Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP)

The BFTP are a national model for technology-based economic development programs. BFTP provides both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.

Penn Center for Innovation

University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation facilitates technology transfer from university research to the private sector through licensing, R&D alliances, and other commercial partnering opportunities. Opportunities exist in a broad range of sectors, including nanotechnology, electronic materials, robotics, computer information systems, bioengineering, medical devices, and more.

Pittsburgh Robotics Network (PRN)

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network connects industry with robotics leaders, and stakeholders to accelerate opportunities for business growth and the adoption of robotic solutions and artificial intelligence technologies.

National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

Operating within the CMU Robotics Institute, the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is a technology transfer organization that designs, develops, and tests robotic systems and vehicles for industrial and government clients. The NREC combines systems engineering disciplines of requirements and trades analysis, design, simulation, integration and testing with applied research capabilities in autonomy, sensing and unmanned platform design. The NREC excels in rapid integration and field-testing of automated systems and several of their systems have transitioned to industry and the military.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM)

The ARM Institute is a public-private partnership bringing together more than 300 organizations across industry, government, and academia to drive the use of industrial robots to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. Key industrial sectors include aerospace, automotive, electronics, and textiles.

Industrial Resource Centers (IRC)

The Industrial Resource Centers are a network of seven private, nonprofits located strategically throughout the state to provide localized support. The network works with manufacturers to respond to changing market conditions, adopt new technology, and on creating strategies to remain competitive in today’s global economy.


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