"With the world population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, increased demand for food and water will challenge our agricultural R&D infrastructure at a time when federal resources are diminishing," said Brenner. "This Foundation represents a new model for enhancing economic sustainability and U.S. competitiveness through public-private partnerships capitalizing on federal scientific research."
The ATIP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity with offices in Arlington, Texas, and member offices in eight states. It is governed by members comprised of its founding economic development organizations: the Maryland Technology Development Corporation; Innovate Mississippi; the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium; the Georgia Research Alliance; Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority; the California Association for Local Economic Development; the Kansas Bioscience Authority; the Center for Innovation at Arlington, Texas; and the Center for Innovative Food Technology in Toledo, Ohio.
Each member of the Foundation also has a separate agreement with ARS.
"ARS scientists look forward to working with the ATIP Foundation and its member organizations to enhance transfer of important research results and technology to private use for the benefit of our country. ARS has a long history of successfully moving technologies into use from penicillin to enhanced cotton products, to enhanced animal and plant varieties. Through both educational and commercial means this Foundation can help the process move more quickly," said Edward Knipling, Administrator of ARS.
For more information on the ATIP Foundation and its members, visit www.atipfoundation.com.