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WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham takes post at ASU Biodesign Institute

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

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

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

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

Related external links (will open a new window):

  • The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

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    WTC welcomes Andy Kaplan as lab business development manager

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

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

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

    Related WTC links:

  • Learn more about the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory

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

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

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    Mike Schwenk discusses innovation

    Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., discussed innovation -- and why big goals are critical -- at the Grant County EDC Winter 2008 Luncheon.



    Related external links (will open a new window):

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

    Related WTC links:

  • Mike Schwenk is chair of the WTC board of directors

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    WTC releases 2009 annual report

    IN A REFLECTION OF AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT, this year presented a set of opportunities and challenges not often seen in Washington Technology Center's 26-year history. In our fiscal year 2009 plan, we anticipated a year with a smaller resource base and a need to focus on our strengths. We acted, and as a result we finished fiscal year 2009 registering success in our joint research and laboratory programs.

    Download the 2009 Annual Report to read client success stories and details of research commercialization in the State of Washington.

    Major Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2009

  • AWARDED $875,686 to Washington researchers helping 16 companies grow.
  • PROVIDED access to Microfabrication Laboratory services and equipment to 21 companies and 25 academic groups, with a total of 93 users.
  • ASSISTED 128 potential federal grant applicants through SBIR workshops.
  • SUPPORTED angel groups as they invested $2.44 million in 12 emerging companies.
  • HOSTED Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 and co-hosted the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference 2008, which connected more than 650 industry and public-sector innovators.
  • REFERRED ten companies to Boeing through our technology identification service.
  • ASSISTED 195 business consulting clients with funding strategies and business analyses.
  • RECEIVED $136,000 in stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue our research into nano-scale solar energy technology.
  • INVESTED in equipment that will lead to significant, new fabrication capability in 2010.
  • POSITIONED clients to generate more than $30 million in external funding, an 11:1 leverage of state investment.

    Want to receive a printed copy of the 2009 Annual Report?

    Please send an email to info@watechcenter.org with the subject line 2009 Annual Report and your full mailing information in the body of the email.

    Related WTC links:

  • Additional data and metrics at www.watechcenter.org/data

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    WTC wins national award for tech-based economic development

    Washington Technology Center's state-funded Research and Technology Development Program was honored by SSTI for outstanding achievement in technology-based economic development.


    SEATTLE - October 22, 2009 - Washington Technology Center was named one of six recipients of The State Science and Technology Institute's 2009 Excellence in TBED awards for initiating successful programs to sustain the nation's position as a global leader for innovation and competitiveness. WTC's Research and Technology Development (RTD) Program was honored as a best-practice model for demonstrating leadership and meaningful impact to state and regional economies.

    "The Washington Technology Center's RTD Program stands out because of the substantial impact it has achieved from its persistent assistance to Washington companies over 17 years. Impressively, the RTD Program's more than 330 funded projects have resulted in almost a half-billion dollars in follow-on support from private and federal sources," said Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO.

    "This award recognizes the effectiveness of our staff and partners' research commercialization efforts," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center. "We're pleased that Washington is receiving national attention for efficiently delivering economic development services, specifically by leveraging state dollars to create new job opportunities in advanced technology."

    "Successes such as this are possible only because of the support of the Washington State Legislature and our research institution partners, and the commitment of our all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Committees," said Cheatham.

    WTC's Research and Technology Development Program awards $1 million in applied research funding each year to teams comprised of companies and researchers in the state of Washington. The grant program helps move innovative ideas out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.

    "WTC's RTD program fills an important gap," said Rick Luebbe, CEO of EnerG2, a Seattle-based startup company that has recently raised $32 million to commercialize technology from the University of Washington. "It supplemented our R&D; costs and helped us position our company for the energy storage market."

    SSTI's third-annual awards follow a nationwide competition recognizing outstanding achievements in tech-based economic development (TBED) emphasizing impact, strategic value and replicability. Recipients were selected by a panel of accomplished former and current practitioners and were honored today during a ceremony at SSTI's 13th Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas, attended by top economic development professionals from across the nation. More information about the awards is available online at http://www.prnewswire.com.

    About SSTI
    The State Science and Technology Institute is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation. www.ssti.org.

    About Washington Technology Center
    Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center's work has generated more than $630 million in additional investment for Washington companies and researchers. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, visit www.watechcenter.org or call 206-685-1920.

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    Washington Technology Center Announces Board Appointments

    Washington Technology Center announces that Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Scott Keeney of nLIGHT Corporation, Ken Myer of the Washington Technology Industry Association, and M. Grant Norton of Washington State University to the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center.

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    Scott KeeneyScott Keeney is co-founder and President/CEO of nLIGHT Corporation (www.nlight.net), a leading semiconductor laser manufacturer with facilities in Vancouver, Washington; Hillsboro, Oregon; Shanghai, China; Heilbronn, Germany; and Lohja, Finland. nLIGHT supplies lasers for industrial, medical, defense, and consumer applications. nLIGHT has raised over $90 million from leading venture capital investors including Oak Investment Partners, Menlo Ventures, and MDV. In 2009, nLIGHT was named one of the fastest growing companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program for the fourth year in a row. In 2008 nLIGHT was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from The Oregon Entrepreneur's Network. In 2006, Scott was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, Scott was CEO of Aculight (acquired by Lockheed) and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Scott is founder and Chairman for nConnect NW (www.nconnect.org) an education non-profit focused on enhancing rigorous high school programs in the Northwest. Scott is the former chair of the Southwest Washington High Tech Council and is a board member of the Community Foundation in SW Washington. Scott holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington where he graduated summa cum laude.

    Ken MyerKen Myer is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), the largest state technology association in North America. Ken has over 20 years of successful experience in the technology industry leading companies ranging in size from start up to Fortune 100. As co-founder of Interval Systems, Myer helped position the company as one of the leading providers of software tools to industrial engineers for implementing lean manufacturing. As Executive Vice President of publicly traded Active Voice Corporation, Myer led the worldwide marketing, sales, technical services, and customer service teams as they launched a new product line into the Fortune 2500 market. The success of the launch helped pave the way for an eventual buyout by Cisco in 2001 for $300M. At IBM Corporation Myer held a variety of executive positions including General Manager of the Northwest and Intermountain Region, National Executive for the Computer Services Industries, and CFO IBM Northwest. Myer holds an MBA and Masters of Speech Communication from the University of Washington and participates in national and regional commercial and non-profit boards including Esna Technologies, Cascade Land Conservancy, University of Washington Information School, University of Washington Masters of Communications in Digital Media, and the Technology Alliance, where he has served as Board President.

    M. Grant NortonM. Grant Norton is Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University and serves as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Professor Norton obtained his PhD in Materials from Imperial College, London and spent a two-year postdoctoral at Cornell University before joining the Washington State University faculty in 1991. In 2003 and 2004 he was an AFOSR Faculty Research Associate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and spent the 1999/2000 academic year as a Visiting Professor at Oxford University. From 2000 to 2005 Professor Norton was Chair of Materials Science at Washington State University. He is author or co-author of over 160 papers in the archival literature, several book chapters, and two textbooks, one on X-ray diffraction and most recently Ceramic Materials: Science and Engineering, published by Springer. Professor Norton serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Science, is on the International Editorial Board Journal of Materials Education, and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Nanotechnology. Prior to entering academia, Norton worked for two major European multinationals. Professor Norton has consulted for a number of companies and organizations, including an interesting project on the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. He recently formed GoNano Technologies, Inc., a university spin off company focused on alternative energy applications for nanomaterials.

    A complete list of board members and a link to their biographies can be found online at http://www.watechcenter.org/?s=17.

    Washington Technology Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of business and academic leaders who serve as the governing arm of the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

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


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    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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    New technology stimulus program for small businesses in Washington

    Washington Technology Center's new Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program will award short-term access to sophisticated MEMS fabrication equipment to help companies develop job-growing, innovative commercial technologies.

    SEATTLE - August 24, 2009 - Washington Technology Center announces today the launch of the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program, a new stimulus program that will award short-term access to sophisticated MEMS fabrication equipment to help small companies in Washington develop job-growing, innovative commercial technologies.

    "In these difficult economic times, I commend Washington Technology Center for offering companies increased access to resources for developing market-ready products," said Washington's Director of Commerce Rogers Weed. "This kind of collaboration between the public and private sectors helps support our state's 21st century industries, and more importantly, helps to create quality jobs right here in Washington."

    "Our new lab access program is one of three state-funded programs that we're using to invest in innovation in Washington state," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center. "We believe this program will help small companies more effectively leverage limited funding for technology development in the current economy.

    Washington Technology Center will accept proposals from companies with fewer than 100 employees in any technical area or industry that can utilize the facilities and equipment of the center's 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: proof of concept, prototyping, testing, process development, and small-scale production.

    Proposals selected for awards will need to show clear potential for economic impact and a well-defined work plan. As the award program is focused on companies that have an immediate need for laboratory facilities, lab access projects are limited to a maximum of three consecutive months of no-cost Microfabrication Laboratory use.

