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SBIR cost proposal and government accounting workshops in Seattle March 31 and Vancouver, WA April 1

Washington Technology Center presents a workshop featuring Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Group, well-known SBIR/STTR consultants. The session focuses on the cost proposal and accounting for SBIR and STTR awards. It covers basic terms and concepts including direct versus indirect rates, allowable and unallowable costs, cost proposal format variations between Federal agencies, and includes an exercise to estimate the indirect/facilities & administrative rate for your business. The workshop will be offered in the Seattle area March 31 and at Washington State University Vancouver April 1.

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Who should attend: CEOs, CFOs, CTOs; Researchers, Universities' Office of Grants & Sponsored Research; CPAs & Yellow Book Auditors

Extra Feature: Pre-registered attendees are eligible for indirect rate calculation review or SBIR / STTR cost proposal critique from Greenwood Consulting Group within one year of attendance. Limited number of consultations available.

Fee: $75 for pre-registrations by 3/27; $85 at the door. Event includes continental breakfast and box lunch.

Questions: contact Suzanne Mitchell at (509) 372-5146.

Locations:

March 31, 2009
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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April 1, 2009
Washington State University Vancouver
Firstenburg Student Commons
14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98686
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Agenda:
7:30am - Continental breakfast; on-site registration; Welcome & Introductions
8:00 - Government Accounting Concepts, FAR, Cost Proposal Format
Tracking Expense & Estimating Costs; Cost Proposal formats of different
SBIR / STTR Agencies
12:00pm - Working Lunch - box lunch provided for pre-registered attendees
12:30 - Exercise: preparing basic Phase I SBIR Cost proposal
2:00pm - Workshop close; Questions; Networking

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    NWEN upcoming Venture Breakfasts: March 13 and April 10

    NWEN March Venture Breakfast: Putting the Life in Lifestyle Business
    Hear Josh Petersen tell why he embraces "lifestyle business" as a badge of distinction, not a VC pejorative, and why there's a lot to learn from profitable, sustainable, personally-satisfying companies.

    NWEN April Venture Breakfast: How To Market Your Company in a Down Economy
    Therese Adlhoch Smith of The Adlhoch Group will show you how to grow your business by stretching your marketing dollars and focusing on the most important tools and programs. She will also share the 7 marketing essentials for survival.

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    VisionGate sells first commercially available Cell-CT™ imaging platform

    VisionGate, a Gig Harbor headquartered company working in the field of cancer diagnostics, has sold its first commercially available Cell-CT™ imaging platform to Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. VisionGate's patented technology was developed with assistance from UW researcher Eric Seibel.

    In a February 26th press release from ASU, Thomas Neumann, M.D., VisionGate’s vice president for medical science, said the sale of the company’s first Cell-CT platform is a significant step for the company. “We are encouraged that the scientists at the Biodesign Institute will be using our novel 3-D cellular imaging technology for their groundbreaking research on single cell biology,” he said. “VisionGate plans to continue developing the Cell-CT system for clinical use in the early detection of lung cancer, and the agreement announced today is expected to provide valuable contributions to the institute’s personalized medicine initiatives.”

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  • Read more in the Arizona State University press release

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  • VisionGate is a WTC client
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    UW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts Springboard - March 2, 2009

    Are you a small company looking for BIG talent?

    On March 2, 2009 the University of Washington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host Springboard, an annual networking event designed to bring the founders/CEOs of Puget Sound’s dynamic early-stage companies together with entrepreneurially-minded students from the University of Washington.

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    Date(s): March 2, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Location: Balmer Commons on Seattle UW campus
    URL: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/cie/Pages/Springboard.aspx
    Description:

    How can early-stage companies to attract young talent out of the University? We know you’re looking for people who are the right fit, have the same entrepreneurial drive and determination to succeed that you have, and possess a skill set that enables them to do whatever needs doing. Springboard gives you a chance to recruit for just those people at the University of Washington.

    Who are the students? They are undergraduates, MBAs, non-business graduate students who have taken the entrepreneurship core curriculum, law students, etc., who know their careers will be entrepreneurial. And they’re looking for an opportunity within a dynamic, quick-paced environment. Students start thinking about their summer internships and job possibilities in early spring, so our timing is perfect!

    Springboard will be limited to 45 early-stage/rapid-growth companies, so we ask that you register to attend as soon as possible. The fee per company to participate is $35.

