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Release: Oct. 19, 2000

Selim Laboratories, Inc. to be new TIC tenant company

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- The latest corporate affiliate of the University of Iowa Technology Innovation Center (TIC) is Selim Laboratories, Inc.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved a lease effective Nov. 1 at the TIC, the UI's business incubator on the Oakdale Research Campus.

Selim Laboratories, Inc. is a research and technology development start-up company that provides measurement, assessment, control, and prevention of occupational and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Along with occupying office space in the Technology Innovation Center, Selim Laboratories will also lease laboratory space when it becomes available in December.

The company's goal is to use state-of-the-art science and technology to protect farmers and others in the agricultural industry from illness or disease caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals. The company will develop technologies, not only to identify and test toxic exposure, but also to control and prevent further contamination.

"For example, Selim Laboratories is developing field-test kits to warn those who handle chemicals of the potential risk," said Dr. Mustafa I. Selim of Iowa City, who founded the company in 1999.

"Such technology is currently needed in diverse exposure settings. These include agricultural and industrial applications, transportation and storage, as well as chemical warfare and forensic investigations," he added.

Because the company's focus will be on chemical exposures that are relevant to the agricultural industry, both man-made chemicals such as pesticides and naturally occurring toxins will be studied. Selim Laboratories intends to develop technologies for the removal, treatment, and control of chemical exposure in contaminated grain and animal feed. New preventive approaches will also be investigated to remove the toxic chemicals or to mitigate their toxic effects following exposure.

Selim Laboratories was founded in 1999 by Dr. Mustafa I. Selim of Iowa City, a former associate professor in the College of Medicine at the UI. Selim received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1981 and received M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the University of Cairo. Since 1970 he has been engaged in teaching, research and services in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceutical drug development, forensic toxicology, and preventive medicine and environmental health.

Selim Laboratories will be located in Suite 201 of the TIC.

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 Selim Laboratories, Inc. the TIC will have 14 tenant companies. Some 16 TIC "graduate" firms have expanded their business after leaving the incubator.

For additional information about the TIC, contact Tom Bauer, associate director, at (319) 335-4067.