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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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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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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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    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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    2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference Announces Keynote Speakers, Preliminary Program and Advanced Registration - Sept. 21-23, 2009 in Portland Ore.

    The 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, co-hosted by Washington Technology Center and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, and presented by Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, today announces its preliminary program and lineup of keynote speakers.

    Keynoting the 2009 conference will be:

    Dr. Jud W. Virden, Jr.
    Energy Sector Manager
    Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    Dr. Donald Tomalia
    Director of the National Dendrimer Center, Central Michigan University

    Dr. B. Ray Stults
    Associate Laboratory Director Energy Sciences, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Dr. James B. Roberto
    Director, Strategic Capabilities
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Dr. Rosa Yang
    Vice President, Innovation
    Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

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

    Technical Sessions
    * Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Storage
    * Sensor Systems
    * Microtechnology for Energy Applications
    * Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
    * 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
    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
    * Arrayed Microchannel Technology Industry Forum

    ...a combined research poster session and company exhibition

    ...and an investor-led closing panel:
    The Changing Face of Technology Transfer and Early Stage Venture Funding

    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.

    Sponsors to date include Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, FEI Company, Stoel Rives, Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness, Life Technologies, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Nanotechnology Now, and Eclipse Technologies.

    The special rate for full conference registration is available until September 11, 2009 at 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

    Event: 2009 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference
    When: September 21-23, 2009
    Location: Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon
    Description: Science, commercialization and networking for the micro- and nano-tech innovation economy.
    Registration: A special rate for full conference registration is available until September 11, 2009
    Web site: http://www.micronbc.org
    Contact: Robert D. "Skip" Rung, president and executive director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute. E-mail: skip@onami.us

    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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    Nanotechnology Health & Safety Forum - June 8-9, 2009

    The Nanotech Health and Safety Forum is being presented in Seattle at the Edgewater on June 8-9, sponsored by Batelle, UW, Univ. of Oregon, Oregon State, Riddell, Intertox, and others.

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    Date(s): June 8, 2009 (Monday) to June 9, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM
    Location: The Edgewater Hotel, 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Seattle, WA 98121
    URL: http://www.nhsf2009.org/
    Description:

    This conference is being held in conjunction with the first-ever U.S. meeting of the International Standards Organization Technical Action Group 229. This group is focused in substantial part on drafting global standards for safe use of nano materials and is meeting just down the waterfront at Bell Harbor during that same week.

    Assembled are an extraordinary faculty of panelists, including some of the top researchers, regulators, underwriters and loss control specialists in the country dealing with the critical issue for these uniquely capable materials: are they safe to work with and when will industry know? In addition, although the ISO/ANSI program is a closed meeting, there will be some overlap through a key reception and some cross over speakers, making this a great opportunity to meet the leading edge thinkers from 24 countries on this issue - over 200 scientists, corporate figures, insurers, regulators, and others.

    There will also be an MIT Enterprise Forum on nano research and use in conjunction with the reception.

    Featured Speakers
    -Dr. Leroy Hood, renowned co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and recipient of the Biotechnology Heritage Award.

    -Dr. Kenneth Dawson, Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI), the Irish national platform for excellence in the interaction of nanoparticles with living systems (www.cbni.eu).

    -Dr. Justin Teeguarden, one of the authors of the recent National Research Council report "Review of the Federal Strategy to Address Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials."

    For more confirmed speakers and panelists for the NHSF, please visit the website at www.nhsf2009.org.

    Contact: Ammon Gilbert
    206.443.2115
    agilbert@intertox.com

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    MITEF: Extreme Science and its Entrepreneurial Opportunities - June 8, 2009

    The next decade will see a renewed focus on extreme science, the realm of PhDs, exotic instrumentation, complex intellectual property, and lengthy clinical trials. Call it Sci-Tech rather than Hi-Tech. In this strange new world, where are the business opportunities for venturists and entrepreneurs?

    On the 10th anniversary of the White House report that led to America's National Nano Initiative, MIT Enterprise Forum presents a panel of three exciting and very different start-up ventures that exploit molecular materials engineering across an array of markets.

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    Date(s): June 8, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Location: Edgewater Hotel, Seattle
    URL: http://www.mitwa.org/catalog/index.cfm?fuseaction=product&theParentId;=120&id;=829
    Description:

    COME EARLY and hear a keynote address by Dr. LEROY HOOD, Founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, to attendees of the 2009 Nanotechnology Health and Safety Forum. And please consider joining them for their 2-day conference at the Edgewater (see details below).

    MIT Enterprise Forum (starting from 7:00 pm) panelists include:

    • Chris Wheaton, Chief Operating & Financial Officer of Seattle-based ENERG2, developing innovative energy storage solutions based on proprietary nano-structured carbon materials that are finely controlled and offer ultra-high surface areas.
    • Bart Norton, Director of Sales at Redmond-based Asemblon, using molecular self-assembly to fabricate and efficiently tailor unique catalytic chemicals to enhance material processing in a variety of industries.
    • Christina Lomasney, CEO and Founder of Seattle-based Modumetal, pioneering thin-film nano-laminate metallurgy techniques that grow metal parts through greener manufacturing to develop high-performance materials for industrial, maritime, aerospace and automotive applications.
    • Moderator: John Martin, MIT Alumnus and former Director of the Washington State Nanotechnology Initiative; collaborator, 2009 Nano Health and Safety Forum (NHSF) and WA / ORE Micro / Nano Breakthrough Conference (MNBC).

    Reception starts at 5:30 pm. MITEF program starts at 7:00 pm. $30 registration includes hors d'oeuvre reception and admission to NHSF Keynote Address by Dr. Leroy Hood.

    Nanotechnology Health & Safety Forum (NHSF)
    June 8-12, 2009

    The Nanotechnology Health & Safety Forum (NHSF) sponsored by Battelle, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, will focus on occupational and environmental health and safety standards of nanotechnology, providing attendees with important insights and answers. The NHSF has been scheduled to coincide with the first U.S.-hosted meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 Nanotechnologies, which is taking place June 8-12, 2009.

    Throughout two information packed days, NHSF will explore the science of nanotechnology, government regulations, insurance and risk management, along with the roles of corporations and non-profit organizations as related to the future of nanotechnology. For more information, please visit www.nhsf.org.

    Contact: JaRon Snow
    (425) 771-4790
    mitenterpriseforum@verizon.net

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    WTIA Annual Summer Celebration - July 30, 2009

    With the sun starting to make an appearance more frequently, WTIA is jumping head first into planning their annual Summer Celebration event! Mark your calendars for July, 30th and head over to Pyramid Brewery Beer Garden in Seattle for a memorable summer night!




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    Date(s): July 30, 2009 (Thursday)
    Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Location: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
    URL: http://www.washingtontechnology.org/pages/events/events_events_wsaevent.asp?EventID=798
    Description: Backstage Access to the Hottest Bands in the Technology Industry!

    New to the Summer Celebration this year is a musical element that you won't want to miss. WTIA has teamed up with Xconomy to bring you Seattle's first ever 'Battle of the Tech Bands'! If you are part of a band whose members are involved in the technology industry and would like participate, please see the 'Battle of the Bands'tab and get jammin' for the selection process!

    There are few better ways to enjoy a hot summer day than spending time with friends, a cold beer and good chow, and great music from local bands.

    So, join WTIA and all their partners for the must-attend event of the summer!

    Contact: Brittany Blackwell
    206.448.3033 x 133
    bblackwell@washingtontechnology.org

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    Seattle Chamber: Focus On Attracting Angel Investors - May 7, 2009

    Attracting angel investments requires a good understanding of what these unique investors are looking for. Learn to stand out from the startup masses at May's Focus On.

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    Seattle Chamber: Focus On Attracting Angel Investors - May 7, 2009

    Date(s): May 7, 2009 (Thursday)
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
    Location: One Union Square Boardroom (600 University St.Seattle 98101)
    URL: http://list.seattlechamber.com/t/5506/168216/2189/0/
    Description: Attracting Angel Investors

    Attracting angel investments requires a good understanding of what these unique investors are looking for. Learn to stand out from the startup masses at May's Focus On. Join us as Glenn Gregory of Obsidian Investment Advisors helps small businesses de-mystify the processes of angel investing and gaining startup capital.

    Focus On: Attracting Angel Investors
    Presented by Glenn Gregory
    Date: Thursday, May 7
    Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Place: One Union Square Boardroom (600 University St.Seattle 98101)
    Cost: $20 ($25 after 5/5; lunch provided)
    Register: Online or contact Nikki Ross at nikkir@seattlechamber.com or 206.389.7338.

    About the presenter:
    Glenn Gregory is principal of Obsidian Investment Advisors, a registered investment advisory firm he founded in 1998. Obsidian has the distinction of being one of only two African-American owned registered investment advisory firms in Washington State. Gregory is highly respected for his financial acumen, business ethics and depth of knowledge. Prior to Obsidian, Gregory worked in international business developmet, traveling the globe structuring joint ventures and turning-around several underperforming divisions. His international business management experience includes, operations and finance, working with British Petroleum, Delphi Automotive Systems, and Microsoft Corporation.

    Contact: Nikki Ross
    206.389.7338
    nikkir@seattlechamber.com

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    Washington State Energy Summit - May 4, 2009

    Play your part in shaping Washington's clean energy economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers an unprecedented opportunity to use federal "stimulus" funds to advance our state's transition to a new clean energy economy.

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    Date(s): May 4, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Washington State Convention & Trade Center - Seattle, Washington
    URL: http://wastateenergysummit2009.eventbrite.com/

    Description:

    Join your fellow business and community leaders from around the state to learn the latest about Recovery Act funding for clean energy programs.

    Keynote speakers include:
    • Chris Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington
    • Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
    • Rogers Weed, Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development

    Highlights of the full-day Washington State Energy Summit include:
    • Up-to-date information on funding sources and federal guidance
    • Networking and matchmaking opportunities for prospective competitive grant proposal partners
    • First look at the draft State Energy Program (SEP) funding plan that will invest over $60 million in state and local projects for the next two years

    Who should attend? Businesses interested in applying for federal clean energy funds, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations who want to know how the state can use ARRA dollars as a catalyst for the transition to a clean energy economy.

    Contact: Linda Alongi
    360.725.4031
    lindaa@cted.wa.gov

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    Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 2009 -- Sept. 21-23, 2009

    In these turbulent economic times, one thing remains unchanged: innovation driven productivity advances are the only basis for prosperous, high-wage regional economies ...

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    Date(s): September 21, 2009 (Monday) to September 23, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Doubletree Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon
    URL: http://www.micronbc.org
    Description: Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and Washington Technology Center present the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 2009.

    In these turbulent economic times, one thing remains unchanged: innovation driven productivity advances are the only basis for prosperous, high-wage regional economies, and commercialized scientific research is the best and most durable source of innovation advantage. More than ever before, the Pacific Northwest region needs to gather to advance science, commercialization and networking for the micro- and nanotech innovation economy.

    Who should attend:

    If you are involved in the transformation from discovery and development to commercialization of products this conference is for you.

    Scientists
    Engineers
    Entrepreneurs
    Venture Capitalists
    R&D; Managers
    Administrators
    Product Development Managers
    Government Officials
    Policy Makers
    Non-Government Organization Officials
    Students
    Technology transfer specialists
    Strategic Planners
    Business Development Managers
    Product Development Professionals
    Investors
    Investment Analysts
    Proposal Writers
    Legislators
    Academicians
    Legislative Assistants & Analysts
    Intellectual Property Managers

    Presentations on:

    Advanced MEMS devices and applications
    Sensors and systems, e.g. for motion control
    Nanoelectronics and biolectronics
    Nanoscale patterning and fabrication processes
    Printed and solution-processed devices and systems
    Nanomaterial design, synthesis and scale-up
    Nanomaterials for clean-tech applications
    Nano-bio technologies
    Micro-energy and chemical systems
    Nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis
    Nanomedicine and cancer therapies
    Nano-optics and optoelectronic technologies

    Contact: Robert D.
    541.713.1348
    skip@onami.us

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    University of Oregon: Pacific NW Thin Film and Particle Workshop for High Tech Industry -- May 14, 2009

    A one day workshop emphasizing real world solutions to thin film and nano-particle characterization using the latest analytical methods, instrumental techniques, and software algorithms.

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    Date(s): May 14, 2009 (Thursday)
    Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location: Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    URL: http://camcor.uoregon.edu/includes/events/event_14may2009.html
    Description:

    A one day workshop emphasizing real world solutions to thin film and nano-particle characterization using the latest analytical methods, instrumental techniques, and software algorithms. Workshop will be held in the new Integrated Science Complex, Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory.

