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Washington Technology Center Awards $485,261 in Research Funding

Washington Technology Center awarded research and technology development funding totaling $485,261 to seven* projects developed between companies and Washington researchers.

Companies with winning projects for January 2009 are: Applied Precision, of Issaquah; ATS, of Silverdale; The Boeing Company and HEATCON® Composite Systems, of Seattle; Enertechnix, of Maple Valley; GeoMonkey, Inc., of Vancouver; Omeros Corporation, of Seattle; and Theo Chocolate, Inc., of Seattle. Winning proposals described innovative research in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, food safety and quality, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.

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"Washington’s success in research and development is known globally," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. "And the bold innovations created by these companies will help keep Washington’s economy robust. Congratulations to each of you."

Washington Technology Center competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually as part of the Research and Technology Development Grant Program. State funding enables collaboration between companies and non-profit research institutions on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs. Since 1996, the state has funded 329 Research and Technology Development projects.

Each project team is comprised of a Washington company partner and a researcher from a university or research nonprofit in the state. The company defines the research challenge and provides access to the commercial market. The university or nonprofit researcher executes the research with funding from both Washington Technology Center and the company partner.

This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

Applied Precision, Inc., an Issaquah-based manufacturer of biomedical imaging systems, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine to commercialize a microfluidic imaging technology for biomedical applications. UW will receive $95,215 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $22,500 from Applied Precision for the project. More

ATS, a Silverdale-based provider of intelligent search software and services, is working with Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop data merging algorithms. WSU will receive $50,000 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $17,500 from ATS for the project. More

The Boeing Company’s Research & Technology group and HEATCON® Composite Systems, a Seattle-based composite repair equipment supplier, are collaborating with the University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering Department to improve the efficiency of composite-structural repairs. UW will receive $75,190 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from The Boeing Company for the project. More

Enertechnix, a Maple Valley-based manufacturer of high-temperature imaging systems, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering to develop algorithms to control the cleaning of heat-transfer surfaces in industrial processes. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Enertechnix for the project. More

GeoMonkey (doing business as MapWith.Us), a Vancouver-based developer of mapping software, is collaborating with WSU Vancouver’s School of Engineering and Computer Science to develop a framework for publishing geo-spatial data generated from consumer mobile communication devices. WSU Vancouver will receive $35,582 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $8,092 from GeoMonkey for the project. More

Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, is working with the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering to develop a new drug delivery platform for applications in medical imaging and cancer therapy. UW will receive $99,274 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $34,746 from Omeros Corporation for the project. More

Theo Chocolate, Inc., a Seattle-based manufacturer of artisan chocolates and confections, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry to develop food-safety and quality-analysis technology. UW will receive $30,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $6,000 from Theo Chocolate for the project. More

This round of funding is anticipated to generate more than 350 full-time technology jobs in Washington during the next five years. Washington Technology Center estimates that through its work with entrepreneurs, more than 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in Washington state, many of these from award recipients. New project funding is awarded twice annually.

Annual follow-up surveys show that the Research and Technology Development Grant Program has helped Washington companies transition novel technologies into commercially-viable ventures.

Proposals for the next round of funding are due April 23, 2009. More information about the Research and Technology Development Grant Program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

* (Update 2/10/09: an eighth project -- Greenwood Technologies -- has been canceled)

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