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Getting ‘Greater’ in Fall 2021

Construction has continued apace this year in continuing to transform Greater College Park. Read about 10 development projects reshaping Greater College Park.

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IonQ and University of Maryland Establish First-of-its-Kind National Quantum Lab

IonQ, Inc. (IonQ), the leading developer of quantum computing devices, and the University of Maryland (UMD), an international powerhouse in quantum research and applications, today announced a partnership to create the National Quantum Lab at Maryland (Q-Lab)

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College Park’s IonQ and the University of Maryland are teaming up to open a $20M quantum lab

The Q-lab, which is being created with a $20 million investment from the school, is part of UMD’s larger expansion of quantum resources at a time when scientists are moving to take the technology from the lab to commercial companies. So far, UMD has invested $300 million in quantum science, and has been working in the field on its campus for over 30 years.

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Medcura Launches a New Class of High-Performance, Antibacterial Hemostats

Medcura, Inc., a commercial-stage medical device company, in partnership with ASO, LLC, a major U.S. manufacturer and supplier of first aid products, announced today the launch of a high-performance, antibacterial hemostatic gel, Rapid-Seal®, available @ and on the shelves at a leading US drugstore chain.

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These Tech Companies are Finding Room to Grow in College Park's Discovery District

A new venture is going to need different things as it grows. But surround it with talent and expertise that can help, and the chances are higher that it will find its way. Put other ventures nearby, and they’ll probably find a way to work together.

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New Leases Bolster Discovery District's Burgeoning Research Hub in College Park

Three expanding companies have signed leases for new space at the Discovery District, bolstering the growing tech and defense node near the University of Maryland, College Park.

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UMD Receives Its Highest Ranking in Research and Development Survey

The University of Maryland achieves its highest ranking ever in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey.

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Announcing the Maryland Future 20

IonQ, a member of the Discovery District community, has been identified as one of Maryland's most innovative start-up companies. 

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Revolutionary First-aid Product Born at UMD Enters National Market

A new antibacterial gel able to stop bleeding in seconds that was developed by a company founded and fostered at the University of Maryland is now available through Amazon and at drugstores around the country. Rapid-Seal, the first commercially available consumer product from Medcura Inc., uses a proprietary modification of chitosan, a nontoxic, biodegradable biopolymer found in the shells of crustaceans and certain plants, to seal minor cuts and scrapes while preventing harmful bacteria from growing.
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A Breath of Fresh Air at Commencement

After more than a year of social distancing, COVID-19 testing and, in many cases, virtual schooling amid the pandemic, a glimpse of "normal" college life will return this week as the more than 8,500 members of the Spring 2021 graduating class are honored with in-person, outdoor commencement ceremonies.
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From Innovation to Inauguration

The University of Maryland will launch a new business development arm to nurture quantum-focused startups, President Darryll J. Pines announced last night at an event honoring the institution’s inventions, startup, mentor and student entrepreneurs of the year.
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Discovery District Newsletter

  • October 2021

    Last month, the University of Maryland and IonQ announced a partnership to create the National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab), which will be based in the Discovery District. The Q-Lab will be the nation's first user facility that enables the scientific community to pursue world-leading research through hands-on access to a commercial-grade quantum computer.

  • August 2021

    President Joe Biden recently nominated Laurie Locascio, who serves as the Vice President for Research and as a professor within the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, as Under Secretary for Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Locascio, if confirmed by the Senate, would lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal lab employing 3,400 scientists, engineers, and support staff.

  • June 2021

    "Qubit Alley" rooted in the Discovery District - In a recent cover story, Quantum Competing, the Washington Business Journal highlighted UMD’s leading-edge role in quantum innovation shining a light on the startups, quantum visionaries, and research collaborations that are making it happen.

  • April 2021

    University of Maryland Startup Goes Public: Discovery District-based startup IonQ, founded in College Park in 2015 by Dr. Christopher Monroe and Dr. Jungsang Kim, announced its plan to become the first publicly traded quantum computing company last month. The company will enter the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) through a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) valued at $2B. This news comes on the heels of IonQ recently completing an extensive expansion and renovation of its office, which will enable IonQ to grow its workforce. It already has several open positions for engineers and physicists.

  • February 2021

    The University of Maryland achieved its highest ranking ever in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) survey for fiscal year (FY) 2019, placing 14th overall nationally and 8th among all public institutions in Research & Development (R&D) spending. For the first time, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore were linked together as one research enterprise in the ranking, with combined research expenditures of $1.1 billion.

  • November 2020

    After a whirlwind year, it is hard to believe that 2020 is almost over.  As we approach the holiday season, we are thankful for good health, being home with loved ones, and making time for reflection and rest. We will be taking a short break from the newsletter through the holidays to focus on other pertinent tasks, such as redesigning the Discovery District website, but we look forward to sharing the latest updates and news about the Discovery District in the next edition of the newsletter in February 2021. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


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