Purdue Research Park official elected to board of directors of international business association

October 15, 2015  

Gregory Napier

Gregory Napier 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Gregory Napier, director of the Purdue Research Park network, has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of University Research Parks.

"I'm excited to serve on the board once again for this association, which is an international leader in university research parks and has contributed so much to the success of parks like the Purdue Research Park," he said. "I look forward to learning from this group and contributing to its continued success."

Napier previously served on the association's board and chaired its education committee. There are more than 400 research parks worldwide, and approximately 170 in North America. The organization is a recognized leader in fostering innovation, technology transfer, business incubation and economic development. 

"We are excited to have Greg serve on our board of directors and know that he will once again bring a wealth of expertise to the group," said Charles D'Agostino, president of the association and executive director of the LSU Innovation Park and the Louisiana Business and Technology Center. "The Purdue Research Park has been a model park that the AURP has often showcased as one of the nation's premier research parks. Having Greg on our board will certainly add value to our membership as they tap the vast resources of our members."

The Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. Other park sites in Indiana include Indianapolis, New Albany and Merrillville. As director of the research park and Purdue Research Foundation's physical facilities, Napier manages the master planning, development, construction and maintenance of the physical assets of the foundation.

Napier is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. He also is a certified landscape architect through the LEED Accredited Professional specializing in building design and construction.

About the Association of University Research Parks

The Association of University Research Parks was established in 1986 with a mission to promote the development and operations of research parks through collaboration among universities, industry and government. The organization's goal is to foster innovation and facilitate the transfer of research and technology from academe to the private sector.

About Purdue Research Park

The Purdue Research Park is the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park manages the Purdue Technology Centers in four sites in Indiana, located in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. The more than 260 companies located in the park network employ about 4,500 people who earn an average annual wage of $63,000. The park is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org 

Writer: Jared Andrews

Purdue Research Foundation contact: Cynthia Sequin, 765-588-3340, casequin@prf.org

Source: Gregory Napier, 765-588-3461, gsnapier@prf.org 

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