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Advanced Process Engineering Laboratory and Washington Technology Center to sign memorandum of understanding

For Immediate Release: November 29, 1999

Richland, WA - On Dec. 7, 1999 the Pacific Northwest's only permitted incubator facility, Advanced Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) and Washington Technology Center (WTC) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly share outreach activities in and around Eastern Washington.

"The success of both facilities rests in part on exposure of our technology development programs and funding for those programs. This MOU provides a link for both facilities' outreach efforts," said Chuck Allen, APEL Director.

APEL, located in Richland, Washington, is a new business incubator facility, fostering and supporting innovative new companies and entrepreneurs that endeavor to develop new product lines that generate new business and jobs in Eastern Washington. APEL opened for business in June 1998 and is now host to a wide variety of businesses, from pharmaceutical manufacturing to robotic arm and chemical warfare detection technology.

APEL is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Port of Benton, Energy Northwest and TRIDEC.

WTC, located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington, is a state-funded organization created to establish and support technology partnerships between Washington companies and university researchers that will benefit the economy of Washington State. WTC links companies with the expertise and resources at the state's research universities to assist them with product development, with the ultimate goal of growing the company and creating jobs. Last year, nearly half of WTC funding went to research projects conducted at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University.

WTC was created by the state legislature in 1983 and is a sub-agency under the Washington State Dept. of Trade & Economic Development. WTC offers project-funding programs in the following technical areas: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Computer Systems and Microelectronics.

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