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STAR Campus: Innovative, award-winning STEM hub

A center for synergy in science, technology, advanced research — and business development.

3 April, 2019

If Delaware is where the world comes to do business, the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus at the University of Delaware (UD) is where the STEM world and the business world come together to stimulate innovation and employment opportunities in science, high-technology and health sectors.

Once home to a Chrysler auto assembly plant, the 272-acre site has been transformed into a live-work-learn, opportunity zone that Collaborating tenant companies accelerate research commercialization by leveraging UD’s internationally renowned expertise in science, engineering, business, public policy and entrepreneurship.

STAR offers unique access to highly sought-after talent, innovative research state-of-the-science facilities including incubation space and equipment in one of the most accessible locations in the United States, just steps from a new rail station and minutes off I-95, in the center of the New York City to Washington, D.C. power corridor.

Investment and Growth

With more than 1 million square feet of real estate in use and under active construction plus more than $0.5 billion of invested capital, STAR Campus has grown exponentially since it was acquired by UD in 2008. STEM organizations and investors can benefit from tax credits and incentive programs that encourage innovation and job creation in Delaware.

In March, STAR Tower, a 10-story innovation hub with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and high-tech business partners, was featured on USA Today’s list of amazing university buildings.

Chemours, a Delaware-based global chemicals company has invested $150 million in the development and construction of the Chemours Discovery Hub on the campus. This 312,000-square foot research facility will be home to 330 researchers and technicians, and an important center for talent development, when it becomes operational in 2020.

Also on the campus is the Delaware Technology Park, a full-service incubator working in collaboration with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and UD, featuring flexible, state-of-the art incubation space and access to the resources startups need to drive and accelerate economic success.

Also contributing to the culture of synergy and innovation that exemplifies STAR Campus are the UD College of Health Sciences, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), Bloom Energy, a zero-emissions vehicle test laboratory, and a performance computing company.