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Carbon Nanoprobes establishes headquarters in Pennsylvania

Carbon Nanoprobes, a startup company developing high-resolution probes for atomic force microscopy, has established headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The company, which was based for two years in facilities at Washington Technology Center in Seattle, was drawn to Pennsylvania by state grants designed to grow technology companies.

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  • Nanometers make big things happen for small business
    Pottstown Mercury - Pottstown, Penn. - June 29, 2009
  • Carbon Nanoprobes may make it big in a tiny field
    Philadelphia Business Journal - Philadelphia, PA - June 26, 2009

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  • Carbon Nanoprobes is a WTC client

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    InnovaTek among 12 semifinalists in Clean Tech Open

    InnovaTek, a Richland-based developer of patented technologies for sustainable power and environmental safety, is among 12 Pacific Northwest region semifinalists in the Clean Tech Open, a national competition and program that helps clean technology businesses. The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 56 initial competitors in the clean tech business plan competition. Companies are vying for three regional prizes of up to $50,000 in cash and services as well as one national prize of up to $250,000 in cash and services.

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  • Clean Tech Open
  • Clean Tech Open rewards 12 startups from the Northwest
    TechFlash - Seattle - June 26, 2009

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  • InnovaTek is a WTC client

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    Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft

    The Seattle Times explores the history and evolution of Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington. From finding tuna to supporting military reconnaissance, Insitu grew from a three-person company in 1998 to a six-hundred person company manufacturing aircraft in 2009.

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  • Unmanned aircraft started as tuna finder
    Seattle Times - United States - June 19, 2009

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power
    Posted 5/29/2009
  • Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle
    Posted 5/26/2009

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    Vaagen Brothers Lumber receives stimulus funding

    Vaagen Brothers Lumber, an industry leader in lumber manufacturing based in Colville, Wash., will receive $250,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to purchase high-efficiency equipment to turn logging waste into fuel for energy production.

    "This funding is further proof that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working every day to strengthen Washington state's economy and spur our energy innovation sector," said U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "These investments will cut our national carbon emissions and keep Washingtonians on the cutting-edge of the clean energy revolution in these green-collar jobs."

    Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that "a half dozen private sawmills around the Northwest are splitting about $17 million in federal economic stimulus grants. The new awards follow a wood-to-energy theme."

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  • Wood-To-Energy Projects Get Stimulus Dollars
    OPB News - Portland, Ore. - June 16, 2009

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  • Vaagen Brothers Lumber is a WTC client

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    Impulse Accelerated Technologies announces successful medical imaging project with University of Washington

    Impulse Accelerated Technologies, Inc., a Kirkland-based developer of software-to-hardware tools, announced the successful completion of a tomographic image reconstruction acceleration project at the University of Washington.

    According to a press release issued by the company, UW researchers "achieved 38 ms back-projection of a 512 x 512-pixel image from 512 projections. This represented a greater than 100X speedup over a software-only benchmark algorithm. This project, which was funded in part by a $100,000 Research and Technology Development grant from Washington Technology Center, was intended to determine the benefits and tradeoffs of using higher-level FPGA programming methods for medical imaging, radar and other applications requiring high throughput image reconstruction."

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  • Researchers accelerate tomographic image reconstruction with FPGA programming
    Vision Systems Design - Nashua,NH - June 22, 2009

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  • Impulse Accelerated Technologies is a WTC client

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    Microvision receives $15 million equity investment

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light scanning technologies, announced that Taipei-based Walsin Lihwa Corporation, through its subsidiary Max Display Enterprises Limited, has agreed to an equity investment of approximately $15 million in Microvision.

    "We are pleased to welcome Walsin Lihwa as an investor to Microvision in addition to being a key enabling strategic supply chain partner in our go-to-market strategy," said Alexander Tokman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Microvision. "We look forward to continuing the strong working relationship we have developed with Walsin Lihwa over the years."

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  • Microvision press release
    June 22, 2009

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector

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    Energy stimulus funding awarded to Washington Technology Center

    Center receives $136,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), disbursed through the U.S. Department of Energy, for nano-scale solar energy technology.

    SEATTLE - June 12, 2009 - Washington Technology Center has been awarded $136,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy "Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies" program, for a project to develop nano-scale imprinting methods to enhance thin-film silicon solar energy technology. The program will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    This project allows for follow-on work from a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded research program focused on nanoscale lithography.

    "This project builds on WTC's work over the past three years," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center (WTC). "We're pleased with this support from the Department of Energy and Congress. This funding will help Washington Technology Center and our partners accelerate our innovative work in solar energy technology. These investigations into nano-scale imprinting methods could lead to new manufacturing processes and increased efficiencies in the solar energy industry within five years. We believe this investment will help Washington and the Pacific Northwest stay at the forefront of the technology-based clean energy industry."

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    The title of the WTC project is "Nanoimprinted Diffraction Gratings for Light Trapping in Crystal-Silicon Film Photovoltaics."

    "The premise of our work is straight forward," Cheatham explains. "Tiny features on the surface of a silicon thin-film solar cell 'bend' the light in the silicon. More light is trapped and converted into electricity. WTC's principal investigator on the project, Dr. Dirk Weiss, has been getting great results from his work using a technology called 'nanoimprinting,' and this funding will allow him to develop the proof of concept for a solar photovoltaic module."

    Washington Technology Center's project partners are Oregon State University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    The Washington Technology Center project is one of 24 projects receiving funding from the DOE through a competitive award process.

