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Modumetal, UW Partnership Receives Funding for Anti-Corrosion Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Washington Technology Center
Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. As an organization, Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center's work has generated more than $600 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, visit www.watechcenter.org or call 206-685-1920.

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    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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    3TIER launches global wind prospecting tool

    3TIER, a Seattle-based provider of wind, solar and hydro energy assessment forecasting, announced expansion of its FirstLook® Prospecting tool, providing free access to average wind speed ranges throughout the world. “This intuitive and interactive tool provides a free, initial assessment of global wind resources,” says Kenneth Westrick, CEO and founder of 3TIER. “We developed this map as part of REmapping the World,™ a sophisticated renewable energy resource mapping initiative we launched in March 2008 to address the biggest barrier to global renewable energy adoption – the lack of information.”

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    Theo Chocolate, UW scientists to identify the best organic cocoa beans

    Xconomy's interview with Theo's chief operating officer and food scientist, Dr. Andy McShea, describes Theo's partnership with University of Washington to develop food quality-analysis technology.

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    Omeros awarded $465,000 grant for Parkinson's research

    Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, has been awarded a $465,000 grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to evaluate Omeros' recent dicovery of a new target for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

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    JEOL provides more details on first electron beam lithography machine in Northwest

    JEOL USA issued a press release giving more information on the Pacific Northwest's first-of-its-kind electron beam lithography tool. JEOL will install the tool to support nanoscience research when the University of Washington takes delivery of a JEOL JBX-6300FS e-beam system. The system will be installed in the state-funded Washington Technology Center Microfabrication Lab. Funding for the tool acquisition was provided through a state-supported STAR researchers’ grant to Michael Hochberg, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a matching grant from the Washington Research Foundation.

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    Northstar Neuroscience announces plans to dissolve

    Northstar Neuroscience, a medical device company developing therapies for the treatment of major depressive disorder, announced in a press release January 5, 2009 "that its Board of Directors has determined, in its best business judgment after consideration of potential strategic alternatives, that it is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders to liquidate the company's assets and to dissolve the company."

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    3TIER receives $10M in venture funding

    The venture funding will help Seattle-based 3TIER open offices in Europe and Asia and expand globally its forecasting and assessment products and services for weather-driven renewable energy resources (wind, hydro and solar power).

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    Insilicos Awarded $900K Grant From NIH

    Insilicos announced that the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (part of the National Institutes of Health) has awarded the company a $900,000 grant to study Ensemble Learning. Ensemble Learning is a prediction technique that is particularly well-suited to the large data sets of biomedical research. Insilicos has received over $3 million in NIH grants, which support the company's research towards diagnostics for cardiovascular disease.

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    EnerG2 raises $8.5 M in financing round

    EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup in the energy storage market, announced the company has raised $8.5 million in a Series A financing round led by OVP Venture Partners of Kirkland and Firelake Capital Management of Palo Alto, California. EnerG2 uses University of Washington technology to create ultracapacitors which store and release more energy faster than conventional batteries.

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    Seattle/Puget Sound Wave and Tidal Energy Symposium

    Some 90 participants spent a full day at Bell Harbor Conference Center on September 22, 2008 hearing about the opportunities and challenges of producing energy from ocean and tidal resources.

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    Speakers included Steve Klein, the CEO of Snohomish PUD, who spoke about its plans for pilots on both tidal energy and geothermal sources, Roger Garratt, the Director of Resource Acquisition and Emerging Technology at Puget Sound Energy, who emphasized the urgency of finding alternative energy sources to meet the Renewable Portfolio Standards for Washington, and a range of speakers from both the United Kingdom and the State of Washington covering topics from operating demonstrations, through early stage design of new technology to legislation and environmental permitting.

    The Pacific Northwest is identified as the region with most potential in the United States for wave and tidal power generation. However, we are still in the early stages of pinpointing the most promising sites around Puget Sound and along the ocean coasts. Significantly more data and research is required to assess the possible impacts on the marine environment. The UK has been piloting a range of wave/tidal generators since the mid-1990's and is building some valuable experience. They are also conscious of the concentrated effort required to bring together the range of specialties and interests to allow a pilot. One UK speaker talking of a pilot turbine in Northern Ireland commented- "Strangford Lough is an inland body of water surrounded by committees."

    At the end of the symposium there was considerable interest in building ways of staying in touch and sharing information so that we can collaborate and accelerate the innovation path for this energy source. Washington Technology Center is identifying how best to support that effort.

    The symposium formed part of a UK trade mission that was going on to meetings in Oregon and attending the Oregon Wave Energy Conference later in the week. It was planned and delivered through the collective support of UK Trade & Investment, Port of Seattle, Washington Clean Technology Alliance, Washington Technology Center, and Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development.

    Contributed by Graham Evans

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