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Spokane IPZ completes data center

The Spokane University District Innovation Partnership Zone completed development of a state-of-the-art data center to be used for research and development, leading to commercialization of technologies and products on the WSU Spokane campus.

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  • First Innovation Partnership Zone Project Completed
    Greater Spokane Incorporated - Spokane, Wash. - October 22, 2009

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    Gov. Gregoire, business leaders endorse Wash. Department of Commerce priorities

    Commerce priorities include ensuring the state’s competitiveness, addressing education and workforce gaps, facilitating more efficient regulation, and a focus on infrastructure investment.

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  • Gov. Gregoire, business leaders endorse Department of Commerce priorities for jobs, economic growth
    State of Washington Department of Commerce - Olympia, Wash. - October 27, 2009

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    New Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at U.S. Department of Commerce

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced in September plans to create a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Department of Commerce and launch a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help promote entrepreneurship in America.

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  • Commerce Secretary Locke Announces New Commerce Initiatives to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    U.S. Department of Commerce - Washington, D.C. - September 24, 2009

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    Mike Schwenk discusses innovation

    Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., discussed innovation -- and why big goals are critical -- at the Grant County EDC Winter 2008 Luncheon.



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  • Winter Membership Luncheon Recap
    Grant County EDC - December 18, 2008

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  • Mike Schwenk is chair of the WTC board of directors

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    WTC releases 2009 annual report

    IN A REFLECTION OF AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT, this year presented a set of opportunities and challenges not often seen in Washington Technology Center's 26-year history. In our fiscal year 2009 plan, we anticipated a year with a smaller resource base and a need to focus on our strengths. We acted, and as a result we finished fiscal year 2009 registering success in our joint research and laboratory programs.

    Download the 2009 Annual Report to read client success stories and details of research commercialization in the State of Washington.

    Major Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2009

  • AWARDED $875,686 to Washington researchers helping 16 companies grow.
  • PROVIDED access to Microfabrication Laboratory services and equipment to 21 companies and 25 academic groups, with a total of 93 users.
  • ASSISTED 128 potential federal grant applicants through SBIR workshops.
  • SUPPORTED angel groups as they invested $2.44 million in 12 emerging companies.
  • HOSTED Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 and co-hosted the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 2008, which connected more than 650 industry and public-sector innovators.
  • REFERRED ten companies to Boeing through our technology identification service.
  • ASSISTED 195 business consulting clients with funding strategies and business analyses.
  • RECEIVED $136,000 in stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue our research into nano-scale solar energy technology.
  • INVESTED in equipment that will lead to significant, new fabrication capability in 2010.
  • POSITIONED clients to generate more than $30 million in external funding, an 11:1 leverage of state investment.

    Want to receive a printed copy of the 2009 Annual Report?

    Please send an email to info@watechcenter.org with the subject line 2009 Annual Report and your full mailing information in the body of the email.

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  • Additional data and metrics at www.watechcenter.org/data

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    Imagine H2O business plan competition offers $70,000 prize

    The inaugural Imagine H2O Prize competition is now open for submissions. The competition offers prizes of $70,000 in cash and in-kind services, which will be awarded to the business plans which promise the greatest breakthroughs in the efficient use and supply of water. Entry deadline is November 16, 2009.

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  • Imagine H2O Prize

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    WTC wins national award for tech-based economic development

    Washington Technology Center's state-funded Research and Technology Development Program was honored by SSTI for outstanding achievement in technology-based economic development.


    SEATTLE - October 22, 2009 - Washington Technology Center was named one of six recipients of The State Science and Technology Institute's 2009 Excellence in TBED awards for initiating successful programs to sustain the nation's position as a global leader for innovation and competitiveness. WTC's Research and Technology Development (RTD) Program was honored as a best-practice model for demonstrating leadership and meaningful impact to state and regional economies.

    "The Washington Technology Center's RTD Program stands out because of the substantial impact it has achieved from its persistent assistance to Washington companies over 17 years. Impressively, the RTD Program's more than 330 funded projects have resulted in almost a half-billion dollars in follow-on support from private and federal sources," said Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO.

    "This award recognizes the effectiveness of our staff and partners' research commercialization efforts," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center. "We're pleased that Washington is receiving national attention for efficiently delivering economic development services, specifically by leveraging state dollars to create new job opportunities in advanced technology."

    "Successes such as this are possible only because of the support of the Washington State Legislature and our research institution partners, and the commitment of our all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Committees," said Cheatham.

    WTC's Research and Technology Development Program awards $1 million in applied research funding each year to teams comprised of companies and researchers in the state of Washington. The grant program helps move innovative ideas out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.

