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UM Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program Approves 18 Collaborative Research Projects, Worth $4.4 Million, Between University Faculty, State Technology Companies
Date:2/21/2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland's Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS) today announces the approval of 18 new collaborative research projects between Maryland companies and university faculty.

Worth $4.4 million, the new projects combine $3 million from participating companies and $1.4 million from the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program.

Through MIPS, faculty members engage in research that furthers the development of high-tech products for Maryland companies. Projects, which must be technology-focused and possess commercial potential, can range from creating or testing new products to clinical and pre-clinical trials.

Both the company and the University of Maryland contribute funding for each project. All funding goes to the participating faculty.

Four University System of Maryland campuses have approved projects. Three participating companies are based in Baltimore, two are on the Eastern Shore, one is in Southern Maryland, and one is near Annapolis, while the remaining ten are in Frederick, Gaithersburg, and near the Capital Beltway.

Projects approved, listed by participating company, university, project title and total project funding, include:

-- Salisbury-based AHPharma Food Safety Products Inc. and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Underwater Pulsed Arc Discharge (UPAD) for Poultry; $251,703

-- Arnold-based Applied Sensor Research and Development Corp. and the University of Maryland, College Park: Porous Packaging for Microfluidic Sensors; $97,112.

-- Frederick-based BioElectronics Corporation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy for Healing; $258,788.

-- Baltimore-based CCC Diagnostics LLC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Clinical Studies of Drug Response Indicators Test; $732,700.

-- Baltimore-based CSA Medical Inc. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Multi-Center Dysplasia Study; $636,731.

-- Rockville-based Flexible Medical Systems LLC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Noninvasive Sensing of Glucose and Lactate; $219,974.

-- North Potomac-based Potomac Affinity Proteins LLC and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute: Proteases and Tags for Protein Purification; $135,000.

-- Hollywood-based Recovery Science LLC and the University of Maryland, College Park: Wrist Training Effects on Motor Performance: Golf; $350,870.

-- Potomac-based reoSYM and the University of Maryland, College Park: Compression for Future Ready Basestations; $195,700.

-- Rockville-based Rexahn Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Polymer-drug Conjugates for Cancer Therapy; $217,761.

-- Crisfield-based Sherwin Williams and the University of Maryland, College Park: Automation of the Brush-Knot Manufacturing Process; $77,572.

-- Rockville-based Signal Processing Inc. and the University of Maryland, College Park: Flexible and High Performance Biometric Tools; $121,505.

-- Gaithersburg-based Sirnaomics, Inc. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Silencing Scar Formation by Targeting Hoxb13: $158,199.

-- Silver Spring-based Technologies and Devices International Inc. and the University of Maryland, College Park: Material Study for Solid State Lighting; $37,144.

-- College Park-based TRX Systems Inc. and the University of Maryland, College Park: High Temperature Packaging & MEMS Characterization; $186,368.

-- Rockville-based VectorLogics Inc. and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute: Development of IBDV Vectors for Therapeutic Use; $143,749.

-- Baltimore-based WellDoc Communications, Inc. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Mobile Diabetes Management Platform; $443,595.

-- Boyds-based Zylacta Corporation and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute: Glycopeptides for Management of Hepatitis C; $138,200.

This is the 41st round of MIPS funding. The program has supported research projects with over 400 different Maryland companies since 1987.

Groundbreaking products such as Martek Biosciences' infant formula additives, Hughes Network Systems' HughesNet, MedImmune Inc.'s Synagis, and Black & Decker's Bullet Speed Tip Masonry Drill Bit have benefited from MIPS-supported research. These products have collectively generated more than $14.4 billion in revenue and led to the creation of thousands of jobs in Maryland.

About MIPS (http://www.mips.umd.edu)

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program, an initiative of the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), brings university innovation to the commercial sector by supporting university-based research projects to help Maryland companies develop technology-based products.


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