Research Triangle Park: Pioneer And The Paradigm For Research Park Success

Back in 1958 in North Carolina, it was a radical idea to acquire the large land area that was bounded by the three universities to agglomerate research and knowledge-based enterprises as a means to reverse the state's economic trough. However, the dire situation of the state whose three main industries of tobacco, manufacturing and textile were faltering, leading it to become one of the poorest in the U.S. that time, forced the founders to take a giant leap of faith.

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The first Research Triangle Development Council then worked with the three universities—Duke University in Durham, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh—to meet with over 200 companies while raising $1.43 million through the newly-founded Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina to establish the park.

The growth of the park was painstakingly slow, but the stakeholders and government were steadfast in their vision, and it took the construction of the $70 million National Environmental Health Sciences Center and IBM's 600,000-square foot research facility to inspire a host of other companies to start-up in the park.

In the 21st century, RTP has become one of the largest and the concept of research parks has been replicated in many other states and countries. RTP had created more than 40,000 high-paying research and technology-specific jobs and brought the state's economy back on its feet through the decades.

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University Partnerships On R&D: Covering Intellectual Property

Research and development often involves university partnerships. This allows passionate researchers to develop their skills with the financial and academic backing of a trusted educational institution. These partnerships are also a means for universities to further their own areas of academic research.

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Before any research is jointly undertaken, both parties should design a contract with provisions for intellectual property rights. It is common for talented and well-equipped scientists to develop astounding products which have significant revenue potential. Without a written contract inclusive of clauses on intellectual property, there could be contention regarding ownership and attribution. As significant earnings from the product are at stake, both the university which granted funding and the inventor have interest in either sole or major attribution.

Unfortunately, there have been many cases of internal intellectual property battles that nd messily.

There are no hard and fast rules on intellectual property provisions, especially for research and development programs accomplished in partnerships with universities. Intellectual property provisions could only be as valid and binding as the way they are stipulated in signed contracts.

Typically, courts are inclined to award intellectual property rights to the funding group or university, since they paid for product development. The university also contacts the researcher and builds the team, thereby making them the product initiator. The court recognizes this as a pivotal role when it grants intellectual property rights.

Researchers who are then looking to patent their products could then take the initiative to pitch their concepts to interested universities or other funding bodies. They should also take charge of drawing up the contract, particularly the part that details intellectual property rights. A legal professional should be hired to word the contract in a punctilious manner.

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While R&D involves a lot of experimentation, exciting prospects, and partnerships undertaken in good faith, it won’t hurt to cover all bases for probable outcomes.

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Creating a communication plan: Holding down information

good communication plan assists in the efficient management of research and development programs. The R&D sector is an industry that is sensitive to potential mistakes and threats on a project. Risks should be managed and crises should be averted or mitigated, with as little damage to the company as possible. Facilities achieve accuracy and risk foresight by effectively communicating their progress and expediently addressing all concerns and issues concerning the project.


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Research professionals have to remind themselves time and again of the directives in writing a communication plan:


Simplicity is key: Understandably, the research and development sector has a wealth of knowledge to share, but it must not inundate the public with information. A balance must be maintained between crucial, pedestrian knowledge and technicalities. Those outside of the facility should only be given information that they need to know. Crisis management plans, for instance, do not divulge every aspect of a crisis. On that level, communication within the workplace also has inter-department limits. Unless necessary, information sharing across research departments should not be absolute.


Maintain the goal: Communications plans all aim to provide information. However, it is now a question of how much to say. The company’s goals and objectives determine communications directives and information filters. Such discretion, moreover, must not be dismissed as a limitation or deception by omission. This also has a security benefit. Companies heavily involved in research and development also have to protect their data.


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How Rats Endanger Wildlife

Global warming is not the only threat to the biosphere. Did you know that rats are responsible for the extinction of approximately 40 to 60 percent of reptiles and island birds in certain sanctuaries?

Rat invasion is a serious problem from the sub-Antarctic to California. In South Georgia Island, rats, which are said to have been unintentionally transported there by seal hunters during the 18th century, wreak havoc by eating eggs and hatchlings, leading to the extinction, or almost, of some bird species such as the South Georgia pipit.

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Aside from feasting on the birds’ eggs, rats also cause danger to wildlife because of rat poisoning. Different efforts have been made by various institutions to exterminate rats by poisoning them. An example is the approach by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in 2011, wherein they dropped 75 metric tons of poisoned rat bait across the Henderson Island in the South Pacific. Although the same strategy succeeded in other parts of the world, with a recorded success rate of up to 80 percent wipe-out, it didn’t go well in Henderson Island.

An article published in ScienceMag.org mentions that tens and thousands of rats still exist in Henderson, and these are probably offspring of the poisoning.

Despite some failed attempts in certain regions, other regions like British-owned South Georgia Islands in the southern Atlantic seem to have secured a rodent-free future, as the Team Rat project South Georgia Heritage Trust had completed its five-year baiting program.

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However, there is a downside to rat poisoning. Environmental and animal activists point out that anticoagulant rodenticides and Brodifacoum are slow-acting poisons, meaning that the rat could’ve possibly been eaten already by a predator before the poison even takes effect on them, thus leading to the predator’s death. Brodifacoum has also been declared an unreasonable risk to pets and children.

