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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
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.