MIPS Jointly Awards $7.3 Million for 17 Research Projects to Develop Commercial Products in Maryland

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Eric Schurr
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COLLEGE PARK, Md.—The University of Maryland's Maryland Industrial Partnerships programtoday announces it is jointly awarding $7.3 million in funding for 17 research projects teaming Maryland companies with university faculty to develop commercial products.

The technology-based projects include a new treatment to prevent brain damage in heart attack patients, a new treatment for anthrax, and a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, high-protein bread made from wheat grown by Maryland farmers.

The funding includes $1.1 million from MIPS and $6.2 million from Maryland companies. Funding goes exclusively towards the university research. Maryland faculty and students conduct the projects in close coordination with company personnel. Funding rounds occur twice yearly.

Five of this round's projects are in the area of homeland security, while six are in biotechnology, four in electrical engineering, and two in environmental engineering. Four institutions in Maryland are participating, including the University of Maryland, College Park, with 11 projects; the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with four projects; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with one project; and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, with one project.

Six of the participating companies are categorized as start-ups; eight are small, two are medium, and one is large. While 14 of the company awardees are in central Maryland, one each is in the southern, eastern, and northern parts of the state.

Participating companies, and brief descriptions of their products, include:

  • 20/20 Gene Systems, Inc.—first-responder, powder-screening test kit for anthrax; will be enhanced to include additional testing capabilities

  • Batching Systems, Inc.—improved optical pill/part counting scanner for the pharmaceutical and toy manufacturing industries

  • Chesapeake Fields Farmers, LLC—new line of locally grown, low-calorie, low carbohydrate, and high protein bread products

  • DataStream Conversion Services, Inc.—implementing the Software Engineering Institute's Level 3 Capability Maturity Model (CMM Level 3) in the company's development environment

  • GenVec, Inc.—gene-delivery-based treatment for hearing loss and balance disorder that regenerates hair cells in the inner ear

  • InTANK, Inc.—robotic, ultrasonic inspection system to test the integrity of above-ground storage tanks for petroleum and petrochemicals

  • Kirkegaard and Perry Labs, Inc.—series of products to help researchers deliver intact, functional proteins to living cells

  • Little Optics, Inc.—advanced optical switch for power monitoring in communications networks

  • Maryland Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.—specialized floating plant raft systems to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous runoff into the Chesapeake Bay

  • Maryland Semiconductor, Inc.—high-speed, wireless universal serial bus (USB) hardware and software to interconnect office devices at data rates of 55 to 480 megabits per second

  • Maxion Technologies, Inc.—semiconductor laser technology for chemical sensors

  • Orthotic Mobility Systems, Inc.—mobility system to help children with neurological disorders walk

  • PharmAthene, Inc.—protein-based, anti-toxin treatment/vaccine for anthrax

  • Sigma Tau Research, Inc.—drug that can potentially prevent brain damage in cardiac arrest patients

  • Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.—laser-based monitoring system that detects metallic species in aircraft engine exhaust emissions

  • TATE, Inc.—prototypes for new reactor-based and in-line water purification products

  • Techno-Sciences, Inc.—flight controls for military and commercial helicopters that reduce noise and vibrations, enhance flight performance, reduce maintenance, and increase safety

About MIPS

MIPS provides funding—matched by participating companies—for university-based research projects that help companies develop new products. Companies with operations in Maryland are eligible, as are faculty from any of the University System of Maryland's 13 institutions. Projects must deal with innovative technological or scientific concepts and have direct commercial applications. MIPS contributes up to $100,000 for each project year; projects can be funded for one or two years. There is no limit on company project contributions. All funds go towards the university research.

MIPS is a program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH), which grows technology in Maryland through research funding, a business incubator, biotechnology services, entrepreneurship initiatives, and manufacturing consulting.

Complete listing of Round 34 awards



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