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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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    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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft
    Posted 6/29/2009
  • Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power
    Posted 5/29/2009
  • Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle
    Posted 5/26/2009

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    Microvision secures $1M contract from Lockheed Martin

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

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

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

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    Insitu: the origin and evolution of its unmanned aircraft

    The Seattle Times explores the history and evolution of Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington. From finding tuna to supporting military reconnaissance, Insitu grew from a three-person company in 1998 to a six-hundred person company manufacturing aircraft in 2009.

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  • Unmanned aircraft started as tuna finder
    Seattle Times - United States - June 19, 2009

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • 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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    Modumetal gains $1.5M in new funding round

    TechFlash reports that Modumetal, a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, has raised more than $1.5 million in a new funding round from Second Avenue Partners, the Alliance of Angels, and other investors.

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  • Modumetal scores new funding
    TechFlash - Seattle, WA - May 29, 2009

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    Boeing's acquisition of Insitu buys small-company culture; provides market power

    Flight International, an international aerospace news weekly magazine, goes behind the scenes of Insitu and Boeing to see how the organizations will pair their cultural strengths in the growing market for unmanned aerial systems.

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  • Boeing's culture challenger
    Flightglobal - UK - May 28, 2009

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  • Boeing is a WTC client
  • Insitu is a WTC client

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    Insitu wins $250M U.S. Special Ops contract for ScanEagle

    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, has received a five-year contract with a potential value of $250 million from U.S. Special Operations Command for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services using the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. The camera-carrying drone aircraft was used recently in the U.S. Navy's rescue of an American ship captain held by Somali pirates.

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  • Read the Boeing press release

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates

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    Modumetal, UW Partnership Receives Funding for Anti-Corrosion Technology

    Modumetal to develop an innovative commercial anti-corrosion technology in partnership with University of Washington's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

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    SEATTLE – May 20, 2009 – Washington Technology Center (WTC) has awarded an Entrepreneur's Access grant to the University of Washington to support an advanced material research collaboration with Modumetal, Inc. of Seattle, Washington.

    Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, is collaborating with the University of Washington's Department of Materials Science and Engineering on a project titled "Functionally-Graded Preceramic Polymer Coating for Corrosion Resistant Commercial Sulfuric Acid Pipelines."

    "We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the exceptional researchers at the University of Washington to create this cutting-edge material for new commercial anti-corrosion application," says Leslie Warren, Modumetal's Project Manager and senior engineer in this effort. Christina Lomasney, the company's CEO confirms that "with support from partners like the WTC and University of Washington, Modumetal is poised to create a new technology that will have broad industrial application and will result in new jobs and economic growth in our region."

    Sulfuric acid is a highly corrosive substance used extensively in industrial processes. Typical anti-corrosion coatings have a weakness – if breached, they leave the metal surface underneath the coating vulnerable to acid attack. Modumetal has a unique production method that eliminates this surface weakness by allowing anti-corrosion materials to be functionally combined with metal.

    With this project, the team of Modumetal and UW Professor Rajendra Bordia, Ph.D., plans to modify a preceramic polymer system developed at the University to merge with a functionally graded materials system developed by Modumetal for corrosion protection of commercial sulfuric acid production pipelines for ConocoPhillips.

    "This project combines the research that has been done at the University of Washington and at Modumetal to develop a novel solution for a significant problem in the area of corrosion," said Dr. Bordia. "The short term EA funding from WTC gives us a chance to initiate this joint development and prepares us for long term collaboration with Modumetal. The need for corrosion resistant coatings is widespread and the proposed solution that we will be exploring with Modumetal has the potential to impact a broad range of industries."

    Modumetal expects that successful application of this technology will lead to many opportunities in the $300 million corrosion-prevention market.

    The $5,000 award for this project comes from an Entrepreneur's Access grant from Washington Technology Center (WTC). WTC competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually for research and technology development projects. State funding enables collaboration between companies and non-profit research institutions on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs. Since 1996, the state has funded 330 research and technology development projects.

    "This grant is a great example of state government at its best," said Washington State Representative Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle). "The seed money from WTC, combined with world-class research facilities at the University of Washington and the innovative entrepreneurs at Modumetal, will create jobs and help the state maintain its lead in technology."

    More information about the research and technology development program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

    About Modumetal, Inc.
    Modumetal (www.modumetal.com) was co-founded in 2006 in Seattle, WA to realize the commercial potential of a unique class of advanced materials. Modumetal is creating revolutionary nanolaminated and functionally-graded materials that will change design and manufacturing forever by dramatically improving the structural, corrosion and high temperature performance of coatings, bulk materials and parts. Modumetal represents a whole new way of producing parts and is leveraging nanotechnology to achieve this unprecedented performance. Modumetal is made by a "green" electrochemical manufacturing approach, which reduces the carbon footprint of conventional metals manufacturing at the same time that it redefines materials performance.

    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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    Insitu has major role in Columbia Gorge economy

    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles the rural economic impact of Insitu, an unmanned aircraft maker based in Bingen, Washington. The company started in a garage 15 years ago and has since grown to more than 500 employees at 21 locations located primarily in Klickitak and Skamania counties along the Columbia Gorge. Now a wholly-owned but independent subsidiary of Boeing, Insitu plans to keep its headquarters in the Columbia Gorge and is considering options for expanding and consolidating its operations.

