A regional news column in Monday's Washington Business incorrectly reported the dollar value of a contract signed by the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization with Martin Marietta Corp. to launch two communications satellites. The contract is valued at $220 million. (Published 8/29/87)

ProScience is a combination of the words "protein" and "science." ProScience Corp. in Vienna is a combination of four organizations: Hazelton Laboratories Corp., a subsidiary of Corning Glass Works, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, Rocco Investors Inc. and Binax Corp. They formed ProScience in June to market technologies that diagnose and treat diseases in agricultural animals.

ProScience's first target is treating mastitis in dairy cattle. Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland, which causes scar tissue to build up in a cow's udder. As the scar tissue grows, the organisms that produce it become harder to kill and the cow produces less milk.

Currently, 20 to 40 percent of the 11 million dairy cattle in the United States have some form of mastitis at any given time, according to Anne Saeman, director of operations at the National Mastitis Council. The disease costs the dairy industry more than $2 billion a year.

Hazelton Biotechnologies Co., a subsidiary of Hazelton Labortories, had been researching mastitis when it "came up with a technology that we thought has value," said Lewis E.S. Parker, president of Hazelton Biotechnologies, vice president of Hazelton Laboratories and now president of ProScience.

For two years, Hazelton was researching antibodies in milk, while Dr. Scott Adams and his staff at Veterinary Medical Research & Development Inc. in Pullman, Wash.,were researching pathogen detection in mastitis with funding from Hazelton.

Hazelton, primarily a services firm, decided about eight months ago to establish a venture separate from the company to develop and market these new technologies.

The Center for Innovative Technology, which acts as a liaison between businesses and university researchers in Virginia, agreed to support ProScience by providing research grants to projects that CIT and ProScience decide are worthwhile. CIT is providing the grant money in exchange for an equity position in the company.

Rocco is a $250 million company in Harrisonburg, Va., that markets poultry products. "The stuff that ProScience is doing right now is not applicable to our company. But there are several diseases that attack poultry, such as the avian influenza that hit two years ago. To diagnose it, we literally had to pull blood samples and send them to a lab. ProScience may be able to come up with a way to rapidly diagnose and treat these diseases," said Jim Darazsdi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rocco.

Binax Corp., a human diagnostics company in Portland, Maine, contributed technology, in exchange for an equity share in the company, that enabled ProScience to detect antibiotics in milk.

Charles Strickler, the president of Rocco, and Darazsdi sit on the board of ProScience, but leave the day-to-day operations to Parker. CIT and Binax play no role in the management of the company, but each is represented on ProScience's research advisory committee.

The company has no office, no labs and no employes yet, but it does have a test that Parker says is unique. Adams developed a test for staphylococcus aureus, an organism often responsible for mastitis in diary cattle. ProScience has applied for a patent and to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a license to market the test. It usually takes two days to diagnose the organism that causes subclinical mastitis, but Parker said ProScience's test takes 20 minutes.

"I know a lot of other companies are working on this kind of test, but none of them are in the market yet. It would be a good step forward if we could get a test like this on the market," said Dr. Robert H. Miller, research leader at the Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville.

"The bottom line is the farmer saves money," said Marcus Fisk, director of public relations for CIT. "He can diagnose the disease earlier and cure the cow sooner. He {the farmer} doesn't have to separate the infected cow from the herd for a long period of time."

The company is also developing a test that rapidly detects antibiotic residue in milk. Antibiotics inhibit the growth of cultures in milk, which are needed to make cheese, yogurt and other diary products.

"There are a number of other companies with a test for antibiotics in milk. It takes a minimum of three hours to conduct the regulation test, and others are shorter, but they have features we can improve on. Our test is one year away," said Parker.

Parker estimates that the combined market for these two tests will exceed $50 million per year in the United States alone.

Systems Technology Associates Inc. has received a takeover inquiry from International Capital and Technology Corp (ICTC), a New York City investment company and merchant bank.

Systems Technology has agreed to provide ICTC with information on the company's condition and potential. If the findings are satisfactory, ICTC said it is prepared to make an offer for some or all of the outstanding shares of Systems Technology.

"We are interested in being acquired by an international company that can give our company capital backing. If this proves to be the most attractive offer for the company and our shareholders, then we will accept the offer," said Marvin S. Friedland, chairman of Systems Technology.

Systems Technology recently received an offer from Dupont Ventures Inc. to purchase all of its shares in a stock swap, but rejected the offer.

The International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat) signed a $22 million contract with Martin Marietta Corp. to launch two Intelsat VI communications satellites aboard Martin Marietta's Titan launch vehicles.

The contract is the first for launch of a commercial communications satellite under license from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

If the first Intelsat VI spacecraft is successfully launched in 1989, it will be the largest, most powerful commercial communications satellite ever orbited. It will be able to carry 3 billion bits of information per second, or 200 television channels in an all-video mode.

Hagler, Bailly & Co. Inc., a subsidiary of RCG International Inc., has been awarded a $11 million contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The five-year contract through the Energy Conservation Services Program aims to teach residents of more than 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Near East how to use energy more efficiently.

Planning Research Corp., a subsidiary of Emhart Corp., has received a contract worth a potential $29 million over five years from the Air Force Space Command to maintain and support the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System (PARCS). Using long-rang radar and computers, the system detects and tracks missiles that enter North America's atmosphere.

The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded a $3.4 million contract to Vanguard Technologies International Inc. in Fairfax to develop scientific and administrative systems for the Bureau of Mines' Computing Center in Denver.