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Maryland Department of Commerce opens new defense technology transfer development office in Harford

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill joined U.S. Army officers and elected officials from Cecil and Harford counties for a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the new Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center, called DefTech, in Havre de Grace Monday afternoon.

The new center is in Swan Creek Village on Route 40, where the Harford County Office of Economic Development also has its headquarters.

DefTech is part of a long-term regional effort to develop an innovation network around technology developed at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as RDECOM, according to a Department of Commerce news release.

DefTech will provide resources and work space to companies and entrepreneurs who wish to commercialize technology developed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to the news release. The center will also offer workshops on best practices in commercialization, entrepreneurship and industry.

Those interested in licensing Army intellectual property may also access mentoring assistance through DefTech. In addition, technology showcases and outreach events are also planned, to highlight technology developments and encourage technology commercialization, according to the release.

Participating in the ceremony were Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, commanding general of U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and senior general at APG; Maj. Gen. Cedric Wins, commanding general of RDECOM; Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy; and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman.

“Engineers and scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground are developing cutting-edge technology that can be put to broader use, benefiting our economy and our quality of life,” Gill said in a statement. “Through the DefTech Center, Maryland will provide the resources and direction entrepreneurs need to bring this technology to the commercial marketplace. The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment and Harford and Cecil counties played critical roles in this endeavor, and we appreciate their support.”

DefTech is part of a long-term regional effort to develop an innovation network around RDECOM, according to the release.

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