    "WTC's RTD program fills an important gap," said Rick Luebbe, CEO of EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup company that has recently raised $32 million to commercialize technology from the University of Washington. "It supplemented our R&D; costs and helped us position our company for the energy storage market."

    SSTI's third-annual awards follow a nationwide competition recognizing outstanding achievements in tech-based economic development (TBED) emphasizing impact, strategic value and replicability. Recipients were selected by a panel of accomplished former and current practitioners and were honored today during a ceremony at SSTI's 13th Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas, attended by top economic development professionals from across the nation. More information about the awards is available online at http://www.prnewswire.com.

    About SSTI
    The State Science and Technology Institute is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation. www.ssti.org.

    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. 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 $630 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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    UW collaboration with Artemisia BioMedical receives $1.5M from Life Sciences Discovery Fund

    University of Washington, in collaboration with Artemisia BioMedical, Inc. has won a $1.5 million award from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund to advance the development of a novel cancer-treatment technology. A UW research team under the leadership of Tomikazu Sasaki, Ph.D., will work with Artemisia BioMedical to further advance their project entitled "Development of Artemisinin Compounds for Cancer Treatment." Artemisia BioMedical, a privately-held biotechnology company based in Newcastle, Washington, and the UW team received WTC support in 2007 for this technology which holds promise as a breakthrough for the treatment of many types of human cancer.

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  • Press release from Artemisia BioMedical, Inc
  • Press release from Life Sciences Discovery Fund

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  • Artemisia BioMedical, Inc. is a WTC client

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    MicroGREEN Polymers wins $60K Zino investment

    MicroGREEN Polymers, an Arlington-based developer of environmentally friendly recycled plastic products, has won $60,000 in the fourth-annual Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum (ZZIF).

    "We are honored to receive the ZZIF 2009 Non-Technology Best Investment Fund Award. The award money, together with funds we secured for our upcoming Series B closing, will be used to build-out our facilities to full commercial production scale. This will enable us to further demonstrate to CPGs how Ad-air(TM) empowers them to lower the material costs of plastic products and improve their sustainability to meet growing consumer demands," said Tom Malone, CEO of MicroGREEN Polymers.

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  • ZINO Society Awards $120,000 Investment Funds to Two Companies
    Reuters - Seattle - October 21, 2009

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  • MicroGREEN Polymers is a WTC client
  • MicroGREEN Polymers business evolution profiled
    Posted 8/24/2009
  • MicroGREEN Polymers raises $1.6M in ongoing investment round
    Posted 7/10/2009

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    Washington Technology Center Announces Board Appointments

    Washington Technology Center announces that Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Scott Keeney of nLIGHT Corporation, Ken Myer of the Washington Technology Industry Association, and M. Grant Norton of Washington State University to the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center.

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    Scott KeeneyScott Keeney is co-founder and President/CEO of nLIGHT Corporation (www.nlight.net), a leading semiconductor laser manufacturer with facilities in Vancouver, Washington; Hillsboro, Oregon; Shanghai, China; Heilbronn, Germany; and Lohja, Finland. nLIGHT supplies lasers for industrial, medical, defense, and consumer applications. nLIGHT has raised over $90 million from leading venture capital investors including Oak Investment Partners, Menlo Ventures, and MDV. In 2009, nLIGHT was named one of the fastest growing companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program for the fourth year in a row. In 2008 nLIGHT was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Oregon Entrepreneur's Network. In 2006, Scott was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, Scott was CEO of Aculight (acquired by Lockheed) and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Scott is founder and Chairman for nConnect NW (www.nconnect.org) an education non-profit focused on enhancing rigorous high school programs in the Northwest. Scott is the former chair of the Southwest Washington High Tech Council and is a board member of the Community Foundation in SW Washington. Scott holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington where he graduated summa cum laude.

    Ken MyerKen Myer is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), the largest state technology association in North America. Ken has over 20 years of successful experience in the technology industry leading companies ranging in size from start up to Fortune 100. As co-founder of Interval Systems, Myer helped position the company as one of the leading providers of software tools to industrial engineers for implementing lean manufacturing. As Executive Vice President of publicly traded Active Voice Corporation, Myer led the worldwide marketing, sales, technical services, and customer service teams as they launched a new product line into the Fortune 2500 market. The success of the launch helped pave the way for an eventual buyout by Cisco in 2001 for $300M. At IBM Corporation Myer held a variety of executive positions including General Manager of the Northwest and Intermountain Region, National Executive for the Computer Services Industries, and CFO IBM Northwest. Myer holds an MBA and Masters of Speech Communication from the University of Washington and participates in national and regional commercial and non-profit boards including Esna Technologies, Cascade Land Conservancy, University of Washington Information School, University of Washington Masters of Communications in Digital Media, and the Technology Alliance, where he has served as Board President.

