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Mtech's venture programs work closely with organizations and persons—ranging from local entrepreneurs and angel investors to service providers and large corporations—who share a passion for starting and building ventures, as well as for training technologists to become founders. Mtech venture programs' valued 2009-2010 sponsors are listed below.

- Fish & Richardson P.C.
- Nixon Peabody LLP
- SAIC
- Warren Citrin

 

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Fish & Richardson P.C. is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers in ten offices: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Delaware, New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC. The firm is one of the largest firms practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law and the only firm with a truly national intellectual property practice. Founded in 1878, the firm represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers. For 125 years we have served great innovators, helping to protect countless ideas, nurture discoveries, and bring new concepts to market. The firm prosecuted and litigated many of the fundamental patents of an industrialized America, serving corporations creating the cutting-edge technologies of the day: the telephone, the air-brake, the steam turbine, the automobile, and the radio. Frederick Fish, the firm's founder, was for many years the acknowledged leader of the patent bar of the entire country at a time when patents were more important than they had ever been. Today, the firm continues to represent great innovators working in cutting-edge technologies.

 

Nixon Peabody
Nixon Peabody is one of the largest law firms in the United States with more than
800 attorneys collaborating across 21 major practice areas in 17 office locations,
including Washington, D.C. , New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris, Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley. Nixon Peabody has deep experience representing research institutions and universities, and the life sciences and technology-based startup companies that emerge from these institutions. Extensive experience on both the investor and company sides of financing deals enables us to make introductions that are beneficial to both companies in search of funding and venture capital firms looking
for exceptional companies in which to invest. Our attorneys negotiate, structure, and close venture capital funding deals and all types of strategic alliances and joint ventures. We help our clients know what to expect throughout the financing process and how to avoid common pitfalls. Our relationships with a broad network of investors nationwide enable us to negotiate the most favorable terms and conditions for all types of private equity issuance. We offer full-service corporate capabilities emerging businesses need as they mature. Nixon Peabody has a robust Intellectual Property Practice that counsels technology
and life sciences companies on due diligence matters, patent prosecution, patent
interference, patent application, patent reexamination, patent reissue, transactional
matters, and litigation.

 

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SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure and health.

The company’s approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets.

SAIC generates approximately 96 percent of its business through federal, state and local government contracts. The remaining four percent is comprised of commercial contracts.
SAIC was designed for professional people who want to perform superior scientific and technical work and who want to have a stake and a voice in the company’s development.

 

Warren Citrin co-founded Solipsys Corporation in March 1996. He was the CEO and a member of the Board of Solipsys from 1996 until the sale of the company to Raytheon Company in March 2003. Under his leadership, Solipsys grew to more than 200 employees with no debt or outside ownership. In May 2003 he won the Ernst and Young Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year award. Following the sale to Raytheon, Citrin was selected for membership to the Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems oversight committee, which directs the efforts of over 12,000 employees worldwide. He held that position and remained as President and Board member of Raytheon Solipsys until leaving the company in April 2005 to start a new venture. His new company, Gloto Corp., specializes in the application of technology to improve mobile consumer/merchant transactions.

Prior to his founding of Solipsys, Citrin was the assistant supervisor of the Engineering Analysis Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). During his 18 years at JHU/APL, he contributed to the design and development of automatic signal processing and tracking systems for numerous surface and airborne combatant radar systems. From 1985 until 1996, Citrin led the design, development, and integration of what remains the U.S. Navy’s premier radar network, the Cooperative Engagement Capability.

In 2007, Citrin established the $250,000 Impact Pre-Seed Fund at the University of Maryland, which offers grants, in $500 to $5,000 increments, to students in Mtech’s Hinman CEOs, Hillman Entrepreneurs, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs.

This year, Citrin established the Warren Citrin Graduate Fellowships, which support four Ph.D. students interested in conducting commercially viable research in the broad area of sustainability, through a $560,000 gift.

 


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