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WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham takes post at ASU Biodesign Institute

Lee Cheatham, Washington Technology Center's executive director, has accepted the position of operations director at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University beginning in January 2010. He will also serve as general manager of the Biodesign Institute’s Impact Accelerator program.

"Under Lee's direction, Washington Technology Center has continued as a champion for innovative, growing companies in Washington," said Mike Schwenk, chair of the WTC board of directors. "In his 11 years with WTC, the center has helped position companies and researchers to generate an astounding $500 million in external support for product development, manufacturing and jobs in this state. That is a truly remarkable accomplishment made possible by a state investment of less than $3 million annually. Lee leaves WTC in a strong position for further growing its services and the value it provides. We thank Lee for his service to WTC and wish him well in his new post."

During Cheatham's 11-year tenure, WTC remained committed to developing its Research and Technology Development Program and its Microfabrication Laboratory, flagship programs which provide companies with critical access to researchers, facilities and tools. The center expanded access to capital for Washington's small growing companies through the creation of the WTC Angel Network and the SBIR assistance program. WTC focused on connecting companies to industry resources with new initiatives such as the annual "Washington's Innovation Summit" and WTC's federally-funded nanotechnology research program.

Chris Coleman, WTC's current CFO and director of business operations, has been appointed Interim Executive Director. The search for a WTC executive director will begin in 2010.

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  • The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

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    EnerG2's Chris Wheaton with advice for building a materials science company

    COO/CFO Chris Wheaton of EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup in the energy storage market, offers practical advice for anyone starting a materials science company in an article he wrote appearing in Greentech Media. Wheaton compares science-based innovation to information technology/software development and notes the very real differences among the variables of time, cost and product features.

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  • What It Takes: Building a Materials Science Company for the 21st Century
    Greentech Media - Cambridge, Mass. - December 15, 2009

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  • EnerG2 is a WTC client
  • EnerG2 awarded $21.3M in energy stimulus funding for facility in Oregon
    Posted 8/05/2009
  • 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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    WTC welcomes Andy Kaplan as lab business development manager

    Andy Kaplan has joined Washington Technology Center as business development manager for WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory. His primary responsibilities include managing and developing collaborative business efforts and outreach between the Microfabrication Laboratory and Northwest industrial and academic customers. With more than 15 years of business development, marketing, and program management experience for small technology companies, he brings to WTC a record of commercializing award-winning technologies developed from R&D; labs.

    Prior to joining WTC, he served in executive positions at Hinds Instruments, Isonics and ReuseRecycleReclaim. Mr. Kaplan holds a BSME from the University of Delaware with an emphasis in Materials Science. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, sailing and restoring vintage homes.

    Andy Kaplan may be reached at akaplan@watechcenter.org or 206-685-3973.

    Related WTC links:

  • Learn more about the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory

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    IsoRay announces a distribution agreement in Canada and another with GE subsidiary Oncura

    IsoRay, Inc., a Richland-based developer of therapies for prostate and other cancers, has announced two new distribution agreements. Inter V Medical of Montreal, Quebec, Canada will have exclusive rights to sell Cesium-131 Brachytherapy seeds in Canada. GE Subsidary, Oncura will distribute the I-125 brachytherapy seed, OncoSeed™.

    In a press release, Dwight Babcock, Chairman and CEO stated, "By adding I-125 seeds to our prostate product offering we can now be a full service provider to our customers. OncoSeed brings with it a substantial and well documented track record of efficacy. While we believe that Cesium-131 adds an important new dimension to brachytherapy for a variety of anatomic sites including prostate, we see strategic value in supporting our customers that have not yet converted all their practice to Cesium-131."

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  • IsoRay, Inc. Announces Iodine Distribution Agreement with GE Subsidary, Oncura
    IsoRay - Richland, Wash. - December 3, 2009
  • IsoRay, Inc. Announces Distribution Agreement in Canada
    IsoRay - Richland, Wash. - November 18, 2009

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  • IsoRay is a WTC client
  • IsoRay announces world's first Cesium-131 lung implants
    Posted 11/05/2009
  • IsoRay announces first head and neck cancer treated with Cesium-131
    Posted 8/07/2009
  • 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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    Wash. Department of Commerce issues plan for organization

    In November, Washington's Department of Commerce issued its report, Defining Commerce: Next Steps in our Mission to Grow and Improve Jobs in Washington, to Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Washington Legislature. The report defines the agency's mission as to "grow and improve jobs in Washington" and proposes two organizing options for the agency -- a smaller, focused organization, or an organization with more community capacity building. Policy recommendations in the report are based on recommendations in the Washington Economic Development Commission's February 2009 report, The Washington Innovation Economy. The Department of Commerce adopts the EDC report's vision statement: "Make Washington the most attractive, creative and fertile investment environment for innovation in the world as a means of achieving long-term global competitiveness, prosperity and economic opportunity for all the state's citizens."

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  • Commerce Report

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  • Gov. Gregoire, business leaders endorse Wash. Department of Commerce priorities
    Posted 10/28/2009

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    Microvision's pico projector launched by Vodafone Spain

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has announced that Vodafone Spain is now offering Microvision’s SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector at a price of 289 € (approximately $430 U.S.). Vodafone Spain is also marketing the projector along with the Mini Nokia N97 smartphone.

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  • Vodafone Spain Launches Microvision’s SHOWWX Laser Pico Projector
    Microvision blog - Redmond, Wash. - December 1, 2009

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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision nets $30.8M from stock sales
    Posted 12/07/2009
  • Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • 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

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    Microvision nets $30.8M from stock sales

    Microvision, a Redmond-based developer of light-scanning technologies, has netted approximately $30.8 million from two recent stock sales. According to its press releases, Microvision intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including, but not limited to, working capital and capital expenditures.

