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August 27, 2002

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   Barry Janov (619) 594-4524 or bjanov@foundation.sdsu.edu
   Sarah Huyett Benson (858) 622-5714 or shbenson@ucsd.edu

CCAT AWARDS MORE GRANTS TO DEVELOP HOMELAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 26, 2002) – The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) announces the winners of three 2002 solicitations. The solicitations were executed in 2002 in the following categories: 1. High Technology, 2. Life Science and 3. University and Research Institutions. The winners, all from the San Diego area, successfully presented technologies deemed to be useful in aiding in homeland security. CCAT’s panel of experts, as well as the CCAT board of directors, chose the below winners from a combined group of more than 50 applicants.

High Technology Solicitation, February 2002:

Applied Photonics was awarded market study services for Image Recognition and Identification Sensor (IRIS), a portable system to identify patterns in faces, fingerprints, license plates, etc.

Del Mar Ventures was awarded $75,000 for the prototype development of a portable device used to detect explosives using a technology known as neutron detection.

Orincon was awarded business plan services for a software security system designed to recognize insider activities that compromise information systems.

Polexis was awarded $75,000 for the prototype development of Vigilys, a software program that allows federal, state and local agencies to collaborate prior to, during and after a crisis.

Universal Dialog was awarded market study services for a software program developed for cross-language information extraction.

Prof. Mohan M. Trivedi

University of California, San Diego, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Mohan M. Trivedi was awarded $75,000 for research and development as well as market study services, for Digital Televiewer, a product for streaming customized video from remote crisis sites to multiple observers.

Life Sciences Solicitation, April 2002:

Applied Gene Technologies was awarded $75,000 for research and development as well as market study services, for anthrax detection kit, which uses their patented Tessa Array Technology?.

The Xenerex Biosciences subsidiary of Avanir Pharmaceuticals was awarded $75,000 for research and development as well as market study services, for a product that treats exposure to anthrax. Avanir describes the product as creating fully human monoclonal antibodies to treat anthrax toxins.

University and Research Institutions Solicitation, June 2002:

University of California, San Diego, Department of Bioengineering, Prof. Lanping Amy Sung was awarded market study services for a biotechnology capable of converting seawater to drinkable water.

Prof. Juan Lasheras
Prof. Sergei Krasheninnikov

University of California, San Diego, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Juan Lasheras and Dr. Nathan Delson were awarded $75,000 for research and development as well as market study services, for low cost, legged robots.

University of California, San Diego, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Sergei Krasheninnikov was awarded $75,000 for research and development as well as market study services, for a diffraction optics technology for high power lasers.

“The variety of awardees demonstrates how many of San Diego’s emerging technologies can be applied to homeland security,” says Abigail Barrow, managing director, von Liebig Center, Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD and CCAT board member. “We’re pleased that CCAT can help accelerate the development of these crucial technologies.”

The CCAT – supported by a $5.2 million two-year appropriation by Congress and funded by the Department of Defense – is a public-private collaborative partnership between academia, industry, and government. Partners include San Diego State University (SDSU) Foundation and Entrepreneurial Management Center, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering and UCSD CONNECT, and ORINCON Corporation International with support from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego. The consortium-style CCAT intends to bridge the gap that exists between the generators of technology, the Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace.

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