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Penn State signs Master Research Agreement with Imerys


By David Schwartz
Published: April 17th, 2018

Penn State and Imerys, a mineral-based industrial solutions company, signed a five-year Master Sponsored Research Agreement that expands on the company’s current relationship with the PSU’s Materials Research Institute and Penn State Behrend’s engineering program to include the development of new technologies, materials and other intellectual property.

“We’re thrilled to be strengthening ties with another global industry leader and welcoming them to play a larger role in our Penn State innovation community,” said Penn State VP for Research Neil Sharkey.

Imerys recently reorganized its R&D efforts, including establishment of a platform innovation team that undertook a structured process to select a top-tier university as its platform innovation partner in North America. Penn State’s Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) led the effort that landed that role.

“We learned about Imerys’ business, clarified their needs and began connecting them to the relevant research institutes, centers, faculty and facilities at Penn State,” said Jeff Fortin, associate VP for research and director of the Office of Industrial Partnerships. “We provided one liaison for them that served as a concierge to the wealth of expertise and resources at Penn State.”

The OIP hosted “a number of representatives from Imerys who reviewed Penn State’s scientific breadth and competency, strong industry-engagement program, industry-friendly intellectual property policy and high-quality student talent pool, the company chose Penn State,” he added.

Thierry Materne, chief innovation officer at Imerys, said, “I am delighted to start this exciting collaboration with Penn State in North America. As a leader in industrial solutions from natural and synthetic to advanced materials, Imerys’ ambition is to be ahead as a world-class innovative company. Partnering with Penn State University will enable us to benefit from a wide array of expertise that mirrors the diversity of our markets to jointly develop projects that will provide value and growth opportunities to Imerys.”

Source: Penn State News

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