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ARPA-E requests input on future funding opportunities

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced a formal Request for Information (RFI) for future funding opportunities. The RFI requests public input on potential ARPA-E programmatic areas and opportunities to overcome technological roadblocks to the development of transformational technologies relevant to the ARPA-E mission. The information collected through this process will assist ARPA-E in developing new programs and funding opportunities.

ARPA-E’s first Funding Opportunity Announcement, released on April 27, 2009, and solicited a broad range of ideas for transformational energy technology development. With this RFI, ARPA-E is now reaching out to the public for input on specific programmatic energy technology areas that may be well-suited to provide transformational impacts on ARPA-E’s mission areas of reducing foreign energy imports; decreasing energy related emissions, including those of greenhouse gases; increasing energy efficiency across the U.S. economy, and ensuring that the U.S. maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

Responses to the RFI are due to ARPA-E by September 25, 2009. To review the RFI, please visit http://arpa-e.energy.gov/PI.html

For more information about ARPA-E, please visit http://arpa-e.energy.gov/

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New technology stimulus program for small businesses in Washington

Washington Technology Center's new Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program will award short-term access to sophisticated MEMS fabrication equipment to help companies develop job-growing, innovative commercial technologies.

SEATTLE - August 24, 2009 - Washington Technology Center announces today the launch of the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program, a new stimulus program that will award short-term access to sophisticated MEMS fabrication equipment to help small companies in Washington develop job-growing, innovative commercial technologies.

"In these difficult economic times, I commend Washington Technology Center for offering companies increased access to resources for developing market-ready products," said Washington's Director of Commerce Rogers Weed. "This kind of collaboration between the public and private sectors helps support our state's 21st century industries, and more importantly, helps to create quality jobs right here in Washington."

"Our new lab access program is one of three state-funded programs that we're using to invest in innovation in Washington state," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center. "We believe this program will help small companies more effectively leverage limited funding for technology development in the current economy.

Washington Technology Center will accept proposals from companies with fewer than 100 employees in any technical area or industry that can utilize the facilities and equipment of the center's 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: proof of concept, prototyping, testing, process development, and small-scale production.

Proposals selected for awards will need to show clear potential for economic impact and a well-defined work plan. As the award program is focused on companies that have an immediate need for laboratory facilities, lab access projects are limited to a maximum of three consecutive months of no-cost Microfabrication Laboratory use.

Tours of the Microfabrication Laboratory will be held Aug. 28 and Sept. 29, 2009.

More information about the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/accessprogram.

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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MicroGREEN Polymers business evolution profiled

John Cook's Venture Blog takes a look at the business evolution of University of Washington spinout MicroGREEN Polymers, an Arlington-based developer of environmentally friendly recycled plastic products. MicroGREEN, which was founded by a pair of UW graduate students, received exclusive rights to UW patented technology and has since developed new technologies including intellectual property made possible through four state-funded research awards totaling more than $300,000 from Washington Technology Center.

Related external links (will open a new window):

  • A UW spinout success story: Krishna Nadella of Microgreen
    TechFlash - Seattle, WA - August 20, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • MicroGREEN Polymers is a WTC client
  • MicroGREEN Polymers raises $1.6M in ongoing investment round
    Posted 7/10/2009
  • MicroGREEN Gives Gift to University of Washington
    Posted 4/02/2008

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    Linden Rhoads focusing UW TechTransfer on startups

    University of Washington Vice Provost Linden Rhoads has been at the helm of UW TechTransfer for a year now, with a focus on helping startups commercialize technology. Rhoads, who also serves as a WTC board director, is profiled in a TechFlash article that also highlights the challenges and opportunities facing TechTransfer.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Startup vet Rhoads hits one-year mark at UW TechTransfer
    TechFlash - Seattle, WA - August 21, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Entrepreneur advises slower path to technology transfer
    Posted 4/16/2009
  • UW TechTransfer bringing entrepreneurs to UW campus
    Posted 3/31/2009

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    WSU breaks ground on Vancouver engineering building