    Focus on instrumental methods and applications for characterization of thin films and nano-particles using a wide variety of instrumental techniques including XRD, XPS, EPMA, TEM, FIB, SIMS and Auger. Application oriented presentations by analytical experts and applied materials scientists at University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

    Presentations: Dave Johnson, University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry
    Doug Keszler, Oregon State University, Department of Chemistry
    John Donovan, University of Oregon, CAMCOR
    Steve Golledge, University of Oregon, CAMCOR
    Kurt Langworthy, University of Oregon, CAMCOR
    Mark Lonergan, University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry
    Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry
    Janet Tate, Oregon State University, Department of Physics
    Dave Schut, Voxtel, Inc
    Peter Moeck, Portland State University, Department of Physics

    Meals: Lunch will be provided
    Contact: Paula Matano
    (541) 346-4850
    pmatano@uoregon.edu

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    Technology Alliance: Framing the Future: 2009 State of Technology Luncheon -- May 1, 2009

    Join the Technology Alliance and business, research and government leaders at the premier annual event for Washington's technology community, featuring a keynote conversation with Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect, Microsoft.

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    Date(s): May 1, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location: The Westin Seattle
    URL: http://www.technology-alliance.com/events/luncheon.html
    Description:

    Ray Ozzie has made a career out of anticipating the next wave in computing. An experienced entrepreneur and industry visionary, Ozzie drives Microsoft's technical strategy and is spearheading development of its next-generation software services platform. In a rare public appearance at the State of Technology Luncheon, Ozzie will frame the future of computing and explore what's next for one of the world's preeminent high tech companies - and what it means for our economy, our region, and ourselves.

    Also featuring:
    Governor Chris Gregoire
    Jeremy Jaech, CEO, Verdiem
    Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
    Marty Smith, Managing Director, MetaJure

    Registration & Networking: 11:00am
    Luncheon: 11:30am-1:30pm

    Individual tickets: $85 with advance registration online / $100 at the door.

    TA Patron package for individuals: $550 (includes 2 reserved seats at the luncheon and 1 membership in the 2009-10 Science & Technology Discovery Series).

    Corporate sponsorship packages featuring premium reserved seating and other benefits are available; contact Katy Tollefson at katy@technology-alliance.com or (206) 389-7259 for details.

    Contact: Amy Bell Rousso
    (206) 389-7261
    amy@technology-alliance.com

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    University of Oregon: Optimizing Information Content of XPS Analysis -- April 27-28, 2009

    A two-day workshop focusing on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), arguably the most widely used surface analytical technique.

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    Date(s): April 27, 2009 (Monday) to April 28, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location: University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
    URL: http://camcor.uoregon.edu/includes/events/event_27-28apr2009.html
    Description:

    A two-day workshop focusing on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), arguably the most widely used surface analytical technique. The presentations will be appropriate both for researchers new to XPS and for those with significant experience with the technique. Thematic emphases will be on quantitative aspects of XPS analysis and analytical issues particular to nanoscale materials, as well as the importance of multi-technique analysis.

    The workshop will include instrument demonstrations and a tutorial on using Sven Tougaard's QUASES program for quantitative XPS analysis conducted personally by Professor Tougaard. It will be held in the new Integrated Science Complex, Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory.

    Presentations: Dave Castner, University of Washington
    Sven Tougaard, University of Southern Denmark
    Scott Lea, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Don Baer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Andrew Wright, ThermoFisher Scientific
    Bill Stickle, Hewlett‐Packard

    Location: Surface Analytical Facility
    Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories
    University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

    Meals: Morning & afternoon refreshments, Lunch is "on your own"
    Contact: Paula Matano
    (541) 346-4850
    pmatano@uoregon.edu

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    NWEN April Venture Breakfast: How To Market Your Company in a Down Economy -- April 10, 2009

    Therese Adlhoch Smith of The Adlhoch Group will show you how to grow your business by stretching your marketing dollars and focusing on the most important tools and programs. She will also share the 7 marketing essentials for survival.

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    Date(s): April 10, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    Location: Bellevue Harbor Club
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=177
    Description:

    Cost:
    Regular Registration: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.
    After April 6: $30 for members, $45 for non-members
    Members, bring a friend at 50% off!

    What You Will Learn:
    When times are tough, often the first thing to go is the marketing budget even though it’s difficult to build your business without marketing. What can you do to survive and thrive in a down economy? Therese Adlhoch Smith of The Adlhoch Group will show you how to grow your business by stretching your marketing dollars and focusing on the most important tools and programs. She will present the results of The Adlhoch Group’s 2009 survey of start-up CEOs and small business owners, “Front Line Advice to Weather the Storm.” You’ll learn from executives and entrepreneurs who have survived tough times, gaining their candid perspectives on what they’ve done right and what they’d do differently. She will also share the 7 marketing essentials for survival.

    Therese Adlhoch Smith
    Therese Adlhoch Smith is a marketing specialist with an extensive background in product management, marketing communications and business analysis. With more than 17 years of experience helping companies develop products and metrics-driven marketing programs, she has worked in a variety of industries including B2B e-commerce, telecommunications, electronic discovery, biotechnology, marine science, health technology, stock photography, consumer finance, online consumer services and consumer multimedia.

    Therese founded The Adlhoch Group, LLC after holding vice president and director of marketing positions with a number of public and privately held Northwest businesses. She has hands-on expertise in market analysis, product planning and national marketing programs for early-stage and established businesses. Therese holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing and international business from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in finance, summa cum laude, from California State University, Northridge.

    Join us on April 10 to hear Therese Adlhoch Smith discuss marketing strategies to survive and thrive in a down economy. Please register today to ensure a seat, as this Venture Breakfast promises to be one you won't want to miss!

    About the Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    The Northwest Entrepreneur Network, with nearly 900 members, is a nonprofit, professional association dedicated to helping entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their companies. In addition to its monthly Venture Breakfasts, the Network provides educational programs, networking events, opportunities for “face time,” and tools and resources entrepreneurs can use to help their businesses grow and prosper. For more information about the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, call (425) 564-4074 or visit www.nwen.org.

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    WSU/WCTA event: The Smart Grid: Powerful ideas for keeping us cool, connected, and competitive -- March 26, 2009

    Join national and statewide experts—leading figures in current strategy discussions—as they answer your questions about this vitally important energy infrastructure.

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    Date(s): March 26, 2009 (Thursday)
    Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    Location: Rainier Club, Seattle
    URL: http://www.wacleantech.org/featuredevent.html
    Description: We expect electricity at the flip of a switch. But the electric power grid--marvel of the early 1900s--limped into the twenty-first century overworked, underdeveloped, and headed for a meltdown. What is a “smart grid,” and how will it affect our national competitiveness, our state’s economic viability, and your utility rates? Why is a smart grid central to President Obama’s stimulus plan? Join national and statewide experts—leading figures in current strategy discussions—as they answer your questions about this vitally important energy infrastructure.

    Contact: Co-sponsored by Washington State University and Washington Clean Technology Alliance
    877-978-3868
    info@wacleantech.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell to speak at Summit

    Senator Cantwell plans to discuss how, if the U.S. is to compete in a 21st Century global marketplace, we must increase our investment in, and commitment to, research and development of new technologies, education and training for our workforce, and support for new and emerging industries.

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    SBIR cost proposal and government accounting workshops in Seattle March 31 and Vancouver, WA April 1

    Washington Technology Center presents a workshop featuring Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Group, well-known SBIR/STTR consultants. The session focuses on the cost proposal and accounting for SBIR and STTR awards. It covers basic terms and concepts including direct versus indirect rates, allowable and unallowable costs, cost proposal format variations between Federal agencies, and includes an exercise to estimate the indirect/facilities & administrative rate for your business. The workshop will be offered in the Seattle area March 31 and at Washington State University Vancouver April 1.

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    Who should attend: CEOs, CFOs, CTOs; Researchers, Universities' Office of Grants & Sponsored Research; CPAs & Yellow Book Auditors

    Extra Feature: Pre-registered attendees are eligible for indirect rate calculation review or SBIR / STTR cost proposal critique from Greenwood Consulting Group within one year of attendance. Limited number of consultations available.

    Fee: $75 for pre-registrations by 3/27; $85 at the door. Event includes continental breakfast and box lunch.

    Questions: contact Suzanne Mitchell at (509) 372-5146.

    Locations:

    March 31, 2009
    Lynnwood Convention Center
    3711 196th Street SW
    Lynnwood, WA 98036
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    April 1, 2009
    Washington State University Vancouver
    Firstenburg Student Commons
    14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
    Vancouver, WA 98686
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    Agenda:
    7:30am - Continental breakfast; on-site registration; Welcome & Introductions
    8:00 - Government Accounting Concepts, FAR, Cost Proposal Format
    Tracking Expense & Estimating Costs; Cost Proposal formats of different
    SBIR / STTR Agencies
    12:00pm - Working Lunch - box lunch provided for pre-registered attendees
    12:30 - Exercise: preparing basic Phase I SBIR Cost proposal
    2:00pm - Workshop close; Questions; Networking

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    NWEN upcoming Venture Breakfasts: March 13 and April 10

    NWEN March Venture Breakfast: Putting the Life in Lifestyle Business
    Hear Josh Petersen tell why he embraces "lifestyle business" as a badge of distinction, not a VC pejorative, and why there's a lot to learn from profitable, sustainable, personally-satisfying companies.

    NWEN April Venture Breakfast: How To Market Your Company in a Down Economy
    Therese Adlhoch Smith of The Adlhoch Group will show you how to grow your business by stretching your marketing dollars and focusing on the most important tools and programs. She will also share the 7 marketing essentials for survival.

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    UW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts Springboard - March 2, 2009

    Are you a small company looking for BIG talent?

    On March 2, 2009 the University of Washington’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host Springboard, an annual networking event designed to bring the founders/CEOs of Puget Sound’s dynamic early-stage companies together with entrepreneurially-minded students from the University of Washington.

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    Date(s): March 2, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Location: Balmer Commons on Seattle UW campus
    URL: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/cie/Pages/Springboard.aspx
    Description:

    How can early-stage companies to attract young talent out of the University? We know you’re looking for people who are the right fit, have the same entrepreneurial drive and determination to succeed that you have, and possess a skill set that enables them to do whatever needs doing. Springboard gives you a chance to recruit for just those people at the University of Washington.

    Who are the students? They are undergraduates, MBAs, non-business graduate students who have taken the entrepreneurship core curriculum, law students, etc., who know their careers will be entrepreneurial. And they’re looking for an opportunity within a dynamic, quick-paced environment. Students start thinking about their summer internships and job possibilities in early spring, so our timing is perfect!

    Springboard will be limited to 45 early-stage/rapid-growth companies, so we ask that you register to attend as soon as possible. The fee per company to participate is $35.

    How will this work? Just complete registration through Brown Paper Tickets with the link below. You only need to purchase one registration or “ticket” for your company, regardless of how many colleagues you bring to the event. Once your company is registered, you’ll receive confirmation from CIE with event logistics. We will provide each company with access to the resumes of students attending Springboard a week before the event, giving you time to look through them and earmark those most qualified for your upcoming positions or internships.

    Contact: Whitney Lackey
    206.616.3691
    wlackey@u.washington.edu


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    Carbon Nanoprobes recognized at Zino Society's Life Sciences Investment Forum

    Carbon Nanoprobes, a startup company developing high-resolution probes for atomic force microscopy, won a prize for best investment opportunity at the Zino Society's first Life Sciences Investment Forum held in Seattle February 24, 2009. The company, which had teamed with UW researchers to develop its technology, recently relocated from Seattle to Pennsylvania. An article at Xconomy tells more about the Zino Society event.

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    Alliance of Angels 10-Minute Pitch Clinic - March 3, 2009

    Date(s): March 3, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 1:45 PM to 5:00 PM
    Location: 1301 5th Avenue, Suite 2500 Seattle, WA 98101
    URL: http://www.allianceofangels.com/index.html

    Description: The Alliance of Angels 10 Minute Pitch Clinic is an educational event tailored specifically to entrepreneurs on how to effectively pitch a startup business plan to angel investors. The clinic includes an overview of Alliance of Angels rigorous four-step process, in-depth review of the components of a good pitch, and, an interactive workshop setting in which the Program Managers will both answer questions and work with participants on their specific messaging.

