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U of Maryland start-up licenses grip gel to baseball equipment company

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 8th, 2017

A University of Maryland (UMD) start-up has signed a licensing agreement with grip tape company Lizard Skins to commercialize a gel that helps baseball players maintain a grip on their bats.

Under the agreement, the start-up Grip Boost will continue to produce the gel, while Lizard Skins will take over sales and marketing. Both companies’ brands will appear on the products.

The Grip Boost technology is a clear, alcohol-based gel that’s applied to the palm of a batting glove. It dries in 15 seconds and leaves behind no residue, setting it apart from substances like pine tar.

The deal is likely to help Grip Boost expand its reach, considering that Lizard Skins has existing partnerships with major league baseball players including Mookie Betts, Joc Pederson and Anthony Rizzo. The UMD start-up’s co-founder and chief operations officer Chanda Arya says that between the Grip Boost gel and Lizard Skins’ existing grip tape technology, “you have pretty much the best grip you could possibly get for holding a bat.”

The start-up was co-founded by former pro football tight end Matt Furstenburg and a pair of former UMD chemical engineering students. Grip Boost has received support from the bwtech start-up incubator at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. It has also secured funding from the Maryland Innovation Initiative and Technology Commercialization Fund.

Source: Baltimore

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