Carmen Krieger, FLC MA deputy regional coordinator; Charles (Blake) Sajonia, tech transfer professional; Matthew Jones, technology transfer specialist; Eric Moore, Ph.D., CCDC Chemical Biological Center director; Amanda Hess, business manager, Strategic Initiatives Group; Debra Thedford, associate director, Strategic Initiatives Group .

Carmen Krieger, FLC MA deputy regional coordinator; Charles (Blake) Sajonia, tech transfer professional; Matthew Jones, technology transfer specialist; Eric Moore, Ph.D., CCDC Chemical Biological Center director; Amanda Hess, business manager, Strategic Initiatives Group; Debra Thedford, associate director, Strategic Initiatives Group .

Collaboration Corner: Center and Partner Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Eric L. Moore Named Lab Director of the Year

Collaboration Corner: Center and Partner Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer, Eric L. Moore Named Lab Director of the Year

By Gay Pinder

Nine scientists and business professionals aligned with the Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center received the award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), Mid-Atlantic Region.

The FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer Award recognizes employees of member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring federally developed technology.

The product – Solid Decontamination (decon) Blend – neutralizes biological and chemical threats such as nerve agent, opioids and anthrax pathogens. The Chemical Biological Center developed and tested the dry decontaminant as part of the Center’s ongoing search for easily deployed advanced countermeasures against harmful chemical and biological agents.

This continuing mission propels the Center to seek outside partners to speed innovation and ramp up production to have products in the hands of warfighters faster.

The recipient of the transfer is MQM Solutions, Inc., a Cleveland-based company that focuses on decontamination and other aseptic technologies in the form of consumable products for commercial and defense markets.

“It’s a win for all involved,” said Matthew Jones, technology transfer specialist. “We both recognized the potential for a great partnership and it’s nice to be recognized.”

Tim Meilander and Iain McVey of MQM Solutions initiated the tech transfer by approaching Department of Defense technology transfer partnership intermediary, TechLink, in Bozeman, Montana, and the Center’s tech transfer staff in Maryland for assistance in licensing the Army technology.

“My colleague, Iain McVey, and I have spent more than 15 years focusing on decontamination technologies to meet the requirements and needs of the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Meilander, MQM managing director. “We knew the decon blend was desired by the government and we were confident it would be of value to the commercial market,”

The CCDC Chemical Biological Center and MQM signed a collaborative research and development agreement on January 30, 2019 to evaluate decontaminant formulations for neutralization of opioids, utilizing the Army’s decon technology. Within a month, the T2 partners also signed a patent licensing agreement. In June MQM Solutions sold its first decon-based commercial product. The product is now marketed as Decon PLUS.

The rapid turnaround time from patent licensing to manufacture is exactly the agile and responsive culture that the Center nurtures.

“The decon blend project with MQM is the poster child for how to do technology transfer right,” said Eric L. Moore, Ph.D., CCDC Chemical Biological Center director. “It was an exceptionally short transitional time frame, but we hope to replicate that experience as we move forward.”

The following received recognition for participation in the decon blend technology transfer:

CCDC Chemical Biological Center

  • George Wagner, Ph.D. – Research Chemist (Retired)
  • Kevin Morrissey –Decontamination Sciences Branch Chief
  • Lawrence Procell – Research Chemist (Retired)
  • Matthew Jones – Technology Transfer Specialist
  • Charles (Blake) Sajonia – Technology Transfer Professional
  • Amanda Schenning – Research Scientist

MQM Solutions

  • Timothy Meilander – Managing Director for Business Development and Engineering
  • Iain F. McVey – Managing Director for Science and Technology

TechLink

  • Marti Elder – Certified Licensing Professional

CCDC Chemical Biological Center’s Eric L. Moore Named Lab Director of the Year

Carmen Krieger, FLC Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Coordinator and Eric L. Moore, Ph.D., Director, CCDC Chemical Biological Center.

Carmen Krieger, FLC Mid-Atlantic Deputy Regional Coordinator and Eric L. Moore, Ph.D., Director, CCDC Chemical Biological Center.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Atlantic has named U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Chemical Biological Center Director Eric L. Moore, Ph.D. Laboratory Director of the Year. Moore earned the award for his outstanding contributions to the overall enhancement of technology transfer for economic development and for accomplishments related to the transfer of technology from a federal laboratory to industry. Support of FLC activities, internal accomplishments, industry involvement and community service were also criteria for selection.

Named director of the Chemical Biological Center in November of 2017, Moore energized technology transfer at the Center. “It is an honor for me to accept this award. While my name is on the award, we have an excellent technology transfer office and it is a testament to their hard work that they created an opportunity for me to be honored in this way.”

“Technology Transfer is essential to what we do. We want to see our work commercialized and applied in the real world,” Moore said.

To assist in meeting the goal of real world application, Moore looks to partners in academia and industry to commercialize Center intellectual property and seeks to engage with diverse minds to discover untapped innovation. He encourages collaboration with diverse partners who offer synergistic capabilities.

“They’ll take that technology and enhance it,” Moore explained. “Commercializing military technology also helps the public become familiar with our technology.”
Moore gives his team credit that Center subject matter experts were already engaging with partners, and that he merely kicked outreach up a notch.

One recent technology transfer success saw MQM Solutions go from agreement to market in just six months. The company, which specializes in offering decontamination solutions to industry and first responders signed a cooperative research and development agreement in January 2019 for the Army’s patented Solid Decontamination Blend. The following month they signed a patent license agreement. By June, the company had completed its first sale of the decon blend, now called Decon Plus.

“That’s our gold standard,” Moore said. “We won’t always have transfers that occur that quickly, but we are going to push to have others move faster.”

Moore admits that internal projects can sometime languish or Army priorities may change before a project reaches fruition, but says the key to project success is to continue efforts to involve industry as development partners. He sees offering industry the opportunity to closely interact with the warfighter as part of that plan.
Moore sees myriad mutual advantages in industrial and academic partnerships through technology transfer. Research and development collaborations, education development and internships allow the military and its partners to share their unique strengths.

“We seek engagement with diverse minds,” Moore said. “It’s no secret that we aren’t getting the amount of STEM talent that we once did. So by working with our partners, it allows us to leverage folks in that dwindling talent field.”

On the other hand, Moore points out that the Army is particularly skilled at working with surety compounds.

“Many of the companies that have the capabilities to develop new technologies require chemical agent testing. They can leverage our unique facilities and expertise for this testing. We pride ourselves on working safely with surety materials and this is an exciting way for industry and academia to work with us through leveraging technology transfer authorities.”

To Moore, a project’s success is measured by its delivery to the warfighter, first responders or other end users.

“It’s critical. Some of these companies are not encumbered in ways that we are. We have a lot of technology development that is evolutionary, but in order to move to the next stage of the game changing, disruptive technologies that we want to build, it’s going to take working with the community of other great people with great ideas to make real those game changing technologies.”

Carmen Krieger, FLC MA deputy regional coordinator; Charles (Blake) Sajonia, tech transfer professional; Matthew Jones, technology transfer specialist; Eric Moore, Ph.D., CCDC Chemical Biological Center director; Amanda Hess, business manager, Strategic Initiatives Group; Debra Thedford, associate director, Strategic Initiatives Group .