    Contact: Amy Rousso
    206-389-7261
    amy@technology-alliance.com

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    NWEN: Angel Financing Workshop - March 11, 2009

    There is no handbook on how to get one or more Angel investors to invest in your business but this is close.

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    Date(s): March 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Perkins Coie Offices, 1201 3rd Ave, Suite 4800, Seattle
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=213
    Description: Registration: $65 for members, $115 for non-members
    Registration closes at 12:00 noon the Monday prior to the workshop.

    The third in NWEN's series on how to finance your high growth company, this workshop will take you into a very unique world. There is no handbook on how to get one or more Angel investors to invest in your business but this is close. Constantly updated and presented by experts who do this every day for a living, Angel Financing is part of a tri-fecta of workshops that will leave you well prepared for navigating the financing seas when you are ready to set sail. Kha Dang, of the Perkins Coie law firm will be joined by workshop by:

    * Janis Machala of LaunchPad Services, UW Tech Transfer
    * Doug Bevis of Washington Park Ventures
    * Charles Seybold from LiquidPlanner
    * Ben Straughan of Perkins Coie
    * Mark Metcalf of Perkins Coie

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    enterpriseSeattle: Waste to Energy: Community Options and Opportunities - April 3, 2009

    At this half-day conference, enterpriseSeattle will present local and national waste-to-energy projects, and will give you the opportunity to confer with corporate executives and local officials.

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    Date(s): April 3, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location: Puget Sound Energy Building, Ground Floor Conference Room, 10885 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA
    URL: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=zbkzk

    Description: As the price of fossil fuel increases and concerns over global warming mount, more policy-makers are coming to realize that the waste stream has value as an energy source, and that waste-to-energy projects can bring economic benefits to their host communities.

    enterpriseSeattle Members:
    $30 Early bird rate - register by March 20 - after that $45

    Non-members: $40 Early bird rate - register by March 20 - after that $55

    Registration includes continental breakfast & conference materials.

    Contact: Stephen Gerritson
    SGerritson@enterpriseseattle.org

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    Seattle APP: Executive Briefings on Market Opportunities for Sustainable Technologies in China & India - February 27, 2009

    China and India represent two of the fastest growing markets on earth and economic and population pressures will create significant market opportunities for clean technologies covering renewable energy, green building practices and energy efficiency.

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    Date(s): February 27, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location: Bell Harbor International, Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121
    URL: http://www.usea.org/appnorthwestbriefings.htm
    Description:

    Focus:
    The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP) is a multilateral partnership designed to encourage a broad dialogue on clean technologies and encourage commercial cooperation as well as sharing of best practices. The U.S.-based APP activities have been focused on renewable energy (including distributed generation) and building (including energy efficiency) technologies. This briefing by U.S. government and industry representatives will:

    • Share the experience of local firms already operating in these challenging markets.
    • Share with industry, NGOs and local governments the objectives, results and remaining challenges of U.S. APP clean development and climate projects in India and China;
    • Identify specific opportunities and mechanisms through which APP can assist Pacific Northwest-based industry meet commercial objectives in India and China that are consistent with APP clean development and climate goals;
    • Discuss with Pacific Northwest-based local government and NGOs, APP supported mechanisms through which they can share clean development and climate best practices in community-based projects.

    Contact: Albert Doub
    202-312-1254
    adoub@usea.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Ask your questions now!

    We've announced an amazing group of speakers for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009. Speakers range from Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability for the 2010 Olympics, to Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, a company President Obama has called a national model for addressing energy independence.

    Take this opportunity to begin posing questions to our lineup of 50 speakers. What are the important issues you want addressed? Your questions will help shape the discussion that will take place at the Summit on April 9.

    Submit your questions now!

    Register now
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Full-day registration is $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the Innovators Reception only.

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    WBBA: Invest Northwest 2009 - March 17-18, 2009

    Life Sciences Investment Conference

    Date(s): March 17, 2009 (Tuesday) to March 18, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Seattle, Wash.
    URL: http://www.investnorthwest.org
    Description: Invest Northwest 2009 is the region's premier life sciences investment conference, where public and private life science companies tell their stories to institutional investors, analysts, investment bankers, fund managers, venture capitalists, angel investors, and prospective corporate partners.

    Contact: Tim Yeadon
    206.732.6711
    tim@washbio.org

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    MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest: Greenomics - March 11, 2009

    Greenomics: Creating Profitable Businesses in a Green and Clean Economy

    Date(s): March 11, 2009 (Wednesday)
    Time: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel Bellevue
    URL: http://www.mitwa.org
    Description: With new carbon taxes or caps very likely, where are the business opportunities for entrepreneurs? Join the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest and TechAmerica (formerly AeA) to learn from entrepreneurs, experts in green investment and government policy as they help us understand issues and opportunities for clean technology businesses. The discussion will provide entrepreneurs with the information they need to put the Pacific Northwest on the map with a robust green industry.

    Contact: Steve Stratz
    206.300.9134
    steve@illuminatepr.com

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    BC Angel Forum: Exit Strategies workshop for Investors and Entrepreneurs - March 9, 2009

    A good exit strategy may make the difference in getting an investor or not.

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    BC Angel Forum: Exit Strategies workshop for Investors and Entrepreneurs

    Date(s): March 9, 2009 (Monday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location: downtown Vancouver, Canada
    URL: https://www.confmanager.com/main.cfm?cid=77&nid;=11505
    Description: Companies need an exit strategy first, which in combination with their capital requirements, drives their financing strategy. Ask yourself:
    1 What is my exit strategy and why do I need one before I look for investors?
    2 What type of investor best matches my exit strategy and capital requirements?
    3 What are the four major steps I should be doing now to plan for a successful exit?
    4 What about the timeline, valuation and legal process? - case study: Parasun exit.

    This unique first-time Exit Strategies workshop - March 9 - downtown Vancouver will be a blend of presentations and war stories with lots of time for Q&A; and networking. Speakers include Axel Christiansen, Basil Peters, Randy Garg, Mike Volker, Steven MacDonald, Steven Lukas, Brent Holliday, Thomas Hellmann, Bob Chaworth-Musters and other experts to be announced.

    If you think this practical real world workshop would benefit someone you know, please forward this email.

    C$290 (~US$240) Questions to Bob Chaworth-Musters via bob@ANGELforum.org
    Exclusive sponsors: Vancity Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fasken Martineau, Capital West Partners.

    Contact: Bob Chaworth-Musters
    bob@ANGELforum.org

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    NWEN February Think Tank - February 24, 2009

    Have you plugged in yet to social networking? Are you an active blogger? Have you replaced or augmented your personal or business marketing by leveraging social networking tools?

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    NWEN February Think Tank - An evening knowledge exchange: Social Networking for Non-Geeks

    Date(s): February 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Location: Seattle University, Schaffer Auditorium (Main floor of Leiemux Library)
    URL: http://www.nwen.org
    Description: Have you plugged in yet to social networking? Are you an active blogger? Have you replaced or augmented your personal or business marketing by leveraging social networking tools?

    If you run a business you are probably considering how social networking fits into your marketing plans. If you have some doubts consider that Barak Obama raised $800 million with on line social networking! Maybe you balked this year at spending $3 million for a 30 second spot on the Super Bowl to reach 95 million viewers and instead followed Universal Orlando Resort’s example. They reached 315 million people in 24 hours at a cost of $100,000 to promote the launch of the resort using social networking and webinars!

    Notwithstanding specific successes of integrating social networking into personal, political and business planning the path to success is not always well lit and there are many forks in the road. Our panel of experts will help you navigate the course of social networking that best fits your objectives and help steer you to what is working, clear of what is not working and what you can expect from new tools in the future to help advance your business.

    As always with NWEN Think Tank events, there will be opportunity for dynamic and engaging interactive dialogue. This event is certain to be a unique and outstanding program so don’t miss it. Early registration is recommended.

    Contact: Misty Burrows
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: A Stellar Lineup of Speakers

    Washington Technology Center is pleased to announce a lineup of more than 50 innovators and thought leaders in industry, research and government who will address demand-driven innovation, sustainability and technology at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 in Bellevue, Washington on April 9.

    Sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems are the topics for this year's conference which is expected to draw 400 attendees from across the Pacific Northwest. Participants will share their insights about how the business climate, consumer decisions and the economy will impact, and be impacted by, innovation and sustainability in the state of Washington. Will innovation serve as a differentiator in the marketplace?

    Featured keynote speakers include Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives for the 2010 Olympic Games, Gifford Pinchot, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR.

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    Additional speakers include:

  • Birgitte Ahring, Ph.D., director of the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) at WSU Tri-Cities
  • Julie Anderson, senior policy advisor, Director's Office, State of Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
  • Ash Awad, P.E., vice president, McKinstry
  • Lane Ballard, Boeing
  • Rud Browne, chairman and founder, Ryzex
  • Douglas R. Call, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
  • Frank Catalano, principal, Intrinsic Strategy
  • Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director, Washington Technology Center
  • Lisa Cohen, director, Washington Global Health Alliance
  • Bill Crounse, M.D., senior director, worldwide health, Microsoft Corporation
  • Jim A. Dangerfield, Ph.D., executive vice president, FPInnovations
  • Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Jody Garcia, senior commercialization associate - Safe Water Project, PATH
  • John Gardner, vice president, Office of Economic Development and Extension, Washington State University
  • Billy M. Glover, managing director - environmental strategy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, president & CEO, Mithun
  • Robin Halliday, chair, board of directors, Washington Technology Center
  • Alan Hanson, Areva
  • Hamilton Hazlehurst, development manager, Vulcan Inc.
  • Michael Hochberg, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Nanophotonics Lab, University of Washington
  • Susan H. Jones, AIA, principal, atelierjones llc
  • Donald I. King, FAIA, NOMA, president/CEO, DKA
  • Vipin Kumar, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, UW Microcellular Consortium Director, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington
  • Todd Kunzman, Andgar Corporation
  • Peter H.-T. Liu, Ph.D., senior scientist, Omax Corporation
  • Steve Marshall, senior fellow, Cascadia Center for Regional Development
  • Darby McLean, vice president, business development, GenPrime, Inc.
  • Kirt W. Montague, CEO, Prometheus Energy Company
  • Stacy Noland, founder and chairman, Moontown Foundation
  • Roy Nott, Paneltech
  • Kelly Ogilvie, president and CEO, Blue Marble
  • Richard C. Pleus, Ph.D., managing director and toxicologist, Intertox
  • Linden Rhoads, vice provost, UW TechTransfer
  • Keith E. Ritala, IP & industrial agreements manager, College of Engineering, University of Washington.
  • Chris Rivera, president, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
  • Cathy Schaeffer, director - Walla Walla County Watershed Planning Department, executive director - Walla Walla Watershed Alliance, WWCC Water & Environmental Center
  • Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Gary E. Spanner, Ph.D., manager, Economic Development Office, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Jeff Surma, InEnTec, Inc.
  • Dr. Steven VanAusdle, president, Walla Walla Community College
  • Mark Warner, director of program management services, The Harris Group
  • Jeffrey Williams, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, HaloSource
  • Michael Wolcott, Ph.D., research director and the Louisiana-Pacific Professor of Wood Materials and Engineering, Washington State University
  • Yale Wong, co-founder, CEO and president, General Biodiesel
  • Gerould K. Young, director, materials & structures technology, Boeing Research & Technology

    Register now - Early-bird discount until March 6, 2009
    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Registration is $190 until 3/6/09; $230 after 3/6/09; $45 for the reception only.

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    Prominent author to speak about the realities of today’s economy

    Eli Goldratt, author of “The Goal,” will lead a discussion from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Building at Pacific Lutheran University. Goldratt is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management philosophies and systems. His work is carried out by consultants and educators around the world and utilized by many of the world’s largest corporations, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, AT&T;, NV Philips, ABB and Boeing.

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    Unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

    Come join this widely‐read author for a two‐hour discussion and his analysis of the reality of the economic situation, the impact on various business sectors, the invalid conclusions most businesses have reached and the damage caused by the resulting actions taken, as well as the way out and the choices businesses can make to rapidly take their organizations back on a healthy course without the need to cut jobs.

    The event is free for all those who are interested. Executives, managers and business person in the area are encouraged to attend and learn about Goldratt’s approach.

    There will be a continental breakfast offered at 7:30 a.m.

    Goldratt will be available for press interviews. To make interview arrangements contact PLU Professor Carol Ptak at 253‐279‐3291 or by e‐mail at ptakca@plu.edu.