    Tours of the Microfabrication Laboratory will be held Aug. 28 and Sept. 29, 2009.

    More information about the Microfabrication Laboratory Access Program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/accessprogram.

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

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    WSU breaks ground on Vancouver engineering building

    Washington State University celebrated August 19, 2009 with a ground breaking in Vancouver for the $43.5 million Applied Technology Classroom building. The four-story 56,000-square-foot building will open in 2011 for use by WSU Vancouver's new undergraduate electrical engineering program. The building is the only new capital project funded by Washington state in the current biennium. Funding for a proposed adjoining semiconductor user facility -- to be operated by Washington Technology Center -- is being sought from federal sources.

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  • WSU elevates high-tech offerings
    The Columbian - Vancouver, WA - August 19, 2009
  • In Our View, Aug. 21: Progress on Parade
    The Columbian - Vancouver, WA - August 21, 2009

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  • Vancouver user facility featured in The Columbian’s B2B magazine
    Posted 7/19/2008
  • Funding secured for Washington Technology Center user facility in Vancouver
    Posted 10/19/2007
  • New High-Tech Research Lab Slated for Vancouver
    Posted 7/21/2006

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    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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    WTC job opening: Microfabrication Lab Outreach Manager

    Washington Technology Center is seeking a Microfabrication Laboratory outreach manager to increase awareness of both the lab and economic development programs at WTC, and in so doing increase the number of lab users.

    The Microfabrication Laboratory (MFL) is a class 10,000 cleanroom focused on silicon processing with additional equipment to process glass and compound semiconductors. The major sector of work is Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), with significant work done in life sciences, optics, and material research. The facility is used for device research, development of novel fabrication techniques, pilot production, and some teaching.

    Lab customers range from academic users from various universities, to small businesses in a startup or preproduction phase, to large established companies interested in new research or proof of concept that might not be possible in their own facilities.

    MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Through the following, increase the number of MFL users.
    • Develop and implement an annual MFL outreach strategy that increases awareness of MFL capabilities among current and prospective industry and academic users.
    • Represent WTC and the MFL at conferences, events, and meetings.
    • Act as the primary WTC point of contact for existing MFL users.
    • Track lab metrics including: revenue, customer satisfaction, and leverage.
    • Work with the MFL Lab Manager to coordinate possible contract work for long distance users interested in the facility.

    To learn more about the position, including how to apply, visit the WTC job openings page.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC Job Openings
  • WTC Microfabrication Laboratory Web site

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    WTC board elects officers -- Mike Schwenk of PNNL is Chair

    Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was elected Chair of the Board for Washington Technology Center at the June 18, 2009 WTC board of directors meeting. Two board officers were reelected to their positions: Vice Chair of the Board -- Hal Dengerink, chancellor for Washington State University Vancouver; and Vice Chair of Finance -- Michael Bisesi, Director, Center for Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Management at Seattle University.

    These three elected officers along with the immediate past chair, Robin Halliday, and the WTC executive director, Lee Cheatham, constitute the board Executive Committee.

    Related WTC links:

  • View a list of the current WTC board of directors

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    Question: what would you like to see at the next Innovation Summit?

    Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    Photos, video and highlights of the Innovation Summit

    CTED Director Rogers Weed addressing the summit


    From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Visit the summit Web page for photos, video and coverage of the event.

    What are your take aways from the event? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    Washington Technology Center awards $376,454 to spur innovation and jobs

    Five company-researcher projects have been awarded state funding for the development of innovative commercial technologies.

    SEATTLE – July 1, 2009 – Washington Technology Center has awarded a total of $376,454 in state funding to five researchers working with companies to develop commercially promising technologies. The companies expect commercial adoption of their technologies to create 175 new jobs in Washington during the next five years.

    The company partners are: Data Data, of Vancouver; Healionics, of Redmond; Modumetal, of Seattle; Paine Electronics, of East Wenatchee; and Simulab, of Seattle. Winning proposals from the University of Washington and Washington State University Vancouver described innovation in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.

    "I commend these companies and their research partners for growing new business opportunities," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. "This kind of investment in innovation builds on our state’s strong university research institutions, supports our 21st century industries, and most importantly, helps to create family-wage jobs in Washington.”

    This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

    Data Data, Inc., a property data solutions company founded in 2007, is collaborating with the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver to evaluate the use of machine learning algorithms to improve document classification and information extraction from images of public records documents. Data Data expects that successful application of this technology will enable the company to scale its real estate market statistics services to the national level and, in the process, create 40 new technology jobs in Washington during the next five years. WSU Vancouver will receive $28,546 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $5,845 from Data Data for the project. More

    Healionics Corporation, a startup biomaterials company in Redmond, is partnered with the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington to commercialize UW technology that will reduce infection from skin-breaching devices such as catheters. Healionics expects this technology will enable the company to capture a significant part of a $100-200 million market resulting in the creation of 50 new technology jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $82,500 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $16,500 from Healionics for the project. More

    Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, is teamed with the University of Washington’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering to develop an innovative nanostructured anti-corrosion technology. Modumetal projects this new technology will lead to many opportunities in a $120 billion market and grow 50 jobs in the company during the next five years. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Modumetal for the project. More

    Paine Electronics, LLC, a manufacturer of pressure instrumentation with headquarters in East Wenatchee and a production facility in Renton, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering to develop an integrated circuit for use in high-temperature sensors. Paine Electronics expects the new sensors will open up opportunities in the growing geothermal and mineral exploration markets, and create 25 jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $65,408 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $14,538 from Paine Electronics for the project. More

    Simulab Corporation, a Seattle-based developer of medical and surgical simulators, is working with the BioRobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington to commercialize UW software capable of measuring hands-on surgical skills. Simulab plans to target surgical residency programs and large hospitals for the skill-evaluating simulators, and projects the creation of 20 jobs during the next five years. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Simulab for the project. More

    About the Research & Technology Development (RTD) Grant Program
    Washington Technology Center competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually through the Research & Technology Development Grant Program for technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs in Washington. Each project team is comprised of a Washington company partner and a researcher from a university or research nonprofit in the state. The company defines the research challenge and provides access to the commercial market. The university or nonprofit researcher executes the research with funding from both Washington Technology Center and the company partner. Since 1996, the RTD program has supported 335 research commercialization projects. Applications for the next funding round are due October 22, 2009. More information about the research and technology development program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

    About Washington Technology Center
    Washington Technology Center is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation. We spark ideas, form connections between people and resources, and foster job growth to position Washington state as a national technology leader. As an organization, Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. Our 15,000-square-foot Microfabrication Laboratory provides companies and university researchers access to facilities and specialized equipment for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) research and product/process development. The impact of Washington Technology Center’s work has generated more than $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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    Energy stimulus funding awarded to Washington Technology Center

    Center receives $136,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), disbursed through the U.S. Department of Energy, for nano-scale solar energy technology.

    SEATTLE - June 12, 2009 - Washington Technology Center has been awarded $136,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy "Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies" program, for a project to develop nano-scale imprinting methods to enhance thin-film silicon solar energy technology. The program will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    This project allows for follow-on work from a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded research program focused on nanoscale lithography.

    "This project builds on WTC's work over the past three years," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center (WTC). "We're pleased with this support from the Department of Energy and Congress. This funding will help Washington Technology Center and our partners accelerate our innovative work in solar energy technology. These investigations into nano-scale imprinting methods could lead to new manufacturing processes and increased efficiencies in the solar energy industry within five years. We believe this investment will help Washington and the Pacific Northwest stay at the forefront of the technology-based clean energy industry."

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    The title of the WTC project is "Nanoimprinted Diffraction Gratings for Light Trapping in Crystal-Silicon Film Photovoltaics."

    "The premise of our work is straight forward," Cheatham explains. "Tiny features on the surface of a silicon thin-film solar cell 'bend' the light in the silicon. More light is trapped and converted into electricity. WTC's principal investigator on the project, Dr. Dirk Weiss, has been getting great results from his work using a technology called 'nanoimprinting,' and this funding will allow him to develop the proof of concept for a solar photovoltaic module."

    Washington Technology Center's project partners are Oregon State University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    The Washington Technology Center project is one of 24 projects receiving funding from the DOE through a competitive award process.

    According to the DOE Web site, the funded projects range from automated assembly to semiconductor fabrication, and target manufacturing and product cost reduction with the potential to have an impact within 2 to 6 years on a substantial segment of the photovoltaic industry. DOE will invest up to $22 million as part of the Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies project which identifies and accelerates the development of unique PV products or processes that will impact the solar industry. The project supports the overall goals of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP or Solar Program).

    The total WTC project cost is $184,000 with $136,000 coming from DOE and nearly $48,000 in cost matching and in-kind contributions from WTC and project partner Oregon State University.

    Resources for additional information:
    -- WTC project summary [.pdf]
    -- DOE Web site link to awarded projects [link to external site]

    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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    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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    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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    Related WTC links:

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    Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 wrap-up

    From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Read on for Summit highlights and media coverage.



