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President Ramsay Receives 2009 AURP Leadership Award

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) presented their 2009 Annual Award of Excellence for Leadership to David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore at their annual conference in Vancouver. The 14th Annual AURP Awards of Excellence recognize the achievements of outstanding research parks and industry veterans and encourage the development of best practices among research and science parks.

Ramsay received the award for his energy and vision in planning and completing many projects during his tenure at University of Maryland. These include the significant investment in campus infrastructure and scientific expertise that has both catalyzed the explosion in the university's research enterprise to a peak of $517 million in extramural funding last fiscal year and spurred redevelopment in the surrounding community. The creation of the University of Maryland BioPark to attract, house and grow entrepreneurial commercial and academic enterprises is the culminatioin of his vision and great passion to translate University of Maryland's huge research potential into improving health.

"Having a university president who is truly engaged as a thought leader and champion of the research park is critical to a park's success," said AURP President Gregory W. Deason. "Dr. Ramsay embodies this. It is a pleasure to honor his dedication to creating a 'Community of Innovation' in the Baltimore area."

About the University of Maryland BioPark:

The University of Maryland BioPark offers sophisticated laboratory and office space for early-stage to mature bioscience companies and university research centers. To date, the BioPark includes 360,000 square feet in two multi-tenant buildings, the Maryland Forensic Medical Center that is nearing completion and one 638-space parking garage. The project has created nearly 400 jobs and $128 milion in capital investment. The BioPark was named by the Association of University Research Parks as the best emerging research park of the year in October 2007. For more information, please visit www.umbiopark.com

About AURP:

The Association of University Research Parks is a professional association of university related research and science parks. AURP's mission is to foster innovation, commercialization and economic growth through university, industry and government partnerships. For more information, visit AURP's website at www.aurp.net or contact Chelsea Simpson at chelseasimpson@aurp.net

Contact: Jane Shaab
Tel: 410-706-8282
E-mail: jshaab@umaryland.edu