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Two firms to locate at UI Technology Innovation Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The State Board of Regents today (Thursday, Feb. 20) approved leases for two new companies in the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (TIC) at the Oakdale Research Campus in Coralville.

The Advanced Technologies Group, LC, doing business as the National Medical Waste Resource Center (NMWRC), will lease office space in suite W118 of Oakdale Hall. Sustainable Science International (SSI) will lease office space in suite 211 of TIC.

NMWRC performs assessment surveys for health care institutions to determine their medical waste handling requirement and then selects the technology to address the institution's needs.

The company also provides information on waste tracking systems, reusable containers, low level radioactive waste processing and disposal, biodegradable plastic products for healthcare facilities and mercury extraction and disposal systems.

NMWRC has created partnering programs with utilities that include energy assessments and video conferencing programs that introduce new medical waste management products to the healthcare industry.

Paul J. McKeen, a longtime Iowa City businessman, is the president of NMWRC. He received a bachelor of arts in economics from the UI in 1956 and has more than 40 years of experience in sales, staff development, management and finance.

Michael L. Garvin of North Liberty is the vice president. A safety engineer with the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) since 1990, he received a bachelor of arts in English and psychology from Benedictine College (Kansas) in 1973 and a master's in hospital administration from St. Louis University (Missouri) in 1979.

SSI is a new engineering research, development, design, software and manufacturing organization. Its goal is to use advanced tools of engineering science and practice to find innovative solutions to the problems of modern industry. SSI's main field is thermo-mechanical science, and covering non-linear continuum and computational mechanics in civil, structural, mechanical and chemical engineering.

The company owns scientific software codes for advanced analysis and design in three of its areas of activity: industrial metal forming, powder compaction processes and structural mechanics.

SSI's specialty is to create innovations, new "green" manufacturing industries and productive employment opportunities out of conservation and environmental sustainability.

Ibrahim Al-Khattat of Coralville is the company founder and president. He received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Wales (U.K.) in 1962; a master of science in applied mechanics from Kansas State University in 1976; and a master of science and doctorate from Stanford University.

Al-Khattat holds intellectual property rights to SSI's core technology and won a British national award for his invention in 1990. He is founder, president and CEO of Engineering Mechanics Innovation and Research Ltd., U.K.

Emad Tanbour of Coralville is a co-founder of SSI. He is a candidate for a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the UI. He received a bachelor's and master's in mechanical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. A thermal analyst for the NASA Cassini Project: Mission to Saturn, Tanbour has held engineering posts with two Iowa companies; Mi-T-M Corporation of Peosta and Gail Industries of Cedar Rapids.

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

With the addition of the newest companies, TIC has 14 tenants and 13 "graduate" firms outside the TIC.