    M. Grant NortonM. Grant Norton is Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University and serves as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Professor Norton obtained his PhD in Materials from Imperial College, London and spent a two-year postdoctoral at Cornell University before joining the Washington State University faculty in 1991. In 2003 and 2004 he was an AFOSR Faculty Research Associate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and spent the 1999/2000 academic year as a Visiting Professor at Oxford University. From 2000 to 2005 Professor Norton was Chair of Materials Science at Washington State University. He is author or co-author of over 160 papers in the archival literature, several book chapters, and two textbooks, one on X-ray diffraction and most recently Ceramic Materials: Science and Engineering, published by Springer. Professor Norton serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Science, is on the International Editorial Board Journal of Materials Education, and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Nanotechnology. Prior to entering academia, Norton worked for two major European multinationals. Professor Norton has consulted for a number of companies and organizations, including an interesting project on the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. He recently formed GoNano Technologies, Inc., a university spin off company focused on alternative energy applications for nanomaterials.

    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.

    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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    Governor Gregoire celebrates new installation of Andgar's manure-to-electricity system

    At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony in Skagit County, Wash., Governor Chris Gregoire celebrated Farm Power's operation of a system built by Andgar Corp. for turning cow manure into electricity. Farm Power's operation produces up to 750 kilowatts of electricity -- enough to power 500 homes. They sell the power to Puget Sound Energy for 8 cents per kilowatt hour.

    The anaerobic digester system, also known as biogas recovery system, burns methane gas produced by cow manure to produce electricity. The resulting clean and odorless processed cow manure is then sent back to farmers as an organic fertilizer.

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  • Dairies' manure turned into fuel
    The Seattle Times - Seattle - October 13, 2009
  • http://www.farmpower.com/

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    nLIGHT, Lockheed Martin Aculight, among the Washington companies receiving millions in job-creating Defense spending

    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced October 6, 2009 that the $63 million in federal defense work for Washington state companies that she included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill has passed the full Senate. Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

    "This spending will create good jobs in Washington state and help our armed forces get the cutting-edge military equipment they need and deserve," said Senator Patty Murray. "Washington state companies are at the forefront of research and innovation, and these contracts will give them the resources they need to continue developing new ways to keep our service members and country safe. The spending I have included in this bill will provide a critical boost to the economy, and it will make a strong investment in research, technology, and innovation in Washington state."

    nLight of Vancouver received $4 million for "Advanced Fiber Lasers Systems and Components." This funding would be used to improve the Air Force's eye-safe laser capabilities by developing advanced fiber laser technology. In addition to supporting engineering jobs in Clark County, Wash., this would improve military laser technology used to counter roadside bombs and other threats to the warfighter.

    Lockheed Martin Aculight Corporation of Bothell received $4 million for "Optical Neural Techniques for Combat/Post-Trauma Healthcare." This funding would develop new laser stimulation technology for the Army to address hearing loss, balance disorders and other medical conditions affecting soldiers. This innovative approach towards hearing loss and other medical conditions would advance research to better care for soldiers returning from war.

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  • Job-Creating Defense Spending for Washington State Passes Full Senate
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray - Washington, D.C. - October 6, 2009

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  • nLIGHT is a WTC client
  • Aculight is a WTC client

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    National Innovation Strategy detailed by President's Office

    The Obama administration has released "A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs," which focuses on areas where government policies can help support innovation and the creation of jobs. SSTI, the State Science and Technology Institute provides a brief summary of the strategy's higlights.

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  • President Obama Outlines National Innovation Strategy
    SSTI Weekly Digest Vol. 14, Issue 24 - Westerville, OH - September 23, 2009
  • A Strategy for American Innovation: Driving Towards Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs
    The Executive Office of the President - Washington, D.C. - September 23, 2009

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    Omeros stock IPO closes lower in first two days of trading

    Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, saw its stock price close lower in its first two days of trading after the company's initial public offering (IPO) on October 8, 2009. The company had priced its offering of 6.82 million shares at $10 each, but saw shares close trading at $8.46 on October 9. The Seattle Times reported that "Omeros, the first Pacific Northwest-based company to go public in nearly two years, was also the first early-stage pharmaceutical company nationally to do so since 2007."