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  • Drones play big role in Columbia Gorge economy
    Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA - May 13, 2009

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates
  • Insitu awarded $20.9 M defense contract for unmanned air systems

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    Insitu unmanned aerial vehicles watched pirates


    Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary which makes unmanned aerial vehicles in Bingen, Washington, supplied the drone that assisted the Navy's USS Bainbridge in its rescue of an American captain captured by Somali pirates. Insitu's ScanEagle weighs 40 pounds, has a 10-foot wingspan, can fly 20 hours, and transmits day and night surveillance video. In other news, the Canadian Department of National Defence recently awarded Insitu a $30 million one-year contract to continue providing unmanned aerial vehicle services to its military.

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  • Insitu assists in American hostage rescue
    The Enterprise - White Salmon - April 22, 2009
  • Off Beat: Locally made unmanned aircraft kept electronic eye on pirate drama
    Columbian.com - Vancouver, WA - April 20, 2009
  • Drone built by Boeing subsidiary watches pirates
    Seattle Times - WA - April 13, 2009
  • New contract for small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) will boost economy
    Government of Canada - April 6, 2009

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu awarded $20.9 M defense contract for unmanned air systems

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    Insitu awarded $20.9 M defense contract for unmanned air systems

    From the DoD press release: Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded a $20,917,403 firm fixed price contract for the procurement of ScanEagle Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) hardware for four operational sites, 3 spare/operational float packages, and critical spares kits in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) missions. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in Jul. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-09-C-0005).

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  • Read the U.S. Department of Defense press release

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  • Insitu is a WTC client
  • Insitu CEO and President Steve Sliwa, and other company heads, give acquisition advice in TechFlash
  • Insitu acquired by Boeing

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    Aculight Corp. acquired by Lockheed Martin

    Aculight, a Bothell-based developer of laser technologies for national defense and aerospace applications, has been acquired by Lockheed Martin. Aculight's 90 employees will remain in Bothell and will become part of Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business.

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  • Read the Lockheed Martin press release

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  • Seminar aims to help biotech companies access federal grants

    Washington Technology Center (WTC) is hosting a breakfast seminar on April 15 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Faculty Center on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Targeted to biotech and biomedical companies, the seminar, entitled "What Biomedical or Biotech Companies Want to Know about DoD-funded Medical Research," aims to help these types of companies understand the value of and process for going after federal dollars to support R&D; effort critical to their company's evolution and to better understand how federal agencies like the Department of Defense (DoD) and National Health Institute (NIH) play into this funding program.

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    At the seminar, representatives from Washington companies in the biotech and biomedical fields will have the ability to talk candidly with a company founder who has been through the federal funding process with both NIH and DoD and can talk to this issue in-depth and the value that comes from going after SBIR and STTR funds.

    Dr. Shawn Iadonato, founder, chief scientific officer, and director of Seattle-based Illumigen Biosciences Inc., will be the featured speaker at the breakfast. Illumigen Biosciences is a Seattle-based life sciences company that uses proprietary human genetic technologies to identify and exploit beneficial, health-promoting mutations. Illumigen has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense and Dr. Iadonato has served as an ad hoc reviewer of grant applications for NIH and DoD institutes and centers around the country.

    The cost to attend the breakfast is $35.

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  • SBIR Program

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  • WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory is indeed fab

    WTC is home to a remarkable resource for Washington company and academic researchers -- the Microfabrication Laboratory. Located in Fluke Hall on the University of Washington campus, the lab is available on a user-fee basis for research, technology development and prototype product manufacturing in areas such as avionics, micro-optics, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), biomedical devices, and biotechnology.

    Opened in April 1995, the 14,000 sq. ft. facility has 8,000 sq. ft. of clean room processing space. Industrial use of the lab has increased by 70% since its inception, with a corresponding increase in revenue of 500%. A catalyst for much of this growth has been WTC's technology initiatives in MEMS and more recently, in photonics / optical systems. Since 1997, WTC has invested $1.5 million into funding MEMS research and building the lab's resources. It has become the only public use MEMS R&D; facility in the state. The recent addition of a Deep Reactive Ion Etcher -- a tool that can fabricate deep, narrow structures - will significantly expand the lab's capabilities.

    Companies can access the lab's equipment and staff to perform the full range of micro-machined product development.

    Other academic-based facilities prohibit their industrial users from performing any 'for-profit' manufacturing of products in their facility, i.e., companies can perform R&D;, but must use some other facility for their manufacturing. WTC does not put any such constraints on its users and, thus, is able to support the product cycle for a longer period of time -- from prototyping through pilot production. This is particularly valuable to small or startup companies who otherwise wouldn't have the financial resources to access facilities of this caliber.

    Currently, more than 15 companies and 120 individuals are using the facility for microfabrication R&D.;

    Significant new technologies have been developed in the laboratory over the past several years. For example, Microvision, Inc., a leader in imaging technologies, used the lab to develop a video scanner for head-mounted displays. This revolutionary way to display images and information promises to make possible cost-effective, high-performance miniature devices that provide personal displays for electronic and computing products in military, aerospace, medical, industrial, and consumer electronics applications. Redmond-based Micronics, Inc. created the prototype for an inexpensive, disposable microfluidic cartridge that is used to perform blood tests and other diagnostics. Just one of these "lab-on-chip" devices can potentially perform up to 20 different medical diagnostic tests using the same sample.

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  • Microfabrication Laboratory
  • Micronics is a WTC client
  • Microvision is a WTC client

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