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08.22.13 Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Announces Historic Technology Partnership with JHU Applied Physics Lab

August 22, 2013

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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Announces Historic Technology Partnership with JHU Applied Physics Lab

Howard’s Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship will identify and promote new technology

 
ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced a ground-breaking partnership between the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Howard County that will turn technology being developed at APL into jobs, products and businesses.

Under an agreement signed on Thursday, APL will identify promising technologies developed by their scientists and engineers with potential commercial applications, and the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship will use its network of entrepreneurs, guidance and resources to launch successful businesses.

While the APL has been in existence for more than 70 years, this is the first time the institution has entered into such an agreement.

“We have a culture of innovation in Howard County that makes a partnership like this work,” said County Executive Ulman. “We are pairing the groundbreaking research that APL is known for with the spirit of entrepreneurship we have in Howard County. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

APL is known for such advances as satellite navigation, the predecessor to today’s GPS technology, and for the development of a prosthetic arm that is controlled by a brain interface. Today’s agreement means that similar technological advances can find commercial applications much more rapidly.

“We are fortunate to be in Howard County, where we have access to so many creative people who will work with us to transition our ideas into the commercial marketplace,” said Dr. Ralph Semmel, Director of APL. “We are pleased to be able to showcase some of our best work, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Under the agreement between APL and the Howard County Economic Development Authority, APL will identify several promising technologies for commercialization. MCE will put together a team that will develop and execute a commercialization plan for those technologies.

MCE will also provide space in its business incubator, the iCat, to help the new ventures grow and prosper. The county is committing an initial $400,000 to the effort over two years.

“The Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship was created for just this type of project,” said Lawrence F. Twele, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. “We are leveraging the talent and expertise in the county to position Howard as a leader in economic success and innovation.”

About the Applied Physics Laboratory: Not-for-profit division of the Johns Hopkins University moved to Howard County in 1954 from Silver Spring, Maryland, where it opened its doors in 1942. APL has approximately has 5,000 staff members who occupy 32 buildings on a 399-acre main campus and six leased buildings in the adjoining Montpelier Research Park.
About the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship:The Howard County Economic Development Authority runs the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, which connects entrepreneurs with resources and fuels job and business growth in a collaborative environment. The MCE’s recent Startup Maryland bus tour won an award for innovation from the National Association of Counties.

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