AURP Announces 2020 BIO Health Caucus Meeting: Virtual and Vital

June 3-4, 2020

Tucson, Arizona, April 22, 2020 – The Association of University Research Parks (AURP), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the university and institutional research parks community, today announced its BIO Health Caucus will take place June 3-4, 2020 in a virtual environment. AURP’s BIO Health Caucus represents anchor life science institutions building communities of health innovations in the U.S and around the world.

AURP’s 2020 Bio Health Caucus explores trends in life science research, opportunity zone funding, the marriage of life science and philanthropy, and finding funding for projects and facilities during a global pandemic. At this virtual event, attendees will discover the role that biomedical clusters play in innovation ecosystems and translating discoveries from lab to market. 

To view the complete BIO Health Caucus agenda, click here.

The two-day afternoon conference features a set of national business and nonprofit leaders, including Joel Marcus, Executive Chairman and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate and Maurice Jones, CEO and President of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Mr. Marcus will speak about his role in founding one of the nation’s most important life science development companies and Mr. Jones will address the role and responsibility of life science anchor institutions in community engagement and responsiveness.

The BIO Health Caucus also will feature “lightning rounds” with leaders from bio health clusters in DC/MD/VA, New York City, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Sacramento on how these clusters are increasing community resilience, plus a panel discussion on finding life science funding from federal, private and philanthropic resources. This panel will include Stephen Susalka, PhD, the CEO of AUTM, one of the world’s leading life science licensing associations.

“Biohealth institutions and regions are even more important in this time of the global pandemic,” says Brian Darmody, CEO of AURP. 

“Regions that can collectively utilize their life science anchor institutions undoubtedly will prove more economically and scientifically resilient,” says Rich Bendis, BIO Health Caucus Co-Chair and President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation, Inc. 

“We look forward to sharing strategies and best practices for life science developments in academic health systems,” says Mark Romney, BIO Health Caucus Co-Chair and Chief Strategy Officer for UC Davis’ Aggie Square Innovation District and Director of Research Development & Industry Alliances at UC Davis Health.

Registration is available at for one day or two-day options. 

If interested in sponsoring AURP’s BIO Health Caucus, contact Brian Darmody at

The AURP BIO Health Caucus will take place before the virtual BIO International Convention, which will be on June 8-12, 2020. 

About AURP: 

AURP, a non-profit international organization with offices in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park (Tech Parks AZ) and in the Washington, DC area at the University of Maryland Discovery District, focuses on creating communities of innovation and education for research parks both operating and planned, plus innovation districts, incubators, accelerators and the businesses that support the research park industry. AURP and its global membership promote research, institute-industry relations and innovation districts to foster innovation and to facilitate the transfer of technology from such institutions to the private sector. Learn more: 

About BIO:

As the world’s largest global biotechnology partnering event, the BIO International Convention is the one event where you can access 16,000+ attendees from 67 countries, network and set up meetings via BIO One-on-One Partnering™, and attend 150+ education sessions. Discover the next generation of cutting-edge products, therapies, and cures all week long. Learn more: