior to Invent PSU] were engaging and supporting startups, State College has now become a hub for innovators to imagine and pursue their ideas,” […]

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