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Stratos Genomics Awarded Access Grant for DNA Sequencing Technology

Stratos Genomics will use WTC facilities and equipment to further its product development on the pathway to commercialization.

SEATTLE - January 6, 2010 - Washington Technology Center has awarded access to WTC facilities and equipment to Stratos Genomics, a Seattle-based startup biotechnology company, to further its DNA sequencing product development. This award is the first made by Washington Technology Center as part of its new Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program, a technology stimulus program for small businesses in Washington.

"We created this stimulus program to address a common barrier faced by small companies -- access to expensive equipment," said Chris Coleman, interim executive director of Washington Technology Center. "By removing that barrier and reducing the cost of innovation, we're able to help companies such as Stratos Genomics accelerate their growth, and ultimately create jobs in Washington."

Stratos Genomics is developing a new method of DNA sequencing that will dramatically reduce the time and costs of high-throughput DNA sequencing.

The company is receiving three months of WTC facility access for a proposal entitled "Nanopore Noise Reduction Project." The project will aim to meet a technical goal as Stratos Genomics develops a robust proof-of-concept for its technology. The technology creates, encodes and measures surrogate molecules derived from DNA targets to produce DNA sequence information.

Successful demonstration of the technology will open the door for company growth to address the next commercialization steps.

"It is great to see Washington Technology Center able to provide assistance to a small business in these difficult economic times," said state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle). "Helping an innovative company like Stratos Genomics can lead to new technologies that not only improve health, but also create jobs."

"Young, innovative companies such as Stratos Genomics remind us of Washington's history of creating the best technology ideas and jobs," said Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle). "By providing early support to Stratos Genomics, the state will have helped them to unlock a promising medical advancement. I commend Washington Technology Center for helping to make sure they can become successful in our state."

About the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program
Washington Technology Center's new Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program is a technology stimulus program that awards short-term access to sophisticated MEMS fabrication equipment to small businesses in Washington. More information about the lab 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 $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 http://www.watechcenter.org or call 206-685-1920.

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Growing Washington's life sciences and ICT industries subject of state report

Washington's Life Sciences and Information and Communication Technology industries are examined in a report prepared by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The report provides a competitive analysis of the sectors and makes four recommendations for advancing efforts: enhance state leadership; provide financial support; attract talent and provide facilities; and develop a collaborative model. The report was prepared in response to Senate Bill 6015, a bill enacted by the 2009 Legislature directing the Department of Commerce to review commercialization and innovation efforts in the state’s Life Sciences and Information & Communication Technology sectors. The full report is available from the Department of Commerce, and a synopsis may be found on the Web site Seattle/LocalHealthGuide.

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  • SB 6015 Report & Recommendation: Fostering Washington's Innovation Economy
    Washington State Department of Commerce
  • State needs to work harder to boost life sciences industry – report
    Seattle/LocalHealthGuide - Seattle - December 12, 2009

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    $16.5 million available for energy projects

    Washington companies, public entities, and federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for $16.5 million in loans and grants for energy-related projects. The Washington State Department of Commerce is administering the awarding of these funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be holding a Webinar on January 14, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. Complete details are available from the Department of Commerce, and a synopsis may be found on the Stoel Rives Web site.

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  • ARRA Funding Updates through Energy Policy
    Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Show Me The Money: $16.5 Million Available in Loans and Grants Under Washington's State Energy Program
    Stoel Rives LLP

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    Columbia PhytoTechnology gains funding from Oregon Angel Fund

    Columbia PhytoTechnology, an innovator in the field of nutritional ingredients located in Carson, Wash., will receive $650,000 from the Oregon Angel Fund's 2009 fund, contingent on the company raising additional funds and reaching final agreement with the OAF. Columbia PhytoTechnology's patented technology uses radiant heat to remove water from foods and nutraceutical products, in a manner that preserves nutrients.

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  • OAF votes to invest in two companies, including Portland-based Second Porch
    OregonLive.com - Portland, Ore. - December 15, 2009

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  • Columbia PhytoTechnology is a WTC client
  • Washington Technology Center awards $528,978 in research funding
    Posted 1/19/2008

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    Washington Technology Center awards $394,910 to spur innovation and jobs

    Four University of Washington researchers have been awarded state funding for partnerships with Washington companies developing innovative commercial technologies.

    SEATTLE -- January 4, 2010 -- Washington Technology Center has awarded a total of $394,910 in state funding to four University of Washington researchers working with companies to develop commercially promising technologies. The Washington-based companies expect commercial adoption of the technologies to create 140 new jobs in the state during the next five years.

    The company partners are: Applied Precision, Inc., of Issaquah; Enertechnix, of Maple Valley; inVision Technology LLC, of Bellevue; and Omeros Corporation, of Seattle. Winning proposals from the University of Washington describe innovation in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.