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    Summit Highlights

    Sustainable energy:
    -Jet fuel replacement is critical, as electricity is not an option as in cars
    -Algae, tallow and biomass will be the key sustainable biofuel sectors
    -Regulatory assistance is critical to helping small companies navigate bureaucracy.
    -Early-stage funding is very difficult; need political will for government assistance (need a 'man on the moon' mission for sustainable energy sector).

    Healthy ecosystems:
    -Green chemistry: replacing molecules to make things non-toxic or less toxic
    -Bio Security: nanotechnology to address water safety issue
    -Washington has leading research institutions, but needs to focus additional effort on commercialization

    Urban sustainability:
    -Monitoring and making visible the energy usage in buildings
    -Energy savings are dependent on users changing behavior
    -Focus on how to lessen dependence on single-occupancy vehicles

    Innovative materials and manufacturing:
    -The future of airplane construction could involve wood again in the form of nanocrystalline cellulose particles

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Washington Innovation Summit Roundup
    Blogging Innovation from Braden Kelley of Business Strategy Innovation - Seattle, WA - April 16, 2009
  • From Microsoft to Olympia: Q&A; With Rogers Weed, New Washington Commerce Chief
    Xconomy - Seattle, WA - April 15, 2009
  • Jet Biofuel, the Carbon Slaughterhouse and Green Jobs: Washington's Innovation Summit
    WorldChanging Seattle - Seattle, WA - April 13, 2009
  • How Cleantech Ideas Happen: Report from an Innovation Summit
    Energy Priorities - Seattle, WA - April 10, 2009
  • Bellevue tech summit highlights innovation
    Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA - April 10, 2009
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Stimulus Dime? Washington Innovation Summit Notebook
    Xconomy - Seattle, WA - April 10, 2009
  • Innovation Summit: Using wood to build airplanes, again
    The Seattle Times - WA - April 9, 2009
  • Cantwell: Smart grid "mother of all markets"
    The Seattle Times - WA - April 9, 2009
  • Technology Innovations in Washington
    Weekday from KUOW.org - Seattle, WA - April 6, 2009

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  • Washington's Innovation Summit 2009

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    Wash. House and Senate propose 20% budget cut for WTC

    The Washington State House and Senate released their proposed 2009-2011 operating budgets in March -- with each proposing a 20% reduction in state funding for Washington Technology Center. From a base of $5.676 million for the biennium, pass-through funding to the Washington Technology Center through CTED is reduced by $1.135 million.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • 2009-2011 Budget Proposals

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC Chair testified to House committee on proposed budget cuts

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    WTC research funding applications due April 23

    Are you working on innovative technology applications with near-term commercial potential? Consider applying for a Washington Technology Center grant to offset the costs of your R&D.; Applications are due April 23.

    www.watechcenter.org/rtd

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    Washington Technology Center awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to Washington-based research teams in an effort to help transition great ideas out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

    If you are a Washington technology business looking to partner with an academic or non-profit researcher on a collaborative research endeavor, you may be eligible for a funding award through Washington Technology Center's Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program.

    These awards help Washington companies grow faster, create jobs and attract investors by providing the critical funding needed to advance scientific research and product development.

    RTD awards pay up to 80% of the cost of research projects -- allowing you to channel your capital to other business growth needs or continue working on breakthrough scientific discoveries. Project teams are eligible to receive up to $100,000 for initial proof-of-concept projects and up to $300,000 total for multi-phase projects.

    Washington Technology Center allocates $1 million annually for these grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis to collaborative research teams working on innovative technology projects with strong commercial potential.

    Washington Technology Center is now accepting proposals for its next round of grants which will be awarded in June. Projects begin July 1. But hurry, applications are due April 23.

    Free informational meetings are held throughout Washington state each year.

    For more information about the RTD Grants Program, visit http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd. Here you will find everything from Eligibility Criteria to Downloadable Proposal Materials. Or, for additional information, please contact Russell Paez, 206.616.3102, rpaez@watechcenter.org.

    More than 300 companies have benefited from the RTD grant program. You could be next.

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    Final day to register online for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 is Tuesday

    Tuesday is the final day to register online for Thursday's Innovation Summmit. More than 350 attendees have pre-registered, and total registration is expected to reach close to 400. View the agenda and speakers at www.watechcenter.org/summit.

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    KUOW's Weekday focuses on innovation, features Summit speakers

    KUOW's Weekday host Steve Scher talks to industry leaders about technology innovation. Guest panelists on the Monday April 6th 10 a.m. live show include Ash Awad of McKinstry, John Barclay of Prometheus Energy, Lee Cheatham of Washington Technology Center, and Richard Pleus of Intertox.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Listen to Weekday online
  • McKinstry
  • Intertox
  • Prometheus Energy

    Related WTC links:

  • Washington's Innovation Summit 2009

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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.

    Related WTC links:

  • Register for Washington's Innovation Summit 2009

    Post questions or offer your views -- your comments will help shape the Summit discussion

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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
    Get directions from Google Maps
    Register for this location

    April 1, 2009
    Washington State University Vancouver
    Firstenburg Student Commons
    14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue
    Vancouver, WA 98686
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    Register for this location

    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

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Register for the Seattle area workshop
  • Register for the WSU Vancouver workshop

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    Washington State Senate passes bill promoting innovation and the commercialization of technologies

    Senate Bill 5553, in the interest of increasing technology commercialization in Washington, directs Washington Technology Center to expand commercialization resources and assistance available to innovative firms.

    Senator Derek Kilmer reports in the Senate Democrats Blog that SB 5553, sponsored by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Innovation, passed the Senate unanimously.

    The Senate Bill Report summary provides details.

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    "The WTC is given a number of new commercialization obligations, which it may meet directly or meet via contract. The center is to work with state universities and colleges, private and federal research institutions, and economic development and technology assistance organizations to: (1) train and assist small businesses to win federal technology innovation program awards; (2) supply a guide to the commercialization process at research and academic institutions; (3) make a recommendation on integrating and accessing databases of technologies and inventions available in the state; and (4) provide training to technical assistance providers on the provision of commercialization assistance.

    "The center is also to develop a funding resource guide, offer workshops on accessing financing for commercialization, help novice investors learn about investing in technology-based companies, host events to connect entrepreneurs and investors, and maintain a website for entrepreneurs and investors. Finally, the center is to report on the impact of commercialization activities annually."

    The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • Read more in the Senate Democrats Blog
  • Bill Information for SB 5553 - 2009-10

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    WTC launches a news forum

    Washington Technology Center has launched a news forum covering innovation and technology in Washington. We'll track news, events and funding opportunities related to the companies we work with in Washington's high impact sectors such as energy, life sciences, aerospace, defense and security, and MEMS and nanotechnology. News forum readers have the ability to leave comments, view news by topic labels, and subscribe to forum posts with our news feed. We'll continue our quarterly email newsletter, which will serve as a quarterly 'news in review.' Let us know what you think about our news forum. Post your comments or send us an email at info@watechcenter.org.

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    Boeing Technology Sourcing

    Washington Technology Center actively works with Boeing’s Technology Sourcing, Evaluation and Integration team to identify new technologies that address a variety of Boeing’s current and future technology needs. WTC manager Elaine Kong periodically distributes non-proprietary Boeing need statements to her network. She also assists companies that are interested in working with Boeing to quickly determine if opportunities are a good fit. Please contact Elaine (elainek@watechcenter.org) if you would like to receive the Boeing need statements.

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    Washington Technology Center Announces Board Appointments

    Washington Technology Center announces that Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Brent Reys of Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group, Linden Rhoads of UW TechTransfer, and Stephen Zirschky of WatchGuard Technologies to the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center.

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    Brent Reys is vice president and regional director of Commercial Advisory Services for Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Group. Commercial Advisory Services is a newly formed group that provides consulting services in the areas of business succession and liquidity planning activities, and integrates strategic planning solutions through Wells Fargo Securities and Wells Fargo- The Private Bank. During his 16-year career in finance, he has served as a commercial and private banker, investment banker, CFO/controller, strategic planner and executive advisor -- all roles that have provided him with business expertise and the financial aptitude to simplify complex situations and find innovation solutions for a variety of private companies and shareholders. Brent holds a B.A. Corporate Finance degree from Seattle Pacific University and has served on several non-profits boards including Museum of History and Industry and Cancer Lifeline. He is also a founding member of the Gage Academy, formerly Seattle Academy of Fine Art. A native of Seattle, Reys lives in the Leschi area with his wife and young son and enjoys experiencing the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

    Linden Rhoads is the Vice Provost of UW TechTransfer, the unit of the University that seeks to commercialize discoveries made from research conducted at the UW. Previously, Ms. Rhoads was a veteran executive in the Seattle high tech community. She co-founded or served as an active director and/or interim CEO of a number of successful Seattle-based startups, including ChiliSoft, Singingfish.com, AdRelevance, GBI and Nimble Technology. A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Rhoads majored in Geophysics. While working full time, she attended the UW School of Law, where she focused on intellectual property. Ms. Rhoads has been an active member of the UW community, serving on the board of the Washington Technology Center, the Dean's Advisory Board at the UW Law School, the steering committee for the UW Law School Capital Campaign and the campaign committee for the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

    Stephen Zirschky is currently the General Counsel for WatchGuard Technologies, an international technology corporation located in Seattle. He also serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Latvia to foster business relationships between interested companies. A former Professor of Business and Acquisition Management at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Stephen also served as legal counsel for Microvision, located in Redmond, Washington. Stephen received his law degree from Western State and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Chapman University.

