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Call for proposals for 2009 MNBC Speakers

The sixth annual Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, the nation’s best regional “small tech” conference, co-hosted by the Washington Technology Center and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) will be back for a sixth year after last year’s highly successful event. You are invited to participate!

2009 MNBC Speaker Abstract and Bio Submission

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Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts to the Sixth Annual Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference. Abstracts (300 word maximum) must be submitted no later thanWednesday, March 31, 2009. Approximately 30 presentation/panelist presentations and 30 posters (on display throughout the conference and at a special 3 hour reception) will be included in the program.

You will be notified no later than Friday, May 29, 2009. If your abstract is accepted, the abstract will be distributed to all conference attendees and posted on the conference website. You will also be required to electronically submit a final abstract and short bio for the conference program, and to prepare/submit PowerPoint or poster presentation materials in accordance with conference specifications.

Topics relevant to micro and nanoscale technologies for which abstracts are especially encouraged:

Advanced MEMS devices and applications
Sensors and systems, e.g. for motion control
Nanoelectronics and biolectronics
Nanoscale patterning and fabrication processes
Printed and solution-processed devices and systems
Nanomaterial design, synthesis and scale-up
Nanomaterials for clean-tech applications
Nano-bio technologies
Micro-energy and chemical systems
Nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis
Nanomedicine and cancer therapies
Nano-optics and optoelectronic technologies

Tentative session format:
Ten presentation sessions will be selected from the above topic list, and will have the following format:

One overview paper covering the state-of-the-art and needed breakthroughs
One cutting-edge research paper (university or national laboratory)
One commercialization/new product development paper (industry or later stage startup company)

Contributors of presentation abstracts will be asked to identify which category they are submitting for.

www.micronbc.org

2009 Conference Manager
Skip Rung, President and Executive Director
ONAMI
Email - skip@onami.us
Telephone - 541.231.4883

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Theo Chocolate, UW scientists to identify the best organic cocoa beans

Xconomy's interview with Theo's chief operating officer and food scientist, Dr. Andy McShea, describes Theo's partnership with University of Washington to develop food quality-analysis technology.

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  • More in Xconomy

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  • Theo Chocolate is a WTC client

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    Northwest Entrepreneur Network Announces Rebecca Lovell as New Executive Director

    The NWEN board has selected Rebecca Lovell, Program Director of the Alliance of Angels, as the new NWEN Executive Director. The Northwest Entrepreneur Network (www.nwen.org) is a non-profit organization that provides the learning, connections and inspiration entrepreneurs need to build companies with high growth potential.

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    Reprinted from the NWEN Press Release:

    Northwest Entrepreneur Network Announces Rebecca Lovell as New Executive Director

    Lovell brings valuable experience guiding early-stage companies and their investors to success

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Following an extensive but expedited search, the NWEN board has selected Rebecca Lovell, Program Director of the Alliance of Angels, as the new Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. Founded in 1985 with a mission to empower entrepreneurs, NWEN now boasts over 700 members and a track record of successful educational and social programs. With signature events ranging from Entrepreneur University to Pub Nights, NWEN brings startups and key partners together to unlock the success factors in entrepreneurship.

    Ben Straughan, NWEN board chair, and Connie Bourassa-Shaw, board member and former NWEN Executive Director, co-chaired the search committee. Of the search, Straughan remarks, “We were thrilled with the overwhelming response, signaling the community’s support of the NWEN mission and its recognition of the great opportunity in the Executive Director position.” Bourassa-Shaw adds, “We are fiercely proud of NWEN’s accomplishments and innovations in recent years, and we’re absolutely committed to keeping that momentum going. We saw this search as an opportunity to hire a unique candidate, well-known to Seattle, with an obvious affinity for startups.” Search committee and board member Marc Williams further remarks, “Rebecca brings our members inspiration and commitment to help them succeed.”

    Lovell comments, “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this dynamic organization. The professionalism and commitment of the board, and the opportunity to work with this vibrant community of members and partners, represent a dream opportunity for me and, more importantly, a confluence of stakeholders uniquely poised to add value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.”

    About the new Executive Director, serial entrepreneur (and Entrepreneur University speaker) Todd Humphrey notes, "Rebecca's knowledge of, and support for, our entrepreneurial community is a tremendous fit for NWEN leadership." Jane Park, founder and CEO of Alliance of Angels portfolio company Julep Nail Parlor, agrees. "Rebecca's efforts in helping startups and making connections have been invaluable. She is an incredibly positive force in the community.”

