A word from the IASP Past President

A word from the IASP Past President

In a bold strategic move that first took place in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, IASP decided to open its doors to these newer projects that we call areas of innovation, also referred to as innovation districts, science cities, etc. Since then, we have made it our business to better understand this new phenomenon and deepen our knowledge of areas of innovation - their models, strategies, inner architecture and anatomy, governance and sustainability challenges, good practices that can be taken as guiding examples for others, etc. We want to ensure that our experience can fully benefit these new types of organisations and that IASP leadership in STP knowledge expands in order to embrace the realm of areas of innovation.
In this sense, IASP is ideally placed to support this valuable publication of outstanding contributions written by authors from all across our global network, and we are glad to share them with you.
Jean-François Balducchi

Josep Pique

Author and Editor
Josep Miquel Piqué is a Telecommunication Engineer from La Salle and UPC and MBA from ESADE. He also holds diplomas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California-Berkeley and Universitat Ramon Llull.

He is President of Catalan Network of Science Parks, Vice-President of Spanish Network of Science Parks, Vice-President International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, and Executive President of La Salle – Ramon Llull University Innovation Park. His long professional experience in university management has lead him to promote and lead Postgraduate Programs, Technology Transfer Centers, University Incubators and Innovation Science and Technology Parks. He has promoted several hybrid organizations in the partnership model University-Industry-Public Administration.

He has published papers in publications and congresses on innovation ecosystems, and has participated in several international forums in Europe, Latin America, USA and across Asia.
The focus of his work is the promotion of knowledge-based economy and society in order to consolidate the 22@Barcelona as a global reference of Knowledge Cities on Smart Cities.

Luis Sanz

Publishing Editor
Luis Sanz has been Director General of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation since 1996, and a member of its Executive Board. A trained sociologist, he is an expert consultant and senior adviser to science parks worldwide and chief co-ordinator of over 30 international conferences on Science and Technology Parks, regional development and innovation policies.

He is author of numerous papers, books, articles and presentations on this topic and has participated as invited speaker in over 95 international conferences and seminars all over the world. Formerly he was the co-director of Valencia Technology Park (Spain), which he founded in 1987, and he has also been Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Science Parks and President of the European Division of the IASP.
Hardy Schmitz, Berlin Adlershof, Germany

Hardy Schmitz, Berlin Adlershof, Germany

Hardy Rudolf Schmitz is an electrical engineer and MBA, who has worked with The Boston Consulting Group in Munich and London and Digital Equipment GmbH. He was CEO of WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH - which runs Berlin Adlershof STP - from 2002 to 2015. During this time he initiated and contributed to key projects in Berlin, including the planning of the area of former Tempelhof Airport, the foundation of Tegel Projekt GmbH, development of the area around Ernst-Reuter-Platz, leading to a start-up and technology center (CHIC), the regional management initiative at Schöneweide and the concept for a start-up- and technology center close to the Free University of Berlin (FUBIC). Hardy Schmitz is an active Business Angel and member of several advisory boards.

Lois Shelton, California State University, USA

Professor, Associate Editor, Program Director, and Director at Large at California State University, Shelton is recognized as a thought leader on innovation. She recently lead and won the "Pathways to Innovation" Grant from VentureWell to expand the innovation ecosystem at the California State University and its partner institutions in the LA area. Currently leading her university to be recognized as an important hub for innovation in the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area, Lois works closely with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which was recently named as the #3 University Associated Business Incubator in the world by UBI Global. A former business executive with nearly 10 years of experience in fields such as management consulting and real estate development, she collaborates with several incubators and accelerators in the San Diego area to promote high technology entrepreneurship among women.

Lois Shelton, California State University, USA
McLean Sibanda, The Innovation Hub, South Africa

McLean Sibanda, The Innovation Hub, South Africa

McLean Sibanda is an engineer and patent attorney by training, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Innovation Hub in South Africa. He has worked extensively in intellectual property management, entrepreneurship and innovation. With over ten years’ experience in funding and supporting innovation and start-ups, he has sat on boards of numerous start-ups in South Africa. He has served as an Expert to the African Union (AU), World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the Department of Science and Technology on drafting of intellectual property legislation as well as review of Tanzania National System of Innovation.

Julie Wagner

Julie Wagner is a nonresident senior fellow with the Centennial Scholar Initiative and co-director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, for which she co-authored the paper "The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in the United States." She subsequently wrote articles on the new geography of innovation for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Quartz, and The Guardian. Also for Brookings, Julie designed and led the initial framework for the Global Cities Initiative, a significant global effort whose aim is to expand the global reach of cities.