    A complete list of board members and a link to their biographies can be found online at http://www.watechcenter.org/?s=17.

    Washington Technology Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of business and academic leaders who serve as the governing arm of the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

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    WTC Chair testified to House committee on proposed budget cuts

    Washington Technology Center board of directors chair Robin Halliday testified January 15, 2009 before the Washington State House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on the Governor’s proposed 2009-11 operating budget and the proposed 30% reduction in state funding for WTC.

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    [Prepared Remarks]

    Madame Chair and members of the committee. My name is Robin Halliday. I am a retired small business owner from Bellingham and currently serve as the Chair of the Washington Technology Center Board of Directors.

    The proposed budget calls for a massive reduction in the support for WTC’s work with small businesses across the state -- a reduction of $1.7M, or more than 30% of WTC’s total state funding.

    Members of WTC’s board of directors and I are puzzled.

    We understand that the state faces one of the most serious financial difficulties in memory. We also believe this is exactly the time to invest in those organizations with a proven record of positive economic impact.

    WTC has just such a record. Over the past 13 years, WTC has leveraged the state’s annual investment of less than $3 million, by assisting companies in all parts of the state to attract an additional $600M for research, manufacturing and new jobs.

    WTC has also done its part to attract other sources of support. Six years ago the state provided more than 80% of WTC’s funding, today the state provides about half.

    Without restoring state support, WTC will not be able to attract the private and federal funds that now make up 50% of its budget.

    Other state economic development investments have not declined at this rate. In fact, CTED’s proposed budget for 2009 is reduced by only 8.9% and WTC’s sister organization SIRTI, also considered a state agency, is reduced by only 5.4%.

    In hard times it appears easy to make significant reductions by cutting grants and contracts to organizations such as WTC. However, these are often the organizations that most efficiently and effectively deliver economic development services, specifically by leveraging these state dollars to create partnerships with the private sector

    In a handout, I am providing examples of economic growth and new jobs created in your communities through your investment in the Washington Technology Center.

    I ask that when you consider the state’s economic development budget, you take time to consider how WTC has positively affected the state for the past 25 years and then reinstate full funding.

    Thank you.

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    Washington Technology Center Awards $485,261 in Research Funding

    Washington Technology Center awarded research and technology development funding totaling $485,261 to seven* projects developed between companies and Washington researchers.

    Companies with winning projects for January 2009 are: Applied Precision, of Issaquah; ATS, of Silverdale; The Boeing Company and HEATCON® Composite Systems, of Seattle; Enertechnix, of Maple Valley; GeoMonkey, Inc., of Vancouver; Omeros Corporation, of Seattle; and Theo Chocolate, Inc., of Seattle. Winning proposals described innovative research in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, food safety and quality, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.

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    "Washington’s success in research and development is known globally," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. "And the bold innovations created by these companies will help keep Washington’s economy robust. Congratulations to each of you."

    Washington Technology Center competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually as part of the Research and Technology Development Grant Program. 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 329 Research and Technology Development projects.

    Each project team is comprised of a Washington company partner and a researcher from a university or research nonprofit in the state. The company defines the research challenge and provides access to the commercial market. The university or nonprofit researcher executes the research with funding from both Washington Technology Center and the company partner.

    This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

    Applied Precision, Inc., an Issaquah-based manufacturer of biomedical imaging systems, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine to commercialize a microfluidic imaging technology for biomedical applications. UW will receive $95,215 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $22,500 from Applied Precision for the project. More

    ATS, a Silverdale-based provider of intelligent search software and services, is working with Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop data merging algorithms. WSU will receive $50,000 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $17,500 from ATS for the project. More

    The Boeing Company’s Research & Technology group and HEATCON® Composite Systems, a Seattle-based composite repair equipment supplier, are collaborating with the University of Washington’s Mechanical Engineering Department to improve the efficiency of composite-structural repairs. UW will receive $75,190 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from The Boeing Company for the project. More

    Enertechnix, a Maple Valley-based manufacturer of high-temperature imaging systems, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering to develop algorithms to control the cleaning of heat-transfer surfaces in industrial processes. UW will receive $100,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $20,000 from Enertechnix for the project. More

    GeoMonkey (doing business as MapWith.Us), a Vancouver-based developer of mapping software, is collaborating with WSU Vancouver’s School of Engineering and Computer Science to develop a framework for publishing geo-spatial data generated from consumer mobile communication devices. WSU Vancouver will receive $35,582 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $8,092 from GeoMonkey for the project. More

    Omeros Corporation, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company, is working with the University of Washington’s Department of Bioengineering to develop a new drug delivery platform for applications in medical imaging and cancer therapy. UW will receive $99,274 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $34,746 from Omeros Corporation for the project. More

    Theo Chocolate, Inc., a Seattle-based manufacturer of artisan chocolates and confections, is collaborating with the University of Washington’s Department of Chemistry to develop food-safety and quality-analysis technology. UW will receive $30,000 in Phase I research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $6,000 from Theo Chocolate for the project. More

    This round of funding is anticipated to generate more than 350 full-time technology jobs in Washington during the next five years. Washington Technology Center estimates that through its work with entrepreneurs, more than 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in Washington state, many of these from award recipients. New project funding is awarded twice annually.

    Annual follow-up surveys show that the Research and Technology Development Grant Program has helped Washington companies transition novel technologies into commercially-viable ventures.

    Proposals for the next round of funding are due April 23, 2009. More information about the Research and Technology Development Grant Program is available online at http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd.

    * (Update 2/10/09: an eighth project -- Greenwood Technologies -- has been canceled)

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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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    Research Funding Available from Washington Technology Center

    Are you working on innovative technology applications with near-term commercial potential? Consider applying for a Washington Technology Center grant to offset the costs of your R&D.; Notice of intent due March 19, application due April 23.

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    Washington Technology Center awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to Washington-based research teams in an effort to help transition great ideas out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

    If you are a Washington technology business looking to partner with an academic or non-profit researcher on a collaborative research endeavor, you may be eligible for a funding award through Washington Technology Center's Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program.

    These awards help Washington companies grow faster, create jobs and attract investors by providing the critical funding needed to advance scientific research and product development.

    RTD awards pay up to 80% of the cost of research projects -- allowing you to channel your capital to other business growth needs or continue working on breakthrough scientific discoveries. Project teams are eligible to receive up to $100,000 for initial proof-of-concept projects and up to $300,000 total for multi-phase projects.

    Washington Technology Center allocates $1 million annually for these grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis to collaborative research teams working on innovative technology projects with strong commercial potential.

    Washington Technology Center is now accepting proposals for its next round of grants which will be awarded in June. Projects begin July 1. But hurry, application deadlines are drawing near. Notice of Intent deadline is March 19 and applications are due April 23.

    Free informational meetings are held throughout Washington state each year.

    For more information about the RTD Grants Program, visit http://www.watechcenter.org/rtd. Here you will find everything from Eligibility Criteria to Downloadable Proposal Materials. Or, for additional information, please contact Russell Paez, 206.616.3102, rpaez@watechcenter.org.

    More than 300 companies have benefited from the RTD grant program. You could be next.

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    Research funding proposals due Oct. 23, 2008; next round of proposals due April 23, 2009

    WTC competitively awards around $1 million annually to applied research projects that show strong potential for generating long-term economic impact in Washington state.

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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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  • Multimillion-dollar nano tool coming to WTC Lab

    Within a year, companies and researchers will have access to a $2.5 million electron beam lithography tool to be housed in the WTC Microfabrication Laboratory. The machine, one of a handful available at U.S. institutions, will be acquired by the University of Washington with significant financial support from the Washington Research Foundation.

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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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  • WTC releases 2008 annual report

    2008 Annual ReportIn honor of Washington Technology Center's 25th anniversary, we're happy to report that our work continues to spur the next generation of technology advancements.

    Download the 2008 Annual Report to read details of our programs and activities.

    Below are a few of Washington Technology Center’s highlights for fiscal year 2008.

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    • Awarded more than $1 million in R&D funding to companies throughout Washington.

    • Reported a $17 leverage on each $1 of the state’s investment through Washington Technology Center. Companies generated $50 million in additional investment as a result of our assistance.

    • Supported our Angel Network groups as they invested $3 million in emerging companies.

