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enterpriseSeattle and partners helped bring 100 new jobs to Bellevue

For more than a year, enterpriseSeattle helped Atlanta-based IT services provider Cbeyond, Inc. evaluate regional locations for expansion before the company ultimately chose Bellevue. Cbeyond plans to add 100 jobs to its Bellevue presence in the next six months.

enterpriseSeattle reports collaborating closely with other groups from the region including the Governor's office, the City of Bellevue, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, King County, and the Workforce Development Council for Seattle and King County to identify resources for the company.

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    WTIA announces tech bands performing at annual summer celebration - July 30, 2009

    WTIA's Summer Celebration is the hottest event of the summer! It's just two weeks away, so register now for online pricing and beat the lines at onsite registration. The Summer Celebration is the bash that everyone in the technology industry looks forward to each summer. This year WTIA teamed up with Xconomy to bring you a musical element that you don't want to miss: Seattle's first ever Battle of the Tech Bands. What's better than enjoying Pyramid's best grub and a cold drink with friends, all while listening to some local bands? Not much ... so, don't miss this must-attend event.

    Check out the bands who will be performing live on the 30th:

    - Afraid of Figs (Representing MorphoTrak, Robert Half Technology).
    - Between These Lines (Representing HP).
    - Indigo Soul (Representing Microsoft, Adobe, Caiman Consulting).
    - Juda's Wake (Representing Microsoft).
    - Lions Ambition (Representing Microsoft, Boeing).

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    nLIGHT of Vancouver, Wash. recognized for fourth consecutive year as one of the fastest growing technology companies

    nLIGHT, a manufacturer of high-power laser diode-based products located in Vancouver, Wash., has been named for the fourth consecutive year in a row in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America.

    According to the nLIGHT press release, "Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 is an award that recognizes the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunication and life sciences companies in North America based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth over five years (2004-2008). nLIGHT achieved a ranking of 76th of the fastest growing 500 technology companies in North America during 2008."

    Larry Hile a partner in Deloitte's Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice based in Seattle said, "The Technology Fast 500 organizations are innovating with increasing speed and global vision helping to deliver breakthrough growth in their respective markets. It's these visionary organizations and leaders that deliver greatness, even during these difficult economic times."

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  • nLIGHT Recognized for Fourth Consecutive Year by Deloitte as One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies
    nLIGHT - Vancouver, Wash. - May 4, 2009

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  • nLIGHT is a WTC client
  • nLIGHT adds $10.7 million in growth capital
    Posted 2/03/2009

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    Clean Technology Innovation Partnership Zone in Pullman, Wash. is featured in video

    In a five-minute video, Don Tilton, Ph.D., founder of the Green IT Alliance, describes the Pullman, Washington Innovation Partnership Zone which is establishing a clean technology research center of excellence and a small-business incubator. In 2008, the Green IT Alliance received funding from the State of Washington to establish an Innovation Partnership Zone with partners including Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to work on collaborative research initiatives and demonstration projects

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  • Innovation Partnership Zone on Vimeo
    Produced by More Dust Than Digital

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  • Bellingham Innovation Zone preview event -- June 19, 2009
    Posted 6/08/2009
  • Due August 15, 2008: Community applications for IPZ designation
    Posted 7/16/2008
  • Innovation Partnership Zones will spur economic development
    Posted 10/19/2007

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    President Obama honors UW's Michael Hochberg and other outstanding Washington early-career scientists

    President Obama announced the 100 winners of the 2009 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career researchers.

    According to the press release, "Nine Federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers-researchers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for strengthening America’s leadership in science and technology and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions."

    Winning researchers receive up to a $1 million five-year grant to further their work.

    There are five awardees from the state of Washington:
    -Michael J. Hochberg, University of Washington - nominated by Department of Defense.
    -Alexandre M. Tartakovsky, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - nominated by Department of Energy.
    -Benjamin E. Smith, University of Washington - nominated by NASA.
    -Ulrike Peters, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - nominated by National Institutes of Health.
    -Harmit S. Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - nominated by National Science Foundation.

    According to Photonics.com, "Michael Hochberg, assistant professor of photonics at the University of Washington in Seattle, will use his award to advance his research into using silicon photonics as a way to build optical devices and as a way to explore new physical phenomena." Hochberg played an instrumental role in acquiring a $2.5 million electron beam lithography tool to be housed, and available to companies and researchers, in the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory.

