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RJ Lee Group Plans Research Lab at State College, Pennsylvania

08/21/2017
RJ Lee Group, a leading industrial forensics analytical laboratory, signed a long-term lease to establish an analytical services laboratory at Penn State University's Innovation Park at State College, Pennsylvania.

The laboratory will be located in the new 310 Building in Innovation Park currently under construction, which is slated for completion in November 2017. RJ Lee Group expects to open its 2700 square foot facility in December 2017. A key component of the laboratory will include a wide range of analytical equipment focused on cost effective, rapid turnaround characterization to serve local industry.

“For years, RJ Lee Group has utilized Penn State labs, equipment and other resources to help solve our customer's’ problems. Recently, we made the decision to increase our presence in State College as we look to team with local industry, as well as with Penn State, to commercialize new technologies developed at the University,” said Dr. Richard Lee, Founder and President of, RJ Lee Group.

“This decision was driven primarily because of the university’s vast research expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and access to talent. “We are very excited to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with Penn State and firmly believe it will lead to numerous opportunities for increased collaboration in materials, transportation, information sciences, life sciences, agriculture, energy and advanced additive manufacturing,” Lee said. “Having a new facility here in Innovation Park will allow RJ Lee Group to expand and strengthen our collaborations with Penn State and the rapidly growing high tech community located here,” he added.

“On the commercial side, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Morgan Advanced Materials, because we see numerous opportunities for analytical services and forensic analysis for Morgan’s Carbon Science Centre of Excellence and their production facilities” said Lee.

Morgan Advanced Materials, a global leader in advanced carbon and ceramic materials, is establishing its Carbon Science Centre of Excellence at 310 Innovation Boulevard. Dr. Phillip Armstrong, CoE Lead said, “Morgan Advanced Materials welcomes the new laboratory being established by RJ Lee Group at Innovation Park. As we develop new materials and technologies, partnering with experts in testing diagnostics and methodologies is fundamental, and working with RJ Lee Group is an important part of our plans.”

Lee indicated that in addition to Morgan Advanced Materials, the close proximity to Penn State’s CIMP-3D and the Additive Manufacturing community in Innovation Park provide the opportunity to develop collaborations and apply RJ Lee Groups extensive capabilities in powdered metal characterization in this rapidly growing field.

“RJ Lee Group sees State College as the ideal location for its new facility, due to its proximity to Penn State’s state of the art laboratory equipment, faculty and staff, who are subject matter experts, and the students themselves,” said David Crawford, Vice President of RJ Lee Group. “We hope to bring research opportunities to Penn State via new and ongoing projects with our base of over 1600 clients worldwide. In addition, we see Penn State as an ideal partner for commercialization of intellectual property developed at the University.”

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