    • Continued our focus on nanotechnology research to further ready our state for commercial opportunities in nanotechnology.

    • Secured additional federal funding with the assistance of Representative Brian Baird in support of our semiconductor user facility efforts in partnership with WSU Vancouver.

    • Hosted the Washington State Technology Summit and co-hosted the Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference which together attracted more than 700 business, science and economic development leaders.
    Want to receive a printed copy of the 2008 Annual Report?

    Please send an email to info@watechcenter.org with the subject line 2008 Annual Report and your full mailing information in the body of the email.


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    Washington Technology Center Announces Board Appointments

    Governor Chris Gregoire has appointed Matthew O'Donnell of the University of Washington and Mike Schwenk of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center. The Governor has also reappointed 12 WTC Directors.

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    Matthew O'Donnell has been appointed to a term effective August 2008 and ending June 2011. O'Donnell is the Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering for the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. O'Donnell holds 50 patents and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications. He is associate editor of the journal Ultrasonic Imaging, is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Imaging Study Section, a fellow of both IEEE and AIMBE, and a member of Sigma Xi, and the American Physical Society.

    Mike Schwenk has been appointed to a term effective August 2008 and ending June 2011. Schwenk is vice president and director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Battelle. Schwenk has thirty years of technical and business management experience in government, non-profit and corporate settings. For the past 10 years, he's championed numerous efforts that moved research out of the science laboratory and into the business community. In 2008, Schwenk was named Tri-Citian of the Year, for his longtime commitment to the Tri-Cities.

    Governor Gregoire reappointed the following WTC Directors:

    • Michael Bisesi, Director, Center for Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Management, Seattle University
    • Ralph Cavalieri, Associate Dean for Research College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Science, Washington State University
    • Jon K. Clemens, Immediate Past Chair, Washington Technology Center Board of Directors; Consultant, Sharp Laboratories of America
    • Michael Cockrill, Managing Partner, Atlas Accelerator
    • Hal Dengerink, Vice Chair, Washington Technology Center Board of Directors; Chancellor, Washington State University
    • Dennis Dyck, Vice Chancellor of Research, Washington State University
    • Jon Eliassen, Managing Director, Terrapin Capital Group LLC
    • Roger Gulrajani, Director, Smart Personal Objects Technology Group, Microsoft
    • Robin Halliday, Chair, Washington Technology Center Board of Directors; Board of Directors, DIS Corporation
    • Paul Hutton, President, Thought Engineering
    • Johannes Koch, Independent Consultant
    • Arlan Norman, Dean, College of Sciences & Technology, Western Washington University


    A complete list of board members and a link to their biographies can be found online at http://www.watechcenter.org/?s=17.

    Washington Technology Center's Board of Directors is comprised of business and academic leaders who serve as the governing arm of the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

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    Washington Technology Center awards $512,269 in research funding

    Seven company-researcher projects have been awarded state funding for the development of innovative commercial technology applications.

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  • Proposals for research and technology development funding due Oct. 23, 2008

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  • 2008 Tech Summit spurred dialogue among region’s tech leaders

    More than 400 attendees discussed ideas and directions in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials & manufacturing. Missed the event? View archived video and press coverage.

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  • WTC supports the Angel Groups Co-investment Initiative

    An article by the Angel Capital Education Foundation highlights activities of the Co-investment Initiative that are leading to Canadian-US deals.

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  • Vancouver user facility featured in The Columbian’s B2B magazine

    The article details user facility capabilities, describes linkages between WSU Vancouver and the community, and shows how the semiconductor user facility would be a boost to the region.

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  • Microfabrication Lab, NanoTech User Facility to operate jointly

    Facility will serve both academic and industrial users, and act as a micro and nano technology resource for companies in the state of Washington and nationwide.

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  • WTC’s 25 years and the state’s ROI on tech investment

    In a 16-minute podcast, WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham talks about WTC’s past, present and future in an interview conducted by Mike Schwenk, vice president and director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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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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  • Research funding proposals due April 24, 2008

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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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  • InnovaTek Collaboration Receives Research Funding for Hydrogen Fuel Technology

    Washington Technology Center awarded $64,275 in Research and Technology Development funding based on a proposal from InnovaTek in collaboration with Washington State University.

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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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  • 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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  • Washington Technology Center awards $528,978 in research funding

    Eight company-researcher projects have been awarded state funding for the development of innovative commercial technology applications. Companies with winning projects for January 2008 are: ATS Intelligent Discovery, of Silverdale; Columbia PhytoTechnology, LLC, of Carson; Efficere Technologies, Inc., of Vancouver; Greenwood Technologies, of Bellevue; Infometrix, Inc., of Bothell; Insilicos, of Seattle; nLight Photonics, of Vancouver; and Omeros Corporation, of Seattle.

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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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  • Washington Technology Center adds nanoimprint lithography tool to its Microfabrication Laboratory

    Washington Technology Center added a new tool to our Microfabrication Laboratory in December 2007: a nanoimprint lithography machine. This tool, which is the first of its kind in Washington state and which will first be used for our DARPA-sponsored nanolithography research program, will eventually become available to the Pacific Northwest research community. Nanoimprint lithography may be the key to introduction of nanotechnology to mass fabrication: while creating nanometer-sized structures (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter) with conventional techniques such as electron-beam lithography is very costly and time consuming, nanoimprint lithography can transfer nanometer structures onto a full wafer within a few seconds. Washington Technology Center is currently investigating opportunities in both the biosensing and solar energy fields.

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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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  • Washington Technology Center releases 2007 Annual Report





    Washington Technology Center's 2007 Annual Report showcases our work in advancing technology-based economic development in Washington.

    Throughout the report we follow the experiences of Ultreo and InnovaTek, two clients of Washington Technology Center. Their stories provide a context for how we work with companies to spark ideas, make connections, and foster job growth in Washington state.

    Below are a few of Washington Technology Center’s highlights for fiscal year 2007:

    -- Awarded more than $1 million in R&D; funding to companies throughout Washington.
    -- Reported a $23 leverage on each $1 of the state’s investment through Washington Technology Center. Companies generated nearly $66 million in additional investment as a result of our assistance.
    -- Supported our Angel Network groups as they invested $3.4 million in entrepreneurial start up companies.
    -- Launched a three-year applied research program to further ready Washington state for commercial opportunities in nanotechnology.
    -- Succeeded in the first steps to design a semiconductor user facility in southwestern Washington — a facility that will be a major resource for Pacific Northwest companies.

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  • Research funding proposals due Oct. 18, 2007. Next round of proposals due Apr. 24, 2008

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  • Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference examined 'small' innovations

    Dr. Clayton Teague of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Stan Williams of HP, Holger Neuhaus of the SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Cell, and Alan Nelson of VisionGate (a WTC client) were among the highlights of the 2007 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, a regional showcase for an audience of more than 300 global nanotechnology leaders.

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    Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and Washington Technology Center co-hosted the event in Portland, Oregon on September 10-12, 2007 as part of our efforts to promote regional cooperation around nanotechnology.

    Using a mixture of scientific overview and business talks, the conference covered research and commercialization topics in energy, biofuels, photovoltaics, forest products, green nanotechnology, environmental health & safety, and medical diagnostics, devices and therapeutics.

    Dr. Clayton Teague, Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, captivated the audience with an overview of the origins of the nanotechnology boom (see Richard Feynman's 1959 speech "Plenty of Room at the Bottom") and a vision of the not-so-distant future of nanotechnology where large amounts of materials may be created by assembling atoms one by one.

    Stan Williams, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Senior Fellow & Director of Quantum Science Research, discussed the use of titania as a storage medium for the world’s smallest electronic storage devices developed in HP Labs. HP uses nanoimprinting to produce the ultra-small electrodes to wire the storage elements.

    Holger Neuhaus, Head of Technology for the SolarWorld subsidiary Deutsche Cell, presented a fascinating overview of state-of-the-art silicon solar cell fabrication using screen printing — a technology that accounts for almost 90% of the solar cell market. SolarWorld, an international solar concern based in Germany, has recently acquired a silicon factory in Hillsboro (Oregon) from Japan's Komatsu-Group. SolarWorld is upgrading this facility to become the largest solar factory on the American continent.

    Alan Nelson, CEO of VisionGate, explained the context and potential impact of their technology for cancer cell screening. With research funding through Washington Technology Center, VisionGate and UW researcher Eric Seibel are expecting to break new ground in 3D cell nucleus diffraction analysis which will lead to new capabilities in pharmaceutical drug discovery and cell biology research.

    "The conference was a very good snapshot of research and business activities in Oregon and Washington in the fields of nano and microtechnology," said Dr. Dirk Weiss, Senior Research Scientist at Washington Technology Center. Dr. Weiss, who will co-chair the 2008 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference, notes that the annual event is a valuable opportunity to make new contacts with experts in the field. At next year's event, Dr. Weiss plans to include a special symposium on nanoscale lithography, drawing together experts from across the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Funding secured for Washington Technology Center user facility in Vancouver

    More than $1 million in state and federal funds are committed to the design of new electrical engineering and semiconductor facilities at Washington State University Vancouver.

