Economic Development

Donation spurs next steps for CRP Biotech Campus

This aerial photograph shows the progress underway at the future McMillian Park.

Alpha Foundation provides $1.6 million gift to nurture research and economy

Huntsville, Ala -- With a growing roster of non-profit researchers and new tenant businesses at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Lonnie McMillian, president of the Alpha Foundation, has stepped forward to ensure ongoing momentum in the development of Huntsville’s biotech sector.  McMillian, who is also co-chairman of the HudsonAlpha Institute board of directors, has committed $1.6 million toward developing the green space that runs the entire length of the nearly mile-long Cummings Research Park Biotech Campus.

“Between prospects, the launch of new companies and the rapid growth of one of the HudsonAlpha tenants, it has become apparent that new construction on the campus is imminent,” said McMillian. 

Alabama Science and Technology Roadmap Leadership Summit

An impressive cross section of Alabama leaders, including Dr. Rick Myers, president of the HudsonAlpha Institute, participated in the Alabama Science & Technology Leadership Summit in September. The group included university presidents, medical and scientific researchers, state government leadership, economic development officials and corporate executives.

The program included presentations on Alabama's assets and opportunities in six science and technology sectors, followed by special interest sessions to collect additional input.

HudsonAlpha leadership honored

Biotech industry a standout during innovation awards ceremonies

Valley Innovation Alliance winnersThe HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and resident associate companies Diatherix Laboratories and CFD Research were three of eight organizations honored recently by the Valley Innovation Alliance.  “It is clear that the biotech industry has firmly established roots in the Tennessee Valley region,” noted Howell Lee, president of VIA. “The biotech industry is certain to become as important to the valley as Redstone Arsenal and NASA.”  Lee added that biotech is another way Alabama’s reach extends around the world.

Jackson Center celebrates official ribbon cutting

Conference center provides one-stop services

 Jackson Center grand opening









From left to right: City Councilman Richard Showers, Jackson Center owners Jimmy and Jennie Hudson; chair of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Irma Tuder; Jackson Center owners Cindy and Richard Jackson; Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; and Jeri Robinson and Jennifer Terry with the Jackson Center gather to cut the grand opening ribbon.

Building Relationships

HudsonAlpha’s architecture draws accolades at international conference


The HudsonAlpha Institute was featured during the World Conference on Science and Technology Parks held in early June. Dr. O’Neal Smitherman, executive vice president of the institute and Mark Jensen, principal of Atlanta-based Cooper Carry Science and Technology, the architectural firm that designed the HudsonAlpha facility, participated in a panel that focused on the evolution of the built environment in research parks. According to Smitherman, discussions centered on creating spaces that enhance idea creation and commercialization of research discoveries.

HudsonAlpha plays role in Alabama sugar cane biofuel development

HudsonAlpha scientists are collaborating with partners in the state and around the world to explore a new industry and a new economic opportunity for farmers in South Alabama: the production of jet fuel from sugar cane.

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