To date, the use of rat poison like Brodifacoum is still subject to further evaluation. Pest eradication is no longer the main issue, but rather which species will survive it.

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Global Giants: A Look at the Most Notable Tech Cities in the World

Gone are the days when Silicon Valley dominated innovations in the tech world. These days decentralization is the last word. Other global cities are becoming reliable hubs for developments in science, technology, and IT. Cutting-edge companies are also setting up camp in these cities to give opportunities for growth not just for the nationals but also for their businesses:

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the Middle East’s technology capital. With an innovation hub that attracts IT professionals from all over the world, the industry is surely growing in this area. Despite global financial crises, the city is standing strong and continuing to thrive. Its Internet City is a prime example of the expansion of Arab-owned companies.

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2. Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong is one of Asia’s prime tech hubs that focus on commercialization, application, and engineering. Brimming with opportunity, this region has been leading innovations in technology way before the rise of other tech cities in the region. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is a reliable institution for those who want to excel in related fields.

3. London, United Kingdom
This iconic city, despite its classic backdrop, is home to multinational tech companies. The government-endorsed Tech City Investment Organization allows tech entrepreneurs to develop strategies and pursue connections with other tech hubs all over the world. With inspiring startups that have been a product of this initiative, the tech industry in London will grow in the next few years.

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Aside from these cities, emerging markets are also beginning to establish tech cities that will facilitate more projects towards improving quality of life and sustainability.

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is a supporter of faculty entrepreneurs and innovators in establishing campus-based startups that enhance students’ learning experience. These setups provide an additional source of income for numerous tech projects. For more information on Dr. Lea’s achievements in research, visit his website.

Expanding R&D Through Public-private Partnerships

Research and development play an incomparable role in the progress of science and technology. Many countries are formulating and implementing strategies on a grander scale to develop these sectors and empower the people behind them. Collaborative practices among private industries and government institutions through public-private partnerships (PPPs), along with universities, when designed well, ensure innovation and explosive growth in the fields of science and technology.

Recently, private and public institutions have been levelling up PPP practices because the global economy is fast transitioning to a knowledge-based one, wherein knowledge and education – also known as human capital – are treated as productive assets, valuing intellectual capabilities more than physical activities and the exploitation of natural resources. Increased competition and globalization have also led to the formation of more PPPs, pushing universities, industrial firms, government organizations and research institutes to up the ante in research and innovation.


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The effectiveness of research and innovation programs relies on two factors: the provision of sufficient funds for such programs, and the education and training of participating researchers. PPPs provide a means for every organization involved in the partnership to mutually share resources and incentives, thus greatly improving the results of the programs.

So by establishing PPPs, humans become the real products of value, both tangible and intangible, something that can be introduced to the market. By accelerating the progress in acquiring the benefits of new products and services, also sped up are their contributions to the growth of the economy and the welfare of people.


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The Importance of Coastal Studies

About half of all people in the world live in (or has experienced living in) coastal regions. In the United States alone, nearly half of the population lives near an ocean or a Great Lake. A lot of coastal communities face challenges with their economic and environmental resources.

Northeastern North Carolina is surrounded by unique ecosystems with different cultures and histories. The area has an increasing number of visitors and residents. While this may be good for tourism and other industry for its economic gains, natural resources are depleted and degraded. This has been a cause of concern for the scientific community, residents, as well as some visitors.
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This current situation now calls for a sustained, collaborative, and intensive research. Issues that need to be addressed include water quality, fisheries, land and water habitat, human interaction with the environment, as well as tourism.

These factors make Northeastern North Carolina an ideal setting for marine life and coastal research. The Coastal Studies Institute was established to pilot marine studies in the part of the state while addressing the area’s issues related to coastal life development and natural resources. The UNC-CSI was established in 2003 and is a product of a good relationship between the UNC Office of the President, Dare County, and East Caroline University. The program allows collaboration, research, and resource sharing to enhance the life in the northeastern part of the state.

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NCRC: Making Biotechnology a Priority in its R&D Initiatives

A research facility located in North Carolina has been pushing the boundaries for biotechnology since its inception. The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) and other universities, corporations, and different organizations have maximized their collaboration by developing new research and products addressing issues surrounding plants and other organisms as well as human diseases.

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With its string of projects, NCRC improves the quality of food people consume and offers solutions for the prevention and treatment of diseases. NCRC believes that the key to a well-maintained and sustainable development is innovatively educating the next generation of aspiring scientists or biotechnologists. The campus then houses one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in the U.S. The facility develops and trains scientists and biotechnologists with the dedication and talent to push the field forward.

With advanced and close bioinformatics application, NCRC aims to catalyze scientific discoveries in special branches of science like biotechnology. The vast collection of complex biological data will become one of the backbones for new breakthroughs, whether in the form of technology, chemicals, concept, or experimental procedure.

With an area of 350 acres, North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis does not only provide the necessary and appropriate equipment for research initiatives but also access to an environment conducive for advanced learning.

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