UNE receives $1.5M grant from Maine Technology Asset Fund for biomedical research

June 08, 2009

 The University of New England has received a $1.5 million grant from the Maine Technology Asset Fund (MTAF) toward completion of the biomedical research labs on UNE‚Äôs Biddeford Campus. 

Maine Governor John Baldacci announced the grant June 9, 2009 in Augusta.  Applicants from throughout the state applied for the highly competitive MTAF funds, which are financed through the research and development bonds approved by Maine voters in November 2007.

Timothy Ford, Ph.D., UNE Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, states: ‚ÄúWe are delighted to receive this support from the Maine Technology Asset Fund.  This award will not only contribute to training our biomedical workforce, but also to the success of critical research being conducted at UNE to reduce human suffering from neurological disease.‚Äù

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UNE‚Äôs Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience Edward Bilsky, Ph.D., adds, ‚ÄúThe MTAF grant will greatly enhance our ability to conduct important biomedical research at the University of New England and will expand our capabilities to partner with other institutions and companies in Maine and around the world. UNE  is strongly committed to diversifying and growing the Maine economy through job creation, expansion of research programs that create intellectual property and startup companies, and the attraction of established businesses that want to relocate to Maine. We are clearly seeing the positive impact that biomedical research can have on economic development, and this continued investment by the state will provide even greater returns.‚Äù

This is the second award UNE has received from MTAF in less than a year.  Last August, UNE was awarded $4 million to support drug development research at its new College of Pharmacy in Portland. 

UNE President Danielle Ripich, Ph.D., states, ‚ÄúWe are pleased that the state recognizes UNE as a key contributor to research and economic development in Maine.  This award will enable UNE to advance the important work being conducted in our Center of Excellence in Neuroscience, which will benefit Maine‚Äôs residents, businesses, quality of life, and the economy.‚Äù