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Early Charm Launches Tech on Deck Blog to Shine Light on Future-Looking Industry Challenges & Solutions

Tech on Deck to feature fresh content by Early Charm’s expert team of scientists and entrepreneurs on unmet market needs and challenges March 7, 2022, Baltimore, MD – Early Charm, a company that creates, owns and operates ventures that convert science to revenue, today announced the launch of its Tech on Deck blog. Early Charm’s new blog is designed to spotlight future-looking industry problems and needs fueling Early Charm’s tech and life science-focused startups and entrepreneurs (including DiPole Materials, an Early Charm portfolio company). Going forward, Tech on Deck will feature new content weekly prepared by Early Charm’s team of expert scientists, researchers and market-focused analysts. As part of this, Tech on Deck bloggers will focus on innovation and breakthrough technologies from Early Charm portfolio companies and the next generation tech products they are developing in four industry sectors: Drug Design, Custom Materials, Blue Economy and Engineered Products. “With more than 30 companies comprising our portfolio and more to come, Tech on Deck gives us an ideal way to share the stories, opportunities and next generation tech products our teams are developing,” said Chris Ewing, Chief Marketing Officer with Early Charm. “Tech on Deck is not just another blog – this is a constantly updated, vital resource and channel that introduces concrete tech-focused solutions to market problems now and those around the corner.” Tech on Deck reflects Early Charm’s continued fast growth, which also includes a recent doubling of its production and lab space at Baltimore's 1100 Wicomico building. Early Charm’s significant space expansion has now brought total production and development space to just under 5,000 square feet. The additional space houses an array of production and development equipment, including production-grade 3D printers, electrospinning machines to manufacture nanofibers, plus bench tops for life science development and analytical equipment. Visit the Tech on Deck blog: www.techondeck.blog About Early Charm: Early Charm creates, owns and operates businesses that convert science into revenue. We are the management team, the operators and the entrepreneurs. We don’t write checks and just pop in for board meetings. We show up to our labs, our production facilities and our offices every day to do all the heavy lifting in our portfolio companies. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Berlack DiPole Materials ken.berlack@earlycharm.com...

DiPole Materials Joins Set of Advanced Materials Companies to Launch Materic, LLC

Materic’s newly combined capabilities include nanofiber electrospinning, nanoparticle separation, textile treatments, 3D printing materials, specialty inks and encapsulation May 11, 2021, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, an electrospinning company that manufacturers piezoelectric yarns, tissue engineering scaffolds and specialty filters plus custom manufacturing to customers needs, today announced it has joined with five other advanced materials companies to create Materic, LLC. "DiPole Materials and the other companies shared a common co-founder in Early Charm, so there was already a strong relationship between the companies,” said Scott Gaboury, COO with DiPole Materials. "By coming together under Materic, we now have sales into the aerospace, healthcare, biotechnology, electronics, automotive, athletic, energy and military industries, giving us contacts into each of the key sectors for advanced materials. We’re well-positioned for the commercialization of the platform intellectual property held by each of the six companies.” Materic’s Baltimore-based scientists, engineers and designers are integrated into all customer collaboration phases – from ideation to prototyping to manufacturing – to turn advanced materials concepts into scalable products.   Materic’s other subsidiaries include: Abri Science – enabling enzymes and catalysts to work in harsh environments through microencapsulation. NanoDirect – high efficiency separation technologies for nanoparticles and the Direct Silver line of silver nanowires and specialty inks for the electronics and energy industries. SciGenesis – specialty textile inks, microencapsulated insect repellant treatments for textiles and heat reflecting camo face paints for the military and athletic industries. Ortuvo – 3D printing technology for tissue engineering and custom bio-inks for the healthcare and biotech industries. Synteris – 3D printing technology for ceramics in the aerospace, healthcare and automotive industries. Materic applies their work at dedicated production and development facilities at Baltimore’s innovation hub, the 1100 Wicomico Building.   About Materic: Based in Baltimore, MD, Materic custom designs and manufactures advanced materials. We apply our expertise in electrospinning, nanoparticle separation, textile treatments, 3D printing materials, specialty inks and microencapsulation to our own product lines as well as taking on custom manufacturing projects for our customers. Learn more: www.matericgroup.com   About Early Charm: Early Charm is a venture studio founded in 2012 in Charm City (Baltimore) that converts science to business. Our process continuously engages with industry to identify current market needs. Once those market needs are assessed, we source cutting-edge technologies that fulfill those needs and develop and commercialize the resulting products and services. Our companies operate in four different industry verticals: Advanced Materials, Drug Discovery, Blue Tech with a current focus on Aquaculture and Engineered Products. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com Media Contact: Ken Berlack Early Charm ken.berlack@earlycharm.com 816-718-3466...