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    Statewide resources for entrepreneurs

    Washington Technology Center connects our clients to a variety of resources such as R&D; funding, business consulting, and facilities and tools critical to new product development.

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  • Washington Technology Center awards $499,938 in research funding

    Five companies are awarded state funding for innovative commercial technology applications developed in partnership with Washington researchers.

    Grant winners for July 2007 are Artemisia BioMedical, Inc., of Newcastle; dTEC Systems, LLC, of Seattle; Hummingbird Scientific, of Lacey; Kronos Air Technologies, of Redmond; and Magic Wheels, of Seattle. Winning proposals outlined breakthrough research in biotechnology, materials science, defense and security, and microelectronics.

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    "Washington's economy is driven by creativity and innovation," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this year's award winners. "And these companies are at the forefront of our effort to build the next Washington. Congratulations to each of you."

    Washington Technology Center competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually as part of the Research and Technology Development program. 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 309 Research and Technology Development projects.

    This round of funding is projected to generate more than 200 full-time technology jobs in Washington during the next five years. Washington Technology Center estimates that through its work with entrepreneurs, more than 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in Washington state, many of these from grant award recipients. New project funding is awarded twice annually.

    This round of projects addresses a wide range of innovation:

    Artemisia BioMedical, a privately-held biotechnology company based in Newcastle, Washington, has teamed with University of Washington researchers Tomikazu Sasaki, Narendra Singh and Henry Lai to develop improved therapeutic treatment options for cancer and other serious diseases. Research and Technology Development funding: $100,000.

    Seattle-based dTEC Systems, a developer of environmental monitoring systems, has teamed with University of Washington Chemical Engineering researcher Samson A. Jenekhe to develop a novel low-cost chemical sensor technology for on-site environmental applications. Research and Technology Development funding: $100,000.

    Hummingbird Scientific, a Lacey, Washington-based developer of microscopy solutions, has teamed with University of Washington electrical engineering researcher Karl Böhringer to develop an improved high temperature heating element for use in the transmission electron microscope – a development that will lead to scientific advancements across a range of scientific fields. Research and Technology Development funding: $100,000.

    Kronos Air Technologies, a Redmond-based developer of air movement and purification products, has teamed with University of Washington electrical engineering researcher Alexander V. Mamishev to develop a novel, energy-efficient electrostatic air pump that addresses the problem of thermal management in microelectronics. Research and Technology Development funding: $100,000.

    MagicWheels Inc., a Seattle-based maker of a patented, two-gear manual wheelchair wheel, has teamed with University of Washington materials science and engineering researcher Brian Flinn to provide mechanical, endurance and environmental testing for a cost-effective wheel manufacturing process that will benefit wheelchair users. Research and Technology Development funding: $99,938.

    Washington Technology Center’s Research and Technology Development grants have proved effective in helping Washington companies and researchers transition novel technologies from “good ideas” into commercially-viable ventures. Annual follow-up surveys show that assisted companies have been successful in leveraging these grants into more than $400 million in additional funding.

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  • Washington Technology Center Announces Officers for Board of Directors

    Washington Technology Center announces that Robin Halliday of Bellingham has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Washington Technology Center. Hal Dengerink of Vancouver has been elected to the position of Vice Chair.

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    Washington Technology Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of business and academic leaders appointed by the Governor of Washington. The board serves as the governing arm of the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

    “It has been a privilege to serve on the WTC board for the last five years and I am looking forward to this leadership role with our board and the WTC management team,” says Ms. Halliday.

    Ms. Halliday has served on the Washington Technology Center Board of Directors since August 2002. She has more than 25 years of senior management and project management experience in small technology companies. She retired at the end of 2006 after 25 years with DIS Corporation, the leading provider of business systems to agricultural and construction equipment companies in North America. She most recently managed as Vice President of Network Services and continues to serve on their Board of Directors. From 2001 to 2006, she was CEO of Rivetek, a network services subsidiary of DIS. She was founding president and currently serves as President of TAG (Technology Alliance Group), a trade organization for technology companies in Northwest Washington. Halliday is a Rotarian and serves on a number of other education and technology focused boards including Junior Achievement, Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University. She is also President of the Bellingham Whatcom County Public Facilities District. Ms. Halliday is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a post-graduate degree from Western Washington University.

    Hal Dengerink serves as Chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver and as Special Assistant to the President of Washington State University. Chancellor Dengerink serves as the chief administrative officer for WSU Vancouver providing overall leadership and guiding campus growth. With his additional appointment to the President, Dr. Dengerink examines and recommends policy strategies and structural changes to the evolving WSU multi-campus university system. Prior to joining WSU Vancouver in 1989, Chancellor Dengerink previously served as associate dean of the then named WSU College of Sciences and Arts and as director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, both in Pullman. He joined the WSU psychology faculty in 1969. Dr. Dengerink is active in the Vancouver community, serving currently on the Board of Trustees of Southwest Washington Hospitals and Clark United Providers, the Board of Directors of Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemorative Committee and as Co-Chair on the Columbia River Crossing Task Force. Chancellor Dengerink holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Kent State University, all in psychology.

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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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  • Graham Evans joins WTC as Director of Research & Program Operations


    Graham Evans has joined Washington Technology Center as Director of Research and Program Operations. In this role, Mr. Evans will be overseeing execution of Washington Technology Center’s projects and initiatives in support of entrepreneurs and communities across Washington state.

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    Mr. Evans has more than 30 years experience advising a wide range of organizations. His early career spanned railroads, tire manufacture, steel and shipbuilding. Following that he was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) initially in the U.K. and since 1996 in the U.S.A. During his career he has advised senior management in many sectors including electric utilities, fast moving consumer goods, high tech, government agencies and higher education. He was the Interim Director of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative during 2003. His consulting clients include AEP (American Electric Power), enterpriseSeattle, Puget Sound Regional Council, Lucent Technologies, National Grid, PacifiCorp, Scottish Power, Seattle City Light, Symbol Technologies, the UK Gas Regulator, and the US Forest Service.

    Mr. Evans is a board member of the British American Business Council of the Pacific Northwest, a member of the Executive Network of Seattle and a Senator of Junior Chamber International.

    Mr. Evans holds an M.S. in Operational Research from the University of Hull, England and a B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics and Economics from the University of Sussex, England.

    In addition to his role with Washington Technology Center, Mr. Evans serves as Executive Director of the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, a business alliance for clean technology organizations in the state of Washington.

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    Funding for Technology Entrepreneurs - Aug. 7, 2007

    A WTC event at Washington State University Vancouver Campus.

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  • RTD grant info sessions - Aug. and Sept. 2007

    Free orientation sessions on early-stage R&D; funding will be held in Seattle, Spokane, Pullman, and online.

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

    Save the date for Washington's annual emerging-technology conference.

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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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  • Grant Proposals due April 26, 2007

    Washington Technology Center is currently accepting applications for its next round of Research and Technology Development (RTD) Awards. WTC awards more than $1.2 million annually to projects that partner Washington companies with academic and non-profit research teams.

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  • Dr. Dirk Weiss joins WTC as senior research scientist

    As a senior research scientist with Washington Technology Center, Dirk Weiss assumes responsibility for the DARPA-funded nanolithography project. Dirk’s graduate degrees are in physics and materials science from Freie Universität Berlin and Max-Planck-Institute for Metals Research (Stuttgart, Germany), respectively. He completed his postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2005, where he had built a transistor using single nanoparticles. He subsequently worked at United Technologies Research Center on renewable energy technologies. Dirk and his family recently moved to the Seattle area from Boston.

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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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  • Academic Leader Alex K-Y. Jen Appointed to WTC Board

    Governor Chris Gregoire recently appointed Professor Alex K-Y. Jen, of the University of Washington to the Washington Technology Center (WTC) board of directors. Jen, Boeing-Johnson Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, came to University of Washington in 1999 after two years at Northeastern University which was preceded by a private sector career at Allied-Signal Inc, EniChem America and ROI Technology.

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    Professor Jen was appointed Acting Chair of the MSE Department in September 2005 and in 2006 was also named Director of the newly established Institute of Advanced Materials & Technology. He is a Fellow of SPIE and AAAS and is an Endowed Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    WTC’s 19-member board serves as an advisory arm to the state-charted agency, which promotes technology and innovation-based economic development throughout Washington.

    The following academic and business leaders make up WTC’s board: Michael Bisesi, Seattle University; Ralph Cavalieri, Washington State University; Jon K. Clemens, Sharp Laboratories of America; Michael Cockrill, formerly of mixxer; Hal Dengerink, Washington State University Vancouver; Dennis Dyck, Washington State University Spokane; Jon Eliassen, Terrapin Capital Group LLC; Roger Gulrajani, Microsoft, Corp.; Robin Halliday, DIS Corporation; Paul Hutton, Thought Engineering, LLC; Alex K-Y Jen, University of Washington; Johannes Koch; Arlan Norman, Western Washington University; Kim Pearman-Gillman, formerly of Itron; Linden Rhodes, Seattle Ventures; Katherine James Schuitemaker, The Resonance Group; Heidi Schumann, Fluency Group, Inc.; John Titus, Aero Controls; and Katherine R. Tuttle, Providence Medical Research Center.

