Message from Executive Director

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This is a time of unprecedented growth and change at Rowan University and our faculty’s accomplishments in research, scholarship and securing external grants reflect the transformation that is under way. Rowan experienced a 70% increase in sponsored funding from 2010 to 2016 growing to $28 million and developed partnerships with federal and state agencies as well as industry partners.

Our faculty members have embraced the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, generating increasing numbers of invention disclosures that are being leveraged into patents. With two medical schools, the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, NJ and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ, the opportunities for research, collaboration and outreach into our community grew significantly.

The South Jersey Technology Park on our West Campus strengthens the research infrastructure of the University and fulfills its role to establish a technology-based entrepreneurial economy in this region. In the 45,000-square-foot, LEED®-certified, state-of-the-art Samuel H. Jones Innovation Center, faculty, students and external companies operate in research and development laboratories and interact with small businesses in the Rowan Innovations Incubator.

As a young, nimble research institution, Rowan focuses on applied research that solves real-world problems. We pair student-faculty teams with businesses that need help with R&D and we support initiatives that lead from the lab to patents to commercialization of products that make a difference in people’s lives. We serve as a hands-on partner with inventors, giving them the opportunity to make a mark at a growing research institution.

The $5 million Rowan Innovation Venture Fund reflects our commitment to stimulating entrepreneurship and advancing research by providing inventors with early-stage financing for projects and products ready to compete in the marketplace.

I invite you to visit our South Jersey Technology Park and consider the opportunities for discovering your future workforce and locating your business here.




Shreekanth Mandayam, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Executive Director of the South Jersey Technology Park