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Grants OK’d to aid Maryland technology projects

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships Program announced grants for 16 technology product development projects worth $4.1 million.

The projects include: floating islands to clean the Chesapeake Bay; an electronic baseball home plate; pest-resistant soybeans; low-inertia running shoes; and a synthetic filtration system for stormwater runoff.

They also include treatments for anthrax, esophageal cancer, stress and autoimmune disease. Grants are shared by MIPS and participating companies.

Most are in the $100,000-$400,000 range, with the largest worth $1.4 million.

An initiative of the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, or Mtech, MIPS provides grants for technology projects that team Maryland companies with researchers in Maryland public universities.