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Seven Companies Receive State-Funded Research Grants

Washington Technology Center awarded research and technology development grants totaling $457,301 to seven companies working in partnership with academic researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Grant winners for January 2007 are Arcadia Biosciences, Seattle; Carbon Nanoprobes, Seattle; Northwind Marine, Seattle; FungusAmongUs, Snohomish; Greenwood Technologies, Bellevue; nLight Photonics, Vancouver; and VisionGate, Gig Harbor. Winning proposals outlined breakthrough research in biotechnology, defense and security, nanotechnology, energy and manufacturing.

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"Research institutions in Washington are engines of economic growth and these grants bridge the gap between good research and competitive products," says Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. "Congratulations to these innovative companies and researchers."

Washington state allocates more than $1.2 million annually to the Washington Technology Center grants program. State funding enables collaboration between companies and university researchers on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs. Since 1996, the state has funded 304 Research and Technology Development projects.

This round of grants is expected to generate more than 300 full-time technology jobs in Washington over the next five years. Washington Technology Center estimates that through its work with entrepreneurs, over 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in Washington state, many of these from grant award recipients. New project funding is awarded twice annually.

Companies are eligible for financial awards up to $100,000 per phase for initial proof-of-concept projects or multi-phase research.

The Washington Technology Center’s research and technology development grants have proved effective in helping Washington companies and researchers transition novel technologies from “good ideas” into commercially-viable ventures. Annual follow-up surveys show that assisted companies have been successful in leveraging these grants into more than $400 million in additional funding.

Related WTC links:

  • WTC Research and Technology Development program

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  • 2007 Washington State Technology Summit - Apr. 12, 2007

    The 2007 Washington State Technology Summit will be held on April 12, 2007 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The four focus industries for 2007 are energy, life sciences, nanotechnology and wireless & telecommunications.

    Related WTC links:

  • 2007 Washington State Technology Summit

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  • EDA Grant to Increase Tech Innovation in Washington

    Washington Technology Center (WTC) is partnering with Seattle University to expand technical assistance to small businesses in distressed areas across Washington state. Seattle University’s Washington Entrepreneurship and Innovation project is made possible through a financial assistance award of $315,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

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    In addition to Washington Technology Center, Seattle University is partnering with the Prosperity Partnership to focus on the state’s leading industry clusters and with the Pacific Northwest Economic Region to create a coordinated R&D; Exchange Network among research institutions across Washington.

    As lead organization, Seattle University will conduct applied research that will guide the work performed by its three collaborating partner organizations. Seattle University will also provide direct assistance to firms in distressed areas through a multi-disciplinary business law student clinic.

    “We’re committed to expanding the entrepreneurial base in distressed communities,” says Suzanne Mitchell, WTC’s Outreach Manager for Eastern Washington and Director of the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) technology business incubator in Richland. Mitchell says the project will help rural communities across Washington access the assistance and capital needed to grow business.

    Washington Technology Center will utilize Seattle University’s applied research to focus and expand technical assistance services such as Small Business Consulting and Research and Technology Development grants workshops. WTC will also play a role in ensuring that the design of the R&D; Exchange Network addresses WTC’s technological focus areas.

    The EDA grant recognizes that distressed communities have untapped potential for contributing to Washington’s economic future. The Washington Entrepreneurship and Innovation project is an investment designed to expand innovation across all of Washington.

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    SBIR Breakfast Series: How to Measure Your Funding Readiness - Jan. 25, 2007

    Technology companies need access to capital for commercialization growth. Whether the capital comes from targeting Federal/State grants (including Small Business Innovation Research), angel investors or venture capital sources, the business and its technology will be evaluated for funding. Only those businesses that meet readiness criteria and performance standards will successfully win financial support. Being properly prepared for the funding process is vital to competing for and gaining capital.

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    Fred Patterson, is best known nationally as The SBIR Coach®. Mr. Patterson will present his trademarked Funding Readiness Level™ concept which provides metrics for analyzing a company’s readiness by combining Technology Readiness Level and Business Readiness Level indices. The resulting assessment will guide the business in planning its funding strategy.

    One-on-one coaching sessions with Mr. Patterson are available to pre-registered attendees following the breakfast meeting.

    Plan now to attend the SBIR Breakfast on January 25, 2007 and learn how to best position your company to ensure funding success.

