Sarnoff Successes:

Orchid’s Acquisition

New at Docks Corner

Start-Ups

New in Town

Expansions

Crosstown Moves

Damaged By Fire

Leaving Town

Management Moves

Name Changes

Corrections or additions?

These articles by Peter J. Mladineo and Barbara Fox were published in

U.S. 1 Newspaper on September 23, 1998. All rights reserved.

Carlson: Promoted from Sarnoff to SRI

Curtis R. Carlson has received a dramatic promotion:

He is now executive vice president of Sarnoff Corporation but soon

will be president and CEO of Sarnoff’s parent company, SRI

International.

He and his wife, Dudley (the much-lauded children’s librarian who

just retired from Princeton Public Library), are expected to move

to SRI’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Carlson will succeed

William P. Sommers, who is retiring after four years in the position.

Carlson’s move may well have been planned for some time. SRI is one

of the world’s largest independent technology innovators, and at

Sarnoff

Carlson was in charge of both ventures and licensing. A graduate of

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carlson has master’s and doctor’s

degrees from Rutgers. He has been issued more than 15 United States

patents in the fields of image quality, image coding, and computer

vision.

SRI was founded in 1956 as Stanford Research Institute. Sarnoff

Corporation

was founded in 1942 as RCA Laboratories but has been a wholly owned,

for-profit subsidiary of SRI International since 1987.

The combined companies have founded 16 new companies that are in

various

stages of development. Carlson helped found more than 10 of them,

at a rate of two or three per year, and he was a key member of the

board created for each spin-off. In the seed stage he acted as the

"Grand Entrepreneur" while other Sarnoff executives took the

roles of venture capitalist, human resource officer, and patent

officer.

This spinoff model worked for such Princeton-based firms as Sensar,

PyramidVision 1, Orchid Biocomputer, Delsys Pharmaceuticals, and

Sarnoff

Real-Time Corporations. Other spin-offs have been California-based

DIVA Systems Corporation; Sarif Inc. in Vancouver, Washington; Sarnoff

Digital Communications in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Secure

Products

in Summit, New Jersey (U.S. 1, April 2, 1997).

Carlson also started and helped accomplish the digital high definition

television (HDTV) Grand Alliance system that was established as the

United States Standard. That won an Emmy for the firm, and it led

to a partnership with Motorola to commercialize HDTV.

Eight years ago Carlson helped establish the National Information

Display Laboratory, which supports the federal government’s need for

information processing and display. It has been called a "new

collaborative model for research, development, and commercialization

between the government and commercial industry." For instance,

the NIDL’s immersive technologies can let experts — doctors or

generals — use stereo glasses to show what is termed a "God’s

eye view" of the data, which might be a battle field or a cancer

tumor.

He served on scientific advisory boards for both the Air Force and

the Army, and in 1996 he participated in the Joint Civilian Operations

Conference sponsored by Secretary of Defense William Perry. As a

charter

member of the Highlands Group, he makes recommendations about

technologies

of importance to the federal government.

"Curt Carlson’s achievements at Sarnoff will be a tremendous asset

to SRI as the research institute pursues its strategy of creating

world-leading technologies and bringing these developments to the

marketplace," says Samuel H. Armacost, chairman of SRI

International.

Sarnoff Corporation, CN 5300, Princeton 08543-5300.

James E. Carnes, president & CEO. 609-734-2000; fax, 609-734-2040.

E-mail: sgauff@sarnoff.com. Home page:

http://www.sarnoff.com.

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Sarnoff Successes:

Delsys Placement

Delsys, the privately-held developer of automated drug

manufacturing and drug delivery systems — a spinoff of the Sarnoff

Corporation — keeps on growing. Earlier this month Delsys, based

at Vaughn Drive, announced a $14.5 million private placement of

preferred

stock.