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  • President honors outstanding early-career scientists
    The White House - Washington, D.C. - July 9, 2009
  • PECASE Funds Photonics Work
    Photonics.com - Pittsfield, Mass. - July 13, 2009

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  • Multimillion-dollar nano tool coming to WTC Lab
    Posted 10/01/2008

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    July 15, 2009 - The Washington Energy and Defense Alliance (WEDA)

    The Washington Energy and Defense Alliance is an emerging non-profit alliance, which is intended to support a local network of individuals, firms, universities and coalitions which are actively involved in energy production, alternative energy development and national security and defense. Washington EDA seeks to recognize the intersection of national security and energy independence issues and to bring visibility to the unique solutions that exist in Washington state. The ultimate goal of the Washington EDA is to nurture and expand Washington’s science, technology and job base and further promote Washington state’s industry participation in delivering energy and defense solutions to the national market

    Date(s): July 15, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Location: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200,Seattle, WA
    URL: http://www.WashingtonEDA.org
    Contact: William Reynolds
    (877) 632-4242 x108
    william.reynolds@modumetal.com

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    MicroGREEN Polymers raises $1.6M in ongoing investment round

    Xconomy reports that "MicroGreen Polymers, an Arlington, WA-based developer of technology to recycle plastics into cheaper, environmentally friendly coffee cups among other things, has raised $1.6 million for expansion from WRF Capital and local angel investors (Northwest Energy Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Atlas Accelerator), out of an ongoing round the company expects will net $3 to $4 million later this month."

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  • MicroGreen Polymers Grabs $1.6M to Put Green Plastics Into Your Morning Coffee Cup
    Xconomy - Seattle - July 9, 2009

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  • MicroGREEN Polymers is a WTC client
  • MicroGREEN Gives Gift to University of Washington
    Posted 4/02/2008

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    Insitu expands production operations, employees and revenue from its base in rural Bingen, Washington

    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, announced that it has produced its 1,000th ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system and that it is expanding production to a facility in Stevenson, Washington. According to The Oregonian, "The company has grown from four employees when it was founded in 1994, to six when [CEO Steve] Sliwa joined in 2001, to about 30 in 2004 to 360 employees in July 2008 when Boeing announced it was going to acquire Insitu as a wholly owned subsidiary." As of July 6, 2009, Insitu has 657 employees with roughly 200 deployed internationally. Revenues for 2009 are expected to be around $200 million, compared to $143 million in 2008.

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  • Boeing drone maker creates technology jobs near Gorge
    Seattle Times - United States - July 26, 2009
  • In remote Washington, Insitu's growth takes off with remote aircraft
    OregonLive.com - Portland, Ore. - July 9, 2009
  • Insitu Produces 1,000th ScanEagle; Expands Production Operations
    Insitu - Bingen, Wash. - July 9, 2009

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft
    Posted 6/29/2009
  • 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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    Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has secured a $1,000,000 subcontract from Lockheed Martin Corporation to develop a daylight-readable, see-through, low-profile, ergonomic eyewear display. According to a Microvision press release, "This subcontract is part of DARPA’s Urban Leader Tactical Response, Awareness & Visualization (ULTRA-Vis) program, an advanced technology development initiative, whose objective it is to build a soldier-worn system that provides non-line-of-sight command and control in distributed urban operations for dismounted warfighters."

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  • Microvision Announces $1M Contract Award from Lockheed Martin Corporation to Develop Low-Profile See-Through Eyewear Displays
    Microvision - Redmond, WA - July 7, 2009

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • 6-22-09: Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
  • 5-8-09: Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector

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    Guide to ARRA energy funding from Prosperity Partnership

    The Prosperity Partnership has produced a guide to ARRA (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) entitled: "A Basic Introduction to Energy-Related ARRA Funding Opportunities." The publication provides guidance for organizations seeking energy-related funding through competitive grants and contracts.

