MIPS Announces 15 Research Projects Teaming Maryland Companies and University Faculty

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Eric Schurr
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COLLEGE PARK, Md.—The Maryland Industrial Partnerships program announces the approval of 15 faculty-led research projects to help companies in Maryland develop technology-based products.

The projects, worth $2.8 million, support faculty research with approximately $1.8 million from Maryland companies and $1 million from MIPS.

Projects approved, with companies listed first, then participating universities, include:

  • A&G Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Columbia)/University of Maryland, Baltimore: Clinical trial of a serum assay for a breast cancer biomarker that is expressed in 80 percent of breast cancer biopsies.  The intended use of the serum assay will be for monitoring a patient’s response to therapy and disease progression.

  • Acceptys, Inc. (Baltimore City)/University of Maryland, Baltimore: Pre-clinical study to discover human monoclonal antibody drug candidates to treat Streptococcal Pneumonia. Acceptys is establishing a corporate presence at the university’s BioPark for this study, as well as for continuing collaboration.

  • Agentsmith, Inc. (Baltimore City)/University of Maryland, Baltimore County:Exploring clustering techniques and algorithms for software to manage one-to-one advertising for video-on-demand, broadband, and Internet television.

  • Astrox Corporation (College Park/University of Maryland, College Park): Testing Astrox’s inward-turning scramjet (supersonic combustion jet with no moving parts), an aerospace-focused engine that could cheaply enable Single-Stage-to-Orbit (space) flights from standard airports.

  • CI Technologies, LLC (Frederick)/University of Maryland, College Park: Developing an alternative emergency wireless communication service for commercial users and first responders that enables cell phone carriers to switch calls to work over satellite links during emergencies, using CI Technologies’ gateway protocol software.

  • Innovative Biosensors, Inc. (College Park)/University of Maryland, College Park: Screening of antibodies and optimization of sample preparation procedures for a salmonella- and listeria-based test using the company's core ultra sensitive, rapid detection technology.

  • InvisiTrack, Inc. (Annapolis)/University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Developing a system for the prediction and early detection of landslides. InvisiTrack’s wireless sensing technology, which is also applicable to other markets, works through concrete walls, foliage, and dense fog at over 2,000 feet, giving it distinct advantages over GPS and RFID.

  • LaserLink Technology, LLC (Silver Spring)/University of Maryland, College Park: Developing high performance Field Programmable Analog Arrays (FPAAs) and Field Programmable Mixed-Signal Arrays (FPMAs) based on the company’s proprietary, MakeLink™ laser programming technology. Application areas include most areas of analog and mixed signal design, including data acquisition and integrated signal conditioning and processing for industrial, automotive, medical, sensor and communications markets.

  • Maxion Technologies, Inc. (Hyattsville)/University of Maryland, College Park:Developing a semiconductor laser for sensing chemicals. The initial target market will be natural gas leak detection from residential lines. Future applications could include medical diagnostics and therapeutics, homeland defense, real-time industrial process controls, environmental monitoring, and combustion monitoring.

  • NetImmune, Inc. (Germantown)/University of Maryland, College Park: Developing a high-speed prototype platform in a real network environment to detect and prevent Distributed Denial of Service and intrusion attacks. NetImmune’s solution can identify a network attack within seconds to a few minutes; current systems can take more than a half hour. By detecting network attacks at early stages, NetImmune’s technology can prevent substantial damage from occurring.

  • Pixelligent Technologies, LLC (College Park)/University of Maryland, College Park: Optimizing and demonstrating Pixelligent's innovations to use nanotechnology to print smaller features on semiconductor wafers. Pixelligent's technologies may extend current lithography equipment to print as small as 22 nanometers. Current lithographers are printing at 90 nanometers.

  • Sterilex Corporation (Baltimore City)/University of Maryland, Baltimore: Optimizing and testing an antimicrobial tablet for daily use in dental unit water that will address the issue of poor municipal water quality (i.e., bacteria levels above the CDC guidelines).

  • TestSolvers International, LLC (Bethesda)/University of Maryland, College Park: Develop an intelligent and user-friendly graphical user interface for the company’s automated tool for testing software. TestSolvers’ tool, which tests have shown outperforms currently available products, could significantly reduce the $60 billion per year U.S. corporations spend to repair software defects. TestSolvers won the University of Maryland's 2005 New Venture Challenge [they were then called Test2Do] in the graduate student category.

  • TRX Systems, Inc. (Lanham)/University of Maryland, College Park: Develop a Fire Safe Locator System that can centrally monitor the location, vital signs, and other situational information of first responders, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Vorcat, Inc. (Rockville)/University of Maryland, College Park: Validate Vorcat’s commercial software for predicting fluid flows in the chemical processing and pharmaceutical industries. Vorcat’s fluid flow prediction software is already used in the automotive, aerospace, maritime, and biomedical industries.

This is the 36th round of MIPS funding. The program has supported 500 research projects with 337 different Maryland companies since 1987.

The MIPS program received the “Best Practice” award for technology transfer programs in 2005 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

About MIPS

The MIPS program provides incentives for Maryland companies to utilize the extensive knowledge base and unique facilities of University System of Maryland institutions for innovating new and improved products. The primary objectives of MIPS are: to facilitate and fund faculty-led research projects to help companies in Maryland develop technology-based products, and to promote economic development in the State by applying the University’s technical expertise. MIPS is a program of the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH), whose mission is to accelerate new ventures, spur economic growth, and bring university expertise to Maryland companies through technology entrepreneurship and research programs. For more information, visit:



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