History of Med Associates Inc®
Founded in Pennsylvania by Karl R. Zurn, M.E.E, Med Associates specialized in designing and performing safety inspection programs for hospital equipment and manufacturing physiological instruments and supplies, such as EKG amplifiers, data acquisition and signal conditioning devices, physiological electrodes, and electrode pastes and gels.
Med Associates relocates to the rural town of Fairfield, Vermont
Med Associates purchases the assets of a company called LVB. LVB designed and manufactured an electronic interface that was used to control operant conditioning behavioral experiments. This marked a turning point, where Med Associates now shifted focus into the animal behavior instruments market.
Med Associates manufactures a computer-controlled behavioral experiment control systems based on the TRS-80 microprocessor.
Med Associates adapts the TRS-80 interface system to the Apple II computer. Also starts providing ready-to-use behavioral procedures that were written in assembly language, similar to our current-day Med State Notation™ procedures, only the programs could not be modified unless the user knew assembly programming.
Med Associates incorporates a set of BASIC statements to allow researchers to easily modify behavioral procedures to suit their needs
By this time, IBM PCs have gained a steady foot-hold as laboratory research instruments. Med Associates develops a new interface system suited to the PC. This interface included the DIG-720 and DIG-721 modules that are still in widespread use today!
Later that same year, Med Associates collaborated with Dr. Thomas Tatham to develop a DOS-based behavioral experiment control language for the IBM PC based on the popular SKED™ state notation syntax. This is termed “Med State Notation™”.
Med Associates sells the first license of the popular MED PC® behavioral control software that runs experimental protocols designed with Med State Notation™.
Dr. Thomas Tatham and Karl Zurn publish a paper (Tatham, T.A. and Zurn K.R. The MED-PC experimental apparatus programming system. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers 21(2): 294-302, 1989) describing the MED PC® behavioral control system and the syntax of Med State Notation™.
Med Associates relocates operations to a 10,000 sq. ft. plant located in the Georgia Regional Industrial Park in Georgia, Vermont.
Med Associates constructs a 12,000 sq. ft. addition to the manufacturing plant and established a professional machine shop and cabinet making shop.
Med Associates constructs a 4,000 sq. ft. mezzanine to generate more space in its manufacturing plant.
Med Associates acquired a 23,000 sq. ft. facility in the St. Albans Town Industrial Park in St. Albans, Vermont. This facility would be termed the Med Associates Science Center. Over the next several years, it would be developed to contain an 8,000 sq. ft. vivarium, 7,500 sq. ft. laboratory facility, engineering offices, and a prototype machine shop.
Also an addition was completed at the Georgia, Vermont plant to house our growing Sales and Administrative offices.
Karl Zurn’s son-in-law, Gerald Herrera, Ph.D., decides to join Med Associates full-time. Dr. Herrera obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from The University of Vermont. Dr. Herrera works to develop the vision of the Med Associates Science Center becoming the major research and development hub for the company, incorporating key principles from basic science into the product development strategies.
Two major building projects were completed at our Georgia, Vermont plant. A 12,000 sq. ft. expansion of the main plant would house our inventory, and a 15,000 sq. ft. building was erected to serve as our new machine shop, further expanding our manufacturing capabilities.
The Georgia, Vermont facility was again expanded to gain additional manufacturing space.
2006 – Introducing the Med Associates Short Courses in Neuroscience and the Launch of a new R&D Company, Catamount Research and Development
Med Associates launches the popular Short Courses in Neuroscience workshop series at our Vermont Science Center. This series continues to be popular, and we conduct several courses each year, including Med PC® training courses at our facility, at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, and at the biennial Federation of European Neuroscience Societies meeting.
Karl Zurn and Gerald Herrera form a new company called Catamount Research and Development whose mission is to conduct new product research and development. Today, Catamount R&D designs, develops, and manufactures several physiological product lines, in addition to supporting and the Med Associates behavioral product lines.
Also, a 10,000 sq. ft. addition was completed at the Georgia, Vermont plant to house our shipping/receiving department, as well as mechanical assembly operations.
2009 – A New Partnership and MED PC® Reaches a Milestone
Med Associates announces a collaboration with Noldus in which Med Associates would sell Ethovision software as a video tracking solution with our mazes and arenas. In addition, Noldus would offer Med Associates mazes and arenas to provide a complete solution to the end user.
Med Associates sells the 2000th license of MED PC®
2011 – A New Website
Med Associates launches its new website, featuring expanded product information, refined searching abilities, current news and events, and a customer portal to provide on-line customer support.