    Washington State University celebrated August 19, 2009 with a ground breaking in Vancouver for the $43.5 million Applied Technology Classroom building. The four-story 56,000-square-foot building will open in 2011 for use by WSU Vancouver's new undergraduate electrical engineering program. The building is the only new capital project funded by Washington state in the current biennium. Funding for a proposed adjoining semiconductor user facility -- to be operated by Washington Technology Center -- is being sought from federal sources.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • WSU elevates high-tech offerings
    The Columbian - Vancouver, WA - August 19, 2009
  • In Our View, Aug. 21: Progress on Parade
    The Columbian - Vancouver, WA - August 21, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Vancouver user facility featured in The Columbian’s B2B magazine
    Posted 7/19/2008
  • Funding secured for Washington Technology Center user facility in Vancouver
    Posted 10/19/2007
  • New High-Tech Research Lab Slated for Vancouver
    Posted 7/21/2006

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    Forest Concepts wins $350K USDA SBIR Phase II

    Forest Concepts, an Auburn-based developer of innovative wood products, has won a two-year $350,000 Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract from the United States Department of Agriculture to advance its process for preparing woody biomass such as hog fuel and bark for use as a feedstock for bioenergy applications.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • USDA awards wood cleaning contract to Forest Concepts
    Biomass Magazine - Grand Forks, ND - August 19, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Forest Concepts is a WTC client
  • Forest Concepts bringing value to wood waste materials
    Posted 7/19/2008

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    Insitu unmanned aircraft are now helping to fight forest fires

    The Vancouver Sun reports that Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft "are being flown through thick smoke over intense wildfires to map where fire lines are holding and where flames are spreading." University of Alaska research staff have been flying the planes outfitted with infrared cameras since August 5th, after worsening fire conditions in Alaska's Crazy Mountain Complex grounded manned aircraft. "The university is the first entity other than NASA or the U.S. Department of Defense to receive emergency clearance to fly unmanned aircraft beyond the line of sight in civil airspace." With the Insitu unmanned planes in service during dangerous conditions, personnel are able to monitor fire lines from afar without putting themselves at physical risk.

    UPDATE 8/27/2009: Watch video from University of Alaska available on Wired

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Unmanned drones play vital role in fighting Alaskan forest fires
    The Vancouver Sun - Vancouver, Canada - August 13, 2009
  • Video: UAV in a Firefight of a Different Kind
    Wired - U.S. - August 26, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu expands production operations, employees and revenue from its base in rural Bingen, Washington
    Posted 7/10/2009
  • 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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    Clean Energy Leadership Council holds first meeting

    The Washington Governor's office announced that the newly created Clean Energy Leadership Council, convened by the Governor's office and a state-wide public-private clean energy alliance, held its first meeting August 12, 2009 in Seattle.

    "This new council will create important strategies to accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels for a 21st century economy," Gregoire said. "These strategies will lay the groundwork to ensure our state continues to attract investments, create partnerships and lead the way for a clean-energy future that includes green jobs."

    The council was created with the passage of SB 5921, sponsored by Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Kitsap County. The council will focus on getting Washington's energy policies, technologies and capital aligned to ensure Washington continues to be a leader in clean energy development. The council will deliver a clean energy strategy and recommendations by December 1, 2010.

    "The council brings together a remarkable array of experience and expertise -- from companies in the clean energy sector, from private sector research institutions and entrepreneurs, from public universities, from the state Department of Commerce and other state agencies -- as well as the strong backing of Gov. Gregoire and members of the legislature," stated Rockefeller. "This council understands the competitive landscape, clean energy companies, projects and jobs throughout the U.S. and the world, and can define and push forward our unique opportunities for innovation and leadership."

    Members of the council include:

    * Ash Awad, VP Energy Systems, McKinstry
    * Kimberly Harris, EVP & Chief Resource Officer, Puget Sound Energy
    * Jeremy Jaech, CEO, Verdiem
    * Bert Gregory, CEO, Mithun
    * Michael Atkinson, Managing Director, Americas & China, AREVA T&D; Inc
    * Ernesta Ballard, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Weyerhaeuser
    * Peter Brehm, VP Business Development & Government Relations, Infinia Corporation
    * Roger Woodworth, Avista
    * Margaret McCormick, General Manager, Bio-Based Materials, Targeted Growth, Inc
    * Bart Phillips, President, Columbia River Economic Development Council
    * Lee Cheatham, Executive Director, Washington Technology Center
    * Kim Zentz, Executive Director, SIRTI
    * John Gardner, Vice President for Economic Development, WSU
    * Marc Cummings, Director of Policy & External Affairs, PNNL
    * Michael Butler, CEO, Cascadia Capital
    * David Benson, Stoel Rives LLP
    * Senator Phil Rockefeller
    * Senator Jerome Delvin
    * Representative John McCoy
    * Representative Shelly Short
    * Rogers Weed, Washington State Department of Commerce Director
    * Keith Phillips, Governor’s Office
    * Egils Milbergs, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Council