The syndicate completing the placement included what the press release

described as "important new institutional investors,"

including

PrismVenturePartners, based in Westwood, Massachusetts, and

CenterPoint

Ventures in Dallas, Texas. "We are particularly pleased to

establish

a relationship with CenterPoint," said Delsys CEO Martyn

Greenacre,

"a fund specializing in software technologies and semiconductors,

which reflects the growing recognition of the high-tech nature of

our cutting-edge process technology."

Meanwhile, the company expanded physically with the transfer of its

R&D and engineering departments to 307 College Road. The

administrative

staff remains at Vaughn Drive.

Sue DiBlassio, administrative assistant, recalls that she was the

third employee when she was hired in August of 1997. Now, she reports,

there are 24 people on board.

Delsys Pharmaceutical Corporation, 5 Vaughn Drive,

Suite 305, Box 8738, Princeton 08543. Martyn Greenacre, president

and CEO. 609-720-0033; fax, 609-520-6692.

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Orchid’s Acquisition

Another Sarnoff spinoff is also expanding: Orchid

Biocomputer

has announced the acquisition of a Baltimore-based research and

development

company, Molecular Tool, a subsidiary of GeneScreen Inc.

While financial terms were not disclosed, Orchid stated that it will

receive "full assignment" to Molecular Tool’s proprietary

"genetic bit analysis" or GBA capabilities, including

"equipment

and know-how." Orchid said it was hiring the entire Molecular

Tool staff of about 15 — bringing its total staff size to about

60 — and relocating Molecular Tool’s operations and facilities

to Princeton within the next 12 months.

Orchid recently opened a satellite location at 7 Deer Park Drive,

and continues to maintain laboratory space at the Sarnoff Corporation.

It hopes to consolidate its operations in the first quarter of next

year in 30,000 square feet at 303 College Road. That space has just

been vacated by I-Stat, which has moved to Windsor Center Drive off

Route 571 in East Windsor.

"The pharmaceutical industry has expressed great interest in

targeting

subgroups of patients based on their individual genetic differences

to improve therapy through the use of existing drugs and the

development

of new drugs that have greater efficacy and fewer side effects,"

said Orchid CEO Dale Pfost. "By combining Molecular Tool’s

technologies

with our microfluidics expertise we are building a [platform] that

will enable Orchid to become a major player in these rapidly emerging

fields."

Michael Boyce-Jacino, former president of Molecular Tool, joins Orchid

as vice president of genomics research and development. "Our GBA

technology is the preferred approach," he said. "It’s

scalable,

robust, and well validated. Our patent position is strong — it

dates back to the beginning of the DNA array era."

Founded in 1995, Orchid aims to leverage the same technologies used

to design computer chips to develop and commercialize micro-fabricated

systems for chemistry and the biosciences.

Earlier this year the firm announced an exclusive licensing agreement

to use Sarnoff technology to create microfluidic products —

microfabricated

systems for chemistry and other sciences, for products used in drug

development, pesticides, herbicides.

Orchid Biocomputer Inc., 101 College Road East,

Box 2197, Princeton 08543-2197. Dale R. Pfost Ph.D, chairman and CEO.

609-514-0303; fax, 609-514-4083. E-mail: pconway@sarnoff.com.

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New at Docks Corner

Cooper Tire signed a lease for 270,000 square feet at

200 Docks Corner Road, where it will put its new East Coast

Distribution

Center. Cooper will be moving from 62,500 square feet in New Brunswick

and plans to add 15 employees to accommodate new shifts at the new

facility. The firm produces tires for cars, trucks and motorcycles,

inner tubes, vibration control systems, automotive sealing, and hoses.

The facility features 32-foot ceilings, 30 dock doors,

state-of-the-art

sprinklers, and frontage on the New Jersey Turnpike. It is owned and

managed by a joint venture between Matrix Development and AMB Property

Corporation, a New York City-based real estate investment trust. The

deal was brokered by Joel Lubin and Charles Fern of Weichert

Commercial

Realtors in Piscataway.

"We have identified this facility as an important element in

making

our service to customers more efficient and timely," says Bill

Woeste, director of operations and planning at Cooper.

