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The Washington State Economic Development Commission has proposed a new economic development strategy

The Washington State Economic Development Commission has issued a proposal called "The Washington Innovation Economy: A New Economic Strategy for Prosperity."

Here's an excerpt: "Washington State is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis that increases the need to make new policy choices and investment priorities. While policy attention will necessarily focus on the immediate and short term, we must also address longer term challenges. Our economy is undergoing a profound structural adjustment and facing new global realities. We need to come out of this recession stronger, more agile and more innovative."

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    UW TechTransfer bringing entrepreneurs to UW campus

    UW TechTransfer has introduced two programs to support researchers looking to start companies or to commercialize their technologies. The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program is aimed at entrepreneurs who are looking for commercializable ideas from the University. The LaunchPad Entrepreneur Advisers program creates a pool of business people available to mentor UW researchers about starting a company.

    "This is part of building an innovation ecosystem for the state of Washington," said Janis Machala, director of LaunchPad Services, a division of UW TechTransfer that helps create UW startups.

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  • Read more in University Week

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    CTED: new director Rogers Weed, and proposed new name Department of Commerce

    Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has named former Microsoft executive Rogers Weed to head the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). Weed started his new role March 15. Governor Gregoire requested the legislature to rename CTED to the Department of Commerce in order to sharpen the department's focus on keeping jobs and attracting business to the state. The bill to rename CTED has passed the House and is now before the Senate.

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  • Read more in the Seattle Times

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    Insitu CEO and President Steve Sliwa, and other company heads, give acquisition advice in TechFlash

    TechFlash's John Cook and Eric Engleman spoke with six company heads including Steve Sliwa of Insitu for their advice to entrepreneurs who are considering deals.

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    VisionGate founder to sell company; takes leadership post at ASU Biodesign Institute

    VisionGate President and CEO Alan Nelson has taken the director position at the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. Nelson plans to sell the company he founded, VisionGate, a Gig-Harbor-based company working in the field of cancer diagnostics. VisionGate recently sold its first commercially available Cell-CT™ imaging platform to ASU's Biodesign Institute. VisionGate's patented technology was developed with assistance from UW researcher Eric Seibel.

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  • Read more in The Arizona Republic
  • Read more in the Phoenix Business Journal

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  • VisionGate is a WTC client
  • VisionGate sells first commercially available Cell-CT™ imaging platform
  • VisionGate and University of Washington create 3-D cancer imaging

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    NWEN events: First Look Forum and Think Tank - March 24, 2009

    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.

    NWEN ThinkTank - March 24, 2009
    The iPhone ecosystem and marketplace, new opportunities for entrepreneurs.


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    WSU/WCTA event: The Smart Grid: Powerful ideas for keeping us cool, connected, and competitive -- March 26, 2009

    Join national and statewide experts—leading figures in current strategy discussions—as they answer your questions about this vitally important energy infrastructure.

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    Date(s): March 26, 2009 (Thursday)
    Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location: Rainier Club, Seattle
    URL: http://www.wacleantech.org/featuredevent.html
    Description: We expect electricity at the flip of a switch. But the electric power grid--marvel of the early 1900s--limped into the twenty-first century overworked, underdeveloped, and headed for a meltdown. What is a “smart grid,” and how will it affect our national competitiveness, our state’s economic viability, and your utility rates? Why is a smart grid central to President Obama’s stimulus plan? Join national and statewide experts—leading figures in current strategy discussions—as they answer your questions about this vitally important energy infrastructure.

    Contact: Co-sponsored by Washington State University and Washington Clean Technology Alliance
    877-978-3868
    info@wacleantech.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to speak at Summit

    Senator Cantwell plans to discuss how, if the U.S. is to compete in a 21st Century global marketplace, we must increase our investment in, and commitment to, research and development of new technologies, education and training for our workforce, and support for new and emerging industries.

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    Post questions or offer your views -- your comments will help shape the Summit discussion

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    Washington's clean tech companies -- a list from Xconomy

    Xconomy, a business and technology publication, recently compiled a list of Washington's clean technology and alternative energy companies.

    Luke Timmerman, the national biotechnology editor for Xconomy, writes that they "defined the alternative energy industry broadly, including innovative developers of biofuels, solar power, wind, and energy storage, as well as technologies for hybrid vehicles and smart-grid applications and software for energy efficiency and conservation."

    WTC client companies on the list include 3TIER, Boeing, EnerG2, InnovaTek, Microsoft, and Neah Power Systems. Several speakers at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 come from companies on the list (Blue Marble Energy, General Biodiesel, PACCAR, and Prometheus Energy).

    Xconomy compiled the list of more than 80 Washington companies with the assistance of several organizations and people: The Washington state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development; the Washington Clean Technology Alliance; Rick LeFaivre of OVP Venture Partners; Eric Gertsman of the University of Washington; Jane Shaw of the Canadian Consulate’s office in Seattle; Pernick of Clean Edge; Gary Spanner of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA; and Kim Zentz of Sirti in Spokane, WA.

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  • Read the article and view the list at Xconomy

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