Downers Grove, IL – Upp Technology, a leader in emergency preparedness and response technology solutions, announced that it has entered into a partnership with a leading health care consulting firm, Martin, Blanck & Associates (MBA). Led by former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (Retired); MBA will provide strategic direction to increase the effectiveness of Upp Technology's public health and public safety solutions.

The partners will develop and enhance innovative technology solutions in the areas of inventory, asset and patient management through scalable web technology for both day-to-day and emergency use. In the capacity of strategic adviser, Vanderwagen will provide expert insight on how Upp Technology can continue to provide sustainable value to its current client base. He will also work to strengthen the company's collaboration with federal, state and local public health officials and first responders.

"Dr. Vanderwagen is a renowned public health official who brings a wealth of real-world experience in the public health community," said Scott Upp, Upp Technology CEO. "We appreciate the practical wisdom that he, and everyone at Martin, Blank and Associates, can provide as we look to increase our services for a community that has unique needs and limited resources."

Dr. Craig Vanderwagen joined Martin, Blanck & Associates following a distinguished 28 year career in public service as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His assignments included many deployments in disaster environments, including his service as lead federal health official in Louisiana after Katrina from August-November, 2005; lead public health official and senior officer aboard the USNS Mercy in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2005; and Director of Primary Care and Public Health for the Ministry of Health in Iraq from September 2003-March, 2004.

"Upp Technology's impassioned support of the public health community, particularly during the recent H1N1 pandemic event, demonstrates a deep understanding of the larger mission in emergency preparedness," said Dr. Vanderwagen. "That mission is to achieve