Also leasing space at 200 Docks Corner Road is Total Logistic Control,

of Zeeland, Michigan, which leased 89,000 square feet. No move-in

date for either company has been announced yet.

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Start-Ups

Sterling Eagle Capital Corp., 340 Scotch Road,

West Trenton. Gary Hoyer. 609-716-6700; fax, 609-671-0661.

Sterling Eagle Capital Corp. has opened at 340 Scotch Road with Gary

Hoyer at the helm. Hoyer is an alumnus of Syracuse University, Class

of 1980, and has a Wharton MBA. He had worked at Deloitte Haskins

& Sells, First Boston, and Prudential Bache and had been a principal

at Princeton Capital Finance at 38 Washington Road (U.S. 1, December

7, 1997).

In 1996 Princeton Capital Finance was a $600 million commercial

finance

firm with 12 offices providing untraditional asset-based loans to

small and growing businesses that had difficulty in getting financing

in a tight market. Then it moved to a different niche, warehouse

financing

of residential mortgage loans plus shorter term bridge loans,

primarily

for the asset-backed securities marketplace.

Hoyer did not return several calls requesting information about

Sterling

Eagle Capital.

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New in Town

1st Constitution Bank, 10 Schalks Crossing Road,

Plainsboro Plaza, Plainsboro 08536. Andrea Pagiazitis, assistant vice

president/branch manager. 609-750-0200; fax, 609-750-0188.

Another branch has opened in Plainsboro, on the site of the former

Howard Savings Bank, which went under in June, 1992, and was absorbed

into First Fidelity, which was purchased by First Union in 1995. 1st

Constitution was started as a mutual thrift bank in 1989 and has since

become a publicly held bank with shares traded over-the-counter on

the Electronic Bulletin Board under the symbol FCCY.

Toddler’s Village Learning Center, 15 Yard Road,

Hopewell 08525. Mary Innocenzi, owner. 609-737-7877; fax,

609-737-8555.

May Innocenzi closed her child care center on Pennington Road in Ewing

to open at this new location, which will open on Saturday, September

26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, and a

moonwalk.

Ron Rheaume was the architect and John Lovero, the builder, for this

ranch-style building on a side street off Route 31. It has the

capacity

for 86 children from ages six weeks to eight years, with full-day

kindergarten plus gymnastics, music, and computers.

Innocenzi was an art major at the College of New Jersey (Class of

1977) and taught art before opening her first Toddler’s Village

Learning

Center in 1982. She has 60 credit hours towards her master’s in early

childhood and special education. In 1987 she contracted with the state

Department of Transportation to operate its child care center, Dot

Tot, the first state-sponsored center in New Jersey.

"The area really needs good quality childcare," says

Innocenzi.

Twelve of her 16 cribs for infants are available.

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Expansions

New Jersey Community Loan Fund, 16 West Lafayette

Street, Box 1655, Trenton 08607-1655. Anne S. Li, executive director.

609-989-7766; fax, 609-393-9401.

The statewide, nonprofit community development financial institution

has renovated a building on Lafayette Street and has moved in. One

of its functions is to use capital from the New Jersey Housing and

Mortgage Finance Agency to make loans for affordable housing,

community

facilities and small businesses. The fund is able to provide hands-on

technical assistance and flexible loans to small projects, young

businesses,

and to projects undertaken by less experienced community groups.

Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP,

50 West State Street, Suite 1010, Trenton 08608-1220. John M.

Pellecchia,

partner. 609-396-2121; fax, 609-396-4578.

This Morristown-based law firm, citing a "growing client base

in Trenton and central New Jersey," has expanded its Trenton

office.

Relocating from Morristown are partner John M. Pellecchia, who serves

as legislative agent for many national and international companies,

and associate Kathryn Roberts, previously chief of staff and

legislative

liaison of the New Jersey Department of Banking under Governor Florio.