    About the Northwest Entrepreneur Network

    The Northwest Entrepreneur Network (www.nwen.org) is a non-profit organization that provides the learning, connections and inspiration entrepreneurs need to build companies with high growth potential. NWEN has more than 800 members and produces more than 40 events and programs each year focused on starting and running rapidly growing companies. The organization’s two major events include First Look Forum (March 24, 2009, at The Big Picture, Seattle); and Entrepreneur University, held each fall.

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    NWEN First Look Forum - March 24, 2009

    Don’t miss this premier opportunity to present your early stage company to a forum of qualified angel investors.

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    Date(s): March 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location: The Big Picture Seattle
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=201
    Description: Magnify your opportunities -- first impressions count!
    Apply by February 6 to make your pitch at NWEN’s inaugural First Look Forum.

    Don’t miss this premier opportunity to present your early stage company to a forum of qualified angel investors. Gain the practice, visibility and connections you need to make a great first impression and get a clear understanding on how to move your business forward.

    NWEN’s First Look Forums provide the next generation of emerging Northwest companies with the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to, and network with, an audience of the region’s top angels.

    NWEN is inviting applications from entrepreneurs in every product and service segment. A maximum of a dozen startups will be selected per forum, provided intensive coaching by a team of seasoned investors, and given the opportunity to present to a room of close to 100 angels.

    There are currently two forums planned for 2009, with the first scheduled for March 24. The application deadline to be considered for the March forum is Friday, February 6. Spots are limited, so entrepreneurs wishing to present should apply now.

    There is a $45 Application Fee for NWEN members, $90 for non-members. The Presenter Fee for those selected is $175 for NWEN members, $275 for non-members. All Presenters receive a complimentary copy of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Book of Lists (valued at $60) and an annual membership with Passport Unlimited (valued at $130).

    Who should apply:
    The First Look Forums are targeted at early stage entrepreneurs who haven’t previously presented and are in the pre-funding stage of their trajectory. If you have a business plan that is differentiated, that you are able to articulate, then this forum is for you.

    Entrepreneurs should be ready to:
    • Work through the investor presentation process
    • Connect with the people you need to know
    • Receive structured feedback and advice from experienced entrepreneurs and angels with
    operating experience to shape your pitch and business proposition
    • Present to an audience of early stage investors who are there to take a “First Look” at you

    Forum format:
    The half day forums will be held in a single track. Twelve companies will be selected to give their three minute pitches. The audience will then vote to determine the top five companies. These five companies will then make their 15 minute business plan presentations.

    The winning presenter from the forum will receive a prize package including offerings from Swift HR Solutions, Microsoft BizSpark, Puget Sound Business Journal, Keiretsu Forum, and Zino Society, in addition to incredibly valuable contacts, advice and connections. And maybe, just maybe, one or more will end up with a relationship that will help take their idea and their company to the next level.

    Key dates:
    February 6: Deadline for applying to present at the March 24 Forum
    February 23-27: Initial presentation and review to screening committee and coaches
    March 9: Announcement of 12 presenting companies
    March 10-17: Presenters meet with coaches
    March 24: First Look Forum

    If you’re an entrepreneur looking for relationships with and feedback from experienced angel investors there’s no better opportunity than NWEN’s First Look Forums.

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    WTC Chair testified to House committee on proposed budget cuts

    Washington Technology Center board of directors chair Robin Halliday testified January 15, 2009 before the Washington State House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on the Governor’s proposed 2009-11 operating budget and the proposed 30% reduction in state funding for WTC.

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    Video from TVW (Testimony begins at 1 minute 15 seconds into the video)

    [Prepared Remarks]

    Madame Chair and members of the committee. My name is Robin Halliday. I am a retired small business owner from Bellingham and currently serve as the Chair of the Washington Technology Center Board of Directors.

    The proposed budget calls for a massive reduction in the support for WTC’s work with small businesses across the state -- a reduction of $1.7M, or more than 30% of WTC’s total state funding.

    Members of WTC’s board of directors and I are puzzled.

    We understand that the state faces one of the most serious financial difficulties in memory. We also believe this is exactly the time to invest in those organizations with a proven record of positive economic impact.

    WTC has just such a record. Over the past 13 years, WTC has leveraged the state’s annual investment of less than $3 million, by assisting companies in all parts of the state to attract an additional $600M for research, manufacturing and new jobs.

    WTC has also done its part to attract other sources of support. Six years ago the state provided more than 80% of WTC’s funding, today the state provides about half.

    Without restoring state support, WTC will not be able to attract the private and federal funds that now make up 50% of its budget.

