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From saving salmon to advances in aircraft manufacturing -- six Wash. companies receive funding from WTC for product development

For Immediate Release: December 14, 1999

Seattle - Washington Technology Center (WTC) has awarded $488,000 to six Washington-based companies teamed with university researchers through WTC's Research and Technology Development Program (RTD). The RTD program matches companies with university researchers to conduct product research & development on behalf of the company. The ultimate goal is to help the company grow and create jobs for the people of Washington state. This round, the projects range from developing a device that measures the movement of gravel in streambeds, to projects that will lower manufacturing costs and improve safety of aircraft, to the optimization of new point-of-care diagnostic equipment.

Projects were split evenly between Washington State University and the University of Washington. However, WSU received the lion's share of funding with a total of $260,000.

The Research and Technology Development Program awards between $1–2 million per year to industry/university research collaborations that have commercial potential. The WTC has a call for proposals for the RTD program every six months.

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