    How will this work? Just complete registration through Brown Paper Tickets with the link below. You only need to purchase one registration or “ticket” for your company, regardless of how many colleagues you bring to the event. Once your company is registered, you’ll receive confirmation from CIE with event logistics. We will provide each company with access to the resumes of students attending Springboard a week before the event, giving you time to look through them and earmark those most qualified for your upcoming positions or internships.

    Contact: Whitney Lackey
    206.616.3691
    wlackey@u.washington.edu


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    Carbon Nanoprobes recognized at Zino Society's Life Sciences Investment Forum

    Carbon Nanoprobes, a startup company developing high-resolution probes for atomic force microscopy, won a prize for best investment opportunity at the Zino Society's first Life Sciences Investment Forum held in Seattle February 24, 2009. The company, which had teamed with UW researchers to develop its technology, recently relocated from Seattle to Pennsylvania. An article at Xconomy tells more about the Zino Society event.

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    Alliance of Angels 10-Minute Pitch Clinic - March 3, 2009

    Date(s): March 3, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 1:45 PM to 5:00 PM
    Location: 1301 5th Avenue, Suite 2500 Seattle, WA 98101
    URL: http://www.allianceofangels.com/index.html

    Description: The Alliance of Angels 10 Minute Pitch Clinic is an educational event tailored specifically to entrepreneurs on how to effectively pitch a startup business plan to angel investors. The clinic includes an overview of Alliance of Angels rigorous four-step process, in-depth review of the components of a good pitch, and, an interactive workshop setting in which the Program Managers will both answer questions and work with participants on their specific messaging.

    Contact: Amy Rousso
    206-389-7261
    amy@technology-alliance.com

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    Funding opportunity: Dept. of Energy

    Opportunity title: 20% Wind by 2030: Overcoming the Challenges. This program provides funding that would focus on near- to medium-term actions to significantly accelerate use of wind energy technologies. A total of $8 million is available for an estimated 29 awards. Applications are due March 3, 2009.

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    NWEN: Angel Financing Workshop - March 11, 2009

    There is no handbook on how to get one or more Angel investors to invest in your business but this is close.

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    Date(s): March 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Perkins Coie Offices, 1201 3rd Ave, Suite 4800, Seattle
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=213
    Description: Registration: $65 for members, $115 for non-members
    Registration closes at 12:00 noon the Monday prior to the workshop.

    The third in NWEN's series on how to finance your high growth company, this workshop will take you into a very unique world. There is no handbook on how to get one or more Angel investors to invest in your business but this is close. Constantly updated and presented by experts who do this every day for a living, Angel Financing is part of a tri-fecta of workshops that will leave you well prepared for navigating the financing seas when you are ready to set sail. Kha Dang, of the Perkins Coie law firm will be joined by workshop by:

    * Janis Machala of LaunchPad Services, UW Tech Transfer
    * Doug Bevis of Washington Park Ventures
    * Charles Seybold from LiquidPlanner
    * Ben Straughan of Perkins Coie
    * Mark Metcalf of Perkins Coie

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

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    Washington State Senate passes bill promoting innovation and the commercialization of technologies

    Senate Bill 5553, in the interest of increasing technology commercialization in Washington, directs Washington Technology Center to expand commercialization resources and assistance available to innovative firms.

    Senator Derek Kilmer reports in the Senate Democrats Blog that SB 5553, sponsored by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Innovation, passed the Senate unanimously.

    The Senate Bill Report summary provides details.

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    "The WTC is given a number of new commercialization obligations, which it may meet directly or meet via contract. The center is to work with state universities and colleges, private and federal research institutions, and economic development and technology assistance organizations to: (1) train and assist small businesses to win federal technology innovation program awards; (2) supply a guide to the commercialization process at research and academic institutions; (3) make a recommendation on integrating and accessing databases of technologies and inventions available in the state; and (4) provide training to technical assistance providers on the provision of commercialization assistance.

    "The center is also to develop a funding resource guide, offer workshops on accessing financing for commercialization, help novice investors learn about investing in technology-based companies, host events to connect entrepreneurs and investors, and maintain a website for entrepreneurs and investors. Finally, the center is to report on the impact of commercialization activities annually."