    "Innovation is an essential economic driver for Washington, and I commend Washington Technology Center for helping these companies and their research partners grow new business opportunities," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. "We must do all we can to support our 21st century industries as they move cutting-edge ideas out of our laboratories and into Washington products and Washington jobs.

    "Our state's economy has benefited immensely from innovation," said state Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney (D-Seattle), Chair of the House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee. "That's why it makes sense to support joint efforts between our outstanding research institutions and the small businesses that are creating new products and new opportunities for our state's workforce."

    "We believe that investing in innovation is critical," said Chris Coleman, interim executive director of Washington Technology Center. "WTC's Research and Technology Development program helps identify and accelerate cutting-edge research that holds promise for commercial impact and job creation. Congratulations to these four companies and research teams for their outstanding efforts."

    This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

    Applied Precision, Inc., a manufacturer of biomedical imaging systems located in Issaquah, is collaborating with the University of Washington's School of Medicine to develop a microfluidic imaging technology for biomedical applications. Successful commercialization of the technology will meet an expanding market need. In this Phase II project, UW will receive $95,215 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read more.

    Enertechnix, a manufacturer of high-temperature imaging systems located in Maple Valley, is partnered with the University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering to develop energy-efficiency technology to control the cleaning of heat-transfer surfaces in industrial paper and pulp processes. In this Phase II project, UW will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read more.

    inVision Technology LLC, a Seattle-based developer of integrated composite components technology, is teamed with the University of Washington's Department of Materials Science & Engineering to develop an optimized design and manufacturing process for producing high-strength, low-weight composite structures. inVision plans to apply this technology initially to the rapidly growing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market. University of Washington will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center for this Phase I project. Read more.

    Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, is collaborating with the University of Washington's Department of Bioengineering to develop a cancer-targeting technology. In this preclinical Phase III project, UW will receive $99,695 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read 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. Since 1996, the RTD program has supported 339 research commercialization projects developed between companies and non-profit research institutions. Applications for the next round of funding are due April 22, 2010. 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 $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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    ChooseWashington.com redesigned to better serve the needs of businesses

    Washington's Department of Commerce has announced the launch of a revamped www.ChooseWashington.com. The site provides easy-to-navigate information on doing business in Washington including: growing a business; exporting products; starting a new business; finding incentives & financing; finding a site or building; and researching counties & cities.

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  • www.ChooseWashington.com

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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.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • 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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    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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    Announcing Washington's premier innovation event with a special $150 year-end rate.

    Sustaining a world-class economy through innovation and industry development is a collaborative effort. As part of this effort, Washington's Innovation Summit 2010 will bring together the region's leading companies and thought leaders for a full day devoted to accelerating creativity and innovation around aerospace, defense and energy. Join more than 35 speakers and 350 attendees focused on one theme: Collaborate. Create. Grow.

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    Legislative hearing (video): impact of technology and innovation in Washington state

    The Washington State Legislative Committee on Economic Development & International Relations heard presentations on the economic impact of technology and innovation in Washington - Nov. 5, 2009, Renton, Wash.



    Agenda (time in parentheses):
    1.(00:00:00) Lt. Gov. Brad Owen - Introduction of committee members/opening remarks.
    2.(00:02:47) Denis Law, Mayor, City of Renton - Welcoming comments.
    3.(00:08:26) Egils Milbergs, Executive Director, Washington Economic Development Commission.
    4.(00:42:40) Lee Cheatham, Executive Director, Washington Technology Center, University of Washington.
    5.(01:24:50) Mike Schwenk, Vice President, Battelle and Director of Technology Deployment and Outreach, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
    6.(01:53:05) Pete Agtuca, 3 Phase Energy Systems, President and CEO - Practical Regeneration of Energy.
    7.(02:24:29) Dr. Vijay Mathur, President, GR Silicate Nano Fibers & Carbonates - Synthetic Nano Materials, Energy, Environmental, and Economic Solutions.
    8.(03:01:20) Greg Stewart, Managing Member Orbiter LLC - Orbiter’s LapCounter - Practical RFID in Today’s World.
    9.(03:24:40) Lt. Gov. Owen - closing remarks

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  • Video: Leg. Cmte. on Economic Development & Int'l. Relations
    TVW - Washington - November 5, 2009

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  • Life sciences commercialization initiative signed into law by Governor Gregoire
    Posted 5/12/2009
  • Clean technology initiative signed into law by Washington Governor Gregoire
    Posted 5/08/2009
  • WTC Chair testified to House committee on proposed budget cuts
    Posted 1/16/2009

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    IsoRay announces world's first Cesium-131 lung implants

    IsoRay, Inc., a Richland-based developer of therapies for prostate and other cancers, has announced that the world's first Cesium-131 lung implants have been performed at Cornell Medical Center.

