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April 14, 2004
For Immediate Release

Media Contacts
Michael Buckley
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Helen Worth
Phone: 240-228-5113 or

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
To Name Top Inventions, Inventors on April 20

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., will honor 220 inventors and announce its top inventions for 2003 at its fifth annual Invention of the Year ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m. in APL's Kossiakoff Center.

APL inventors registered 139 invention disclosures with the Lab's Office of Technology Transfer last year in areas ranging from biochemical detection to information processing. An independent, outside review panel will select the winning inventions in three categories — physical science, information science, and life science — based on their potential benefit to society, improvement over existing technology and commercial potential.

APL Director Rich Roca and Director of Technology Transfer Wayne Swann will present plaques and cash awards to the winning teams of inventors.

The event is open to invited guests and the media. Members of the media can contact Helen Worth or Michael Buckley for more information. Directions to the Kossiakoff Center are available at

APL, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year for 2003, is a leader in defense research and space exploration. The Lab's Office of Technology Transfer helps stimulate economic development by licensing new technologies to businesses both local and across the nation. For more information about APL's technology transfer initiatives, visit

The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit