WRITER: SARAH OPOLKA
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 19,
Selim Laboratories, Inc. to be new TIC tenant company
-- 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
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
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
One of the universitys 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.