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  • Seven Companies Receive State-Funded Research Grants

    Washington Technology Center awarded research and technology development grants totaling $457,301 to seven companies working in partnership with academic researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University.

    Grant winners for January 2007 are Arcadia Biosciences, Seattle; Carbon Nanoprobes, Seattle; Northwind Marine, Seattle; FungusAmongUs, Snohomish; Greenwood Technologies, Bellevue; nLight Photonics, Vancouver; and VisionGate, Gig Harbor. Winning proposals outlined breakthrough research in biotechnology, defense and security, nanotechnology, energy and manufacturing.

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    "Research institutions in Washington are engines of economic growth and these grants bridge the gap between good research and competitive products," says Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. "Congratulations to these innovative companies and researchers."

    Washington state allocates more than $1.2 million annually to the Washington Technology Center grants program. State funding enables collaboration between companies and university researchers on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs. Since 1996, the state has funded 304 Research and Technology Development projects.

    This round of grants is expected to generate more than 300 full-time technology jobs in Washington over the next five years. Washington Technology Center estimates that through its work with entrepreneurs, over 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in Washington state, many of these from grant award recipients. New project funding is awarded twice annually.

    Companies are eligible for financial awards up to $100,000 per phase for initial proof-of-concept projects or multi-phase research.

    The Washington Technology Center’s research and technology development grants have proved effective in helping Washington companies and researchers transition novel technologies from “good ideas” into commercially-viable ventures. Annual follow-up surveys show that assisted companies have been successful in leveraging these grants into more than $400 million in additional funding.

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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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  • EDA Grant to Increase Tech Innovation in Washington

    Washington Technology Center (WTC) is partnering with Seattle University to expand technical assistance to small businesses in distressed areas across Washington state. Seattle University’s Washington Entrepreneurship and Innovation project is made possible through a financial assistance award of $315,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

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    In addition to Washington Technology Center, Seattle University is partnering with the Prosperity Partnership to focus on the state’s leading industry clusters and with the Pacific Northwest Economic Region to create a coordinated R&D; Exchange Network among research institutions across Washington.

    As lead organization, Seattle University will conduct applied research that will guide the work performed by its three collaborating partner organizations. Seattle University will also provide direct assistance to firms in distressed areas through a multi-disciplinary business law student clinic.

    “We’re committed to expanding the entrepreneurial base in distressed communities,” says Suzanne Mitchell, WTC’s Outreach Manager for Eastern Washington and Director of the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) technology business incubator in Richland. Mitchell says the project will help rural communities across Washington access the assistance and capital needed to grow business.

    Washington Technology Center will utilize Seattle University’s applied research to focus and expand technical assistance services such as Small Business Consulting and Research and Technology Development grants workshops. WTC will also play a role in ensuring that the design of the R&D; Exchange Network addresses WTC’s technological focus areas.

    The EDA grant recognizes that distressed communities have untapped potential for contributing to Washington’s economic future. The Washington Entrepreneurship and Innovation project is an investment designed to expand innovation across all of Washington.

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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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  • Research Funding Available

    Accepting applications for spring 2007 Research and Technology Development Awards.

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  • New Staff Members Join WTC

    Suzanne Mitchell has joined Washington Technology Center as Outreach Manager for Eastern Washington and as the Director of the Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) technology business incubator in Richland. As Outreach Manager, Suzanne will be the local champion for WTC’s programs in Eastern Washington, most specifically leading WTC’s federal SBIR counseling program. She will also provide outreach and support for WTC’s research grants, regional angel networks, business consulting services, and other programs. Suzanne will serve as the Director for APEL, providing sales, marketing, administrative and financial management for the facility. Suzanne brings 25 years of sales and marketing experience to her new role. She has owned her own business and mentored and consulted for small businesses in King County. Mitchell relocated to the Tri-Cities in January 2006 and worked for New Edge, a research-based strategy firm in Richland, before accepting the new position with WTC.

    Paul Schilling has joined Washington Technology Center as a Research Engineer in the Microfabrication Laboratory where he supports customers' research and development work. Previously, he was Senior Process Engineer at Supercritical Systems, Inc., where he developed cleaning processes and hardware for supercritical CO2 cleaning of post-etch wafers, along with supporting integration development with several large semiconductor manufacturers. Before that, he was a Research Associate at Honeywell Electronic Materials, where he was involved with the development, production, and integration of low-k organic polymer dielectrics and spin-on glasses.

    Steve Goll is Washington Technology Center's new Communications Manager. As communications manager, he is responsible for public relations for WTC and its service lines. Steve brings 10 years of experience in communications to the position. He comes to WTC from the University of Washington where he worked as a writer and project manager with the Office of UW-Community Partnerships. Previously he spent several years conducting outreach for local community organizations on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. He has an M.A. in educational communication and technology from New York University and a B.F.A. in photography from University of Florida.

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    WTC Releases 2006 Annual Report



    Washington Technology Center recently released its 2006 Annual Report. The report represents the culmination of a successful year of accomplishments under the organization's strategic plan and showcases WTC's programs for advancing technology-based economic development in Washington.

    Below are a few of WTC's highlights for Fiscal Year 2006

    • Companies and researchers reported close to $84 million in add-on funding and support as a result of WTC's assistance -- this is a 30 to 1 return on investment.
    • Awarded research grants totaling close to $1 million to 20 Washington companies.
    • Received $1.36 million in funding to lead new programs in biodiesel and nanotechnology.
    • Launched Northwest Energy Angels, the first regional energy venture group in the Pacific Northwest.
    • Helped Washington start-ups secure $3.1 million in private capital through WTC-affiliated Angel Investment Groups.
    • Reached out to more than 430 people about the Small Business Innovation Research program.
    • Our second annual Washington Technology Summit, held at Microsoft in Redmond, attracted more than 500 attendees.

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  • WTC, Energy Northwest collaboration broadens reach in Eastern Washington

    The Washington Technology Center and Energy Northwest (ENW) are working together to reach out to innovators in Eastern Washington. WTC and ENW have inked a deal to combine the responsibilities for leading ENW's Applied Process Engineering Laboratory (APEL) with WTC's newly-created position for an on-the-ground champion for technology entrepreneurship.

    WTC will hire a new staff person located in the Tri-Cities to serve both as the APEL Director and WTC's Outreach Manager. WTC and ENW have highly complementary programs and purposes. APEL is a technology business start-up center located in Richland, Washington and owned and operated by Energy Northwest. WTC is a state-charted organization, headquartered in Seattle, whose mission is to advance economic opportunities for Washington through technology commercialization and business growth.

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    The new hire will provide sales, marking, administrative and financial management for the APEL facility. For WTC, he or she will provide project leadership for WTC's federal SBIR counseling program. He or she will also provide outreach and support for WTC's research grants, regional angel networks, business consulting services, and other programs.

    An alliance of this nature makes sense for WTC and APEL. Both organizations are not-for-profit organizations and have as part of their mission the charter to assist and support innovation-based ventures. Their shared intent is to create and grow new business and new jobs with technology being the catalyst for this growth. Both organizations originated out of a desire to channel public investment towards providing much-needed services such as access to facilities and funding assistance for start-up and growth-stage companies.

    "APEL has been a community success operating under a sustainable business model" says Jack Baker, Vice President of Energy Northwest. "The marriage of APEL and WTC is the right idea at the right time."

    WTC and APEL also both embrace a philosophy of collaboration and encourage the cross-pollination of ideas and partnership among academics, business entrepreneurs and executives, and government and civic economic development groups.

    WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham sees the shared resource as a smart model for how organizations with similar missions can share resources and still achieve the goals of both groups. "Fiscally, it makes sense, but it is also strategic from a program perspective," explains Dr. Cheatham. "Having one point of contact allows technology companies to plug into a larger network of services with seamless transition," he adds. "It's one-stop shopping with a local connection."

    As a statewide organization, WTC serves a large and diverse base of customers that are widely distributed throughout the state and that each have unique needs based on the business culture in their region.

    "We're looking forward to reaching out to these folks more effectively," adds Cheatham. "Setting up a satellite office in Tri-Cities is one way we're doing this. We already work closely with the technology leaders in that community such as PNNL, Energy Northwest, WSU Tri-Cities and TRIDEC. Having a physical presence in the region will strengthen these alliances even more."

    Over time, WTC hopes to expand the Tri-Cities collaboration model and set up similar satellites in regions such as Vancouver, Bellingham and Spokane, in partnership with local technology and economic leaders.

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

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  • Mike Hjelmstad promoted to lab manager

    Mike Hjelmstad has been promoted to the role of Manager of WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory. He will replace Eric Miller who served as manager of the research facility from 2004 to 2006.

