University Heights Science and Technology Park (UHSTP) is a collaborative venture between Newark’s higher education institutions, the City and Community of Newark, and private industry designed to harness university science and technology research as a force for urban and regional economic and community development.
UHSTP was incorporated in 1992 by the presidents of Essex County College, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University- Newark, and the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Collectively, this group is known as the Council For Higher Education in Newark (CHEN). The founding of UHSTP was the result of a unique collaboration with the community.
The Park was designed to ignite the revitalization of approximately 50 acres in the University Heights neighborhood of the Central Ward of the City of Newark. In 1996, the first two buildings were completed to house the Park’s offices, industrials laboratories, technology start-up companies, and a daycare center to accommodate Park tenants.
A master plan to direct the strategic development of the mixed-use space was completed in 2002. The buildout included technology laboratories and offices, incubator space, retail space, a technology high school, new and rehabilitated housing, as well as a daycare center.The International Center for Public Health (ICPH) constructed as the flagship facility of the Park was completed in 2002. The Public Health Research Institute, a 72-year-old biomedical research organization and the center’s anchor tenant, moved to the Park in 2002 to continue with its mission to help eliminate worldwide infectious diseases through research excellence. Two other premier research organizations occupy ICPH: Rutgers University Medical School's National Tuberculosis Center and Rutgers University Medical School's Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics.
In 2000, UHSTP worked in cooperation with The Newark Public Schools to establish the new Science Park High School. The partnership's goal was to create a technology enriched curriculum to prepare urban and minority students for career paths that require specialized knowledge and skills in math, science and technology. The new school, located in close proximity to the Park, has the capacity for over 900 students. The building includes a state of the art solar and geothermal energy system and highly efficient heating and cooling.
Today, more than 90 incubating companies are located in University Heights Science and Technology Park. Approximately 1.2 acres in the Park was recently purchased by Biotrial, a leading clinical research organization based in France, where it plans to build its North American headquarters.