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GreenMark Publication Highlighted in Advanced Science News

Our peer-reviewed publication, entitled “Nanoparticle-based targeting and detection of microcavities” published in Advanced Healthcare Materials is being highlighted in Advanced Science News.

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GreenMark Selected to Participate in VentureWell ASPIRE Program

June 5, 2017 – GreenMark has been selected to partner with VentureWell through the ASPIRE Healthcare program.  ASPIRE is an intense experiential workshop that prepares startups for the investments and partnerships necessary to launch their ventures.  The program will be held at Detroit’s Techtown, June 26-June 30, 2017.  Participants will engage with fellow healthcare startups and work with mentors who are experts in early-stage financing from around the country.

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GreenMark to Present at the 36th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and Coulter Investment Forum May 16-17

Ann Arbor, MI, May 9, 2017 – GreenMark Biomedical Inc. today announced that it has been selected to present at the 36th annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) and the jointly hosted Coulter Investment Forum. GreenMark, a Delaware corporation with facilities in Michigan will be presenting to investors in attendance, including more than 100 top venture capital firms. The company aims to deliver health benefits to society through biobased targeting technologies.

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Brad Martin, MTRAC Life Science Program Director, awards Wendy Bloembergen, Nathan Jones and Steven Bloembergen the Overall Winner Award

Biomedical Commercialization Course Awards Winning Team

Ann Arbor, MI, Nov 17, 2016 – On Friday, November 4, Fast Forward Medical Innovation ended the fifth cohort of the Early Tech Development (ETD) Course with a competition in which teams pitched their projects to the class and a panel of judges.  Thirteen project teams graduated from the 4-week program that is designed to provide the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the initial process of innovation and commercialization.  Congratulations to the winning project teams!

Overall Winner & Therapeutics/Diagnostic Track Winner:
Wendy Bloembergen, Steven Bloembergen, and Nathan Jones for the presentation of a starch nanoparticle for detection of early-stage cavities

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GreenMark-AHM-coverNanoparticle-Based Targeting and Detection of Microcavities

Advanced Healthcare Materials, January 11, 2017 – Although dental caries is the most prevalent oral disease worldwide, currently, many dentists continue to use the traditional mirror and probe (dental explorer) method of caries diagnosis. This method of caries detection has the drawback that it is often difficult to distinguish between active and inactive carious lesions. In this work, novel bio-based nanoparticles are developed to specifically detect active caries in vitro. The nanoparticles are made from a cationic fluorescein-labeled food-grade starch in order to fluoresce when illuminated by a standard dental curing light, and to degrade in the oral cavity into nontoxic compounds after detecting the active carious lesion. When exposed to extracted human teeth, cationic fluorescent (+5.8 ± 1.2 mV) nanoparticles (size 101 ± 56 nm) selectively illuminate active caries, but not the healthy tooth surface. Two-photon microscopy confirms the selective binding and accumulation of cationic fluorescent nanoparticles into microscopic carious pores in enamel. These novel nanoparticles provide a unique method to assist in the early diagnosis of active carious lesions with the potential to directly impact dental treatment.

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Nathan Jones Wins 2016 IADR Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award

Nathan Jones, previously at the University of Waterloo and currently at the University of Michigan, won the 2016 IADR Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award. The objective of this award program is to encourage young investigators to undertake research in the prevention of oral diseases and to facilitate their presentation of this work to the international dental and oral health research community.

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GreenMark Biomedical Introductory Press Release

Lansing, MI, June 10, 2016 – GreenMark Biomedical Inc. today announced an agreement relating to the transfer of certain intellectual property from EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO), a renewable chemicals company that produces a portfolio of biobased products. GreenMark, a Delaware start-up corporation with facilities in Michigan, was formed for the purpose of delivering health benefits to society through biobased targeting technologies. The company will be developing and commercializing a platform of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies using biobased, nano-scale targeting particles.

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GreenMark has a collaboration network with US and Canadian universities involving health based technologies.  Nathan Jones, previously at the University of Waterloo and currently at the University of Michigan, has been working with the biopolymer nanoparticles since 2009.  He will be presenting some of the findings of his Ph.D. research at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) 94th General Session & Exhibition, in Seoul, Korea.

2016-IADR-award-letter2016 IADR Cariology Research Group Science Award

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