MFIC Seed Grants Awarded for Nanomaterials Research

07/18/2006
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LOWELL ߝ MFIC Corp. has awarded grants to University of Massachusetts Lowell researchers to advance promising technologies that may lead to commercial development of nanomaterials. MFIC has also donated a Microfluidizer® Processor valued at $100,000 that was previously on loan to the campus. The research seed grants are for $6,000 each, matched by UML under a research and collaboration agreement.

 The three research projects are:

- A proposal by Prof. John Warner, director of the Center for Green Che mistry, on specifically designed co-crystals for pharmaceutical compounds.

- A proposal by Prof. Emeritus Arthur Watterson, director of the Institute for NanoScience and Engineering Technology, on water-soluble polymer nanoparticles suitable for drug delivery.

- A proposal by Prof. Robert Nicolosi, director for the Center for Health and Disease Research, an anti-oxidant formulation for anti-bacterial and wound-healing.

 All the research is conducted in collaboration with UML’s Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence (NCOE).  The research projects will use the proprietary Microfluidizer® Processor and in some instances Microfluidics’ continuous chemical reaction technology.

“We are pleased to move forward at the NCOE with the initial projects under the collaboration with MFIC and its operating subsidiary, Microfluidics Corporation. Microfluidics equipment will become key manufacturing platforms for high throughput nanomanufacturing,” said Prof. Julie Chen, NCOE director. “Researchers on campus and across industry sectors are interested in exploring nanoparticle production that is scalable from experimental quantities to production amounts, with consistency and stability.”

Irwin Gruverman, CEO and Chairman of MFIC, stated “We are gratified to see progress in the collaboration and the NCOE’s desire to utilize our equipment and capabilities in conjunction with the substantial formulation and engineering strengths at UML. Based on the level of interest in and proposals for the use of our equipment for a wide variety of applications at NCOE we have extended the collaboration to a multi-year relationship. We believe that the three initial research proposals that have been funded are only a first step in a longer term relationship with the NCOE and UML.”

UMass Lowell, www.uml.edu, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.

MFIC Corporation, through its Microfluidics subsidiary, provides patented and proprietary high performance Microfluidizer(R) materials processing equipment to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics/personal care, and food industries. MFIC applies its 20 years of high pressure processing experience to produce the most uniform and smallest liquid and suspended solid structures available, and has provided manufacturing systems for nanoparticle products for more than 15 years. The Company is a leader in advanced materials processing equipment for laboratory, pilot scale and manufacturing applications, offering innovative technology and comprehensive solutions for nanoparticles and other materials processing and production. More than 3,000 systems are in use and afford significant competitive and economic advantages to MFIC equipment customers.