    The event will be simulcast to Boeing and the University of Notre Dame. To arrange a simulcast of the discussion contact Ptak.

    Co‐sponsored by:
    PLU School of Business
    Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO)

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Sustainability Director of 2010 Olympics to give afternoon keynote

    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
    Brenda Metropolit, director of sustainability initiatives with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), will deliver the afternoon keynote at Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 on April 9, 2009. VANOC is the first Olympic Organizing Committee to commit to applying sustainability principles and practices -- such as integrated delivery of social, economic and environmental outcomes and benefits -- to the planning, convening and legacy of the Games.

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    Brenda Metropolit is on a 2-year executive interchange from Environment Canada to the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games as the Director, Sustainability Initiatives. She is leading on the public engagement program, government liaison for sustainability initiatives, the UNEP MOU and other related projects.

    Brenda was the Director of the Sustainability Division at Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region for four years where she had overseen the development of the department’s sustainability initiatives linked to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Brenda served as Co-Chair of the federal government’s interdepartmental Environment and Sustainability Cluster Committee, tasked with identifying opportunities for strategic leveraging of the 2010 Games to advance sustainability awareness and action. She also served on the federal 2010 Economic Development Committee and was the federal government representative on VANOC’s Dialogue with ENGO Sustainability Practitioners.

    Brenda has had a diverse career in the public service, with the majority of her 26 years spent at Environment Canada. She has worked in a variety of management capacities within the department, including positions in the International and Intergovernmental Affairs Division, the Strategic Planning, Learning and Communications Branch and Human Resources.

    Brenda holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. Beyond work, she enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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    Safety Act Workshop - February 24, 2009

    FREE Safety Act Workshop for businesses that have technology interests in anti terrorism products or services.

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    Date(s): February 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location: Room 404 - Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, WA
    URL: http://www.safetyact.gov
    Description: The SAFETY Act is sponsoring a free workshop for individuals, industry groups, Government employees, and anyone else who wishes to learn about the SAFETY Act and participate in a one-on-one pre-application consultation.

    This is a no fee workshop for attendees and is focused on explaining the two levels of liability protections to help promote the creation, deployment and use of anti-terrorism technologies. Workshop information and registration at www.safetyact.gov

    Technologies that receive Certification will be also placed on the DHS's Approved Products List for Homeland Security.

    The SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections.

    Contact: Darlene Robbins
    206-553-7317
    darlene.robbins@sba.gov

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    NWEN First Look Forum - March 24, 2009

    Don’t miss this premier opportunity to present your early stage company to a forum of qualified angel investors.

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    Date(s): March 24, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    Location: The Big Picture Seattle
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=201
    Description: Magnify your opportunities -- first impressions count!
    Apply by February 6 to make your pitch at NWEN’s inaugural First Look Forum.

    Don’t miss this premier opportunity to present your early stage company to a forum of qualified angel investors. Gain the practice, visibility and connections you need to make a great first impression and get a clear understanding on how to move your business forward.

    NWEN’s First Look Forums provide the next generation of emerging Northwest companies with the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to, and network with, an audience of the region’s top angels.

    NWEN is inviting applications from entrepreneurs in every product and service segment. A maximum of a dozen startups will be selected per forum, provided intensive coaching by a team of seasoned investors, and given the opportunity to present to a room of close to 100 angels.

    There are currently two forums planned for 2009, with the first scheduled for March 24. The application deadline to be considered for the March forum is Friday, February 6. Spots are limited, so entrepreneurs wishing to present should apply now.

    There is a $45 Application Fee for NWEN members, $90 for non-members. The Presenter Fee for those selected is $175 for NWEN members, $275 for non-members. All Presenters receive a complimentary copy of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Book of Lists (valued at $60) and an annual membership with Passport Unlimited (valued at $130).

    Who should apply:
    The First Look Forums are targeted at early stage entrepreneurs who haven’t previously presented and are in the pre-funding stage of their trajectory. If you have a business plan that is differentiated, that you are able to articulate, then this forum is for you.

    Entrepreneurs should be ready to:
    • Work through the investor presentation process
    • Connect with the people you need to know
    • Receive structured feedback and advice from experienced entrepreneurs and angels with
    operating experience to shape your pitch and business proposition
    • Present to an audience of early stage investors who are there to take a “First Look” at you

    Forum format:
    The half day forums will be held in a single track. Twelve companies will be selected to give their three minute pitches. The audience will then vote to determine the top five companies. These five companies will then make their 15 minute business plan presentations.

    The winning presenter from the forum will receive a prize package including offerings from Swift HR Solutions, Microsoft BizSpark, Puget Sound Business Journal, Keiretsu Forum, and Zino Society, in addition to incredibly valuable contacts, advice and connections. And maybe, just maybe, one or more will end up with a relationship that will help take their idea and their company to the next level.

    Key dates:
    February 6: Deadline for applying to present at the March 24 Forum
    February 23-27: Initial presentation and review to screening committee and coaches
    March 9: Announcement of 12 presenting companies
    March 10-17: Presenters meet with coaches
    March 24: First Look Forum

    If you’re an entrepreneur looking for relationships with and feedback from experienced angel investors there’s no better opportunity than NWEN’s First Look Forums.

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    SolWest Renewable Energy Fair - July 24 to 26, 2009

    "Alternative Vehicles, Renewable Fuels" is the theme of the eleventh annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair

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    Date(s): July 24, 2009 (Friday) to July 26, 2009 (Sunday)
    Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Location: Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, Ore.
    URL: http://www.solwest.org

    Description: “Alternative Vehicles, Renewable Fuels” is the theme of the eleventh annual SolWest Renewable Energy Fair July 24-26, 2009 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, OR. Admission includes over 50 free workshops on both off-grid and grid-intertied renewable energy (RE) and sustainable living topics. In-depth pre-fair workshops will cover renewable energy technology and natural building. Fifty exhibitors show tools for energy independence and lifestyle self-reliance, including solar, wind and agricultural resources. Keynote speaker Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution,” will inspire you to view human-powered transportation as a healthy alternative. Cost is $5 per adult per day, with weekend, youth, and family discounts, volunteers and children under 12 free. Camping is available (free for volunteers).

    Contact: Jennifer Barker
    541-575-3633
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    ONAMI Greener Nano 2009 - March 2 to 3, 2009

    This two-day conference focuses on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production.

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    Date(s): March 2, 2009 (Monday) to March 3, 2009 (Tuesday)
    Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    Location: Invitrogen Corporation - Eugene, Oregon
    URL: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/greenernano2009/
    Description: ONAMI Greener Nano 2009
    03.02.09
    Invitrogen Corp., Eugene OR

    This two-day conference focuses on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production. The plenary sessions will include presentations from national and regional experts on greener design, greener production, nanoparticle characterization challenges (particularly at the bio/nano interface), and bio-distribution/tracking nanoparticles in living systems.

    The confirmed evening keynote speaker for Greener Nano 2009: Dr. Hilary Godwin, UCLA School of Public Health and the California Nano Systems Institute.

    The Conference:

    Technical sessions in which national and regional experts will discuss:

    Greener design
    Greener production
    Nanoparticle characterization challenges at the bio/nano interface
    Biodistribution/tracking nanoparticles in living systems

    Research and graduate student poster session

    Reception and tour at the brand-new, state-of-the-art Lorry I. Lokey Laboratories (ONAMI Signature Research Facility) at the nearby University of Oregon
    Contact: Carol Hanson
    541.346.4579
    carolhan@uoregon.edu

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    NWEN February Venture Breakfast: Robbie Cape, Cozi - February 13, 2009

    Robbie will take you through some of his experiences in founding Cozi four years ago and what some of the original plans were for the business and how those plans have changed as the economy started falling apart right in front of his eyes.

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    Date(s): February 13, 2009 (Friday)
    Time: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    Location: Bellevue Harbor Club, Bellevue, Washington
    URL: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid;=15&id;=175

    Description: What you will learn:
    Robbie will take you through some of his experiences in founding Cozi four years ago and what some of the original plans were for the business and how those plans have changed as the economy started falling apart right in front of his eyes. He’ll examine some of the “accepted wisdom” commonly given to business leaders, and contrast that with what he’s tried to do in building Cozi. Robbie will also discuss what he thinks we all need to do in order to carry innovation through the kind of tough economic climate we, as technologists, find ourselves in currently. Given that every business is faced with unique circumstances, and that we, as entrepreneurs, have so much to learn from each other, Robbie will engage the audience to answer specific questions common to everyone.

    Robbie Cape
    Robbie is the CEO of Cozi; he co-founded the company in 2005. Robbie brings 15 years of experience designing software, building teams, and managing software businesses.

    Robbie’s 12 years “pre-Cozi” were spent at Microsoft. In his most recent experience at Microsoft, Robbie grew a new business to add annuity software service value to the Software Assurance subscription program. The majority of Robbie's experience is in the roles of program manager, product unit manager, and general manager of the Microsoft Money business. Robbie ushered the Money business to profitability with revenues of more than $65 million and put Microsoft Money on the map as a formidable competitor to Intuit's Quicken.

    Robbie has a deep love for building businesses, products, and teams that build high-quality, simple software consistently and on time. Robbie holds a B.A. in Science and Engineering from Princeton University. He lives in the suburbs of Seattle with his wife, Bonnie, and their three children, Benjamin, Noah, and Dalia.

    Cost:
    Regular Registration: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.
    After February 9: $30 for members, $45 for non-members
    Members, bring a friend for the member price!

    Contact: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
    425-564-5701
    info@nwen.org

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: The relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation?

    The Summit's morning panel discussion on "Demand-Driven Innovation" features thought leaders who will share their insights about how the business climate, consumer decisions and the economy will impact, and be impacted by, innovation and sustainability in the state of Washington. Will innovation serve as a differentiator in the marketplace? What barriers will need to be overcome?

    What are your insights into the relationship between Washington's business climate and innovation? Contribute your comments. We'll share a selection of thoughts in promotions leading up to the Summit.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Thomas Plimpton of PACCAR to deliver luncheon keynote


    Thomas E. Plimpton is vice chairman of PACCAR, Inc, a global technology leader in the design and manufacture of premium trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR is committed to further reduce emissions and enhance fuel efficiency in its truck models and has established ambitious goals to accomplish this.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: Gifford Pinchot to give breakfast keynote


    Gifford Pinchot, who coined the term "intrapreneur," is a pioneer in integrating organizational innovation and social responsibility with profit objectives. Pinchot is co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which offers an MBA in Sustainable Business.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009: a new name

    Washington Technology Center announces that Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 will be held April 9, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. The event, formerly known as the 'Washington State Technology Summit,' has been renamed to reflect Washington state's global leadership in creating the appropriate atmosphere for new businesses and ideas to be brought to life.

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    With the theme "Innovating to Sustain our Future," this fifth annual Summit will bring together more than 400 industry, thought and government leaders in sustainability and technology to discuss industry development in four areas: sustainable energy, innovative materials & manufacturing, urban sustainability, and healthy ecosystems.

    Thomas E. Plimpton, vice chairman of PACCAR, and Gifford Pinchot III, co-founder and president emeritus of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, will be keynote speakers.

    A special discounted rate of $150 is available through December 31, 2008. An early-bird rate of $190 is available until March 6, 2009, followed by a regular rate of $230. Afternoon reception only: $45.

    Register online at https://www.123signup.com/register?id=zxhjj

    Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available.

    Visit www.watechcenter.org/summit for additional information or call 206.685.1920.

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009

    Please save April 9, 2009 on your calendar for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 (formerly known as the Washington State Technology Summit). As we plan this event, we would appreciate a few moments of your time to answer four questions and provide us with information about what you'd like to see, hear and learn at this upcoming event.

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  • SBIR proposal writing workshop on October 31, 2008

    Washington Technology Center presents an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program for Technology Entrepreneurs seminar on October 31, 2008 at the University of Washington Bothell campus.

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  • 2008 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference offered excellent networking

    Outstanding technical presentations and speeches characterized this annual event held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington September 8-10. The conference concluded with an industry panel addressing how micro/nano companies succeed in making the transition from start-up to growth.

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  • Cultivating the Green Economy discussed at Governor's Conference

    Contributed by Graham Evans

    A panel discussion on job opportunities in Washington's growing green economy was one of the topics at the Governor's 2008 Economic and Workforce Development Conference held September 3-4 in Lynwood.

