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Assistive technology firm to locate at UI Technology Innovation Center

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The State Board of Regents at its Thursday, Dec. 18 meeting approved a lease that will enable Adaptive Computer Systems, Inc. of Iowa City to become a tenant company in the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (TIC) at the Oakdale Research Campus in Coralville.

The lease of office space in Room 27 TIC is effective Thursday, Jan 1.

Adaptive Computer Systems, Inc. was incorporated in February 1996 to develop software and hardware that enable persons with mobility impairments to use computers.

The firm's president and CEO, Glenn Myers of Iowa City, received a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California-Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"We're excited about the prospects for our company. We look forward to moving to the TIC where we expect our company to grow and utilize the research resources of the university," said Myers.

Adaptive Computer Systems, Inc. won Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contracts for $40,000 in 1996 and $100,000 in 1997 to develop new products to help people with mobility impairments (e.g. due to cerebral palsy or ALS) to communicate in all aspects of daily life. Adaptive's newest products enable access to computers including the Internet and the World Wide Web. Another new product, VizKid, will be introduced in 1998.

One of the university's technology transfer programs, the TIC was established in 1984 to nurture new technology-based business ventures and to encourage those companies to establish relationships with the UI.

With the addition of Adaptive Computer Systems, Inc., the TIC will have 15 tenant companies. Thirteen TIC "graduate" firms remain in business after leaving the incubator.