Richard P. De Angelis Jr., former executive director of Bergen

County’s

Republican State Committee, also joins the Trenton office as an

associate.

Metal Powder Industries Federation, 105 College

Road East, Princeton 08540-6692. Donald G. White, executive director.

609-452-7700; fax, 609-987-8523. E-mail: info@mpif.org. Home page:

http://www.mpif.org.

The trade association that represents the metal powder producing and

consuming industries took an additional 1,000 square feet of space

at Forrestal Center. A tenant since 1980, it now occupies 7,000 square

feet.

Migliara/Kaplan Associates, 101 College Road East,

Princeton 08540. Sheryl Olitzky, general manager. 609-514-9700; fax,

609-514-1366.

Migliara/Kaplan nearly doubled its size, expanding its lease to 15,000

square feet at 101 College Road. The medical market research firm

is a division of National Family Opinion Research, and has offices

in Maryland and London.

Altec Inc., 2553 Route 130, Campus 130, Cranbury

08512. 609-655-3631; fax, 609-655-3654.

Altec, the kitchen sink import/exporter, moved to 5,000 square feet

at Campus 130 from Princeton Meadows Office Center in Plainsboro,

where it moved in 1995 from Edison. It needed new warehouse space,

says Tyler Byun, the president.

Trade-named Enex International, Altec sells the imported sinks and

other miscellaneous plumbing supplies to retail chains in Kentucky

and Wisconsin. The firm also exports some industrial technologies

to the Mideast.

Klatzkin Technologies LLC, 1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton

Square Road, Box 8188, Trenton 08690-8188. Dale Baver, managing

partner.

609-890-9189; fax, 609-890-6235. E-mail: dbaver@klatzkin.com.

Klatzkin & Company has formed an independent computer consulting firm,

Klatzkin Technologies LLC, a full-service consulting, sales,

installation,

and training operation with expertise in accounting software.

The operation will be located in the Klatzkin & Company suites at

1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road and at 680 Middletown Boulevard

in Langhorne, PA. It will be headed by Dale P. Baver, a partner at

Klatzkin & Company. "Klatzkin Technologies is a natural extension

of something we’ve been doing successfully for 15 years," says

Baver. "We have provided clients with computer consulting services

on ACCPAC and other accounting software since 1983."

Its specialities are using ACCPAC for Windows, ACCPAC for DOS business

accounting systems, and integrating ACCPAC for Windows accounting

software with Microsoft’s Professional Office Suite. Klatzkin also

has experience with Incolan, the anti-virus network program, Quick

Books, Arisoft Xtra Mail and I-Share programs, Microsoft NT, and Novel

NetWare.

Arquest Inc., 101 Interchange Plaza, Cranbury

08512.

John R. Rinaldi, president and CEO. 609-395-9500; fax, 609-395-9778.

The disposable diaper and training pants manufacturer acquired Breger

Gibson Ltd., a private-label disposable diaper maker in North Wales,

United Kingdom. This marks Arquest’s first foray into European markets

and the firm plans to make significant investments to upgrade its

manufacture and market its wares.

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Crosstown Moves

Participative Systems Inc., 224 Raymond Road, Box

181, Princeton 08542-0181. Marc Rubinstein, president. 609-921-1770;

fax, 609-921-1888.

The management consulting firm moved from 13 Tamarack Circle.

Nowalk & Associates, 2650 Route 130 North,

Constitution

Center, Suite C, Cranbury 08512. Richard G. Nowalk CPA, president.

609-655-4100; fax, 609-655-5273.

The certified public accounting firm moved from suite A, which it

shared with other tenants, to its own space in suite C in Cranbury’s

Constitution Center.

Michael P. Balint, 408 Plainsboro Road,

Plainsboro

08536. 609-750-9700; fax, 609-750-9603.

The attorney moved from 101 Interchange Plaza, Jamesburg, to a

converted

house on Plainsboro Road. The phone and fax are new. 609-750-9700,

609-750-9603.