    SB 5921 also asks the Department of Commerce to consider the clean energy strategy when preparing its application for federal state energy program funding, as well as determining the type and number of projects to fund. Commerce is also asked to consult the council prior to awarding federal energy stimulus funding for clean energy projects.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Clean Energy Leadership Council convenes
    Washington Governor Chris Gregoire - August 12, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Clean technology initiative signed into law by Washington Governor Gregoire
    Posted 5/08/2009

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    2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference Announces Panelists for "The Changing Face of Technology Transfer and Early Stage Venture Funding"

    September 21-23, Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon www.micronbc.org

    SEATTLE - August 11, 2009 - The 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, co-hosted by the Washington Technology Center and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and presented by Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, announces the panelists for its closing plenary panel and reception.

    MNBC 2009 will be addressing head-on the challenging environment for early stage funding with an outstanding panel of tech transfer and early stage investment experts, addressing such topics as:

    If recessions are when great opportunities are born, how exactly does one take advantage of that?
    Is the VC model as we know it dead?
    If so, what will replace it?
    What first steps must the technology entrepreneur get right?

    The panelists are:
    Dr. Fiona Wills, Director of Technology Licensing, UW TechTransfer, University of Washington
    Cheryl Cejka, Director of Technology Commercialization, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Jim Torina, President and CEO of The University Funds, LLC.
    Rick LeFaivre, Ph.D, Partner, OVP Venture Partners
    Michael Hochberg, Ph.D, EE professor (and entrepreneur), University of Washington
    Lewis Lee, co-founder of Lee & Hayes PLLC
    Chris Hurley, co-founder and Principal at Beacon Law Advisors

    Panel Moderator: Pat Murphy, COO, The University Funds, LLC

    And for the first time, MNBC will accept conference participants' questions for the panelists in advance. Questions may be submitted (attributed or anonymous) at:

    https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3210

    More about MNBC 2009

    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.

    The peer-reviewed conference presentation program, posted at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/MNBC/MNBC09_Program.pdf features:

    * Technical Sessions
    * Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Storage
    * Sensor Systems
    * Microtechnology for Energy Applications
    * Nanotechnologies for Proteomics
    * 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 Materials 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
    Pacific Northwest Micro and Nanoscale Engineering Workshop

    ...a combined research poster session and company exhibition

    ...and an outstanding slate of keynote speakers addressing nanotechnology for renewable energy, environmental and medical applications

    The advance registration rate of $195 and deeply discounted hotel block rate of $116 are available until August 31, 2009. See 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

    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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    IsoRay announces first head and neck cancer treated with Cesium-131

    IsoRay, Inc., a Richland-based developer of therapies for prostate and other cancers, has announced the first head and neck cancer treated with Cesium-131. Dwight Babcock, IsoRay's CEO, stated "This is an important development in our strategy to significantly broaden our base beyond prostate cancer. Cesium-131 has unique characteristics for treating many additional cancers such as this new application that provided a minimally invasive treatment option for this patient."

    Update 8/19/09: IsoRay received FDA clearance to market Cesium-131 for treating other cancers -- such as those affecting the head, neck and other organs -- beyond the current prostate market.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • IsoRay Announces First Head And Neck Cancer Treated With Cesium-131
    IsoRay - Richland, Wash. - July 27, 2009
  • IsoRay Announces FDA Clearance Supporting Enhanced Loading and Delivery Methods for the Treatment of Lung, Head and Neck, and Other Tumors
    IsoRay - Richland, Wash. - August 18, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • IsoRay is a WTC client
  • IsoRay receives approval to market cancer therapy in Canada
    Posted 5/12/2009
  • IsoRay signs distribution agreement for prostate brachytherapy product
    Posted 2/19/2009

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    EnerG2 awarded $21.3M in energy stimulus funding for facility in Oregon

    EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup in the energy storage market, has received $21.3 million in federal stimulus funding from the Department of Energy to build a high-tech facility in Oregon for commercial-scale production of its nano-engineered ultracapacitor energy storage material.

    EnerG2 uses University of Washington technology to create ultracapacitors which store and release more energy faster than conventional batteries.

