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WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham takes post at ASU Biodesign Institute

Lee Cheatham, Washington Technology Center's executive director, has accepted the position of operations director at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University beginning in January 2010. He will also serve as general manager of the Biodesign Institute’s Impact Accelerator program.

"Under Lee's direction, Washington Technology Center has continued as a champion for innovative, growing companies in Washington," said Mike Schwenk, chair of the WTC board of directors. "In his 11 years with WTC, the center has helped position companies and researchers to generate an astounding $500 million in external support for product development, manufacturing and jobs in this state. That is a truly remarkable accomplishment made possible by a state investment of less than $3 million annually. Lee leaves WTC in a strong position for further growing its services and the value it provides. We thank Lee for his service to WTC and wish him well in his new post."

During Cheatham's 11-year tenure, WTC remained committed to developing its Research and Technology Development Program and its Microfabrication Laboratory, flagship programs which provide companies with critical access to researchers, facilities and tools. The center expanded access to capital for Washington's small growing companies through the creation of the WTC Angel Network and the SBIR assistance program. WTC focused on connecting companies to industry resources with new initiatives such as the annual "Washington's Innovation Summit" and WTC's federally-funded nanotechnology research program.

Chris Coleman, WTC's current CFO and director of business operations, has been appointed Interim Executive Director. The search for a WTC executive director will begin in 2010.

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