A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.
A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.
A Penn State Behrend team won the initial round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, the “investment Olympics” for university students. The team advances to the Americas Regional final, set for April 6-7 in Seattle.
Penn State is the newest addition to the Center for e-Design, a seven-university, 35-plus member National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.
The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Schuylkill County. Specialty car restorations, analog-to-digital conversions and restorations, and a new local archery range were among the innovations on display at Penn State Schuylkill’s successful inaugural Business Plan Competition.
Penn State Abington students and Abington Township community entrepreneurs will compete for up to $2,000 and valuable business services in the first Abington LaunchBox Business Plan Competition.
Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Dennis Davin, Pennsylvania’s secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development, will discuss the state’s economy and higher education’s role in it during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper.” The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 on WPSU-TV.
Penn State sophomore Matthew Roda’s startup company is developing a portable concussion screening device that is being vetted by a University expert.
The Volvo Group will fund a new research project from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State as a result of its participation in Innovation Gateway, an open innovation tool launched by the University in the fall of 2016. Volvo is the first industry partner to complete a research challenge through Innovation Gateway, which aims to connect faculty ideas with organizations that can bring them to the marketplace.