About Us

Company History

Catamount Research and Development is a company devoted to supplying quality products for physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, and related research and teaching areas. Catamount R&D specializes in conducting preclinical research studies, and in providing engineering and product development services for the biomedical research community.

The genesis of Catamount R&D is traced to 2001, when the affiliated company Med Associates Inc. acquired the Vermont Science and Education Center. This facility consisted of 23,000 square feet, including laboratory, office, and warehouse space. Since its inception in 1971, Med Associates Inc., which is owned and operated by the Karl R. Zurn family, has always had strong emphasis on engineering and product development. The Zurns viewed the acquisition of the Vermont Science and Education Center as an opportunity to establish a unique research and development facility. Their goal was to be able to conduct basic research as part of the product development process, as well as be able to conduct focused research studies for clients on a contractual basis. Thus, Med Associates Inc. began renovations to this facility to construct a state-of-the-art animal care facility, engineering offices, and prototype/production machining capabilities. The new facility became dubbed “The Science and Research Center at Med Associates Inc.”, or more simply “The Science Center.”

By 2003, the animal care facility at The Science Center was complete. Roughly 2,600 square feet had been remodeled to include through-wall automatic cage washing rooms, species-specific colony rooms, ventilated rack housing, cage change stations, a bedding dump station, and testing/procedure rooms.

In 2004, a small animal survival surgical suite and recirculating aquarium were added. At this time, staffing of the laboratory began, and our first contract study for a major pharmaceutical company was undertaken.

Also in 2004, the first group of software engineers was relocated from the Med Associates Inc. production facility to the renovated Science Center. At that time, plans for an engineering office suite were implemented, and by 2005, a prototype/small production machine shop was added and the mechanical engineering group from Med Associates moved from the production plant to The Science Center.

By early 2006, the entire software, electrical, and mechanical engineering departments from Med Associates Inc. were moved into the Science Center. Contract studies were well underway, with several ongoing studies for a number of pharmaceutical and biotech companies.  In addition, the summer of 2006 marked the inauguration of our Short Courses in Neuroscience workshop series that is designed to teach scientists, technicians, and students in the use of Med Associates behavioral research instruments. As 2006 drew to completion, the Zurn family decided to form a new company called Catamount Research and Development, Inc. This move incorporated all of the engineering and development resources of Med Associates Inc., as well as several lines of physiological equipment, into a structure that would allow improvements in product development, quality control of existing products, and distribution of current and new product lines. Many of the details of the new company, Catamount R&D, were worked out during 2007.

In 2008, Catamount Research and Development purchased Living Systems Instrumentation, Inc., a company that specialized in development, manufacturing, and sale of equipment designed for preclinical in vitro cardiovascular research studies.  Living Systems Instrumentation is now a division of Catamount Research and Development.  Catamount Research and Development continues to design new instruments and refine the existing Living Systems Instrumentation product line.

At the present time, Catamount R&D employs over 30 personnel.  Staffing is comprised of software, electrical, and mechanical engineers, technicians, machinists, and scientists, as well as support staff and assembly workers. All of our staff is devoted to developing and producing high quality research equipment, and in conducting sound and reliable basic research. Furthermore, we are dedicated to teaching and informing researchers all over the world in the use of our equipment.

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