    The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

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    Video: U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee on $90 billion stimulus for clean energy and green jobs

    Evergreenfilm.org presents a video interview recorded this week with U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee discussing the impact of the economic stimulus package on energy innovation. Inslee reports that $90 billion will be directed toward clean energy and green jobs.

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    SSTI details stimulus provisions affecting technology-based economic development

    SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute) devotes an issue of its online weekly digest to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signed into law by President Obama. SSTI examines the stimulus plan's funding for energy research, access to broadband, health information technology, R&D-funding; agencies, and more.

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    enterpriseSeattle: Waste to Energy: Community Options and Opportunities - April 3, 2009

    At this half-day conference, enterpriseSeattle will present local and national waste-to-energy projects, and will give you the opportunity to confer with corporate executives and local officials.

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    Date(s): April 3, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Puget Sound Energy Building, Ground Floor Conference Room, 10885 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA
    URL: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=zbkzk

    Description: As the price of fossil fuel increases and concerns over global warming mount, more policy-makers are coming to realize that the waste stream has value as an energy source, and that waste-to-energy projects can bring economic benefits to their host communities.

    enterpriseSeattle Members:
    $30 Early bird rate - register by March 20 - after that $45

    Non-members: $40 Early bird rate - register by March 20 - after that $55

    Registration includes continental breakfast & conference materials.

    Contact: Stephen Gerritson
    SGerritson@enterpriseseattle.org

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    Seattle APP: Executive Briefings on Market Opportunities for Sustainable Technologies in China & India - February 27, 2009

    China and India represent two of the fastest growing markets on earth and economic and population pressures will create significant market opportunities for clean technologies covering renewable energy, green building practices and energy efficiency.

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    Date(s): February 27, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location: Bell Harbor International, Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121
    URL: http://www.usea.org/appnorthwestbriefings.htm
    Description:

    Focus:
    The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) is a multilateral partnership designed to encourage a broad dialogue on clean technologies and encourage commercial cooperation as well as sharing of best practices. The U.S.-based APP activities have been focused on renewable energy (including distributed generation) and building (including energy efficiency) technologies. This briefing by U.S. government and industry representatives will:

    • Share the experience of local firms already operating in these challenging markets.
    • Share with industry, NGOs and local governments the objectives, results and remaining challenges of U.S. APP clean development and climate projects in India and China;
    • Identify specific opportunities and mechanisms through which APP can assist Pacific Northwest-based industry meet commercial objectives in India and China that are consistent with APP clean development and climate goals;
    • Discuss with Pacific Northwest-based local government and NGOs, APP supported mechanisms through which they can share clean development and climate best practices in community-based projects.

    Contact: Albert Doub
    202-312-1254
    adoub@usea.org

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    IsoRay signs distribution agreement for prostate brachytherapy product

    IsoRay, a Richland-based producer of the Cesium-131 brachytherapy seed used to treat prostate and other cancers, announced it has signed an agreement with BrachySciences, a division of Biocompatibles International plc, to distribute IsoRay's Proxcelan Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds.

    In a press release, Dwight Babcock, chairman and CEO of IsoRay, stated, "We are very pleased to announce this collaboration with BrachySciences. Management believes this distribution agreement will enable us to increase the sales of Cesium-131 within the prostate cancer therapy market. This supports our ongoing strategy of driving sales by adding an additional outside distribution channel to augment our current sales staff. We look forward to a close working relationship with BrachySciences that will help us further penetrate the brachytherapy market."

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Ask your questions now!

    We've announced an amazing group of speakers for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009. Speakers range from Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability for the 2010 Olympics, to Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, a company President Obama has called a national model for addressing energy independence.

    Take this opportunity to begin posing questions to our lineup of 50 speakers. What are the important issues you want addressed? Your questions will help shape the discussion that will take place at the Summit on April 9.

    Submit your questions now!

    Register now
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Full-day registration is $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the Innovators Reception only.

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  • Visit www.watechcenter.org/summit for more information.

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    WBBA: Invest Northwest 2009 - March 17-18, 2009

    Life Sciences Investment Conference

    Date(s): March 17, 2009 (Tuesday) to March 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Seattle, Wash.
    URL: http://www.investnorthwest.org
    Description: Invest Northwest 2009 is the region's premier life sciences investment conference, where public and private life science companies tell their stories to institutional investors, analysts, investment bankers, fund managers, venture capitalists, angel investors, and prospective corporate partners.

