Motion correction PET program bankrolled by UM, Brain Biosciences

The University of Maryland announced this month that 18 projects with a value of $4.7 million have been approved through the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS) program, which is fostered by the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute and A. James Clark School of Engineering. Projects include the development of cancer therapeutics and motion correction software for brain PET systems.

Research at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, includes a $174,020 project, partnered with Rockville-based Brain Biosciences, to build and assess a brain PET motion-compensation system for patients that cannot lie still during brain scan.

The program combines MIPS grant money with corporate sponsorship. An estimated $2.4 million is being contributed by companies and $2.3 million by MIPS in this particular initiative. Additional funding comes from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of National Resources.