    Mr. Hjelmstad joined WTC in 2004 as a Research Engineer and was responsible for both contract processing and support for users in photolithography and plasma etching.

    Prior to joining WTC, Hjelmstad was a graduate student at the University of Michigan. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Materials Science and Engineering.

    "Mike is a real asset to WTC," says Mary Tedd Allen, Director of Research and Program Operations for WTC. "We're confident he will make a great manager and leader for the Microfab Lab team."

    Mike says that he's looking forward to his new role as manager of the laboratory. "I enjoy interacting with our customers, especially showing users the vast capabilities of the facility and how WTC can assist them in their process needs," he says.

    "As lab manager, maintaining high standards of customer service and process innovation will be a core part of my responsibilities. I also intend to ensure this commitment to excellence is recognized not just locally, but nationally."

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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

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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


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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.

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  • Eleven companies, researchers awarded grants

    "Live long and prosper" could be the tagline for this year's Research and Technology Development (RTD) grant winners. Disease prevention, greener living, and raising the bar on performance were popular themes among the most recent round of grants awarded by Washington Technology Center (WTC).

    RTD grant winners for July 2006 are 3TIER, Seattle; Cadwell Laboratories, Kennewick; Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc., Seattle; EnergG2, Seattle; Hummingbird Scientific, Lacey; Infometrix, Inc., Bothell; Insitu, Bingen; Kronos Air Technologies, Redmond; MicroGREEN Polymers, Arlington; SpringStar USA, Inc., Woodinville; and VentriPoint, Seattle.

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    WTC awarded $952,414 through its RTD program to 11 Washington companies teamed with state researchers from the University of Washington, Washington State University and Swedish Medical Center.

    Winning proposals outlined breakthrough discoveries in everything from heart disease to hydropower, psychoses to pest control, cancer prevention to chromatographs, robust energy storage to robotic reconnaissance aircraft.

    Thermal management was a "hot" issue this year as well with projects taking on such challenges as high temperature testing for nanotech applications, air handling systems for micro-electronics and heat-resistant food packaging made from eco-friendly materials.

    WTC allocates more than $1.2 million annually to the RTD grants program, which provides seed funding to entrepreneurial companies teamed with university researchers on technology projects that show strong commercial potential. Applicants are eligible for financial awards ranging from $100,000 for initial proof-of-concept projects to up to $300,000 for multi-phase research.

    The process is competitive and the goal is clear: to transition our state's most promising innovations into commercial products, company growth and high-wage jobs. The Washington Technology Center has supported 293 technology commercialization projects through its RTD program since 1995.

    These grants have proved effective in helping these companies transition novel technologies from "good ideas" into commercially-viable ventures. From this initial funding, these companies are better able to attract add-on funding from federal grants, angel investors, and industry partners. Annual follow-up surveys show that WTC–assisted companies have been successful in leveraging RTD grants into more than $400 million in additional funding.

    WTC estimates that through its work with Washington entrepreneurs, over 7,000 new technology jobs have been created in our state, many of these from RTD Award recipients. This round of grants is expected to generate roughly 250 full-time technology jobs in Washington over the next two to five years.

    July 2006
    RTD Grant Winners

    3Tier
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Andrew Wood, PhD, UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Cadwell Laboratories
    Kennewick
    Research Partner: James Wise, PhD, WSU-TriCities

    Calypso Medical Technologies (*project canceled)
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Timothy P. Mate, MD, Swedish Medical Center

    EnergG2
    Seattle
    Research Partner: Guozhong Cao, PhD, UW Materials Science & Engineering

    Hummingbird Scientific
    Lacey
    Research Partner:
    Karl Bohringer, PhD,
    UW Electrical Engineering

    Infometrix
    Bothell
    Research Partners: Jaromir Ruzicka, PhD, Mel Koch, PhD, UW Center for Process Analytical Chemistry

    Insitu
    Bingen
    Research Partner:
    Rolf Rysdyk, PhD, UW Aeronautics & Astronautics

    Kronos Air Technologies
    Redmond
    Research Partner:
    Alexander Mamishev, PhD, UW Electrical Engineering

    MicroGREEN Polymers
    Arlington
    Research Partner:
    Vipin Kumar, PhD, UW Mechanical Engineeering

    SpringStar USA, Inc.
    Woodinville
    Research Partner:
    R. Bruce Darling, PhD,
    UW Electrical Engineering

    VentriPoint
    Seattle
    Research Partner:
    Florence Sheehan, MD,
    UW Medical Center

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  • WTC Executive Director accompanies Governor on trade mission

    Washington Technology Center (WTC) executive director Lee Cheatham accompanied Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on a trade mission to Australia and New Zealand in May, 2006. Dr. Cheatham was one of 20 delegates who traveled down under to meet with government officials, business executives, and scientific researchers in Queensland, New South Wales, and Auckland.

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    "There are a number of intriguing parallels between Queensland and Washington that makes both states strong candidates for innovation-driven economic growth." says Lee Cheatham, Executive Director for Washington Technology Center and trade mission delegate. "This visit allowed us to explore these more closely, compare notes on what's been successful, and leverage our collective strengths to the economic advantage of both regions."

    Washington Technology Center is the statewide organization tasked with driving economic development based on innovation and technology in Washington. The Washington State Legislature has mandated WTC as the champion for a number of programs and initiatives around research innovation and industry growth.

    Many of the programs led by WTC closely align with those of the Queensland government. Both emphasize the value of a strong R&D; base as a driver of economic growth and align priorities for funding, development and facilities to encourage activities in the areas of research and technology commercialization. These commonalities which will be useful in strategic discussions between the states on partnership opportunities in research, development and trade.

    WTC's Industries of Distinction program enhances Washington's competitiveness by accelerating market adoption of niche technology sectors where Washington is uniquely positioned to become a world leader. Examples include micro-electronics, renewable energy, and nanotechnology. These industries are often classified as "emerging" and provide opportunities to diversify and complement industries where Washington is already competitive, such as software, aerospace and life sciences.

    It is the latter, biotechnology and biomedicine, which were at the crux of the governor's trip to Australia. This industry is on the top of both states' priority lists as a particularly strong growth sector and an area where research and commercialization partners could be fruitful. In April, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and Queensland Deputy Premier Anne Bligh entered into a partnership agreement to develop collaborative projects in biotechnology and biomedicine. The trade mission strengthened this partnership by encouraging dialogue and information-sharing that will provide the basis of a strong development alliance between the two governments.

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    New High-Tech Research Lab Slated for Vancouver

    A proposal to build a new semiconductor and micro device research and development laboratory in Vancouver, Washington recently got a jump start thanks to Congressman Brian Baird. In June, Representative Baird, whose district encompasses southwest Washington, secured $100,000 in federal funding to be used towards Phase I development of the facility.

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    The laboratory is part of a broader regional economic development plan being led by the Washington Technology Center, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, and local semiconductor businesses such as nLight Photonics and Sharp Laboratories. The plan, known as the Semiconductor Industry Reinvestment Initiative, will help sustain job growth and accelerate future economic development in Southwest Washington. This region already has a strong cluster of start-up and established companies working in the fields of semiconductors and microelectronics.

    "This funding will create jobs and spur economic development by helping existing high-tech businesses grow and attracting new businesses and researchers to our region," said Congressman Baird. "I have long supported public-private partnerships in education, and this is a very promising program."

    The $100,000 secured by Congressman Baird will come from the Housing and Urban Development Economic Development Initiative's Facilities Construction/Renovation account.

    "The lab is a key element of our strategy to build a foundation for innovation for our existing and future technology businesses," says Bart Phillips, President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. "This initial investment is a critical step forward and is the direct result of the collaborative partnership driving this initiative."

    The new Clark County facility will be sited on the Washington State University-Vancouver campus. The lab will provide high-tech businesses and academic researchers in Southwest Washington with a local resource for conducting leading-edge semiconductor and micro device research. Building, furnishing and managing a facility of this caliber is a multi-million dollar investment. Most companies that conduct research in the fields of microelectronics are in their growth stages and can't afford to build and maintain this caliber of process development and prototyping in-house.

    Phase I development of the research center includes planning and constructing a small clean room in an existing space near the WSU-Vancouver campus and purchasing equipment to develop a foundation of standard semiconductor and micro device fabrication processes at the lab.

    The Vancouver facility will be modeled after the Washington Technology Center's Microfabrication Laboratory located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Built in 1995, WTC's Microfab Lab is an example of a successful $6.5 million public-private venture. At the time, Washington was gaining recognition for its strengths in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), a key process used in numerous leading-edge commercial applications. The facility filled a critical need for the state's growing base of research engineers working in the MEMS field. Over the last 10 years the lab has matured into a self-sustaining business bringing in over $1 million in revenue annually. And it will soon be expanding its capabilities to cater to the next generation of technologies which will integrate nano-scale processes into product development.

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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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    *Statistics courtesy of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.

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