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    Some 150 attendees at the Governor's Conference participated in a three-hour session addressing the business opportunities and jobs potential available as we develop a Green Economy.

    The session was keynoted by Kathy Lombardo of CH2M HILL who gave an overview of what's happening around the world on sustainability. As an example of what others are doing she described the plans for Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, that is planned as the world's first sustainable city -- zero waste and 100 percent renewable energy use. Focus on these objectives is accelerating development and adoption of technology. There's more on this initiative at www.inhabitat.com and www.masdaruae.com.

    Lee Cheatham (Executive Director of Washington Technology Center) then moderated a panel discussion about the potential for the state of Washington for green jobs.

    Alan Hardcastle of Washington State University is working with the State of Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to establish a common set of definitions on 'green jobs' and 'green economy' and is aiming to identify both current and future jobs in the sector. He mentioned two key challenges we face -- addressing the retirement wave of some 50 percent of the workforce in the energy industry over the next 10 years and building the pipeline of trained/qualified people both to replace them and to fill other green job opportunities that are, as yet, incompletely defined.

    Maury Costantini of Siemens outlined the range of jobs and specialties that his company sees arising in a sustainable economy -- from energy conservation through the supply side of biomass digesters and other energy sources through to fuel transportation and plant operators.

    John Barclay of Prometheus Energy spoke of his company's work of capturing 'waste' emissions from landfills etc. and converting them to usable solid and liquid fuels.

    Dean Allen of McKinstry described the potential for cost savings and job creation from 'greening the built economy.' Thirty percent of greenhouse gases arise from commercial buildings and some 65 percent of all electricity in the U.S. goes to commercial buildings. Retrofitting energy efficient technology and other devices can save 30 to 40 percent of a buildings energy consumption. Every $1 million worth of such projects can create around five to six jobs -- and if implemented across the U.S. would cut 15 percent of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.

    The afternoon concluded with discussion among breakout groups of some 25 people each, giving an opportunity to hear some of the opportunities and challenges both from a business and from an educational sector point of view. It was commented for example that no community college in the state is yet teaching energy efficiency and that companies like Schweitzer Engineering needing specialist skills in a relatively small employment market are going early into schools to coach children on the potential for them in the engineering sector.

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    MatchTech: A Celebration of Collaboration - Oct. 1, 2008

    Contributed by Suzanne Mitchell

    It's recognized that creativity and drive propel new ideas and products to market. Yet, when you look into the full success story of many entrepreneurial businesses, you find that along the way these companies figured out how to tap into resources for assistance at various points: for technical assistance, concept validation, financial injections, commercialization strategies and partners. They know that connecting with the right tools and resources at the right time makes significant difference in technology development, advancement and commercialization.

    MatchTech, held on October 1, 2008 in the Tri-Cities, was a celebration of several examples of businesses tapping into the state's technology innovation eco-system and accelerating business growth. Each presenting company shared its story of hitting a roadblock — whether technical, process, financial, or a crisis of purpose — and seeking out help. Bogert International, Elliot Bay Industries, GateSkate, Surgical Implant Generation Network and IsoRay Medical shared how each found partners to collaborate in order to push through that roadblock.

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    Partner organizations included Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sirti, Washington Manufacturing Services, Washington State University Tri-Cities Business Links, and Washington Technology Center. Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) R&D; awards and Washington Technology Center's state RTD grants funded critical research. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Technical Assistance program connected scientists to the companies to test, measure and validate concepts. Washington Manufacturing Services process expertise helped streamline operations and reduce expenses. WSU Tri-Cities Business Links and Washington Technology Center business consulting assisted with business planning and commercialization strategies.

    Peter Chase, CEO of Purcell Systems, was MatchTech lunch keynote speaker. Mr. Chase told of how Purcell Systems employs strategic alliances to create a virtual manufacturing operation with global partners serving global customers. Purcell Systems provides products used in worldwide communications infrastructures. Its virtual manufacturing strategy -- employing partners who deliver just-in-time for installation -- has enabled a small Northwest business to compete and win significant market share in an industry dominated by giants.

    MatchTech also included a mechanism to facilitate matching needs with solutions. Examples include technical problems that require scientific research to solve; innovative technologies that need a commercial partner to get to market; and operational bottlenecks to breakthrough with process improvement. SBIR and RTD grant awardees as well as university researchers were invited to MatchTech for introductions that may advance their technology commercialization. Matches made through this networking should produce more collaboration success stories.

    MatchTech illustrates that in business, as in life, weaving a network of collaborations -- local to global -- advances and accelerates innovation.

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    2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15, 2008

    Leading innovators will share the latest breakthroughs in science and technology at the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on April 15th. This annual CEO summit will focus on emerging trends in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing. Cost: $220.

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  • Angel Investing: Valuation and Portfolio Strategies Workshop in Bellevue on April 14, 2008

    Valuation of pre-revenue companies is one of the most critical issues in the angel investment process, and for angels, valuation and portfolio strategy are linked. This 4-hour workshop is for angel investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support professionals.

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  • Thank you to the sponsors of the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit

    Here are just a few of the companies and organizations taking part:



    Washington CEO is the business magazine of Washington State, reaching a powerful audience of more than 162,000 affluent and influential decision makers. It provides essential perspectives about the issues, companies, and personalities that impact our state economy. Our new online newsletter provides news updates and analysis at www.washingtonceo.com.



    With one of the nation's leading renewable energy practices, Stoel Rives has served as lead counsel in the development of more installed wind energy capacity and more biofuels (in mg/y) than any other law firm. We perform the same level of work in solar, biomass, geothermal and ocean energy.



    The Boeing Company is proud to support the work of the Washington State Technology Summit. As a global corporate leader, Boeing works in concert with others, shaping a world where individuals can thrive and every community is a vibrant place to live.


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  • Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference - Sept. 8-10, 2008

    This fifth annual conference has emerged as the premier nanoscience and microtechnologies research and business event in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • GWATA: Innovation Awards Luncheon - April 8, 2008

    WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham will give the keynote speech at the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance's Annual Innovators Awards Luncheon.

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  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15th

    Leading innovators will share the latest breakthroughs in science and technology at the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit in Bellevue on April 15th. This annual CEO summit will focus on emerging trends in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing.

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  • SBIR Seminars - WSU Vancouver, Feb. 15, 2008; WSU Pullman, Feb. 20, 2008

    Learn how federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) funding can help small business owners and technology entrepreneurs.

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  • POWER-GEN Renewable Energy 2008 - February 19-21, 2008

    Stretch your tradeshow dollars by participating in NWETC's Pacific Northwest booth.

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  • 2008 Washington State Technology Summit - Apr. 15, 2008

    Clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials & manufacturing will be the focus of this summit on innovation.

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  • 2007 Tech Summit brought together the region's technology leaders

    Regional leaders explored emerging technologies in energy, life sciences and wireless & telecommunications.

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  • Funding for Technology Entrepreneurs - Aug. 7, 2007

    A WTC event at Washington State University Vancouver Campus.

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  • Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference - Sept. 10-12, 2007

    The 2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference in Portland will focus on nanotechnology development.

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  • Banff Energy Venture Forum 2007 - Oct. 4-5, 2007

    Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative members can receive a 50% discount to attend.

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  • POWER-GEN Renewable Energy 2008 - Feb. 19-21, 2008

    Stretch your tradeshow dollars by participating in NWETC's Pacific Northwest booth.

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  • Tech Summit to feature energy, life sciences, nanotechnology, and wireless & telecommunications - April 12, 2007

    More than 40 technology business leaders will share how Washington state companies are succeeding worldwide and how your company can succeed as well. Washington Technology Center hosts the 2007 Washington State Technology Summit on April 12, 2007 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

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  • Discover WSU - April 10, 2007 in Pullman, Wash.

    A networking event for companies and WSU researchers seeking research & development opportunities.

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    Converting cutting-edge research into commercial products is critical to the economic vitality of Washington state. At Washington State University, this technology transfer is happening thanks to strong linkages between industry and research partners.

    Co-hosted by the Washington Technology Center and Washington State University, and sponsored by Sirti, Discover WSU: Science and Industry Collaboration will highlight the innovative collaborations between WSU researchers and Washington companies in the areas of life sciences, advanced materials, and computing and electronics. Event participants will hear presentations by several WSU researchers and Washington companies including a team that received state funding through the Washington Technology Center’s Research and Technology Development grant program.

    This event provides Washington State University researchers and companies with an ideal venue to network, present their innovations, and discover new opportunities for working together. In addition, there will be a call for posters for presentations and/or displays for this event.

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    Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference - Sept. 10-12, 2007

    The 2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference in Portland will focus on nanotechnology development.

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  • 2007 Washington State Technology Summit - Apr. 12, 2007

    The 2007 Washington State Technology Summit will be held on April 12, 2007 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The four focus industries for 2007 are energy, life sciences, nanotechnology and wireless & telecommunications.

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  • SBIR Breakfast Series: How to Measure Your Funding Readiness - Jan. 25, 2007

    Technology companies need access to capital for commercialization growth. Whether the capital comes from targeting Federal/State grants (including Small Business Innovation Research), angel investors or venture capital sources, the business and its technology will be evaluated for funding. Only those businesses that meet readiness criteria and performance standards will successfully win financial support. Being properly prepared for the funding process is vital to competing for and gaining capital.

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    Fred Patterson, is best known nationally as The SBIR Coach®. Mr. Patterson will present his trademarked Funding Readiness Level™ concept which provides metrics for analyzing a company’s readiness by combining Technology Readiness Level and Business Readiness Level indices. The resulting assessment will guide the business in planning its funding strategy.

    One-on-one coaching sessions with Mr. Patterson are available to pre-registered attendees following the breakfast meeting.

    Plan now to attend the SBIR Breakfast on January 25, 2007 and learn how to best position your company to ensure funding success.

    The SBIR Breakfast Series is one way WTC is helping Washington be better prepared to compete and win Small Business Innovation Research awards. Each breakfast event homes in on a timely topic or tip that Washington companies can add to their arsenal of information when going after these awards.

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  • Discover WSU--Science and Industry Collaboration - April 10, 2007

    A networking event for companies and WSU researchers seeking Research & Development opportunities.

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    Converting cutting-edge research into commercial products is critical to the economic vitality of Washington state. At Washington State University, this technology transfer is happening thanks to strong linkages between industry and research partners.

    Discover WSU — Science and Industry Collaboration will highlight the innovative collaborations between WSU researchers and Washington companies in the areas of Life Sciences, Advanced Materials, and Computing and Electronics. Event participants will hear presentations by several WSU researchers and Washington companies including a team that received state funding through the Washington Technology Center’s Research and Technology Development grant program.

    This event provides WSU researchers and companies with an ideal venue to network, present their innovations, and discover new opportunities for working together.

    Plan now to attend Discover WSU — Science and Industry Collaboration on April 10 and learn how to collaborate with a researcher or company to further develop your R&D.;

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    2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference is Sept. 10-12 in Portland

    Save the date for the 4th annual Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference. This regional event, held September 10-12, 2007 at the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center in Portland, Oregon, is co-hosted by the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and Washington Technology Center (WTC).

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    Building a Micro/Nano Tech Economy

    The conference will bring together leaders to focus on development of micro and nano technology for new products. Attendees will share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts.

    Participation Opportunities:
    • Attend the conference to ask questions and share ideas
    • Be a conference sponsor or sponsor a particular session
    • Present a paper in a technical or business session
    • Exhibit business and industry technologies and capabilities
    • Sponsor a session
    • Attend a short course
    • Present a poster paper
    • Host a hospitality suite
    • Join one of the working groups. This is an opportunity to be on a team that will find a direction and follow it

    Who should Attend:

    If you are involved in the transformation from discovery and development to commercialization of products this conference is for you.

    • Scientists
    • Students
    • Engineers
    • Technology transfer specialists
    • Academicians
    • Strategic planners
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Business Development Managers
    • Venture Capitalists
    • Product Development Professionals
    • R&D; Managers
    • Investors
    • Administrators
    • Investment analysts
    • Product Development Managers
    • Proposal writers
    • Government Officials
    • Legislators
    • Policy Makers
    • Legislative assistants & analysts
    • Non-Government Organization Officials
    • Intellectual property managers

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  • 2007 Tech Summit Focuses on Local Industries, Global Competition

    Mark your Calendar for the 3rd annual Washington Technology Summit, set for April 12, 2007.