    Contact: Tim Yeadon
    206.732.6711
    tim@washbio.org

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    MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest: Greenomics - March 11, 2009

    Greenomics: Creating Profitable Businesses in a Green and Clean Economy

    Date(s): March 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel Bellevue
    URL: http://www.mitwa.org
    Description: With new carbon taxes or caps very likely, where are the business opportunities for entrepreneurs? Join the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest and TechAmerica (formerly AeA) to learn from entrepreneurs, experts in green investment and government policy as they help us understand issues and opportunities for clean technology businesses. The discussion will provide entrepreneurs with the information they need to put the Pacific Northwest on the map with a robust green industry.

    Contact: Steve Stratz
    206.300.9134
    steve@illuminatepr.com

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    BC Angel Forum: Exit Strategies workshop for Investors and Entrepreneurs - March 9, 2009

    A good exit strategy may make the difference in getting an investor or not.

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    BC Angel Forum: Exit Strategies workshop for Investors and Entrepreneurs

    Date(s): March 9, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location: downtown Vancouver, Canada
    URL: https://www.confmanager.com/main.cfm?cid=77&nid;=11505
    Description: Companies need an exit strategy first, which in combination with their capital requirements, drives their financing strategy. Ask yourself:
    1 What is my exit strategy and why do I need one before I look for investors?
    2 What type of investor best matches my exit strategy and capital requirements?
    3 What are the four major steps I should be doing now to plan for a successful exit?
    4 What about the timeline, valuation and legal process? - case study: Parasun exit.

    This unique first-time Exit Strategies workshop - March 9 - downtown Vancouver will be a blend of presentations and war stories with lots of time for Q&A; and networking. Speakers include Axel Christiansen, Basil Peters, Randy Garg, Mike Volker, Steven MacDonald, Steven Lukas, Brent Holliday, Thomas Hellmann, Bob Chaworth-Musters and other experts to be announced.

    If you think this practical real world workshop would benefit someone you know, please forward this email.

    C$290 (~US$240) Questions to Bob Chaworth-Musters via bob@ANGELforum.org
    Exclusive sponsors: Vancity Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fasken Martineau, Capital West Partners.

    Contact: Bob Chaworth-Musters
    bob@ANGELforum.org

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    NWEN February Think Tank - February 24, 2009

    Have you plugged in yet to social networking? Are you an active blogger? Have you replaced or augmented your personal or business marketing by leveraging social networking tools?

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    NWEN February Think Tank - An evening knowledge exchange: Social Networking for Non-Geeks

    Date(s): February 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location: Seattle University, Schaffer Auditorium (Main floor of Leiemux Library)
    URL: http://www.nwen.org
    Description: Have you plugged in yet to social networking? Are you an active blogger? Have you replaced or augmented your personal or business marketing by leveraging social networking tools?

    If you run a business you are probably considering how social networking fits into your marketing plans. If you have some doubts consider that Barak Obama raised $800 million with on line social networking! Maybe you balked this year at spending $3 million for a 30 second spot on the Super Bowl to reach 95 million viewers and instead followed Universal Orlando Resort’s example. They reached 315 million people in 24 hours at a cost of $100,000 to promote the launch of the resort using social networking and webinars!

    Notwithstanding specific successes of integrating social networking into personal, political and business planning the path to success is not always well lit and there are many forks in the road. Our panel of experts will help you navigate the course of social networking that best fits your objectives and help steer you to what is working, clear of what is not working and what you can expect from new tools in the future to help advance your business.

    As always with NWEN Think Tank events, there will be opportunity for dynamic and engaging interactive dialogue. This event is certain to be a unique and outstanding program so don’t miss it. Early registration is recommended.

    Contact: Misty Burrows
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    WTIA produces Puget Sound tech industry poster

    A year-long project, Visualizing the Puget Sound Technology Universe, finds that the region's technology industry traces is roots to six organizations: Microsoft, Aldus Corporation, University of Washington, Boeing, McCaw Cellular, and Amazon.com. The joint project between Virginia Tech, Seattle University, and Washington Technology Industry Association has produced a visual poster depicting the genealogy of 711 companies and organizations.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: A Stellar Lineup of Speakers

    Washington Technology Center is pleased to announce a lineup of more than 50 innovators and thought leaders in industry, research and government who will address demand-driven innovation, sustainability and technology at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 in Bellevue, Washington on April 9.

    Sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems are the topics for this year's conference which is expected to draw 400 attendees from across the Pacific Northwest. Participants 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?

    Featured keynote speakers include Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives for the 2010 Olympic Games, Gifford Pinchot, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR.

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    Additional speakers include:

  • Birgitte Ahring, Ph.D., director of the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) at WSU Tri-Cities
  • Julie Anderson, senior policy advisor, Director's Office, State of Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
  • Ash Awad, P.E., vice president, McKinstry
  • Lane Ballard, Boeing
  • Rud Browne, chairman and founder, Ryzex
  • Douglas R. Call, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
  • Frank Catalano, principal, Intrinsic Strategy
  • Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director, Washington Technology Center
  • Lisa Cohen, director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Bill Crounse, M.D., senior director, worldwide health, Microsoft Corporation
  • Jim A. Dangerfield, Ph.D., executive vice president, FPInnovations
  • Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Jody Garcia, senior commercialization associate - Safe Water Project, PATH
  • John Gardner, vice president, Office of Economic Development and Extension, Washington State University
  • Billy M. Glover, managing director - environmental strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, president & CEO, Mithun
  • Robin Halliday, chair, board of directors, Washington Technology Center
  • Alan Hanson, Areva
  • Hamilton Hazlehurst, development manager, Vulcan Inc.
  • Michael Hochberg, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Nanophotonics Lab, University of Washington
  • Susan H. Jones, AIA, principal, atelierjones llc
  • Donald I. King, FAIA, NOMA, president/CEO, DKA
  • Vipin Kumar, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, UW Microcellular Consortium Director, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington
  • Todd Kunzman, Andgar Corporation
  • Peter H.-T. Liu, Ph.D., senior scientist, Omax Corporation
  • Steve Marshall, senior fellow, Cascadia Center for Regional Development
  • Darby McLean, vice president, business development, GenPrime, Inc.
  • Kirt W. Montague, CEO, Prometheus Energy Company
  • Stacy Noland, founder and chairman, Moontown Foundation
  • Roy Nott, Paneltech
  • Kelly Ogilvie, president and CEO, Blue Marble
  • Richard C. Pleus, Ph.D., managing director and toxicologist, Intertox
  • Linden Rhoads, vice provost, UW TechTransfer
  • Keith E. Ritala, IP & industrial agreements manager, College of Engineering, University of Washington.
  • Chris Rivera, president, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
  • Cathy Schaeffer, director - Walla Walla County Watershed Planning Department, executive director - Walla Walla Watershed Alliance, WWCC Water & Environmental Center
  • Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Gary E. Spanner, Ph.D., manager, Economic Development Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jeff Surma, InEnTec, Inc.
  • Dr. Steven VanAusdle, president, Walla Walla Community College
  • Mark Warner, director of program management services, The Harris Group
  • Jeffrey Williams, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, HaloSource
  • Michael Wolcott, Ph.D., research director and the Louisiana-Pacific Professor of Wood Materials and Engineering, Washington State University
  • Yale Wong, co-founder, CEO and president, General Biodiesel
  • Gerould K. Young, director, materials & structures technology, Boeing Research & Technology

    Register now - Early-bird discount until March 6, 2009
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Registration is $190 until 3/6/09; $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the reception only.

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    Prominent author to speak about the realities of today’s economy

    Eli Goldratt, author of “The Goal,” will lead a discussion from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Building at Pacific Lutheran University. Goldratt is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management philosophies and systems. His work is carried out by consultants and educators around the world and utilized by many of the world’s largest corporations, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, AT&T;, NV Philips, ABB and Boeing.

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    Unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

    Come join this widely‐read author for a two‐hour discussion and his analysis of the reality of the economic situation, the impact on various business sectors, the invalid conclusions most businesses have reached and the damage caused by the resulting actions taken, as well as the way out and the choices businesses can make to rapidly take their organizations back on a healthy course without the need to cut jobs.

    The event is free for all those who are interested. Executives, managers and business person in the area are encouraged to attend and learn about Goldratt’s approach.

    There will be a continental breakfast offered at 7:30 a.m.

    Goldratt will be available for press interviews. To make interview arrangements contact PLU Professor Carol Ptak at 253‐279‐3291 or by e‐mail at ptakca@plu.edu.

