MBF Bioscience Wins Prestigious Tibbetts Award in Recognition of Outstanding Technological Innovation

MBF Bioscience received a prestigious Tibbetts Award during a ceremony at the White House on May 16. The Tibbetts Award recognizes MBF Bioscience for a number of accomplishments including: technological innovation, serving federal Research and Development needs, encouraging diverse participation, and increasing the practical commercial use of federal research.

The Tibbetts Award is given to companies who participate in the Small Business Innovation Research program which is run by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

From left to right: Roland Tibbetts (sitting), SBIR officer, Jack Glaser, SBIR officer

Jack Glaser receives the Tibbetts Award on behalf of MBF Bioscience. From left to right: Roland Tibbetts (sitting), Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, Jack Glaser, Pravina Raghavan, Director, Innovation and Technology at SBA


From left to right: Meg Grabb (NIMH SBIR Program Officer), Sophie Glaser, Roland Tibbetts, Jack Glaser,  Cait Glaser

From left to right: Margaret Grabb, Ph.D, NIMH SBIR/STTR Coordinator, Sophie Glaser, Roland Tibbetts, Jack Glaser, Cait Glaser

Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing the SBIR program, presented the award to Jack Glaser, President of MBF Bioscience. MBF Bioscience has been an active participant in the SBIR program for many years. It has received numerous SBIR awards that have helped develop many products that bioscience researchers rely on, including Neurolucida, Stereo Investigator, Biolucida, AutoSpine, AutoSynapse, and Virtual Tissue 3D.

MBF was featured in local Vermont media outlets to talk about winning the Tibbetts Award. Jack Glaser was interviewed on a local VT television news station. You can view the segment on the WCAX website. MBF was also highlighted in the Burlington Free Press.

Congratulations to Dr. Ann M. Graybiel, Recipient of the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

We would like to extend our congratulations to one of our customers, Dr. Ann M. Graybiel, recipient of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. The Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their pivotal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Dr. Graybiel studies how understanding the habit system of the brain can help identify diseases and disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and addiction.

“Ann M. Graybiel, of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, at MIT, has identified and traced neural loops going from the outer layer of the brain to a region called the striatum and back again, and revealed that these form the basis for linking sensory cues to actions involved in habitual behaviors. She has provided a deeper understanding of the ability to make or break habits, and of what goes wrong in movement and repetitive behavior disorders” (Kavli Prize, July 2, 2012).

The awards will be presented by Harald V, King of Norway, at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway on September 4.

Congratulations to Timothy Collier, PhD., Recipient of the Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair

We’d like to extend our congratulations to one of our customers, Dr. Timothy Collier, recipient of the 2012 Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair. Presented each year by the American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair, the award is given to an individual who has made outstanding research contributions in the field of neural therapy and repair, and we agree, Dr. Collier is certainly worthy of this recognition.

A professor of translational science and molecular medicine at Michigan State University and director of the Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research at Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Collier has devoted his career to researching the neurobiology of aging. He has studied the role of dopamine in neuron biology as applied to aging, Parkinson’s disease, and experimental therapeutics, and was part of a team that first examined cell transplantation in nonhuman primate models of Parkinson’s disease.

“Professor Collier has been a leader in the field of cellular repair for Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years and consistently has brought new ideas forward on how to stimulate growth and survival of neurons that are crucial for maintenance of proper brain function,” said John Sladek, PhD, director for Outreach and Development, Center for Neuroscience, and professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “As director of the highly coveted Morris Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research he is in an ideal position to make breakthroughs that will accelerate the transfer of new research into the clinics. As his postdoctoral mentor, I couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishments and look forward to his next important discovery.” (ASNTR Press release, 5.29.2012)

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2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellow Dr. William Seeley

Dr. William Seeley

MBF Bioscience congratulates our customer Dr. William Seeley on his 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellows award.

Dr. Seeley is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. His research area is regional vulnerability in dementia—why certain dementias attack specific neurons.  Dr. Seeley leads the Selective Vulnerability Research Lab at USSF.