    This premier industry innovation conference, presented by the Washington Technology Center, brings together business, academic, government and civic leaders from across the Pacific Northwest to share ideas and strategize on how benefit from the state's natural innovation aptitude both locally and globally.

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    WTC's Tech Summit has become a central hub for discussing both the broad issues that drive technology-based economic growth, and the individual opportunities, trends, and challenges that faces particular industries that offer particular promise for future growth and global commerce.

    This year's Summit will be held at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The four focus industries for 2007 are Energy, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and Wireless & Telecommunications.

    In addition, the overarching theme for the event will encompass not only the unique opportunities and existing regional strengths of each of these industries, but also how to position Washington, and the Pacific Northwest, to be more competitive in these areas on a grander, global scale.

    The conference structure includes opportunities to come together in large groups through plenary sessions and also to hone in on each industry in-depth through smaller breakout sessions. One of the best features of this conference is also its networking potential.

    Watch for more information about the 2007 Tech Summit to be delivered to you over the coming months.

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    2007 Washington
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    Succeeding in a
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    April 12, 2007
    7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Meydenbauer Center
    Bellevue, WA

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    2007 Focus Industries
    -Energy
    -Life Sciences
    -Nanotechnology
    -Wireless & Telecommunications

    Related WTC links:

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  • SBIR Breakfast Set for January 25, 2007

    Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards provide opportunities for early and growth-stage companies to get the funding and support they need to commercialize technologies and create innovative products and solutions for everything from health care to homeland security, energy efficiency to environmental safety.

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    SBIR program solicitations are issued by eleven Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. Funding ranges from $100,000 to $1 million depending on the phase of the award.

    Winning one of these competitive grants can be a vital catalyst to a company’s growth. Knowing how to effectively navigate the federal grant system, including how to prepare a compelling proposal, finding the right “fit” for your technology, and knowing what it means to partner with the government, are critical steps in the SBIR process.

    The SBIR Breakfast Series is one way WTC is helping Washington be better prepared to compete and win these awards. Each breakfast event hones in on a timely topic or tip that Washington companies can add to their arsenal of information when going after these awards.

    Specific topic and speakers for the January 25 breakfast will be announced in the near future, so keep watching WTC’s Events Page for updates.

    Admission to the breakfast seminar is $35 and includes breakfast and all course materials.

    SBIR Breakfast

    Thursday, January 25
    7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    7 - 7:30 a.m.
    Registration

    7:30 - 9 a.m.
    Breakfast & Program

    University of Washington Club
    UW Campus, Seattle

    Related WTC links:

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  • Access IQ: Advances in Intrumentation Topic of Dec. 7, 2006 Seminar

    WTC's December AccessIQ workshop will focus on sophisticated micro and nano-scale process instrumentation that can provide competitive advantage across all industries and applications.

    Keynote speaker for the event is Norman Salmon, President of Hummingbird Scientific, a Lacey, Washington company that specializes in engineering support equipment for TEMs, SEMs, and FIBs.

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    Hummingbird Scientific is also a recent winner of a WTC Research & Technology Development grant with the University of Washington's Electrical Engineering Department to develop new heating elements for TEM experimentation combining the ability to withstand ultra-high temperatures and a design conducive to cost-effective maintenance.

    In addition, Hummingbird will be announcing the launch of a new international micro-machining facility to be housed in the Puget Sound area.

    Following Mr. Salmon’s presentation, WTC Lab engineers highlight the capabilities of three new pieces of equiment recently installed in the Fluke Hall facility:

    -NanoInk NSCRIPTOR™ DPN® Dip-Pen Nanolithography system This tool was purchased as part of a DARPA-funded research grant to study nanolithography and potential to scale-up to industry standards. The Nscriptor is an atomic force microscope (AFM) capable of depositing inks with line widths as small as 90nm.

    -Carbon Nanotube Reactor for precision deposition on substrates - This tool was jointly developed with a company which moved to Washington from 3,000 miles away specifically to collaborate with WTC on this project. It uses a forming gas bubbled through ethanol which reacts with catalysts on the wafer to grow carbon nanotubes. Further work will focus on creating oriented nanotubes.

    -EVG 620 Bonder/Aligner - The mask aligner is capable of contact lithography with pattern resolution and layer-to-layer alignment as low as 1µm. The wafer bonder is used with the aligner to provide high accuracy wafer-to-wafer alignment. It is capable of anodic, eutectic, and fusion bonding with glass and silicon wafers.

    AccessIQ Workshop

    'Tool Time': Advances In Instrumentation

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006
    7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Registration & Breakfast
    7 - 7:30 a.m.

    Presentation
    7:30 - 9 a.m.

    University of Washington Club, UW Campus, Seattle, WA

    Registration Fee: $35


    Related WTC links:

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  • 2006 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference on TVW

    The 2006 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, which ran July 24-26, 2006 in Vancouver, Washington, was well received, with strong attendance and a solid program. The regional event also garnered broad coverage by local media before, during and after the event. Check out select sessions on TVW. The station filmed portions of the conference which are viewable in their archives. Washington Technology Center and ONAMI co-hosted the event.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

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  • Global Competitiveness, Convergence central themes at 2006 Technology Summit

    Editorial Recap
    By Lee Cheatham, executive director of Washington Technology Center

    The Washington Technology Summit, held April 28 in Redmond, brought people from across the Pacific Northwest together to explore and discuss the impact and promise of innovation.

    The Tech Summit was created as a day for dialogue. This year, more than 500 people participated in this regional forum—and there was no shortage of lively discussion. As one participant commented "No matter who I sat next to, they were willing to talk about what they were doing. Not many conferences are like that."

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    Industries with Impact
    Like the first Summit in 2005, this year's event explored four industries that are making significant impact on the state's economy. The focus industries for 2006 Summit were agriculture, energy, software and aerospace.

    We were fortunate to get top rate speakers that outlined the core strengths, challenges, and opportunities in each of these industries and led compelling discussions. From each of these dialogues, trends emerged that provide a springboard for economic development planning for Washington's future.

    Agriculture is a dominant industry in our state, accounting for 13 percent ($28 billion) of Washington State's $223 billion dollar economy.* Despite this strength, agriculture continues to face extremely strong global competition. One of Washington's competitive advantages is its proximity to rapidly-growing Asian markets. Washington is the closest U.S. port to Asia and over one-third of our crops and processed foods are exported. Even more than in other global markets, competitive forces in agriculture play out at a local level because most of our small businesses and farmers are in rural communities. Simply put, they are concerned about staying in business. Most people in the industry know they must aggressively adopt new innovations and embrace new markets. They also know that because they live on a razor's edge of profitability long-term investments can be risky. Therefore, any new solutions, technology-based or otherwise, must absolutely increase profits. Technology is beginning to assert itself in agriculture, especially in the areas of biofuels and bio-enhanced food processing and crop yield – areas where Washington's innovative strengths are proving fruitful.

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    WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham addresses the crowd at the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit

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    Energy sessions proved popular with attendees. Our current demand for energy is high – exceeding supply – a problem we need to deal with quickly and aggressively. Summit dialogue also brought to light common myths and misconceptions about energy—its production, its sale and its use. For example, many people exhibit trepidation about hydrogen fuel, equating it with the explosive image of the Hindenburg. In truth, hydrogen's properties make it a safer fuel than propane or natural gas. Misconceptions also plague biofuels, with varying opinions around fuel blends and their effect of engines and warranties. Uncertainties around new energy technologies affects the confidence people have in the industry, and more broadly, confidence in our economy. Quality and reliability of our energy system is paramount. It is our job as leaders to dispel these myths and ensure these technologies have the support needed – both scientifically and socially – to penetrate commercial markets.

    Software. Our location at Microsoft's Conference Center for the 2006 Summit provided an appropriate backdrop for discussion around this leading industry. Security was a central theme. As we find more software in embedded and highly-connected systems, security will pose an increasing threat—and, ergo, a prime business opportunity. Attendees and speakers alike noted that strong, value-added and global partnerships are increasingly more critical to the success of a software enterprise. Because software markets are global, partnerships with people that know the local markets and the local players are necessary for companies to remain competitive.

    Aerospace; its future remains up in the air. With Boeing's move from basic manufacturing to assembly the entire supply chain, including Washington's link, will remake itself. And these suppliers will continue to discover related markets where they can provide value – heavy trucks, ships, medical devices. This change will benefit suppliers in the long run, but the impact on Washington's aerospace industry is still unknown. With Boeing's 787 Dreamliner selling well and entering production in 2007, many people feel that the required support for the industry is secure. We can't afford to be this complacent. The industry will evolve rapidly over the next few years. Washington enjoys a commanding position in aerospace, but we are also facing a risk of losing significant portions of our aerospace supply chain. To compensate, we must remain focused on leading-edge solutions in new materials and manufacturing that will keep Washington competitive and continue to fuel this industry's evolving needs.

    Tackling the Trends
    Throughout the day we heard three themes repeated by the plenary speakers.

    First, Washington has a great base of innovators. No speaker demonstrated that more than Rick Rashid who leads Microsoft Research. He gave us a glimpse into the new ideas the company, and the industry, are exploring. How we deal with personal information will continue to change in exciting ways – easier email to personalized photographs and images to traffic management. When we include Microsoft Research with our other premier public and private research institutions, we see a source of new ideas that can't be matched by many other regions around the world.

    Second, we live in a world of global markets – and of global partnerships. David Slater from UK Trade & Investment put it well when he noted "protectionism doesn't work" and reminded the audience that "we can't face the challenges of globalism alone." And he's right. Getting new ideas into sustainable companies that serve global markets is a task that no single group, company or even country can accomplish alone. David's insight is one which we must continually remind ourselves of the power of partnerships.

    Third, workforce and education. Pamela Passman, Microsoft's VP for Global Affairs summarized this sentiment nicely when she said "we're at the start of significant change, but we can't risk falling behind." To ensure that we have the people that can innovate and build globally competitive products, we must ensure our current workforce as well as the next generation have math, science and business skills equal to the best in the world. Other states and countries are making major investments in educating their people and attracting top talent to their research institutions and companies – Washington must do the same.

    Let me close with a final theme that emerged from almost every discussion – convergence. In each of the sessions we heard how industries are moving outside their traditional borders; they are crossing into new areas and adopting new product ideas and business practices.

    *Energy is looking to agriculture for new fuel sources;
    *Software developers are solving significant life sciences problems;
    *New materials in aerospace are being driven by energy demands.

    Continuing this cross-industry dialogue is necessary. Encouraging a next generation of leaders that work in several disciplines at once will be a topic of the Washington Technology Summit for years to come.

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    Related WTC links:

  • Photos from the 2006 Summit
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  • Micro/Nano Breakthrough Conference is July 24-26, 2006 in Vancouver

    There is still time to sign up for the 3rd annual Micro/Nano Breakthrough Conference. This regional event, held July 24 to 26, 2006 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington, is co-hosted by the Washington Technology Center (WTC) and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

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    The Pacific Northwest holds a great deal of promise as a region well-positioned to capitalize on the potential offered by scientific discovery and industry innovation in fields where micro and nano technologies stand to transform industries. To illustrate this, the Micro/Nano Breakthrough Conference has put together a comprehensive program dedicated to exploring the potential for this revolutionary technology.

    Special keynote presenters include Dr. Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director of the President's Council on Science and Technology, and White House liaison to the National Nanotechnology Initiative; Dr. James P. Huang, Senior Manager of Boeing's Phantom Works; and Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Director for the Center for Nanotechnology and Senior Scientist with NASA Ames Research Center.

    MNBC serves as a showcase for the broad range of innovative new technologies encompassed in micro and nano-scale R&D; and commercialization. Sessions cover everything from electronics to energy to agriculture to aerospace.

    Specific topics include:
    *Advances in Forest and Agricultural Products
    *MEMS Hydraulics and Power Generation
    *How Aerospace is Driving Nanomaterials Development
    *Developing Greener Nanotechnology
    *Environmental, Safety and Health Issues
    *Miniaturization in Health Care Technology
    *Breakthroughs in Materials Science
    *Advanced Energy Systems
    *Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    Broad topics include:
    *Micro/Nano Basics for Business
    *Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, and
    *Micro and Nano Science and Technology Driving the Northwest Economy.

    A business and industry trade show will also run throughout the three-day event.

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    Keynote Speakers


    Dr. Celia Merzbacher


    Dr. James P. Huang


    Dr. Meyya Meyyappan

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    Micro/Nano
    Breakthrough Conference

    July 24-26, 2006
    Hilton Hotel, Vancouver, WA

    Cost to attend the conference is $200. Fee includes admittance to all conference sessions, conference meals, breaks, opening reception, and banquet.

