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The Cooperative Research Consortium in Packaging Science and Technology serves the packaging industry through fundamental and applied research in the technologies of the industry and as an active program of knowledge and technology transfer. The Consortium aspires to be a global research, educational, and training resource for industry by directing the development of innovative materials, processes and systems. Research programs are recommended jointly by Consortium faculty/staff and member companies.

Consortium research programs are supported by funds from member companies. The results of the research are proprietary to Cal Poly State University and are made available to Consortium member companies on a first-access basis. This information is ultimately placed in the public domain, through presentations and publications, poster presentations, software, and patent disclosures, with the assistance of the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Consortium. The policies governing the ownership of intellectual property are discussed in the Member Agreement.