Read about the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, its work, and the 2011 Fellows at www.macfound.org.

MBF Bioscience, One of VT’s Best Places to Work

We’re pleased to announce that MBF Bioscience has been selected as one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont” for the third time in a row. The list of fifteen companies is compiled by Best Companies Group in an effort to recognize excellence among state employers. Companies are evaluated based on the benefits they provide and their levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We’ll find out our ranking at the awards ceremony on March 29. Check back then to see exactly where we stand in this year’s list.

MBF President Jack Glaser Honored with SBA Award

MBF Bioscience President Jack Glaser

Jack Glaser, president and founder of MBF Bioscience was named the 2007 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. Glaser founded MicroBrightField (renamed MBF Bioscience in 2006) with his father, Dr. Edmund M. Glaser in 1987. Their goal was to develop powerful yet affordable neuroanatomical imaging software for the global research community.

Today, MBF software is used by over 1000 researchers around the world. Neurolucida has become the gold standard in neuroanatomical software. Stereo Investigator has become the most widely used software for stereology. As president of MBF Bioscience, Glaser has grown the company from a desk in his bedroom to a successful Vermont-based multinational company. The business occupies a headquarters office in Williston, VT with satellite sales offices in Europe and Asia. MBF has a dedicated and talented staff, including experts in biological research and software development.

We sat down with Jack Glaser to chat about the Small Business Person of the Year award, which is given to a business person based on criteria including innovation, response to business adversity, and commitment
to the community by the nominee and the employees. Since starting out in a room in his house, with Jack as the sole employee, MBF Bioscience has grown to employ 27 professionals in Williston, Vermont, and in Europe, Malaysia, and Japan. MBF Bioscience develops, markets, and supports Neurolucida, Stereo Investigator, Neuroinfo, AutoNeuron, and Lucivid.

What do you think made you and MBF successful?

From the beginning, we focussed on delivering a solution that our customers wanted and needed. We also
continue to provide great customer service, which is very important in our
market. Having excellent employees has also been very important for our success. Many of our employees have worked at MBF for a long time—longer than most high-tech companies. Also, Vermont offers a great quality of life for anyone. It attracts the type of people who care a bit more for the things in life that go along with our core values of treating people with respect as individuals and not as objects. These qualities
are evident in the people at MBF.

Can you say something about receiving the award?

It is very gratifying to be recognized for all of MBF’s hard work and effort over the past twenty years. Our company is dedicated to helping researchers in their pursuit of understanding how the brain functions. We
are most proud that the results of our customer’s research are of benefit to everyone—leading to more fulfilling and healthy lives. It’s rewarding to be recognized for doing the right things for our employees and customers.

Most new businesses don’t succeed past the first year or so. They seem to struggle without a real aim. What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

Simply, find a solution that you want to provide to customers. Focus on it and refine it, and then go out and
market it. Do what it takes to support your customers. Making a useful product is only part of the equation. You also need to provide good technical support and training. Focus on the customer and their needs, and you have a better chance of success.

The SBA award is a prestigious honor. What does it mean to you and to MBF?

It’s great recognition to receive
such a prestigious award from a wellrespected
 government agency for everyone 
at MBF’s hard work over these 
last 20 years. For me, it’s recognition
 that instead of doing the typical “Same 
old business thing,” I’m doing the right
 thing—providing the employees with 
the best I can, such as a great package
 of benefits and a collaborative, team 
environment. For our customers, it 
should provide confidence that MBF is 
a company that has been awarded for 
innovation and integrity.

Give us a glimpse of the
 future for MBF.

Well, I think you can expect to 
see expanded product offerings. We
 will try and leverage the proficiencies
 we have into other areas of biologic 
research. Many of our newest ideas 
come from talking with our customers 
about problems they’re trying to solve
 and what they’re investigating. We 
look forward to continued growth in
 Vermont and around the world.

First published in The Scope, summer 2007.

Read Vermontbiz.com‘s article on Jack’s Vermont Small Business Person of the Year award.