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  • Download the guide [.ppt]

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    PhysioSonics raises $2 million in financing

    PhysioSonics, Inc., a privately held developer of noninvasive neurologic monitors, announced it has raised $2 million in a second tranche of series A financing. This follows a $4 million investment in 2008. The company is commercializing technologies including an ultrasound-based transcranial Doppler (TCD) monitor neuromonitor. In a press release, Brad Harlow, president & CEO of PhysioSonics said, "We are very excited with the continued validation of our product development as more neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists and cardiologists view our technology." The company was formerly known as Allez Physionix.

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  • PhysioSonics, Inc. Raises $2.0 Million for Second Tranche of Series A Financing
    Earthtimes (press release) - London, UK - July 1, 2009

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  • PhysioSonics is a WTC client

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    WTC board elects officers -- Mike Schwenk of PNNL is Chair

    Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was elected Chair of the Board for Washington Technology Center at the June 18, 2009 WTC board of directors meeting. Two board officers were reelected to their positions: Vice Chair of the Board -- Hal Dengerink, chancellor for Washington State University Vancouver; and Vice Chair of Finance -- Michael Bisesi, Director, Center for Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Management at Seattle University.

    These three elected officers along with the immediate past chair, Robin Halliday, and the WTC executive director, Lee Cheatham, constitute the board Executive Committee.

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  • View a list of the current WTC board of directors

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    Question: what would you like to see at the next Innovation Summit?

    Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    Photos, video and highlights of the Innovation Summit

    CTED Director Rogers Weed addressing the summit


    From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Visit the summit Web page for photos, video and coverage of the event.

    What are your take aways from the event? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    Washington Technology Center awards $376,454 to spur innovation and jobs

    Five company-researcher projects have been awarded state funding for the development of innovative commercial technologies.

    SEATTLE – July 1, 2009 – Washington Technology Center has awarded a total of $376,454 in state funding to five researchers working with companies to develop commercially promising technologies. The companies expect commercial adoption of their technologies to create 175 new jobs in Washington during the next five years.

    The company partners are: Data Data, of Vancouver; Healionics, of Redmond; Modumetal, of Seattle; Paine Electronics, of East Wenatchee; and Simulab, of Seattle. Winning proposals from the University of Washington and Washington State University Vancouver described innovation in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.

    "I commend these companies and their research partners for growing new business opportunities," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. "This kind of investment in innovation builds on our state’s strong university research institutions, supports our 21st century industries, and most importantly, helps to create family-wage jobs in Washington.”

    This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

    Data Data, Inc., a property data solutions company founded in 2007, is collaborating with the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver to evaluate the use of machine learning algorithms to improve document classification and information extraction from images of public records documents. Data Data expects that successful application of this technology will enable the company to scale its real estate market statistics services to the national level and, in the process, create 40 new technology jobs in Washington during the next five years. WSU Vancouver will receive $28,546 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $5,845 from Data Data for the project. More

    Healionics Corporation, a startup biomaterials company in Redmond, is partnered with the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington to commercialize UW technology that will reduce infection from skin-breaching devices such as catheters. Healionics expects this technology will enable the company to capture a significant part of a $100-200 million market resulting in the creation of 50 new technology jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $82,500 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $16,500 from Healionics for the project. More

    Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, is teamed with the University of Washington’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering to develop an innovative nanostructured anti-corrosion technology. Modumetal projects this new technology will lead to many opportunities in a $120 billion market and grow 50 jobs in the company during the next five years. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Modumetal for the project. More

    Paine Electronics, LLC, a manufacturer of pressure instrumentation with headquarters in East Wenatchee and a production facility in Renton, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering to develop an integrated circuit for use in high-temperature sensors. Paine Electronics expects the new sensors will open up opportunities in the growing geothermal and mineral exploration markets, and create 25 jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $65,408 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $14,538 from Paine Electronics for the project. More

    Simulab Corporation, a Seattle-based developer of medical and surgical simulators, is working with the BioRobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington to commercialize UW software capable of measuring hands-on surgical skills. Simulab plans to target surgical residency programs and large hospitals for the skill-evaluating simulators, and projects the creation of 20 jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Simulab for the project. More

    About the Research & Technology Development (RTD) Grant Program
    Washington Technology Center competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually through the Research & Technology Development Grant Program for technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs in Washington. 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. Since 1996, the RTD program has supported 335 research commercialization projects. Applications for the next funding round are due October 22, 2009. More information about the research and technology development program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

    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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