    The SBIR Breakfast Series is one way WTC is helping Washington be better prepared to compete and win Small Business Innovation Research awards. Each breakfast event homes in on a timely topic or tip that Washington companies can add to their arsenal of information when going after these awards.

    Related WTC links:

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  • Discover WSU--Science and Industry Collaboration - April 10, 2007

    A networking event for companies and WSU researchers seeking Research & Development opportunities.

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    Converting cutting-edge research into commercial products is critical to the economic vitality of Washington state. At Washington State University, this technology transfer is happening thanks to strong linkages between industry and research partners.

    Discover WSU — Science and Industry Collaboration will highlight the innovative collaborations between WSU researchers and Washington companies in the areas of Life Sciences, Advanced Materials, and Computing and Electronics. Event participants will hear presentations by several WSU researchers and Washington companies including a team that received state funding through the Washington Technology Center’s Research and Technology Development grant program.

    This event provides WSU researchers and companies with an ideal venue to network, present their innovations, and discover new opportunities for working together.

    Plan now to attend Discover WSU — Science and Industry Collaboration on April 10 and learn how to collaborate with a researcher or company to further develop your R&D.;

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    2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference is Sept. 10-12 in Portland

    Save the date for the 4th annual Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference. This regional event, held September 10-12, 2007 at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Portland, Oregon, is co-hosted by the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and Washington Technology Center (WTC).

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    Building a Micro/Nano Tech Economy

    The conference will bring together leaders to focus on development of micro and nano technology for new products. Attendees will share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts.

    Participation Opportunities:
    • Attend the conference to ask questions and share ideas
    • Be a conference sponsor or sponsor a particular session
    • Present a paper in a technical or business session
    • Exhibit business and industry technologies and capabilities
    • Sponsor a session
    • Attend a short course
    • Present a poster paper
    • Host a hospitality suite
    • Join one of the working groups. This is an opportunity to be on a team that will find a direction and follow it

    Who should Attend:

    If you are involved in the transformation from discovery and development to commercialization of products this conference is for you.

    • Scientists
    • Students
    • Engineers
    • Technology transfer specialists
    • Academicians
    • Strategic planners
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Business Development Managers
    • Venture Capitalists
    • Product Development Professionals
    • R&D; Managers
    • Investors
    • Administrators
    • Investment analysts
    • Product Development Managers
    • Proposal writers
    • Government Officials
    • Legislators
    • Policy Makers
    • Legislative assistants & analysts
    • Non-Government Organization Officials
    • Intellectual property managers

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  • www.micronbc.org

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  • Research Funding Available

    Accepting applications for spring 2007 Research and Technology Development Awards.

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  • New Staff Members Join WTC

    Suzanne Mitchell has joined Washington Technology Center as Outreach Manager for Eastern Washington and as the Director of the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) technology business incubator in Richland. As Outreach Manager, Suzanne will be the local champion for WTC’s programs in Eastern Washington, most specifically leading WTC’s federal SBIR counseling program. She will also provide outreach and support for WTC’s research grants, regional angel networks, business consulting services, and other programs. Suzanne will serve as the Director for APEL, providing sales, marketing, administrative and financial management for the facility. Suzanne brings 25 years of sales and marketing experience to her new role. She has owned her own business and mentored and consulted for small businesses in King County. Mitchell relocated to the Tri-Cities in January 2006 and worked for New Edge, a research-based strategy firm in Richland, before accepting the new position with WTC.

    Paul Schilling has joined Washington Technology Center as a Research Engineer in the Microfabrication Laboratory where he supports customers' research and development work. Previously, he was Senior Process Engineer at Supercritical Systems, Inc., where he developed cleaning processes and hardware for supercritical CO2 cleaning of post-etch wafers, along with supporting integration development with several large semiconductor manufacturers. Before that, he was a Research Associate at Honeywell Electronic Materials, where he was involved with the development, production, and integration of low-k organic polymer dielectrics and spin-on glasses.

    Steve Goll is Washington Technology Center's new Communications Manager. As communications manager, he is responsible for public relations for WTC and its service lines. Steve brings 10 years of experience in communications to the position. He comes to WTC from the University of Washington where he worked as a writer and project manager with the Office of UW-Community Partnerships. Previously he spent several years conducting outreach for local community organizations on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. He has an M.A. in educational communication and technology from New York University and a B.F.A. in photography from University of Florida.

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