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  • IsoRay announces world's first Cesium-131 lung implants performed at Cornell Medical Center
    IsoRay - Richland, Wash. - October 27, 2009

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  • IsoRay is a WTC client
  • 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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    UW to gain nation's first facility dedicated to molecular engineering

    University of Washington leaders broke ground Oct. 9, 2009 on the site of what will be the nation's first facility dedicated to molecular engineering. The $78 million UW molecular engineering building will consist of a 28,000-square-foot basement laboratory designed to protect against vibrations and electromagnetic interference. The lab will be the largest facility of its type on the West Coast.

    "Molecular engineering is going to be right in the middle of a lot of the big societal problems -- energy, health care, communications," said Matthew O'Donnell, Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering. "I think it's going to be as central to new technologies in this century as mechanical, electrical, chemical and materials engineering were to technologies developed in the last century."

    The molecular engineering building will be ready for occupancy in 2012.

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  • UW breaks ground on nation's largest molecular engineering building
    University of Washington News - Seattle - October 9, 2009

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    McKinstry announces business incubator for clean energy technology

    McKinstry, a full-service builder with an emphasis on energy efficiency, has announced that it will create the McKinstry Innovation Center, a business incubator which will bring new and emerging companies together to advance the development of clean, green energy technologies. The 24,000 square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010 and will be located at McKinstry's headquarters in the Georgetown area of Seattle.

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  • McKinstry to Build Innovation Center for Emerging Clean Energy Technology Companies
    McKinstry press release - Seattle - October 2009

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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.



    Related external links (will open a new window):

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

    Related WTC links:

  • 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.

    Related WTC links:

  • 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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    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.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • 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.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • 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

    Related WTC links:

  • 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.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • 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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    Oct. 14, 2009 -- Foresight seminar: How Small Businesses Can Successfully Commercialize Technology

    Washington Small Business Development Centers and Washington Technology Center present this must-see seminar, based on Foresight Science & Technology's instruction to SBIR awardees of the agencies Foresight supports as an SBIR Commercialization Support Contractor.

    The seminar provides an overview of the process of commercialization including how to

    * Determine entry markets
    * Find customers
    * Develop a commercialization strategy
    * Find commercialization partners and funding
    * Value your technology
    * Determine royalty rates
    * Develop a term sheet
    * Conduct negotiations

    The presentation includes many real-world examples and attendees are encouraged to ask questions.

    Speaker:

    Phyl Speser, J.D., Ph.D., author of the best selling text book, "The Art & Science
    of Technology Transfer"

    Location:

    WSU West
    Pike Tower Building
    520 Pike Street, Suite 1101
    Seattle, WA
    Parking available: Pike Tower Bldg., Convention Center; Washington Athletic Club.

    Registration:

    $20
    Space limited to 35 registrants.
    Deadline Oct. 9, 2009.

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    Foresight Science & Technology commercializes between 500-800 new technologies each year. Among our customers, we serve as a Commercialization Support Contractor for the US DOE, EPA, NSF, NIST, USDA, DOD, and NIH Small Business Innovation Research Programs as well as state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Indiana, etc. The company also supports individual small and large business, universities and technical institutes, government laboratories, and foundations such as the Wallace Coulter Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation. For more information on services and customers see http://www.ForesightST.com.

    Dr. Phyl Speser has been called one of the founders of the modern practice of technology transfer by Ashley Stevens, President of the Association of University Technology Managers and Executive Director of the technology transfer office at Boston University; He has supported successful commercialization of technologies in fields from optics to software and pharmaceuticals to wind power. His is also the author of many publications on technology transfer, commercialization, and science policy - including the best selling textbook The Art and Science of Technology Transfer (John Wiley and Sons, 2006) and a frequent presenter at professional meetings. Dr. Speser is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Association of University Technology Managers (where he is on the Public Policy Committee) and the Licensing Executives Society (where he is Chair, Strategic Alliance Committee). He served two terms on the Board of the Technology Transfer Society, is a recipient of their Certificate of Appreciation (1991). He also was Chairman of its Task Force on National Technology Transfer Policy (1989-1991), and received Best Paper, Annual Meeting (1987). He was a gubernatorial appointment to the Board of the Washington Technology Center from 1994 to 1997. Dr. Speser has taught intellectual property at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, anthropology at The American University, Washington, DC, and political science at the Universitat Mannheim, Germany and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to founding Foresight, he was Special Assistant for Science Policy at the Federation of American Scientists. He was the lead lobbyist for the Small Business Innovation Development Act, developer of the STTR concept with Roland Tibbetts, and a lobbyist for the Technology Transfer Act of 1989, among other legislation. During the 1980's, he also was the point person for the science community on the Federal budget as Executive Director of the National Coalition for Science & Technology. Dr. Speser holds a Ph.D. and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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    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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  • enterpriseSeattle
  • Cbeyond

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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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  • WTIA Annual Summer Celebration

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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."

    Related external links (will open a new window):

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

    Related WTC links:

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

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