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Damaged By Fire

University Systems and Services of Princeton, 403

Camp Meeting Avenue, Skillman 08558-0151. Morris Mosse, president.

609-466-9400; fax, 609-466-9292. E-mail: mmosse@ussp.com. Home

page: http://www.ussp.com.

The warehouse and computer repair and sales building was destroyed

by a fire that spread through the structure in the early morning on

Thursday, September 17. Fire companies from nine municipalities fought

the fire for three hours and extinguished it at about 6 a.m. All the

computer equipment was lost, but 40 percent of the building was saved.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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Leaving Town

Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan Inc., 3535

Quakerbridge

Road, Suite 400, Hamilton 08619. Stephen J. Souza Ph.D., associate

vice president. 609-588-5441; fax, 609-588-5515. E-mail:

ssouza@pbsj.com.

Home page: http://www.pbsj.com.

The Hamilton office of the environmental remediation firm, which is

headquartered in Miami, has been closed. Formerly Coastal

Environmental

Services Inc., Post Buckley specializes in ecological and engineering

aspects of environmental issues.

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Management Moves

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency,

637 South Clinton Avenue, Roebling Center, Box 18550, Trenton

08650-2085.

Deborah De Santis, executive director. 609-278-7400; fax,

609-278-1754.

Deborah De Santis has been appointed executive director of the

nonprofit

mortgage organization, a quasi state agency. She replaces Timothy

J. Touhey, who left to be director of national development for a

development

firm, Franklin Group of West Paterson.

A business administration major at Babson College, De Santis had been

deputy chief of staff in Governor Whitman’s office. She joined this

agency in January 1998.

The Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue,

Pennington 08534. Lyle D. Rigg, headmaster. 609-737-1838; fax,

609-730-1405.

Lyle D. Rigg, 53, has assumed the position of headmaster at the

160-year-old

independent school, which is owned by the Southern New Jersey

Conference

of the United Methodist Church. An alumnus of Miami University of

Ohio, Rigg has master’s degrees from West Texas State and Harvard’s

Graduate School of Education. His installation as headmaster also

marked the arrival of a record number of incoming students, 390 from

11 states and 10 foreign countries.

Rigg previously had been headmaster at the American School in Surrey,

England, and he has also taught in El Salvador and Brazil. He is

married

to Sharon Creech, whose children’s novel "Walk Two Moons"

won the Newbery Medal in 1995.

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Name Changes

Sharp Rudman, 993 Lenox Drive, Suite 200,

Lawrenceville

08648. 609-219-1680; fax, 609-546-5123. E-mail: cjtaxllm@erols.com.

Aimee P. Rudman, formerly an associate with the law offices of Cynthia

Sharp Jenkins, has joined Jenkins as a partner and the new name of

the firm is Sharp Rudman. Its primary practice areas are estate

planning

and elder law. Sharp went to Ball State University and has law degrees

from Georgetown and New York University, where she earned a master’s

degree in taxation. Rudman went to Brandeis and has an MBA and a JD

from the University of Pittsburgh. This law firm’s headquarters is

at 208 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights 08035, 609-546-5666.

Vertex Technologies, 51 Stouts Lane, Unit 5,

Monmouth

Junction 08852. 732-329-0800; fax, 732-329-1500. Home page:

http://www.vertextech.com.

Vertex Technologies was doing business as Win Laboratories . As a

Microsoft partner it makes IBM-compatible desktop computers and has

expanded to 20 employees.

J.A.R. Engineering Inc., 314 Wall Street, Princeton

08540. John H. Puha, president. 609-921-6754; fax, 609-921-0704.

E-mail:

mbai@worldnet.att.net.

Reflecting a less-active role by its founder, Maurice Benton, M.

Benton

& Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers changed its name to J.A.R.

Engineering Inc. The new president is John H. Puha.

Only recently incorporated, the 30-year-old firm designs HVAC, fire

suppression, plumbing, and mechanical systems.

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