For Immediate Release
Baltimore MD | September 1, 2019
The Maryland Development Center has expanded its office space to accommodate the growth of its staff and that of its resident client companies, Next Step Robotics, Pneumico, and NeuroSonics Medical.
The Company remains in the historic Wilkens Building at 300 W Pratt Street in Baltimore. The Wilkens–Robins Building was built in 1871 and is a five-story, six-bay brick structure. The facade features an expanse of oversized windows, which are the highlights of one of the few surviving cast-iron facades in Baltimore.
MDC’s main offices are now in Suite 260, which can accommodate about 20 staff members. We have retained our previous office, Suite 200, which is being converted into a workshop to support MDC’s prototyping work. It contains 3D printers, drill presses, and treadmills for Next Step Robotics. A video capture system will be installed in the near future. In addition there is a small assembly room where prototype units can be assembled. Next Step Robotics will assemble 10-20 AmbleBots there in the coming months for distribution to its first customers.
The office location is 4 blocks from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where MDC’s clinical partners practice and do research. It is also a 10 minute walk from the University of Maryland Baltimore Technology Transfer Office.
“It is a real pleasure to work in the Wilkens Building. Every day we are reminded of the rich history of Baltimore as a center of commerce and the State of Maryland as the country’s leading source of research and development. The proximity of our offices to UMMC, Shock Trauma, and OTT has been a key to MDC’s success. Our colleagues from Johns Hopkins envy the MDC team both for the beauty of the Building and for the proximity to their clinical practice. Fortunately, the Building has a parking lot!,” said Dr. Gil Blankenship, co-founder and CEO of MDC.
About Maryland Development Center
The Maryland Development Center is a startup studio created to commercialize intellectual property developed in Maryland’s rich research enterprises. Since its founding MDC has explored dozens of technologies, created 7 companies, and filed numerous patents. Maryland has the largest federal research budget in the United States; MDC was created to help realize some of the commercial value of the extraordinary research programs at the State’s great universities and laboratories.