    For additional conference details and to register, go to www.micronbc.org.

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  • Access IQ: Get 'enlightened' on photonics at Sept. 14, 2006 workshop

    Part of the Microfab Lab's AccessIQ Seminar Series

    The light bulb is the quintessential symbol for "idea." The powerful and multi-functional qualities of light are the basic building blocks to numerous scientific explorations, engineering processes and product developments, including micro and nano-scale applications in the fields of electronics, energy, biomedicine and more.

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    At the next AccessIQ seminar, featured researchers will "bring to light" process development innovations in the realm of photonics. WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory has a highly active and innovative R&D; culture in the field of photonics. For this workshop, academic and industry clients will showcase applications derived from leading-edge processes they are developing in the Lab and implementing into next generation consumer products and services.

    The AccessIQ seminar runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and is held at the University of Washington Club on the UW Campus in Seattle. Cost to attend the Photonics workshop is $35. Breakfast and course materials are included. Space is limited.

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    Process Development in Photonics

    Thursday, Sept. 14
    7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Registration & Breakfast
    7 - 7:30 a.m.

    Presentation
    7:30 - 9 a.m.

    University of Washington Club, UW Campus, Seattle, WA

    Registration Fee: $35

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  • SBIR Breakfast - September 14, 2006

    The Importance of a Solid Business and Commercialization Plan
    Federal grants are one of the best ways for companies to fund critical research needed to further their business development goals, and give them that competitive edge in the commercial market.

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    Any company or academic principle investigator who has been through the proposal process for the Small Business Innovation Research grants program knows that it takes more than just a good idea or scientific breakthrough to win one of these competitive awards. One of the most critical elements of SBIR success is a solid business and commercialization plan. This is especially true for Phase II and III when the pressure is on to show market value.

    Want to learn more about how to put together a savvy business plan that will increase your chances of funding success? Attend WTC’s SBIR Breakfast session on September 28 and hear from Lisa Kurek, grant management consultant, who will walk you through the steps of developing a well-structured and forward-thinking commercialization strategy.

    Admission to the breakfast seminar is $35.

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    Sign up for a free one-on-one session with Ms. Kurek
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    Limited sessions available. Reservations are one a first-come,
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    SBIR Breakfast

    September 14, 2006

    7 - 7:30 a.m.
    Breakfast & Registration

    7:30 - 9 a.m.
    Business & Commercialization Plans
    Lisa Kurek, Managing Partner
    Biotechnology Business Consultants

    University of Washington Club
    UW Campus, Seattle, WA

    BONUS
    One-on-One Sessions
    with Ms. Kurek

    9:30 a.m. - Noon
    1:30 - 4 p.m.

    Bowen Room, Fluke Hall

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  • New Energy Technologies Highlighted at Showcase Event in Bellevue - Nov. 15, 2006

    The Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative is hosting the third annual Northwest Energy Technology Showcase (NETS) on November 15, 2006 at Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, Washington.

    NETS is a unique event that connects energy innovators with utilities, investors and government procurement agencies from around the Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada to accelerate market awareness and adoption of emerging energy technologies.

    This year's showcase will feature 4-5 new companies with leading-edge, market-ready energy solutions. These range from alternative fuels to forecasting to connectivity. These companies will give presentations on their technology and their competitive advantage for the Northwest energy sector. The showcase will also feature graduates from previous showcases who have had success in penetrating the market and leveraging their technology to the advantage of partners, suppliers, and consumers.

    If you are a pioneer in Pacific Northwest energy -- whether as a buyer, seller, investor, or advocate -- this is one event you won't want to miss!

    Cost to attend the Northwest Energy Technology Showcase is $95 and includes all programs, meals and materials.

    Related WTC links:

  • NWETC.com

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  • Don't Miss the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit - April 28, 2006

    There's still time to sign up for the 2006 Washington State Technology Summit. Hosted by Washington Technology Center (WTC), the Tech Summit is the only regional conference to bring together technology leaders from across the state to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities across multiple technology industries central to Washington state's economic growth.

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    The daylong conference features more than 38 presenters from leading industries, universities, and government agencies across the region and includes a value-add mix of general sessions and targeted industry tracks.

    The plenary sessions provide an overview of industry growth trends in our state, while the industry tracks pinpoint individual opportunities within four of our state's most viable technology sectors: aerospace, agriculture, software and renewable energy. All sessions emphasize and highlight the critical role that scientific research and technology commercialization play in economic growth and the importance for Washington's leadership to foster and nurture this environment.

    Pamela Passman, director of Global Corporate Affairs for Microsoft is the luncheon keynote speaker for the 2006 Technology Summit. A host of other presenters from industry, academia and government round out the agenda. These include Russell Maguire, Technical Fellow, Boeing; Rick Rashad, Senior Vice President of Research for Microsoft; Chris Cassidy, Program Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; John Shovic, Eastern Washington University professor and cyber security expert; Tom Halle, Senior Director for Strategic Alliances, Aventail; John Plaza, Seattle Bio-Diesel, and Dennis Rogoza BC Fleet Challenge.

    The Tech Summit also features a technology vendor showcase with more than 40 exhibits. The showcase opens at 7 a.m. and runs through the day, concluding with a hosted reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

    Cost to attend the Washington Technology Summit is $150.

    Washington Technology Summit
    April 28, 2006 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Microsoft Conference Center
    Redmond, WA

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  • AccessIQ Seminar: The Business of R&D; - May 18, 2006

    AccessIQ, a seminar series hosted by WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory, takes a case study approach to exploring the latest R&D; trends in micro- and nano-scale process development and fabrication. At the next breakfast meeting, set for Thursday, May 18, 2006, the focus is the "Business of R&D.;" Attendees will explore how effective and innovative process development can open new doors for partnerships, product manufacturing and, ultimately, commercial success.

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    To illustrate this, industry partners and legal experts will discuss effective ways to recognize opportunities, protect intellectual property, and continue to innovate throughout the R&D;, prototyping, and commercialization process. Participants will also hear from experts in the field on their "best practices" for breaking into new markets, competing in existing ones, and successfully transitioning a process from lab prototype to commercially manufactured product.

    The Business of R&D; seminar runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and is held at the University of Washington Club on the UW Campus in Seattle. Cost to attend this AccessIQ workshop is $35. Breakfast and course materials are included. Space is limited.

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  • WTC Microfabrication Laboratory

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  • SBIR Breakfast Seminar is June 6, 2006

    Federal grants are one of the best ways for companies to fund critical research needed to further their business development goals, and give them that competitive edge in the commercial market.

    Washington Technology Center hosts a series of quarterly breakfast meetings devoted to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR is one of the most popular technology grants programs in the U.S. Effectively navigating this system –- from understanding each agency's needs to knowing what makes a proposal stand out among the competition –- can equate to hundreds of thousands of grant dollars.

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    Each SBIR Breakfast meeting has its own individual topic ranging from proposal preparation to agency technology trends to understanding government contracts. The seminars also feature presentations from past winners about their experiences. This first-hand knowledge-share can be helpful in helping like-minded companies gain insight into this grant program.

    The next SBIR breakfast is scheduled for June 6, 2006 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the University of Washington Club, on the UW Campus in Seattle. Admission to the breakfast seminar is $35.

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  • Defense & Security Grants Conference draws 150 - December 8, 2005

    More than 150 technology business leaders attended WTC's Defense and Security's Conference on December 8 to learn about government grants and contract opportunities available through a range of Department of Defense programs.

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    The morning featured presentations on two Department of Defense supported programs: TechLink and the Defense Acquisition Challenge Program. Will Swearingen, PhD gave an overview of the federally funded technology transfer program run through TechLink. This program has helped Northwest companies secure over $51 million in R&D; funding and assisted hundreds in becoming defense contractors.

    Dr. Swearingen was followed by Paul Frichtl who gave an informative overview of the Defense Acquisition Challenge Program and offered attendees insights into navigating the world of defense contracts and grants. The DAC program is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to introduce cutting-edge technologies to the Department of Defense for potential military adoption.

    Over lunch, keynote speaker Nelson Ludlow, CEO of Mobilisa, spoke about his company's successes in winning federal grants and government contracts. He also talked about emerging markets and a need for innovative solutions to military and national security challenges, and gave a demonstration of one of Mobilisa's latest products -- a scanning device.

    The afternoon sessions opened with an overview of the Technical Support Work Group program from Erin Nielsen. Ms. Nielsen spoke to attendees about the best way to apply for R&D; funding to rapidly develop technologies to combat terrorism.

    The remainder of the afternoon sessions included an overview of the SBIR program, with a focus on the commercialization phase, from Ray Friesenhahn, a riveting presentation from legal counsel Bill Shook on intellectual property protection, and grant proposal writing tips from Teena Kennedy. The conference concluded with a networking session to allow attendees to spend more time talking with the speakers and to make new contacts to help further business opportunities in this sector.

    "The Washington Technology Center plays a critical role in supporting the growth and development of companies, institutions, and government agencies throughout the state and in fostering good business practices and procedures in this constantly evolving technology market." -- William Shook, Partner, Preston Gates & Ellis LLC, Seattle, Wash.

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    Pacific Northwest Biomedical & Life Sciences Summit is Oct. 7, 2005

    Federal grants are a major funding source for life sciences technology research and development. Federal agencies allocated more than $22.2 billion annually for research in biomedicine, bioscience and other health-related fields.

    To help Washington companies and researchers capture a greater share of this federal funding, WTC is bringing grant experts from four government agencies to the state for this one-day event. Participating agencies include National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and National Aeronautics &Space; Administration (NASA).

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    Under programs like Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), these agencies collectively earmark and award more than $2 billion annually to life sciences research. Don't miss this rare opportunity to interact directly with these government agencies right here in Washington and learn more about these programs.

    Conference Highlights:
    * Hear first hand from federal agencies on what they look for in award-winning biomedical and bioscience grants.
    * Meet one-on-one with agency representatives who can guide and assist you in understanding program development opportunities.
    * Get professional advice and inside tips from legal and financial experts on issues such as contract management, business growth and development.
    * Learn how to leverage funding awards to further your commercialization efforts.

    This is a WaFAST Supported Event

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  • Defense & Security Grants Conference is Dec. 8, 2005 in Seattle

    Washington Technology Center is teaming with the Snohomish County Economic Development Council to present a Defense and Security Grants Conference in Seattle on December 8, 2005.

    This one-day event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry, will help northwest entrepreneurs learn more about technology research grants available from the U.S. Department of Defense and offer insights into how this federal agency works with companies to develop and commercialize defense and security technology applications.

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    Program Highlights:
    * Hearing from agency representatives and industry experts on funding opportunities available for companies working in the defense and security sector
    * An overview of where the defense and security industry is headed and how to tap into R&D; funding through three programs: Defense Acquisition Challenge Program, Technology Support Working Group, and SBIR/STTR
    * A grant writing workshop to help hone your proposal preparation skills and allow you to be more competitive during the granting process;
    * Special time set aside following the formal program for networking and connecting with colleagues, partners, resources and industry experts.

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    AccessIQ -- 14K R&D;: Going for the Gold - Feb. 8, 2006

    February 8, 2006
    7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    University of Washington Club
    University of Washington Campus, Seattle, Wash.

    These morning sessions, hosted by the Microfabrication Laboratory, are the perfect opportunity for industry engineers and academic researchers to discuss the latest R&D; trends in MEMS and nanotechnology. Our first session, "14K R&D;: Going for the Gold" will feature three companies as "case studies" on the innovative processes they have created for such applications as high aspect ratio plating, electroplating, and gold eutechnic bonding. Learn about the research techniques, equipment, and tools each team used to develop their process and take the opportunity to ask questions of each researcher as they share their best practices and lessons learned.

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    The registration fee for this event is $35.

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  • Financing Roadmap: Setting a Course for Your Company's Future - Jan. 23, 2006

    Monday, January 23, 2006
    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    SBA District Office
    1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA Sponsored by

    WTC's Financing Roadmap workshop is designed to help startups, early-stage firms, and companies with growth potential learn about a range of financing methods available to them and to determine which path to take when seeking funding. Financing options discussed include equity capital, debt financing, partnerships, and license agreements.

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    Specific topics to be covered include: types of financing methods available to growth-oriented businesses; how to decide which types are best for you; how to position your business to obtain funding; where to find investment and funding partners; legal issues involved with various financing alternatives; what a large company looks for when seeking a smaller company as a partner; and case studies on companies that found funding.