DiPole Materials Announces CRADA with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center

DiPole Materials will develop composite materials with potential to help protect US soldiers from chemical and biological attack July 23, 2020, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC Chemical Biological Center). “The CCDC Chemical Biological Center technology developments are very impressive, and we are excited to collaborate with them to utilize Dipole Materials' capabilities in nanocomposites fabrication for enhanced protection systems to be used by US military personnel,” said Scott Gaboury, CSO with DiPole Materials. Under the terms of the CRADA, DiPole Materials will utilize its expertise in nanofiber design and manufacturing to develop composite fibers from blends of polymers and inorganic materials capable of abating various toxic chemicals. These DiPole-manufactured composite fibers will have the potential for use in a range of textile materials that can provide enhanced chemical and biological warfare protection for US Army soldiers. "Last year, when we partnered with the Maryland Department of Commerce to form the Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center (DefTech), we wanted to help unlock the economic value of the brilliant work going on in our state's military research facilities,” said Ken Malone, CEO with DiPole Materials. “This CRADA is another step in that direction and couldn't have happened without the help of DefTech.” The CCDC Chemical Biological Center is the nation’s principal R&D resource for chemical and biological protection to US soldiers. The CCDC Chemical Biological Center’s activities span the life cycle of chemical and biological defense research and product development. About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Malone DiPole Materials 410.692.8605...

DiPole Materials Announces CRADA with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center

DiPole Materials will develop composite materials with potential to help protect US soldiers from chemical and biological attack July 23, 2020, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC Chemical Biological Center). “The CCDC Chemical Biological Center technology developments are very impressive, and we are excited to collaborate with them to utilize Dipole Materials' capabilities in nanocomposites fabrication for enhanced protection systems to be used by US military personnel,” said Scott Gaboury, CSO with DiPole Materials. Under the terms of the CRADA, DiPole Materials will utilize its expertise in nanofiber design and manufacturing to develop composite fibers from blends of polymers and inorganic materials capable of abating various toxic chemicals. These DiPole-manufactured composite fibers will have the potential for use in a range of textile materials that can provide enhanced chemical and biological warfare protection for US Army soldiers. "Last year, when we partnered with the Maryland Department of Commerce to form the Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center (DefTech), we wanted to help unlock the economic value of the brilliant work going on in our state's military research facilities,” said Ken Malone, CEO with DiPole Materials. “This CRADA is another step in that direction and couldn't have happened without the help of DefTech.” The CCDC Chemical Biological Center is the nation’s principal R&D resource for chemical and biological protection to US soldiers. The CCDC Chemical Biological Center’s activities span the life cycle of chemical and biological defense research and product development. About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Malone DiPole Materials 410.692.8605...

DiPole Materials and Gemstone Biotherapeutics Team Up to Accelerate Production of Filters for Medical Masks

