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U Maryland MIPS awards $3.8M to matching innovation grant program

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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
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University of Maryland, College Parkprogram has awarded $3.8 million to 17 teams of university researchers working with state companies on projects to bring technology products to market.

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships program provides matching grants to companies that partner with university researchers to accelerate technology commercialization. Companies involved in the program are contributing $2.3 million and MIPS is contributing $1.5 million to the projects.

The program is part of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the James A. Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland.

Here are the projects selected for grant funding that are affiliated with Baltimore-area universities:

University of Maryland, Baltimore:

  • ($224,800) J. Kristie Johnson, associate professor, department of pathology, and Baltimore-based InstantLabs Medical Diagnostics Corp.
  • ($136,899) Alex MacKerell, professor, school of pharmacy, and Baltimore-based SilcsBio LLC.
  • ($319,699) Leonid Medved, professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, and Baltimore-based Biomedica Management Corp.
  • ($129,960) Osamah Saeedi, assistant professor, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and Columbia-based Vasoptic Medical Inc.
  • ($203,250) Mark Smith, associate professor, department of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, and Rockville-based Brain Biosciences Inc.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County:

  • ($135,750) Lisa Kelly, associate professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry, and Edgewood-based Feature Flooring Products Inc.

University of Maryland, College Park:

  • ($141,205) Mario Dagenais, professor, department of electrical and computer engineering, and College Park-based FlexEl LLC.
  • ($185,575) Robert Dooling, professor, department of psychology, and Bethesda-based Otomagnetics LLC.
  • ($177,500) Elise Miller-Hooks, professor, department of civil and environmental engineering, and Gaithersburg-based Information Technology Curves.
  • ($135,000) Alireza Khaligh, assistant professor, department of electrical and computer engineering and Institute for Systems Research and Bethesda-based Altenera Technology.
  • ($274,700) Catherine Plaisant, associate director of research for the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and Annapolis-based Pulse8 LLC.
  • ($452,273) Reinhard RadermacherMinta Martin Professor of Engineering, department of mechanical engineering and director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering; Yunho Hwang, associate research professor, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering; and Gaithersburg-based Sustainable Design Group Corp.
  • ($279,546) Jae Kun Shim, associate professor, department of kinesiology, and Keedysville-based Fluid Motion LLC.

Towson University

  • ($339,200) Ellyn Sheffield, associate professor, department of psychology, and Marriottsville-based Autonomy Engine LLC.

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