    The event will be simulcast to Boeing and the University of Notre Dame. To arrange a simulcast of the discussion contact Ptak.

    Co‐sponsored by:
    PLU School of Business
    Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO)

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    AeA and ITAA are now TechAmerica

    Effective January 1, 2009, AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association) and the Information Technology Association of America merged to form the Technology Association of America, which will be known by the brand name TechAmerica. Christopher W. Hansen, president and CEO of AeA, announced the brand name February 8 in an email to members. According to Hansen, "the descriptor line, 'The Association of Companies Driving Innovation Worldwide,' like the brand name, is grounded in the belief that our members make America synonymous with technology – and drive that technology around the world."

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    VisionGate and University of Washington create 3-D cancer imaging

    VisionGate, Inc., a privately-held company in Gig Harbor, Wash., and University of Washington researchers led by Eric Seibel, a UW mechanical engineering associate professor, have helped develop a new kind of microscope to visualize cells in three dimensions, technology that could help advance early cancer detection. According to a University of Washington press release, the machine works by rotating the cell under the microscope lens and taking hundreds of pictures per rotation, and then digitally combining them to form a single 3-D image. Funding was provided by VisionGate and Washington Technology Center.

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    3TIER launches global wind prospecting tool

    3TIER, a Seattle-based provider of wind, solar and hydro energy assessment forecasting, announced expansion of its FirstLook® Prospecting tool, providing free access to average wind speed ranges throughout the world. “This intuitive and interactive tool provides a free, initial assessment of global wind resources,” says Kenneth Westrick, CEO and founder of 3TIER. “We developed this map as part of REmapping the World,™ a sophisticated renewable energy resource mapping initiative we launched in March 2008 to address the biggest barrier to global renewable energy adoption – the lack of information.”

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  • Navigate the map at http://firstlook.3tier.com
  • Learn more about wind forecasting and 3TIER at The Wall Street Journal

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  • 3TIER receives $10M in venture funding

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    Washington venture capital data

    A MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) shows U.S. venture capital investments declined in 2008, the first yearly decline since 2003. The State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) maintains a Venture Capital Dashboard that gives a state-by-state breakdown of data from the report.

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  • SSTI's Venture Capital Dashboard - WA investment by stage

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    WTC launches a news forum

    Washington Technology Center has launched a news forum covering innovation and technology in Washington. We'll track news, events and funding opportunities related to the companies we work with in Washington's high impact sectors such as energy, life sciences, aerospace, defense and security, and MEMS and nanotechnology. News forum readers have the ability to leave comments, view news by topic labels, and subscribe to forum posts with our news feed. We'll continue our quarterly email newsletter, which will serve as a quarterly 'news in review.' Let us know what you think about our news forum. Post your comments or send us an email at info@watechcenter.org.

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    nLIGHT adds $10.7 million in growth capital

    nLIGHT Corporation (nLIGHT), the emerging leader of high-power semiconductor lasers, announced that it has received $10.7 million in the first closing of a new equity financing. nLIGHT will use the new growth capital to drive continued product development of integrated laser modules and increase sales in its core industrial, defense, and medical markets. Continued investment came from existing venture investors Oak Investment Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Menlo Ventures.

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    Microvision demonstrates a preproduction pico projector at Macworld and CES

    Microvision's plug-and-play projector creates a large screen image from a miniature device that connects to the TV-out or VGA connector on portable devices such as mobile phones, portable media players and notebook computers.

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  • More at Microvision

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    Boeing Technology Sourcing

    Washington Technology Center actively works with Boeing’s Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration team to identify new technologies that address a variety of Boeing’s current and future technology needs. WTC manager Elaine Kong periodically distributes non-proprietary Boeing need statements to her network. She also assists companies that are interested in working with Boeing to quickly determine if opportunities are a good fit. Please contact Elaine (elainek@watechcenter.org) if you would like to receive the Boeing need statements.

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    Washington Technology Center Announces Board Appointments

    Washington Technology Center announces that Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Brent Reys of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group, Linden Rhoads of UW TechTransfer, and Stephen Zirschky of WatchGuard Technologies to the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center.