Julie Wagner
Bruce Wilson, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Bruce Wilson, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Professor Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University, Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory and RMIT's Director of Research for Regional Development at its Hamilton site in western Victoria. The European Union Centre at RMIT is one of only three EU Centres in Australia belonging to a network of 26 centres which are co-funded worldwide by the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission. Bruce was the founding Dean of the School of Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning at RMIT University.




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As a member of International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), Atlanpole creates links with innovation and entrepreneurship centres, Science Parks and worldwide areas. This membership represents the opportunity to become better known internationally, to promote the area they are located, its skills & professionals and if necessary can help to find targeted partners for Atlanpoles network businesses. Finally to share with other IASP members the best practices in welcoming and assisting innovative companies.Atlanpole provide assistance in innovation, they enable entrepreneurs to check the economic feasibility of their projects, pinpoint their first clients, make the most of the first financing, and mobilize the top skills and essential partners. With Atlanpole it is easy to get in touch with laboratories and research centres, participate in one or more competitiveness clusters, identify new financing sources and to develop an international strategy. Atlanpole proposes tailor-made assistance over a period of 3 to 5 years with innovative individual and collective tools. Collaborative innovation projects – Atlanpole assists with the journey from idea to the market, at every single stage in mounting and monitoring a Collaborative Innovation Project to:
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Name: Jean-Francois Balducchi
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INNOPOLIS Foundation

INNOPOLIS Foundation is a professional technology commercialisation institute that actively pursues the business of fostering according to the special Act on the promotion of special research and development zones etc.

INNOPOLIS Foundation do the following:
- Create the base for technology commercialization, transfers technology, and commercializes public research achievements- Fosters High-tech companies fosters Professional Science Master and provides management support services
- Construct a global network, creates a favourable business environmentfor foreign companies, and improves the settlement conditions
- Support the management of INNOPOLIS and development businesses, approves tenancy, and constructs an industry-academe-research institute network

INNOPOLIS Daedeok has been known as ‘The Heart of the Creative Economy’ for Korea’s science and technology growth and a rapidly evolving innovation hub for high-tech commercialization, incorporating Korea’s science and technology capabilities into the production of world-class goods and services for the global markets.

It hosts a super-high concentration of top-class scientific and technical human resources, national research laboratories and research universities within, and continuously attracts major contracts from private sector R&D organizations.

There are 60 public (25) and private (35) research institutes operating within the ecosystem making INNOPOLIS Daedeok. More than 11.8 percent of Korean researchers with a Ph.D. degree in the fields of science and engineering are working within the ecosystem.

INNOPOLIS Daedeok and its partner institutions supported over 906 technology transfer between the domestic/global stakeholders. (31 of start-ups have gone public at KOSDAQ)

The majority of the registered patents have been processed further to international patent systems and now, the number of internationally registeredpatents exceeds 10,000.

Name: Ju Eun Kim
Number: +82 42 865 8901
E-mail: kjun0229@innopolis.or.kr
Website: http://www.innopolis.or.kr/eng

Tus-Holdings Co.

Tus-Holdings Co., Ltd set up on July 24, 2000 and is the former Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) Development Center founded in August 1994.TusHoldings is a large integrated enterprise established in reliance on Tsinghua University. It takes full responsibility for developing, constructing, operating and managing TusPark, and is also the shareholder of UnisplendourCorporation Limited, Sound Environmental Resources and others.

There are more than 200 companies directly invested in and controlled by TusHoldings, and the total assets under its management have exceeded RMB 60billion. With over two decades of development, TusHoldings has accumulated a wealth of experience in the development and operation of university scienceparks and established a high-caliber management team, actively promoting the organic interaction between innovative resources and the regional economy and successfully building up a nationwide innovation system with thescience park as the carrier.

The radial network of TusHoldings covers more than 30 cities and regions and has established the international base groups for incubation networks in US, Hong Kong, South Korea and Russia, etc., being a new force of China's innovation system. As the flagship product of TusHoldings, TusPark (Beijing) is currently the largest single university science park in the world. It has become an important platform of Tsinghua University to serve the society and promote regional innovation, as well as a famous brand in China and even in the global science park industry.

Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) is the key platform for organically extending social function of Tsinghua University and transferring technological achievements of the University. As a mission, it aims at “a platform of innovation and entrepreneurship, the way towards opportunities and success aswell as a bridge of technology and economy.”

Name: Sophia Shang
E-mail: shangwei@tusholdings.com
Name: Tony Zhang
E-mail: zhangsl@tusholdings.com
Website: www.en.tusholdings.com

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Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor area of innovation. SPARK advances the Ann Arbor region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. SPARK identifies and meets the needs of businesses at every stage, from startups to global companies.

Name: Paul Krutko
E-mail: paul@annarborusa.org
Website: www.annarborusa.or