DiPole Materials and Gemstone Bio expert staffs collaborate round-the-clock to fuel urgent nanofiber production for medical masks for healthcare workers April 7, 2020, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing, is teaming up with Gemstone Biotherapeutics, a biotech company developing novel, bioengineered products for scar-free skin regeneration, to rapidly accelerate production of filters to meet emergency demand for medical masks.  DiPole Materials’ and Gemstone Bio’s teams are collaborating to manufacture cuts of continuous roll-to-roll production of nanofiber filters. This material then gets cut into small, mouth-sized squares which are then mounted into medical masks. Gemstone Bio’s expert team brings its practical knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and wet lab skills to help ensure and maintain manufacturing quality controls.  “Our team is eager to contribute to the production of materials needed now for rapidly scaled medical mask manufacturing,” said Emily English, PhD, CEO of Gemstone Bio. “Partnering with DiPole Materials is seamless and demonstrates the depth of Baltimore’s biotech and advanced materials’ prowess. As a team, we embraced the opportunity to help our region and the nation during the crisis.”  DiPole Materials’ nanofiber filters are the type used in N95 respirators, which provide high end protection for critical medical needs. The combined teams are working with cut and sew shops, makers spaces and engineering companies in Maryland to integrate newly produced filters into their masks to increase the protection provided to healthcare workers and first responders.  “We couldn’t ask for better partners with Emily and the Gemstone Bio team,” said Ken Malone, Chairman of DiPole Materials. “Time is of the essence in this crisis. With Gemstone Bio and our other Baltimore partners, we’re able to ramp up mask filter production and speed manufacturing to get masks in the hands of medical professionals.”  About Gemstone Biotherapeutics: Gemstone Biotherapeutics is a Baltimore-based, biotech company developing innovative, evidence-based products for scar-free skin regeneration. Gemstone’s products have been bioengineered to target the healing cascade that stimulates rapid skin regeneration to restore healthy, stretchy, scar-free skin. The Company’s platform technology has the potential to transform the dermatology market with high-impact, functional and aesthetic benefits for patients and cost savings for the health care industry. Learn more: www.gemstonebio.com About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Malone DiPole Materials 410.692.8605...

DiPole Materials Begins Manufacturing of Nanofiber Filters for Medical Masks Production

DiPole re-tools its nanofiber production line to address urgent COVID-19 need for medical masks for healthcare and hospital workers March 27, 2020, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, LLC, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, has started production of filters to help address the urgent need for medical masks and respirators in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.  DiPole Materials’ nanofiber filters are the type used in N95 respirators, which provide high end protection for the most critical medical needs. DiPole’s scientific team is working with cut and sew shops, makers spaces and engineering companies in Maryland to integrate the DiPole Materials’ filters into their masks to greatly increase the protection provided to healthcare workers and first responders. DiPole Materials’ team currently is working around the clock making cuts of continuous roll-to-roll production of the filters. This material then gets cut into small, mouth sized squares which are then mounted into medical masks. “We’re seeing tremendous partnering among manufacturers and maker communities in our region to address the COVID-19 epidemic,” said Ken Malone, Chairman of DiPole Materials. “We’re eager to deploy our electrospinning manufacturing capabilities to join in accelerating production of critically needed medical masks.” About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Malone DiPole Materials 410.692.8605...

DiPole Materials Announces Hiring of Expert in Materials Science

Mike Pallotta, a chemical engineer, to help support and grow DiPole Materials’ custom materials manufacturing capabilities and product line February 11, 2020, Baltimore, MD – DiPole Materials, LLC, an electrospinning company that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, today announced the hiring of Mike Pallotta, a chemical engineer with corporate experience developing novel products across a range of fields including biomaterials and textiles. In his new role, Pallotta, as Application Engineer, will bring his significant engineering expertise into DiPole Materials’ custom materials manufacturing and product suite. Pallotta previously was Chemical Process Engineer with Corning, Inc. where he designed and implemented experimental systems to enhance production plant efficiencies. As part of this work, he also conducted full-scale economic analyses of future payback on amended chemical processes. In addition, Pallotta established a series of experiments to optimize an emerging process to be used for a variety of Corning products. “Mike broadens our expertise in our custom materials work by bringing strong process engineering thinking,” said Ken Malone, co-founder and CEO of DiPole Materials. “We’re fortunate to add Mike to our team.” Pallotta is a graduate of Bucknell University where he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Materials. At Bucknell, Pallotta also served as Teaching Assistant for Material and Energy Balance, assisting first-year chemical engineering students with projects in the laboratory section of Bucknell’s chemical engineering courses. About DiPole Materials: Dipole Materials is an electrospinning company, based in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in custom nanofiber manufacturing to meet a range of industry applications, including cell culture, tissue engineering, water filtration, technical textiles like piezoelectric yarns, catalysis and more. DiPole Materials’ off-the-shelf product suite includes patented BioPaper technology that serves as a 3D nanofiber-based cell scaffold for 3D cell culture and bioprinting. Learn more: www.dipolematerials.com Media Contact: Ken Malone DiPole Materials 410.692.8605...