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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.

Pierce garnered the award at the Professor Venture... Read More

IBBR Scientist's Remarkable Discovery Premiers in Two Publications

By Tiffany Stone



Yuxing Li, PhD, IBBR Associate Professor, led a groundbreaking study that was spotlighted on the front cover of Immunity, a renowned scientific publication. The research identified an antibody in its intermediate maturation stage whose mature form was found in a powerful class of molecules effective against HIV. Knowledge of the anti-HIV antibodies’ evolution and how it develops could be the key to developing a vaccine... Read More

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.

For decades, scientists have worked to target therapeutics to specific markers within the body in efforts to improve delivery of medication to the target site while avoiding interaction with healthy tissue. But, the... Read More

Chinese Delegation Visits IBBR

By Tiffany Stone

A delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs and investors visited the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research as part of a two-week-long tour to the U.S. They were here to visit universities that are leaders in the biotechnology and biomedicine fields.  The group was interested in learning more about cutting-edge scientific research and latest breakthroughs, as well as seeking out potential investment opportunities.

They showed a strong interest in IBBR’s mission and unique ability to leverage technologies and expertise across its partner... Read More

IBBR Associate Director Co-Authors Science Paper on Vitamin A Transport

The high-resolution structure of STRA6 as seen with the new technology.

Using a new, lightning-fast camera paired with an electron microscope, University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists have captured images of one of the smallest human proteins to be “seen” with a microscope.

The protein – called STRA6 – sits in the membrane of our cells and is responsible for transporting vitamin A into the cell interior. Vitamin A is essential to all mammals and is particularly important in making the light receptors in our eyes, and in the placenta and fetus where it’s critical for... Read More

IBBR-NIST Scientists receive MML Accolades Awards for outstanding work

Please join us in congratulating two IBBR-NIST group members who received the Material Measurement Laboratory (MML) Award and were recognized at a ceremony with their colleagues in July.  Andrea Szakal, Ph.D., a research scientist, received the Excellence in MML Safety Accolade for implementing an integrated database system and purchase request tool to support sitewide chemical inventory compliance at IBBR, and Luke Arbogast, Ph.D., a research chemist, received the MML Postdoctoral Fellow Accolade for continuing the development of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy methods for atomic... Read More

An Extraordinary Standard: New NIST Protein Could Spur Biopharmaceutical Innovation

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued one of the world’s most intricate measurement standards: an exhaustively analyzed antibody protein that the biopharmaceutical industry will use to help ensure the quality of treatments across a widening range of health conditions, including cancers, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.

The standard is an antibody protein—consisting of more than 20,000 atoms—analyzed so thoroughly that the material can be used by organizations around the globe to verify and improve their analytical... Read More

IBBR Facility Becomes More Energy Efficient Through Optimization

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Implementing OptiCx™ platform with OptimumLOOP™ nearly doubles chiller plant output while increasing reliability of the IBBR facility, a University System of Maryland joint research enterprise.

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Cutting energy use in research labs is notoriously tough. But when the state of Maryland committed in 2011 to aggressively reducing its energy consumption—20 percent... Read More

IBBR and UMB BioMET Scientists Have Proposed a New Model To Help Solve the Mystery of How Lithium Stabilizes Moods

New measurements may have lifted the veil on the vexingly elusive interactions through which lithium can moderate the manic highs and debilitating lows experienced by people who suffer from bipolar disorder—about 2.6 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Through a series of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments, scientists from the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) and the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BioMET) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, have proposed a new molecular model of... Read More

IBBR Participates in Summer 2016 National Student Leadership Conference


IBBR Participates in Summer 2016 National Student Leadership Conference

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) is participating in the Summer 2016 National Student Leadership Conference held at American University.  A select team of high school students from around the country and abroad, who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.), -- specifically biotechnology, are visiting  IBBR’s Shady Grove facility on July 14 and 26.  The students will tour IBBR’s advanced research... Read More