"Clean Water for Everyone. Everywhere."

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program (MIPS), one of the most historically effective initiatives for fostering innovation and job creation in the State of Maryland, has recently granted Beacon Research an award for developing a geosynthetic filtration system to mitigate urban stormwater runoff. In collaboration with Professor Allen Davis of the University of Maryland, College Park, researchers at Beacon Research are developing prototypes to reduce the migration of suspended solids into the Chesapeake Bay.

About MIPS:

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by jointly funding collaborative R&D projects between companies and University System of Maryland faculty.

MIPS provides funding, matched by participating companies, for university-based research projects that help companies develop new products. MIPS projects help companies find solutions to technical challenges, as well as develop products, processes or training materials. MIPS projects are conducted by university faculty and graduate students in conjunction with company researchers.

With more than 400 Maryland companies participating in project awards since 1987, worth over $160 million—MIPS projects create results. MIPS-supported products have generated more than $21.6 billion in sales, added jobs to the region, and infused state-of-the-art technology into the global marketplace.


About the State of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources:

The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.

December 2014: Researchers at Beacon Research, George Washington University and the University of Maryland participated in the National Science Foundation's 2014 DC i-Corps. Their project focused on the commercialization of graphene oxide forward osmosis membranes for water purification.

Using the lean startup methodology, a team of professors, business mentors and graduate students analyzed the commercial market and the obstacles to launching a new product. After a successful completion of the program, the group is now poised to refine their laboratory prototype and prepare for their first field portable system sometime in 2015.