    Cost to attend the Financing Roadmap is $75 and includes all three sessions, program materials and lunch.

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    Legally Speaking: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know - Jan. 19, 2006

    January 19, 2006
    7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Sharp Laboratories, Assembly Room
    5750 NW Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas, Wash.

    Legally Speaking helps early-stage companies better understand the legal issues involved with starting up and expanding a business. Get direct access to lawyers and other legal professionals who can provide you with tips and tools for handling these transitions in the most effective way possible.

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    Legally Speaking puts you face-to-face with experts who specialize in helping young companies deal with the legal challenges they face during various stages of development. This team of professionals will cover such critical topics as: choice of legal entities and organizing the company; seed, angel and VC financing; non-compete agreements, trade secrets & related issues; Intellectual Property – trademarks, copyrights and patents; Mergers & Acquisitions; and state B&O; tax accounting issues.

    Cost to attend legally Speaking is $40 and includes all sessions, breakfast and program materials.

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    SBIR Quarterly Breakfast Seminar -- Nuts 'n Bolts of SBIR - Dec. 15, 2005

    Thursday, December 15, 2005
    7:30 to 9 a.m.
    University of Washington Club
    UW Campus, Seattle, Wash.

    Join us for this essential refresher course on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This back to basics, "Nuts ‘n Bolts" session will feature a panel of experts who will talk about the SBIR program, and how entrepreneurs can leverage funding from this program to their competitive advantage. This session will also cover updates and changes to the SBIR program as well as discussing the legal issues and accounting processes necessary to successfully manage these awards.

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    The Washington Technology Center helps entrepreneurial technology companies get information about the STTR and SBIR programs and navigate the process for applying for funding under this program. This popular breakfast series is made possible through the WaFAST program and sponsorship from Dorsey & Whitney and Clark Nuber.

    Admission to the breakfast seminar is $35.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC SBIR Program

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  • Northwest Energy Technology Showcase (NETS), 8/23/2005, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    This showcase highlights the latest technologies and commercial products from emerging northwest energy companies. NETS offers energy entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to talk about who they are, what they do, how they do it, and the overall benefits to utilities and the energy sector as a whole.

    Register before June 30 and attend the entire conference for $125. Regular admission is $150.

    Related WTC links:

  • NWETC.com

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  • SBIR Funding for Energy R&D;, 8/22/2005, 8 a.m. - Noon

    The Department of Energy awards $95 million in funding each year to companies working on energy-related technology research & development. This half-day workshop helps companies understand how federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs work and how to apply for funding.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC SBIR Program

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  • Regional Academic Forum, 8/22/2005, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    A platform for academic researchers and industry leaders to discuss strategic partnerships and R&D; initiatives relating to the region's emerging energy sector.

    Related WTC links:

  • NWETC.com

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  • Northwest Energy Symposium -- August 22-23, 2005

    August 22-23, 2005
    Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center
    Portland, Oregon

    A 'power' ful look at the Pacific Northwest's most promising new energy technologies. Find out what it takes to fuel innovation in this emerging market. The Northwest Energy Symposium is a comprehensive conference offering programs on research activities, private investment, and government funding opportunities to accelerate energy industry development.

    Related WTC links:

  • NWETC.com

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  • Nanotechnology in the Pacific Northwest -- July 15, 2005

    July 15, 2005
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

    Washington Technology Center (WTC), Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) are co-hosting a daylong forum, Nanotechnology in the Pacific Northwest, during the 15th Annual PNWER Summit this summer in Seattle. This day-long conference is dedicated to exploring regional efforts and development trends around nanotechnology in the Northwest. The Annual Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) summit is the largest regional gathering of elected officials, attracting more than 400 legislators from five U.S. states and western Canada. Come learn about the latest advancements in nanotechnology, opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships and local initiatives surrounding this emerging technology.

    Cost to attend the PNWER Conference is $395 before June 11, 2005 and $450 on June 12, 2005. Cost to attend just the Nanotech session is $185 before June 11, 2005. The price increases to $225 on June 12, 2005. Registration fee includes breakfast and opening plenary session by keynote speaker, Governor Christine Gregoire.

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    2005 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference -- July 25-28, 2005

    Gathering to Build a Micro/Nano Tech Economy
    July 25-28, 2005
    University Place Conference Center, Portland, OR

    The 2005 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference brings together leaders in research, education, technology development, industry, government, business, and venture capital investments to focus on development of micro and nano technology for new products. The conference attracts nearly 400 attendees to share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts.The Micro/Nano Breakfthrough Conference is a collaborative effort of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnology Initiative (ONAMI), University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), Portland State University (PSU), University of Oregon (UO), and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Cost to attend the Micro Nano Conference is $150. Pre-conference courses on July 25, 2005 range between $50 and $100.

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  • The 2005 Financing Roadmap: Evaluating Your Options -- April 28, 2005

    April 28, 2005
    8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    PNNL, Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory
    902 Battelle Blvd., Richland, Washington

    This workshop is designed to help startups, early-stage firms, and companies with growth potential will learn about a range of financing methods including equity capital, debt financing, partnerships, and license agreements. The morning session takes a case study approach to looking at ways to raise outside equity investment capital. This session addresses such issues as finding angel investors, creating and delivering an angel investor pitch, and dealing with ongoing investor relations. Advanced Imaging Technologies, an early-stage medical imaging startup based in Richland will be profiled. During a catered lunch, a panel of experts will discuss their experiences and perspectives in funding and partnering with smaller companies. The afternoon focuses on non-equity forms of fundraising, especially for young or small companies. Cost to attend is $49, including lunch and materials.

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    SBIR/STTR Breakfast Seminar SBIR/STTR Breakfast Seminar -- April 21, 2005

    April 21, 2005
    7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
    Washington Club
    University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA

    Steve Meginniss, President of Magic Wheels, will share his experience in leveraging his initial Phase I and Phase II funding into an additional Competing Continuation Grant. Magic Wheels received their Phase 1 in 1998, Phase II in 2002, with a continuation grant awarded in 2004 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He will describe the program, keys to success, and how to leverage your connection with a program officer. The Competing Continuation Phase II Grants are available up to $1 million/year for each of three years, for a potential total of $3 million above and beyond a company's initial Phase I and Phase II awards. Funding is selectively offered by various institutes such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and several others. Purposes of funding are for clinical trials of various types and studies to meet FDA approvals are a few of the purposes supported under the Competing Continuation Grants. Cost to attend this breakfast seminar is $40 includes breakfast and program materials.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC's SBIR Program
  • Magic Wheels is a WTC client

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  • SBIR 101: An Introduction to Federal Research Funding Awards -- April 20, 2005

    April 20, 2005
    1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sirti Offices, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane, WA

    WTC's introductory workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is coming to Spokane, Washington. If you are an entrepreneur interested in learning more about how your company can benefit from federal funding for R&D; projects, you won't want to miss this informative session. The federal government sets aside $1.8 billion annually in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding for companies who seek financial assistance with technology research and production development. Your company may be eligible to receive up to $850,000 in federal R&D; funding. In this seminar, professionals knowledgeable about the SBIR process will walk you through the basics of what it takes to win one of these competitive grants. Cost to attend SBIR 101 is $40 and includes breakfast and program materials.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC SBIR Program

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  • Moving your R&D; Forward: Tapping into Government Funds for Energy Technology Projects -- April 20, 2005

    April 20, 2005
    8:00 am to noon
    Sirti, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Spokane, WA

    The U.S Department of Energy awards $95 million in funding each year to companies who seek financial assistance with technology research and product development. Your company may be eligible to receive federal R&D; funding for your energy research projects from agencies like the Department of Energy and EPA. The Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC) in partnership with the Washington Technology Center (WTC) is hosting a workshop on April 20, 2005 in the Spokane area that provides valuable insight into navigating the path towards securing government funds for energy R&D; projects. Speakers include representatives from Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency. Cost to attend is $45 and includes program materials.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC SBIR Program

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  • 2005 Technology Summit Focuses on Innovation Industries

    Washington Technology Center is pleased to be hosting the first-ever statewide Washington Technology Summit on April 8, 2005 in Seattle. This premier conference brings our state's technology professionals together to explore industry growth in Washington.

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    If you are interested in innovative technology in the areas of nanotechnology, life sciences, defense & security, or energy, this is one event you won't want to miss. WTC's Technology Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to become more engaged with our state's strategies for capitalizing on market potential in these fields.

    INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION ON NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
    Start the morning with general sessions that set the stage for evaluating our state's economic potential and what is needed to shape our future.

    Experts will discuss ways for Washington companies to:
    * Identify emerging business opportunities in Washington state;
    * Secure funding to advance R&D; and commercialization goals;
    * Build profitable partnerships with public, private, and government institutions.

    TARGETED TRACKS TAILORED TO YOUR COMPANY'S GROWTH NEEDS
    The afternoon will cover specifics around four industries key to Washington 's future: Energy, Life Sciences, Defense and Security and Nanotechnology.
    Industry Tracks

    Highlights include:
    * Biotech in Washington: Building a Strong Life Sciences Market
    * Energy Innovation: Positioning the Northwest to Lead the Energy Economy
    * Washington's Defense Industries: Where They Are & Where They Are Going
    * Nanotechnology - The Enabler: A Supporting Technology for Industries

    SHARE IDEAS WITH INDUSTRY PEERS & PROFESSIONALS
    Wrap up with a networking reception and technology partner showcase.

    SIGN UP EARLY AND SAVE!
    Register by January 31, 2005 and save 40%. Attend the entire conference for only $75. Registration fee includes all sessions and conference materials, breakfast, lunch, and networking reception.

    Collaborators
    Bellevue Community College City of Seattle INTEC SIRTI Prosperity Partnership Puget Sound Energy Washington Manufacturing Services WSTPA

    Related WTC links:

  • Washington's Innovation Summit

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  • SBIR 101 Comes to Bellingham: A workshop on federal research funding programs

    SBIR 101, WTC's popular introductory workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is coming to Bellingham, Washington. SBIR 101 is being held Wednesday, February 16, 2005, from 8 a.m. to noon at Rivetek's headquarters, 1315 Cornwall Avenue.

    If you are an entrepreneur interested in learning more about how your company can benefit from federal funding for R&D; projects, you won't want to miss this informative session.

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    The federal government sets aside $1.8 billion annually in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding for companies who seek financial assistance with technology research and production development. Your company may be eligible to receive up to $850,000 in federal R&D; funding.

    In this half-day seminar, professionals knowledgeable about the SBIR process will walk you through the basics of what it takes to win one of these competitive grants. Focus areas include:

    * Assessing your eligibility

    * Evaluating if SBIR is the right program for your company's R&D; goals

    * Navigating the SBIR process and target the agencies that are the best fit for you

    * Understanding the proposal process

    * Tips for preparing compelling, clear and concise applications

    Cost to attend SBIR 101 is $40 and includes breakfast and program materials.

    The Bellingham SBIR 101 workshop is being held in partnership with the Bellingham-Whatcom EDC and TAG, the Northwest Chapter of WSA.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC SBIR Program

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  • Energy Industry Plan in the Works for Washington

    A new plan to capitalize on Washington's strengths in energy resources and technology innovation could soon spell success for our state with respect to becoming a power player in the global energy market.

    The Washington State Office of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) and Washington Technology Center (WTC) hosted a renewable energy & energy efficiency forum in November 2004 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. The purpose of the forum was to gather input on developing a statewide strategy for Washington's energy future.

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    The forum, which took the form of a large-scale focus group of energy industry representatives, technology entrepreneurs, utility companies, and government leaders addressed a range of topics that touched on renewable energy and energy efficiency challenges and opportunities for Washington.

    The Washington State Legislature has tasked WTC with developing a report that outlines a renewable energy and energy efficiency plan for the state. The report will outline opportunities in the energy technology sector and suggest actions items for capitalizing on the state's strengths with respect to new commercial markets in this industry.

    The forum provided an opportunity for stakeholders, industry experts and technology companies working on energy innovations to discuss the potential to develop and commercialize sustainable, renewable energy and energy efficient products through such emerging alternative power sources as wind, biomass and bio fuel.

    From this session, Washington Technology Center compiled information to create a draft plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency Strategy for Washington. The plan was reviewed and revised following a public comment period in December. The revised draft plan is being presented to the Washington State Legislature in January. The final report on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities for Washington is slated for public release in March.

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