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  • Omeros, Worst Performing IPO of 2009, Casts Shadow Over Other Aspiring Biotechs
    Xconomy - Seattle - October 27, 2009
  • Omeros stock sinks in market debut
    The Seattle Times - Seattle - October 9, 2009
  • Omeros Prices IPO at $68.2 Million
    The New York Times - New York - October 8, 2009

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  • Omeros is a WTC client
  • Washington Technology Center Awards $485,261 in Research Funding
    Posted 1/14/2009
  • Omeros awarded $465,000 grant for Parkinson's research
    Posted 1/13/2009

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    Central Washington energy consortium gains Innovation Partnership Zone designation

    Washington's Department of Commerce announced October 1, 2009 that a Kittitas County partnership focused on developing renewable energy technologies has been designated as an Innovation Partnership Zone. The partnership, called the Central Washington Region Energy Consortium, is comprised of Kittitas County, Central Washington University (CWU), Economic Development Group of Kittitas County, Puget Sound Energy, and enXco Development Corporation. According to a press release, "The work of the IPZ will be conducted through collaboration with Puget Sound Energy, enXco, and CWU's 'Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology Degree Program,' which is expected to launch in 2010. In addition, the Central Washington University Research Foundation will serve as an intellectual resource enabling collaboration, development of technologies and commercialization."

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  • Central Washington Energy Consortium wins Innovation Partnership Zone status
    Washington State Department of Commerce - Olympia, WA - October 1, 2009

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  • Innovation Partnership Zones will spur economic development
    Posted 10/19/2007


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    Opening of Bellingham's Waterfront Innovation Zone: Technology Development Center

    Bellingham's Waterfront Innovation Zone: Technology Development Center celebrated its dedication and grand opening on September 28, 2009. Governor Gregoire attended the ceremony along with representatives from the center's partners: Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College and the Port of Bellingham. The 10,000 square foot facility will focus mainly on marine-industry research and development, providing researchers and students with hands-on opportunities to increase the competitiveness of local industry.

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  • Western remains interested in cooperation on waterfront
    The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham, WA - November 14, 2009

  • Engineering center opens
    The Western Front - Bellingham, WA - October 02, 2009

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  • Bellingham Innovation Zone preview event -- June 19, 2009
    Posted 6/08/2009
  • Innovation Partnership Zones will spur economic development
    Posted 10/19/2007

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    3TIER cuts staff due to uncertainty in the renewable energy market

    Xconomy reports that 3TIER, a Seattle-based provider of renewable energy assessment and power forecasting services, has laid off 19 employees -- an estimated 22 percent of its workforce. A company spokesperson acknowledged the uncertainty in the market and said that the staff reduction will help 3TIER transition to a "scalable and efficient information services business model."

    Updated (10/28/2009): 3TIER has launched a suite of solar assessment products.

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  • 3TIER Launches Next Generation of Solar Assessment
    Products
    3TIER press release - Seattle - October 14, 2009
  • 3Tier Group Cuts Staff To Deal With “Uncertainty” in Clean Energy ...
    Xconomy - Seattle - September 16, 2009

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  • 3TIER is a WTC client
  • 3TIER opens offices in Germany, Australia and India
    Posted 4/06/2009
  • Washington's clean tech companies -- a list from Xconomy
    Posted 3/03/2009
  • 3TIER launches global wind prospecting tool
    Posted 2/06/2009
  • 3TIER receives $10M in venture funding
    Posted 12/18/2008

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    Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has announced the first sales of its recently launched pocket-sized pico projector. The company received a purchase order in September from its Asian distribution and marketing partner, and announced in October a deal with an undisclosed global consumer electronics OEM that plans to private label the projector. Details of market launch activities have not been released.

    Update (10/28/2009): Uniden Corporation of Japan is the previously undisclosed global consumer electronics OEM. Microvision has also announced it received an order from a global mobile phone operator.

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  • Microvision Lands Order For SHOWWX Laser Pico Projectors With World Leading Mobile Phone Operator
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - October 27, 2009
  • Microvision Secures Global Consumer Electronics OEM To Private-Label Laser Pico Projector
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - October 8, 2009
  • Microvision Receives Purchase Order and Begins Shipping World's First Laser Pico Projector, SHOWWX
    Microvision press release - Redmond, WA - September 30, 2009

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision CEO says pico projector to retail for $400-$600 at introduction
    Posted 8/03/2009
  • Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin
    Posted 7/08/2009
  • Microvision receives $15 million equity investment
    Posted 6/22/2009
  • Microvision lands supplier of green lasers for its pico projector
    Posted 5/08/2009

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