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Quotes and Testimonials

In-Vivo Testing of a Novel Compound, WT13-12, as a Treatment for Infected Wounds
Thomas Rau, Wintermute Biomedical, Missoula

"We have obtained follow on funding of up to $1,000,000.  We are contracting ...to file the IND with the FDA...We are actively moving forward and we owe that progress to the MBRCT.  Thank you for all your help!"

Design, Synthesis and Preclinical Characterization of Water Soluble Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Therapeutics for the Treatment of Cancerous Tumors in the Tissue Transparency Window
Brenda Spangler, CEO, SensoPath Technologies, Inc., Bozeman

"Thanks so much for all your support.  We greatly appreciate the faith in this project and we look forward to extending and amplifying it using NCI funding through Feb 28, 2014 when the NCI award terminates."

Enhancement of Applied Research in Biomedicine
Richard Bridges, Professor & Chair, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, University of Montana, Missoula

"The MBRCT funding has been critical to our mission linking UM research with economic development.  It has been an exceptional partnership that we hope will continue into the future."

MBRCT Economic Impact Study
Patrick Barkey, Director, University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Missoula

"Our basic finding is that MBRCT's operations have had an outsized impact on the state economy.  By almost any measure, the program's impacts have been substantial, and it clearly has been a good investment in Montana's economy."

Integrated Platform for Cell-Based Drug Discovery
Anne Marie Quinn, Montana Molecular LLC, Bozeman

"We sincerely appreciate the support from MBRCT and MSMFP in helping us move our technology to market."

In-Vivo Testing of a Novel Compound, WT13-12, as a Treatment for Infected Wounds
Weston Hale, Wintermute Biomedical, Missoula

"We are very grateful for the funding.  We likely could not have accomplished all of this without your help!"

Research and Commercialization of the SepticNET Nutrient Removal Technology
Steve Anderson, Water & Environmental Technologies (WET), Butte

"Thanks for everything.  SepticNET would not have been possible without your funding.  The grants you provide make projects like this possible."

Novel Controlled Release Fertilizer Materials Derived from Renewable and Environmentally Degradable Polymers
Don Kiely, Rivertop Renewables, Missoula

"We at Rivertop value the support we received from the Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology."

Spatial Spectral Coherent Holographic Integrating Processor S2 CHIP: Device characterization, performance evaluation and optimization
Wm. Randall Babbitt, Spectrum Lab, Montana State University, Bozeman

"...a small number of investments led directly to...the creation and growth of at least two strong Montana companies, and indirectly to the start of at least two other Montana companies."

OsteoSelect Demineralized Bone Matrix Putty for Orthopedic Bone Grafting Applications
Gregory Juda, Chief Scientific Officer, Bacterin International, Inc., Bozeman

"Sales for the OsteoSelect product generated $4.7 million in revenue for 2011 and $2.9 million for the first six months of 2012.  We project total sales for 2012 to be approximately $6.7 million for the product.  Currently, we estimate the number of Montana jobs created that are directly related to this project to be at least 12.  Thanks again for your support in making this product a reality."

Development of Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics and Optical Communication Technologies
Galina Malovichko, Montana State University, Bozeman

"The MBRCT grant was invaluable support for our lab. It helped us to develop our lab and to obtain basic knowledge about materials important for optical and telecommunication technologies.  We have published several articles indicating MBRCT support. The grant allowed us to involve students in the research and to prepare them for future work in high-tech companies.  One of them is now working at the Advancer Research Inc.; others continue their education in graduate schools."

An Integrated Platform for Cell-Based Drug Discovery
Anne Marie Quinn, Montana Molecular LLC, Bozeman

"Our success would not have been possible without support from MBRCT.  Without this essential bridge funding, we would not have had the necessary data to win SBIR funding, nor would we have been able to attract the high profile collaborators that provided letters of support for our Phase 2 application."

High Efficiency Hybrid Solar Power System - Producing Electricity and Hot Water Simultaneously
Michael Utter, Rural Community Innovations, Inc., Bozeman

"Thank you again for all your wonderful support and encouragement.  I have many friends both in the legislature and the political arena.  I always go out of my way to praise MBRCT.  You are great.  I hope the MBRCT is supported by this state for the next decade.  Keep up the good work!"

Regarding Research Efforts at Montana State University and Ways to Improve Economic Development from that Research
Rebecca Mahurin, Director, MSU Technology Transfer Office

"The single most successful entity that the State has created to support the process of moving promising technologies to the private sector is the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology.  The MBRCT has placed, over the years, funding in almost every respect - wheat research, energy, biofuels, optics, and more - this money has been absolutely critical to move these technologies far enough that most have either been licensed to private sector companies - or are in sight of that.  The MBRCT funds can go to either research projects within the university system - or to private sector companies.  And there are so few sources for money to develop these technologies - this is a highly successful program - but it is hampered by the many protected classes of research that can be funded."