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    Brent Reys is vice president and regional director of Commercial Advisory Services for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Group. Commercial Advisory Services is a newly formed group that provides consulting services in the areas of business succession and liquidity planning activities, and integrates strategic planning solutions through Wells Fargo Securities and Wells Fargo- The Private Bank. During his 16-year career in finance, he has served as a commercial and private banker, investment banker, CFO/controller, strategic planner and executive advisor -- all roles that have provided him with business expertise and the financial aptitude to simplify complex situations and find innovation solutions for a variety of private companies and shareholders. Brent holds a B.A. Corporate Finance degree from Seattle Pacific University and has served on several non-profits boards including Museum of History and Industry and Cancer Lifeline. He is also a founding member of the Gage Academy, formerly Seattle Academy of Fine Art. A native of Seattle, Reys lives in the Leschi area with his wife and young son and enjoys experiencing the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

    Linden Rhoads is the Vice Provost of UW TechTransfer, the unit of the University that seeks to commercialize discoveries made from research conducted at the UW. Previously, Ms. Rhoads was a veteran executive in the Seattle high tech community. She co-founded or served as an active director and/or interim CEO of a number of successful Seattle-based startups, including ChiliSoft, Singingfish.com, AdRelevance, GBI and Nimble Technology. A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Rhoads majored in Geophysics. While working full time, she attended the UW School of Law, where she focused on intellectual property. Ms. Rhoads has been an active member of the UW community, serving on the board of the Washington Technology Center, the Dean's Advisory Board at the UW Law School, the steering committee for the UW Law School Capital Campaign and the campaign committee for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

    Stephen Zirschky is currently the General Counsel for WatchGuard Technologies, an international technology corporation located in Seattle. He also serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia to foster business relationships between interested companies. A former Professor of Business and Acquisition Management at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Stephen also served as legal counsel for Microvision, located in Redmond, Washington. Stephen received his law degree from Western State and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Chapman University.

    A complete list of board members and a link to their biographies can be found online at http://www.watechcenter.org/?s=17.

    Washington Technology Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of business and academic leaders who serve as the governing arm of the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

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    Ultreo closes operation

    Ultreo, maker of an ultrasound toothbrush, posted a statement on its Web site announcing it ceased operations on December 22, 2008. Company CEO & President Glenn Bonagura cited insufficient cash flow and a lack of potential investors or purchasers as reasons for closing.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Sustainability Director of 2010 Olympics to give afternoon keynote

    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), will deliver the afternoon keynote at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 on April 9, 2009. VANOC is the first Olympic Organizing Committee to commit to applying sustainability principles and practices -- such as integrated delivery of social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefits -- to the planning, convening and legacy of the Games.

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    Brenda Metropolit is on a 2-year executive interchange from Environment Canada to the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games as the Director, Sustainability Initiatives. She is leading on the public engagement program, government liaison for sustainability initiatives, the UNEP MOU and other related projects.

    Brenda was the Director of the Sustainability Division at Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region for four years where she had overseen the development of the department’s sustainability initiatives linked to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Brenda served as Co-Chair of the federal government’s interdepartmental Environment and Sustainability Cluster Committee, tasked with identifying opportunities for strategic leveraging of the 2010 Games to advance sustainability awareness and action. She also served on the federal 2010 Economic Development Committee and was the federal government representative on VANOC’s Dialogue with ENGO Sustainability Practitioners.

    Brenda has had a diverse career in the public service, with the majority of her 26 years spent at Environment Canada. She has worked in a variety of management capacities within the department, including positions in the International and Intergovernmental Affairs Division, the Strategic Planning, Learning and Communications Branch and Human Resources.

    Brenda holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. Beyond work, she enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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    Safety Act Workshop - February 24, 2009

    FREE Safety Act Workshop for businesses that have technology interests in anti terrorism products or services.

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    Date(s): February 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location: Room 404 - Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, WA
    URL: http://www.safetyact.gov
    Description: The SAFETY Act is sponsoring a free workshop for individuals, industry groups, Government employees, and anyone else who wishes to learn about the SAFETY Act and participate in a one-on-one pre-application consultation.

    This is a no fee workshop for attendees and is focused on explaining the two levels of liability protections to help promote the creation, deployment and use of anti-terrorism technologies. Workshop information and registration at www.safetyact.gov

    Technologies that receive Certification will be also placed on the DHS's Approved Products List for Homeland Security.

    The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.

    Contact: Darlene Robbins
    206-553-7317
    darlene.robbins@sba.gov

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