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Decade of TMV research leads to never-before-seen microsystems for energy storage, biosensors and self-sustaining systems

Since 2007, University of Maryland professors Reza Ghodssi (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Institute for Systems Research) and James Culver (Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research) have partnered with colleagues from materials science, chemistry and bioengineering to create devices using the Tobacco mosaic virus as a biological nanoscaffold.

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IBBR Awarded $6 Million NIH Grant for Structure-Based Design of a Hepatitis C Vaccine

(Rockville, MD, June 12, 2017) University of Maryland’s Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been awarded a $6.0 million grant entitled, “Structure-Based Vaccine Design for Hepatitis C Virus”, to develop a novel prophylactic vaccine to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The grant is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the research will take place over a five-year period.  

IBBR faculty win two Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) grants

(Rockville, Maryland) The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been awarded two $115,000 grants to commercialize technologies based on improving protein-based therapeutics utilizing a novel biopolymer and an alternate way to treat Niemann-Pick disease patients. The grants are funded by the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) as part of the Technology Council of Maryland’s (TEDCO) effort to support commercialization of academic-based scientific research and the state’s efforts to foster economic development in Maryland.

Genisphere Begins Collaborative and Sponsored Research Program with the University of Maryland

HATFIELD, Pa - April 26, 2017 - Genisphere LLC, provider of the 3DNA® drug delivery platform, has signed a collaborative and sponsored research agreement with the University of Maryland, through Dr. Silvia Muro. The overall goal of the partnership is to study the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of various 3DNA designs and formulations after in vivo administration.

IBBR Receives Award to Develop Drought-Tolerant Plants

(Rockville, Maryland) The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $100,000 grant to test the broader applicability of a technology platform invented by one of its leading scientists towards engineering drought-tolerant, agriculturally important crops.  The grant is funded by the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) as part of the Technology Council of Maryland’s (TEDCO) effort to support commercialization of academic-based scientific research as part of the state’s efforts to foster economic development in Maryland.

Bentley Leads Team of Researchers Working to Develop Electrogenetic Device for Activating Gene Expression via Electrodes

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Media Contact: Alyssa Wolice, 301-405-3936
 

UMD Researchers Develop Electrogenetic Device for Activating Gene Expression via Electrodes

System Holds Promise for Study of Biological Systems, Biosensors and Bio-hybrid Devices

 

University of Maryland Key Partner in New National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals

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Pamela R. M. Phetphongsy 301-405-6266, Lee Tune 301-405-4679

IBBR Scientist Brian Pierce Wins Best Inventor Pitch at UMD's Bioscience Day 2016

By Tiffany Stone

At the University of Maryland’s Bioscience Day 2016, Brian Pierce, PhD., Assistant Professor, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), presented new rational design approaches to develop hepatitis C vaccines, winning the best inventor pitch. Pierce received a $3,000 award sponsored by UM Ventures, a joint initiative of the MPowering the State Program, that brings together the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park to commercialize technology.

IBBR Scientist's Remarkable Discovery Premiers in Two Publications

By Tiffany Stone

FRONT COVER OF IMMUNITY, April 19, 2016

THE JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY, MAY 1, 2016

Muro Develops Technique to Improve Oral Drug Delivery Using Targeted Nanocarriers
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Associate Professor Silvia Muro, PhD and fellow UMD researchers are working to improve oral drug delivery to targets by protecting against the effects of gastric conditions.

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