    Other state economic development investments have not declined at this rate. In fact, CTED’s proposed budget for 2009 is reduced by only 8.9% and WTC’s sister organization SIRTI, also considered a state agency, is reduced by only 5.4%.

    In hard times it appears easy to make significant reductions by cutting grants and contracts to organizations such as WTC. However, these are often the organizations that most efficiently and effectively deliver economic development services, specifically by leveraging these state dollars to create partnerships with the private sector

    In a handout, I am providing examples of economic growth and new jobs created in your communities through your investment in the Washington Technology Center.

    I ask that when you consider the state’s economic development budget, you take time to consider how WTC has positively affected the state for the past 25 years and then reinstate full funding.

    Thank you.

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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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    Omeros awarded $465,000 grant for Parkinson's research

    Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, has been awarded a $465,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to evaluate Omeros' recent dicovery of a new target for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Read the press release from Omeros

    Related WTC links:

  • Omeros is a WTC client

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    SolWest Renewable Energy Fair - July 24 to 26, 2009

    "Alternative Vehicles, Renewable Fuels" is the theme of the eleventh annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair

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    Date(s): July 24, 2009 (Friday) to July 26, 2009 (Sunday)
    Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, Ore.
    URL: http://www.solwest.org

    Description: “Alternative Vehicles, Renewable Fuels” is the theme of the eleventh annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair July 24-26, 2009 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, OR. Admission includes over 50 free workshops on both off-grid and grid-intertied renewable energy (RE) and sustainable living topics. In-depth pre-fair workshops will cover renewable energy technology and natural building. Fifty exhibitors show tools for energy independence and lifestyle self-reliance, including solar, wind and agricultural resources. Keynote speaker Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution,” will inspire you to view human-powered transportation as a healthy alternative. Cost is $5 per adult per day, with weekend, youth, and family discounts, volunteers and children under 12 free. Camping is available (free for volunteers).

    Contact: Jennifer Barker
    541-575-3633
    info@solwest.org

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    ONAMI Greener Nano 2009 - March 2 to 3, 2009

    This two-day conference focuses on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production.

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    Date(s): March 2, 2009 (Monday) to March 3, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Location: Invitrogen Corporation - Eugene, Oregon
    URL: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/greenernano2009/
    Description: ONAMI Greener Nano 2009
    03.02.09
    Invitrogen Corp., Eugene OR

    This two-day conference focuses on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production. The plenary sessions will include presentations from national and regional experts on greener design, greener production, nanoparticle characterization challenges (particularly at the bio/nano interface), and bio-distribution/tracking nanoparticles in living systems.

    The confirmed evening keynote speaker for Greener Nano 2009: Dr. Hilary Godwin, UCLA School of Public Health and the California Nano Systems Institute.

    The Conference:

    Technical sessions in which national and regional experts will discuss:

    Greener design
    Greener production
    Nanoparticle characterization challenges at the bio/nano interface
    Biodistribution/tracking nanoparticles in living systems

    Research and graduate student poster session

    Reception and tour at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories (ONAMI Signature Research Facility) at the nearby University of Oregon
    Contact: Carol Hanson
    541.346.4579
    carolhan@uoregon.edu

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    NWEN February Venture Breakfast: Robbie Cape, Cozi - February 13, 2009

    Robbie will take you through some of his experiences in founding Cozi four years ago and what some of the original plans were for the business and how those plans have changed as the economy started falling apart right in front of his eyes.

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    Date(s): February 13, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    Location: Bellevue Harbor Club, Bellevue, Washington
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=175

    Description: What you will learn:
    Robbie will take you through some of his experiences in founding Cozi four years ago and what some of the original plans were for the business and how those plans have changed as the economy started falling apart right in front of his eyes. He’ll examine some of the “accepted wisdom” commonly given to business leaders, and contrast that with what he’s tried to do in building Cozi. Robbie will also discuss what he thinks we all need to do in order to carry innovation through the kind of tough economic climate we, as technologists, find ourselves in currently. Given that every business is faced with unique circumstances, and that we, as entrepreneurs, have so much to learn from each other, Robbie will engage the audience to answer specific questions common to everyone.

    Robbie Cape
    Robbie is the CEO of Cozi; he co-founded the company in 2005. Robbie brings 15 years of experience designing software, building teams, and managing software businesses.

    Robbie’s 12 years “pre-Cozi” were spent at Microsoft. In his most recent experience at Microsoft, Robbie grew a new business to add annuity software service value to the Software Assurance subscription program. The majority of Robbie's experience is in the roles of program manager, product unit manager, and general manager of the Microsoft Money business. Robbie ushered the Money business to profitability with revenues of more than $65 million and put Microsoft Money on the map as a formidable competitor to Intuit's Quicken.