    In a press release announcing the funding, Rick Luebbe, CEO of EnerG2, said, "We appreciate the Department of Energy's confidence in us and we are eager to help the next generation of clean transportation become a reality. We are confident that our materials will improve these vehicles' efficiency, range and affordability."

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • EnerG2 Is Awarded $21.3 Million in Federal Stimulus Funds
    EnerG2 - Seattle - August 5, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • EnerG2 is a WTC client
  • EnerG2 raises $2.5 million in equity and options
    Posted 6/03/2009
  • EnerG2 raises $8.5 M in financing round
    Posted 11/18/2008

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    UW honors Hauck, Gupta, and NanoTech User Facility with 2009 Community of Innovators Awards

    University of Washington researchers Scott Hauck and Maya Gupta, and the NanoTech User Facility team of Scott Braswell, Xiaoxia Gao, Paul Wallace, and Qiuming Yu have been honored by the UW College of Engineering with 2009 Community of Innovators Awards. The Community of Innovators Awards acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff, and faculty members.

    Scott Hauck, of the UW Department of Electrical Engineering, received the award for Faculty Innovator: Teaching and Learning for his outstanding contributions to improving engineering education.

    Maya Gupta, also of the UW Department of Electrical Engineering, was honored in the category of Faculty Innovator: Junior for exemplifying excellence in research and/or education.

    The NanoTech User Facility team of Scott Braswell, Xiaoxia Gao, Paul Wallace, and Qiuming Yu were honored with the team innovator award for a superior, sustained effort that has contributed significantly to the mission of the college.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • UW Engineering - Community of Innovators Awards
  • UW NanoTech User Facility

    Related WTC links:

  • Scott Hauck is a research partner with WTC client Impulse Accelerated Technologies
  • Maya Gupta is a research partner with WTC client CHROMiX

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    WTC job opening: Microfabrication Lab Outreach Manager

    Washington Technology Center is seeking a Microfabrication Laboratory outreach manager to increase awareness of both the lab and economic development programs at WTC, and in so doing increase the number of lab users.

    The Microfabrication Laboratory (MFL) is a class 10,000 cleanroom focused on silicon processing with additional equipment to process glass and compound semiconductors. The major sector of work is Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), with significant work done in life sciences, optics, and material research. The facility is used for device research, development of novel fabrication techniques, pilot production, and some teaching.

    Lab customers range from academic users from various universities, to small businesses in a startup or preproduction phase, to large established companies interested in new research or proof of concept that might not be possible in their own facilities.

    MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Through the following, increase the number of MFL users.
    • Develop and implement an annual MFL outreach strategy that increases awareness of MFL capabilities among current and prospective industry and academic users.
    • Represent WTC and the MFL at conferences, events, and meetings.
    • Act as the primary WTC point of contact for existing MFL users.
    • Track lab metrics including: revenue, customer satisfaction, and leverage.
    • Work with the MFL Lab Manager to coordinate possible contract work for long distance users interested in the facility.

    To learn more about the position, including how to apply, visit the WTC job openings page.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC Job Openings
  • WTC Microfabrication Laboratory Web site

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    Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction

    A pocketable projector being developed by Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, will retail in the $400-$600 at introduction says company CEO Alexander Tokman in a video interview with FoxBusinessNetwork.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Small Cell Phone Screen? No More
    FoxBusinessNetwork - Youtube.com - July 24, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
  • 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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    CTED becomes Washington State Department of Commerce, with emphasis on job creation

    On July 26, 2009, the Washington State Department of Commerce was officially launched -- creating a new name and mission for a state agency formerly known as the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED).

    The department's Governor-appointed director, Rogers Weed, has said that the organization's new mission is essentially to grow and improve jobs in the state.

    By November 1, 2009, Weed must submit to the Governor and appropriate state legislative committees a report with analyses and recommendations for statutory and program changes.

    Over the past two months the agency has been gathering input through a series of conversations with more than 100 stakeholders across the state. In addition, the public is invited to complete a brief survey that will further guide the agency as it prioritizes areas for research.

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  • New agency Web site: www.commerce.wa.gov
  • Department of Commerce survey
  • New name, mission for office
    The Olympian Online - WA - July 24, 2009
  • CTED becomes Washington State Department of Commerce, heightens focus on job growth
    Washington State Department of Commerce - WA - July 23, 2009

    Related WTC links:

  • CTED: new director Rogers Weed, and proposed new name Department of Commerce
    Posted 3/25/2009

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