Incubator Opens

DTP@STAR welcomes 12 start-ups to new space at STAR Campus

Norm Wagner takes the bus.

Three stops and just a few minutes later, in less time than it takes to walk from his office to his parking lot, the chemical and biomolecular engineering professor arrives at his startup company’s new home, the University of Delaware’s Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.

The professor’s humble transport is somewhat incongruous with his lofty ambitions for his venture, STF Technologies. “We want to save people’s lives and go to Mars,” he said.

STF develops flexible materials that can withstand impact, including needle-resistant surgical gloves and advanced space suits.

Wagner is one of a dozen entrepreneurs occupying space in Delaware Technology Park’s new wet lab incubator on the STAR Campus, which celebrated its official opening Friday, Oct. 14, at an event attended by University, DTP, state and federal officials.

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