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Penn State Berks and Penn State Health St. Joseph dedicate Langan LaunchBox

The official ribbon cutting was held Monday, May 22nd at the Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Reading Campus, which houses the Langan LaunchBox. Roughly 75 attendees visited the LaunchBox and had the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff who have worked on the project along with students who showcased some of their recent projects.


The Langan LaunchBox hopes to create a culture change. Dr. R. Keith Hillkirk, Penn State Berks Chancellor, said the overall mission of the joint initiative is to enhance community and industry relationships and put the power of social entrepreneurship to work to accelerate business development in Reading, PA.  A key focus is to create a culture of innovation to expand the number of entrepreneurs in the area.

The Langan LaunchBox houses an Additive Manufacturing Lab where students can work with 3-D printers to bring their ideas to life, and the Human Movement Research Center, an interdisciplinary enterprise that focuses on assessing wellness in the community and understanding the connection between the mind and body. The “Be Bold, Take Charge” initiative is working to better understand the nutrition patterns of city residents and to promote healthy diet and exercise.

To learn more about the ribbon cutting ceremony, you can view a full news release HERE.

Stay tuned, more is coming to the Langan LaunchBox! For now, we owe a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped with this event. We can’t wait to see what amazing ideas come to fruition!