Measurement of Optical Output of High-Power Laser Diodes
Larry Johnson, ILX Lightwave, Bozeman

"This new product would not be possible without this MBRCT development effort."

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation of Adelos System
Alex Philip, President and CEO, TerraEchos, Inc., Missoula

"On behalf of TerraEchos, Inc. and our strategic partner in this endeavor, S&K Electronics, Inc., I want to thank the MBRCT for your tremendous support of this commercialization effort.  Terra and its team members would not have been competitive at all on our recent Navy licensing milestones, our Navy-DOE contract activity, etc., if it had not been for MBRCT.  Please let me know if I can be of assistance in any testimonials, quotes, etc. to sing the praises, opportunities, and strategic value of the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology grant program."

Research and Commercialization of the SepticNET Nutrient Removal Technology
Steve Anderson, Water & Environmental Technologies, Butte

"This incredible achievement would not have been possible without funding from your program.  We are now ready to sell these systems.  We look forward to commercializing and providing our technology to citizens of Montana."

Structured Nanophase Catalysts
Yuval Avniel, EIP International, Missoula

"This has been a very successful program and we would like to thank all of the parties that made it possible.  Proof of concept and proof of utility for this nanotechnological production technique has been established...We look forward to reporting on our success in the future."

OsteoSelect Demineralized Bone Matrix Putty for Orthopedic Bone Grafting Applications
Gregory Juda, PhD, Biologics Research and Development, Bacterin International, Inc., Belgrade

"Bacterin International Inc. has developed and commercialized an allograft based bone void filler for surgical bone grafting applications.  MBRCT funding was essential to the concept development and preclinical studies of this Class II medical device.  OsteoSelect is the first tissue-based medical device approved and marketed by Bacterin International, an FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks registered processor and distributor of donated musculoskeletal allograft tissue.  The product generated over $1million and was responsible for six full-time jobs in 2010."

Development of Bismuth-Thiol Based Therapeutic Agents for Treating Chronic Wounds
Dr. Brett Baker, Microbion Corporation, Bozeman, collaborator with Montana State University

"On behalf of Microbion Corporation, I would like to thank the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization for your trust and vision in supporting this project.  The results have been very important to us, and have had a profound impact on our current and future research and commercialization activities.  Specifically, the results of this project have compelled Microbion to commit to an additional drug development project, associated with a very expensive FDA regulatory process, to complement our other ongoing, concurrent drug development and other activities.  This commitment has resulted in the need for Microbion to expand our employee base, which we anticipate will continue to expand in the years to come.  I would also like to thank Dr. Phil Stewart and the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, whose guidance and execution of this research has been exemplary, or rather, impeccable.  I very much look forward to our continued relationship with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, and to the potential for future relationship with the MBRCT."

C5-C7 Value-Added "Montana Specialty Alkanes"
Ron Colwell, Montana Refining Company, Great Falls

"...Montana's Research & Commercialization Board encourages research and development in projects with great promise for commercialization by providing funding, and perhaps more importantly, networking and an understanding of Montana's unique economy and market drivers..."

MEMS Variable Focus Lens: Technology Development for Commercial Applications in Medical Imaging and  Consumer Electronics
David Dickensheets, Montana State University, Bozeman

"Please let us know how we can help during the upcoming legislative session.  It would be good to try to restore the MBRCT budget to its earlier levels (or beyond!).  The investment speaks for itself with respect to Montana economic development."

Neuroprotective Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
David Poulsen, University of Montana/Synapis, Missoula

"MBRCT support has resulted in a project that has had profound economic impact on the development of future biotechnology in the state of Montana."

Hyperspectral Sensor for Large-Area Monitoring of Carbon-Dioxide Reservoirs and Pipelines
Rand Swanson, Resonon, Bozeman

"I would be happy to testify, or do whatever I can, to support the MBRCT program."

Biomimetic Floating Islands that Maximize Plant and Microbial Synergistic Relationships to Revitalize Degraded Fisheries, Wildlife Habitats, and Human Water Resources
Frank Stewart, Consulting Engineer for Floating island International, Bozeman

"On behalf of the team of Floating Island International, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the funding that the MBRCT has provided for research and commercialization of our products.  I believe that this funding has had a very large impact on our chances of long-term commercial success."

Enhancement of Applied/Translational Research in Biomedicine
Richard Bridges, University of Montana, Missoula

"The bottom line is that over the past 10 years MBRCT support has helped leverage more than $30,000,000 in federal research grants and contracts for Montana researchers affiliated with the CSFN!  Clearly, the investment by the MBRCT has yielded an exceptional return.  Equally important, MBRCT funding to the CSFN has led to the creation of an applied/translational research program in the biomedical sciences that has matured into arguably one of the most productive tech-transfer efforts within the Montana University System."

Study of How Morphology and Physiology of Native Wildflower Seed Affects its Harvestability in Particular by the Arbuckle Native Seedster
Lee Arbuckle, Native Seedsters, Billings

"We set out to produce a world class product, and have excellent support from the Montana Department of Commerce."


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