    Robbie has a deep love for building businesses, products, and teams that build high-quality, simple software consistently and on time. Robbie holds a B.A. in Science and Engineering from Princeton University. He lives in the suburbs of Seattle with his wife, Bonnie, and their three children, Benjamin, Noah, and Dalia.

    Cost:
    Regular Registration: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.
    After February 9: $30 for members, $45 for non-members
    Members, bring a friend for the member price!

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: The relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation?

    The Summit's morning panel discussion on "Demand-Driven Innovation" features thought leaders who will share their insights about how the business climate, consumer decisions and the economy will impact, and be impacted by, innovation and sustainability in the state of Washington. Will innovation serve as a differentiator in the marketplace? What barriers will need to be overcome?

    What are your insights into the relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation? Contribute your comments. We'll share a selection of thoughts in promotions leading up to the Summit.

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    JEOL provides more details on first electron beam lithography machine in Northwest

    JEOL USA issued a press release giving more information on the Pacific Northwest's first-of-its-kind electron beam lithography tool. JEOL will install the tool to support nanoscience research when the University of Washington takes delivery of a JEOL JBX-6300FS e-beam system. The system will be installed in the state-funded Washington Technology Center Microfabrication Lab. Funding for the tool acquisition was provided through a state-supported STAR researchers’ grant to Michael Hochberg, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a matching grant from the Washington Research Foundation.

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  • More in the JEOL press release

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    Gregoire appoints Larry Williams as interim CTED director

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has named Larry Williams as the interim director for the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) effective January 12, 2009. Williams has served as assistant director responsible for the International Trade and Economic Development Division for the past three years and has been an executive manager at CTED for eight years.

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    Williams fills the vacancy left by Juli Wilkerson while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement. Wilkerson is retiring after a long public service career in state and local government.

    Williams came to Washington State from the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 2001. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

    CTED is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.cted.wa.gov.

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    Washington ranks #1 for starting a business

    U.S. News & World Report places Washington at the top of the list of seven states friendly to entrepreneurs starting businesses. U.S. News bases its ranking on two recent studies: The 2008 New State Economy Index and the Small Business Survival Index 2008. "Washington is first among the states in steps toward energy efficiency and using more alternative-energy sources," says U.S. News, and also notes Washington's strong manufacturing sector and low taxes.

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  • Read the article in U.S. News & World Report
  • The 2008 State New Economy Index from the ITIF

  • Small Business Survival Index 2008 from the SBE Council


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    Northstar Neuroscience announces plans to dissolve

    Northstar Neuroscience, a medical device company developing therapies for the treatment of major depressive disorder, announced in a press release January 5, 2009 "that its Board of Directors has determined, in its best business judgment after consideration of potential strategic alternatives, that it is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders to liquidate the company's assets and to dissolve the company."

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  • Read the press release from Northstar Neuroscience

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    Research Funding Available from Washington Technology Center

    Are you working on innovative technology applications with near-term commercial potential? Consider applying for a Washington Technology Center grant to offset the costs of your R&D.; Notice of intent due March 19, application due April 23.

    www.watechcenter.org/rtd

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    Washington Technology Center awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to Washington-based research teams in an effort to help transition great ideas out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

    If you are a Washington technology business looking to partner with an academic or non-profit researcher on a collaborative research endeavor, you may be eligible for a funding award through Washington Technology Center's Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program.

    These awards help Washington companies grow faster, create jobs and attract investors by providing the critical funding needed to advance scientific research and product development.

    RTD awards pay up to 80% of the cost of research projects -- allowing you to channel your capital to other business growth needs or continue working on breakthrough scientific discoveries. Project teams are eligible to receive up to $100,000 for initial proof-of-concept projects and up to $300,000 total for multi-phase projects.

    Washington Technology Center allocates $1 million annually for these grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis to collaborative research teams working on innovative technology projects with strong commercial potential.

    Washington Technology Center is now accepting proposals for its next round of grants which will be awarded in June. Projects begin July 1. But hurry, application deadlines are drawing near. Notice of Intent deadline is March 19 and applications are due April 23.

    Free informational meetings are held throughout Washington state each year.

    For more information about the RTD Grants Program, visit http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd. Here you will find everything from Eligibility Criteria to Downloadable Proposal Materials. Or, for additional information, please contact Russell Paez, 206.616.3102, rpaez@watechcenter.org.

    More than 300 companies have benefited from the RTD grant program. You could be next.

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