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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


Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research

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


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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

Shape-Changing Enzyme Suggests How Small Doses of Anti-HIV Drug Might Treat Alzheimer's Disease


Article originally written and posted by NIST News Events.

For a promising pathway to treating Alzheimer's patients, "aim here." That's what National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST) researchers advised collaborators hunting for molecules that, by linking to a normally occurring enzyme, rev up the brain's capacity for clearing cholesterol—a boost associated with improvements in memory and other benefits in animal studies.

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Record Turnout at IBBR’s First Bio-Networking Event


Event brings industry, academia, and government together to promote Maryland regional biotech activity

(Rockville, MD) March 3, 2016-- The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), a translational research institute dedicated to advancing innovative scientific discoveries to commercial applications, hosted its first bio-networking event on February 25th that brought together 250 scientists from academia, industry, government agencies, investors, and budding entrepreneurs seeking to connect with each other in an informal setting to talk about... Read More

NIST-based tBLM system nears clinical application for detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV)


Utilizing NIST-developed materials that allow the formation of model tethered bilayer lipid membranes (tBLMs) at surfaces, researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology in Vilnius, Lithuania have functionally reconstituted an integral membrane protein toxin vaginolysin (VLY) and demonstrated the applicability of these tBLMs as a bioanalytical platform for the detection of bacterial vaginosis (BV). The facile detection of VLY in the tBLMs allows a more rapid (within several minutes) assessment of BV, a bacterial process linked to infertility... Read More

New IBBR Director Envisions Premier Biotechnology Research Institute


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Fuerst, Ph.D., as the new director of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR). IBBR is a joint research enterprise created to enhance collaboration among the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the fields of medicine, biosciences, technology, quantitative sciences and engineering.

"Tom has dedicated his life and career to this industry and we are honored... Read More

Montgomery County Public School students finish successful summer internships


Eight Montgomery County high school students recently completed summer internships at IBBR as part of the annual internship program. In collaboration with the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS), IBBR offers a limited number of high school internships for highly motivated MCPS students as part of the MCPS DNA Resource Center (DRC) program. The internship program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to work with mentors and explore careers in the fields of science and information technology. Lesli Adler, Director of the DRC, works closely with IBBR researchers to... Read More

Environmental Health Perspectives Quotes IBBR/Vet-Med faculty, Dr. Daniel Nelson


In the current issue of the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (121(2):  A48-A53 (2013)), contributing author Carol Potera reviews the emerging uses of bacteriophage as antibiotic alternatives. The article “Phage Renaissance: New Hope Against Antibiotic Resistance”, examines several applications for phage-directed approaches, including food safety, medical, and water treatment. In the article, IBBR/Vet-Med faculty, Dr. Daniel Nelson, a world-renowned researcher on phage lysins, describes the inherent properties of phage enzymes as a viable approach in several applications... Read More