Delaware Science and Technology Advisors

Delaware Science and Technology Advisors

Science and technology-based research, education, business, and economic development (collectively herein referred to as the “innovation economy” or “innovation ecosystem”) are critical to the growth of the Delaware economy. The Science & Technology Advisors provide a unified voice for the state’s innovation economy priorities, making Delaware even more competitive with its neighboring states in education, talent, and workforce, research and development, public policies, ready-to-go sites and buildings, and other resources. Bioscience, chemistry, healthcare, advanced materials, agriculture technology, and financial technology are strong in Delaware and ripe for further growth and attraction. The Science Advisors convened its first meeting in December 2020 and has four plenary meetings scheduled in 2021.

Graduated Lab Space Grant Program

Demand for ready-to-go laboratory space for growing wet-lab (biology and chemistry) based companies is extremely high throughout the United States.

Delaware is hoping to address this issue with a new grant program to ensure that existing small companies are able to grow here and that the state can attract new companies by increasing its inventory of “ready-to-go” lab space. This is important because this sector contributes to the valuable research and development (R&D) activity that drives all innovation economies.

Delaware’s recently launched pilot grant program helps science and tech companies with the expenses associated with building out lab space. The initiative is funded by $3 million earmarked from the Delaware Strategic Fund and helps spur private-sector investment by making lab space construction or renovation more affordable.

To qualify, companies need to partner with real estate developers for a specific project. DPP is vetting prospective applicants to ensure they are at the right phase to qualify for a grant, and the state is reviewing qualified applicants as soon as they clear the vetting process.

The state has approved up to $3 million for this fiscal year, and Governor John Carney has announced an intention to set aside additional money for the grant program starting in fiscal year 2022.

What are the qualifications for a company to apply?

Companies should be at the right growth point where they’re going to be creating more jobs and scaling up their research and development along with the size of their overall operations in Delaware. It could be a young company coming out of one of our incubators at the  University of Delaware or the Delaware Innovation Space at the DuPont Experimental Station. Or it could be an older but smaller company that has held back and delayed growth over the years because it hasn’t had the space to expand into.

The primary factor is growth point. Each company may only apply for grant funding for up to 20,000, square feet of lab space. Looking at the market, only certain companies fall into that growth stage.

If you need more information or want to review if your company qualifies, contact Noah Olson, DPP’s acting director of Innovation, at

Meet the Science and Technology Advisors

Patrick Callahan

Compass Red


Catherine Burch


Dora Cheatham

Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

Andrew Cottone


Julie Garner


John Hammond


John Koh

Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Tim Mueller

Delaware Innovation Space

Jutta Pils

DuPont Digital

Peggy Scherle


Kris Vaddi


Hacene Boukari

Delaware State University

Desa Burton

Zip Code Wilmington

Brian Coll


Isaac Ferreira

Perdue Farms

Joy Goswami

University of Delaware, Office of Economic Innovation and Partenerships

Lisa Hoffman


Katie Lakofsky

Delaware Technical Community College

Erica Nemser

Ardent Process Technologies

Brian Pryor


Steven Stanhope

University of Delaware, Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

Chris Yochim

University of Delaware, National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

Mike Bowman

Small Business Development Center, Delaware Technology Park

Serban Cantacuzene


John Collins

FS Vector

Michael Fleming

Delaware Bioscience Association

Annie Gutsche


Eric Kmiec


David Lawson

University of Delaware, College of Earth Ocean Envir

Rob Nicholson

Delaware Department of Technology and Information

Mike Rinkunas

University of Delaware, Horn Entrepreneurship Program

Bryan Tracy

White Dog Labs

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