    According to the DOE Web site, the funded projects range from automated assembly to semiconductor fabrication, and target manufacturing and product cost reduction with the potential to have an impact within 2 to 6 years on a substantial segment of the photovoltaic industry. DOE will invest up to $22 million as part of the Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies project which identifies and accelerates the development of unique PV products or processes that will impact the solar industry. The project supports the overall goals of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP or Solar Program).

    The total WTC project cost is $184,000 with $136,000 coming from DOE and nearly $48,000 in cost matching and in-kind contributions from WTC and project partner Oregon State University.

    Resources for additional information:
    -- WTC project summary [.pdf]
    -- DOE Web site link to awarded projects [link to external site]

    About Washington Technology Center
    Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. As an organization, Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center's work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, visit www.watechcenter.org or call 206-685-1920.

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    2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference Announces Keynote Speakers, Preliminary Program and Advanced Registration - Sept. 21-23, 2009 in Portland Ore.

    The 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, co-hosted by Washington Technology Center and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, and presented by Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, today announces its preliminary program and lineup of keynote speakers.

    Keynoting the 2009 conference will be:

    Dr. Jud W. Virden, Jr.
    Energy Sector Manager
    Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Dr. Donald Tomalia
    Director of the National Dendrimer Center, Central Michigan University

    Dr. B. Ray Stults
    Associate Laboratory Director Energy Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Dr. James B. Roberto
    Director, Strategic Capabilities
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Dr. Rosa Yang
    Vice President, Innovation
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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    The peer-reviewed presentation program, posted at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/MNBC/program.html features:

    Technical Sessions
    * Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Storage
    * Sensor Systems
    * Microtechnology for Energy Applications
    * Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
    * Electron and Ion Beam Nanofabrication
    * Bioconjugation at the Nanoscale
    * Microfabrication and MEMS Devices
    * Nanotechnology for Disease Detection and Drug Delivery
    * Photonics
    * High Performance, Greener Nanomaterials and Applications

    ...a full-day symposium on Solar Energy
    Industry growth, materials overview and focus on thin film materials science breakthroughs

    ...three half-day short courses

    * Nanotechnology 101: What Technology and Business Professionals Should Know
    * Nanotechnology Commercialization: Intellectual Property and Patent Reform
    * Arrayed Microchannel Technology Industry Forum

    ...a combined research poster session and company exhibition

    ...and an investor-led closing panel:
    The Changing Face of Technology Transfer and Early Stage Venture Funding

    The MNBC, now in its 6th year, is widely regarded as the best regional "small tech" event in the nation, and expects to attract over 300 professionals from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

    Sponsors to date include Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, FEI Company, Stoel Rives, Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness, Life Technologies, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Nanotechnology Now, and Eclipse Technologies.

    The special rate for full conference registration is available until September 11, 2009 at www.micronbc.org.

    For further information, please visit www.micronbc.org or contact the conference manager:

    Skip Rung
    President and Executive Director
    ONAMI
    skip@onami.us
    541.231.4883

    Event: 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference
    When: September 21-23, 2009
    Location: Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon
    Description: Science, commercialization and networking for the micro- and nano-tech innovation economy.
    Registration: A special rate for full conference registration is available until September 11, 2009
    Web site: http://www.micronbc.org
    Contact: Robert D. "Skip" Rung, president and executive director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. E-mail: skip@onami.us

    About Washington Technology Center
    Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. As an organization, Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center's work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, visit www.watechcenter.org or call 206-685-1920.

    About ONAMI
    ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) is Oregon's first Signature Research Center, with $37M in state investment since 2003. ONAMI's dual mission is to rapidly grow collaborative research and commercialization of NanoScience and MicroTechnologies to foster the creation of new products, companies and jobs in the Pacific Northwest. It unites the University of Oregon (Eugene), Oregon State University (Corvallis), Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.), the state of Oregon, private investors and leading companies in the world-leading "Silicon Forest" small-tech industry cluster. Principal activities include development a network of shared user facilities and management of a proof-of-concept stage gap grant fund that has so far enabled 14 new companies.

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    Bellingham Innovation Zone preview event -- June 19, 2009

    The Bellingham waterfront Innovation Partnership Zone will be the program topic at the June 19, 2009 monthly luncheon hosted by TAG (Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington). Representatives from the Port of Bellingham, Western Washington University and Bellingham Technical College will be on hand to discuss this partnership to develop lab-to-market opportunities for innovation, commercialization and job creation.

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    Greenwood Technologies closes operations; liquidating assets on eBay

    Greenwood Technologies, a renewable heating solutions company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, has closed operations according to Michael Dulion, company president. Dulion stated, "Despite having an excellent product, the effects of the financial freeze made it difficult for Greenwood, like many small companies, to weather the recession." Greenwood is liquidating its inventory of wood furnaces and boilers on eBay.

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  • Greenwood eBay Store

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  • 10/19/2008 - Greenwood Technologies secures $3 million in venture capital
  • Greenwood Technologies is a WTC client

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    EnerG2 raises $2.5 million in equity and options

    EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup in the energy storage market, has raised $2.5 million in equity and options reports Xconomy. EnerG2's latest funding is on top of the fall 2008 $8.5 million financing round led by OVP Venture Partners of Kirkland and Firelake Capital Management of Palo Alto, California. EnerG2 uses University of Washington technology to create ultracapacitors which store and release more energy faster than conventional batteries.

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  • EnerG2 Snaps Up $2.5M
    Xconomy - Seattle - June 2, 2009

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    Modumetal gains $1.5M in new funding round

    TechFlash reports that Modumetal, a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, has raised more than $1.5 million in a new funding round from Second Avenue Partners, the Alliance of Angels, and other investors.

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  • Modumetal scores new funding
    TechFlash - Seattle, WA - May 29, 2009

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