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  • Microvision Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock
    Microvision press release - Redmond, Wash. - December 2, 2009
  • Microvision Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock
    Microvision press release - Redmond, Wash. - November 24, 2009


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  • Microvision is a WTC client
  • Microvision announces first sales of world's first laser pico projector
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • 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

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    3TIER, UW and WSU are part of $178M smart grid project

    3TIER, a Seattle-based provider of renewable energy assessment and power forecasting services, and the University of Washington and Washington State University are among 12 Northwest utilities and several companies taking part in a smart grid demonstration project which received $89 million in stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, led by Battelle Memorial Institute in Richland, Wash., spans five states and will involve 60,000 consumers in a project that will validate new technologies and approaches for energy efficiency. Of the approximately $178 million total project cost, half will be cost-shared by the participants.

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  • Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project
    Battelle - Richland, Wash.
  • DOE Selects the Northwest and 3TIER for $178M Smart Grid Demo
    3TIER press release - Seattle - November 24, 2009
  • Secretary Chu Announces $620 Million for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects
  • Pacific Northwest to host smart grid demo
    Sustainable Industries - San Francisco - December 3, 2009
  • Pacific Northwest emerges as power player in ‘smart-grid’ sweepstakes
    Puget Sound Business Journal - Seattle - December 4, 2009

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  • 3TIER is a WTC client
  • 3TIER cuts staff due to uncertainty in the renewable energy market
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • 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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    Fire at Vaagen Bros. Lumber in Colville destroys electricity co-generation plant

    An equipment malfunction is likely responsible for a fire that destroyed an electricity co-generation turbine at Vaagen Bros. Lumber in Colville, Washington on November 18, 2009. The blaze caused in excess of $1 million in damage and puts upwards of 20 employees out of work. The co-generation capability, which supplied three megawatts to the electrical grid, will take one to two years to rebuild said Russ Vaagen, company vice president.

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  • Fire at Vaagen Brothers knocks out co-generation facility
    The Statesmen Examiner - Colville, Washington - November 24, 2009

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  • Vaagen Bros. Lumber is a WTC client
  • Vaagen Brothers Lumber receives stimulus funding
    Posted 6/29/2009

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    EKOS Corporation launches upgraded product for treating blood clots

    The EKOS Corporation has launched the EkoSonic™ MACH4e, an upgraded product for faster and simpler removal of arterial and venous clots. According to a press release "the EkoSonic System is FDA-cleared for controlled and selective infusion of physician-specified fluids, including thrombolytic, into the peripheral vasculature. It is currently used to treat patients with peripheral arterial occlusions (PAO) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and additional applications are being investigated."

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  • Read more
    EKOS Corporation Web site product page
  • EKOS Corporation Launches the New EkoSonic® MACH4e at VEITHsymposium™ in New York
    EKOS Corporation press release - November 18, 2009
  • Ekos, Enduring Tough Year for Devices, Sticks With Goal to Break Even Next Year
    Xconomy - Seattle - November 30, 2009

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  • EKOS Corporation is a WTC client

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    Washington issues inaugural edition of Aerospace Bulletin

    The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched the inaugural edition of the Washington State Quarterly Aerospace Bulletin. The goal of the bulletin is "to raise awareness and disseminate information on the Washington state aerospace cluster, local companies, and technologies."

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  • Washington State Quarterly Aerospace Bulletin
    Washington State Department of Commerce - Olympia, Wash. - November 2009

  • Washington launches Aerospace Bulletin
    SeattlePI.com - Seattle - November 16, 2009

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    Notes from the South Sound Technology Conference

    The 10th annual South Sound Technology Conference, held November 20, 2009 at the University of Washington Tacoma, was "full of technical information, entreprenuerial strategies, mentorship advice, and - most importantly - philosophical questioning about what we value as a community," writes Colin Cronin, the Tacoma Public Policy Examiner for Examiner.com.

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  • Overview of South Sound Technology Conference 2009
    Examiner.com - Tacoma - November 20, 2009

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    Washington awards $1.5M in Innovation Partnership Zone grants in Bothell, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Snohomish County

    The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $1.5 million in grants to Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) in Bothell, Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Snohomish County.

    Winners of the 2009 IPZ grants:
  • Bothell Biomedical Device IPZ - $500,000 for the Washington MedTech Discovery Center.
  • Walla Walla IPZ - $500,000 for the expansion of the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College.
  • Tri-Cities Research District - $250,000 to support the extension of broadband infrastructure through the 1,600 acre IPZ.
  • Aerospace Convergence Zone in Snohomish County - $250,000 to develop the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center.

    The IPZ program is an economic development model that encourages collaboration to advance innovation. The funds will help stimulate the growth of industry clusters and intellectual capital, while building regional economies. The program leads to new technologies, marketable products, company formation and job creation.

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  • Washington State Department of Commerce awards $1.5 million in Innovation Partnership Zone grants to build regional economies
    Department of Commerce - Olympia, Wash. - November 24, 2009
  • Washington gives another $250,000 to aerospace center
    Seattle PI - Seattle - November 25, 2009

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  • Spokane IPZ completes data center
    Posted 10/28/2009
  • Central Washington energy consortium gains Innovation Partnership Zone designation
    Posted 10/09/2009
  • Opening of Bellingham's Waterfront Innovation Zone: Technology Development Center
    Posted 10/09/2009

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