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National laboratory opens doors to Puget Sound industry

November 28, 1995 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – From behind manned security gates to the bustling main streets of Tacoma, the Pacific Northwest's only national laboratory is on the move. Previously, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory housed its south Puget Sound office within the perimeters of the U.S. Army's Ft. Lewis site. The move to downtown Tacoma reflects more, however, than a geographical shift of office furniture and staff.

"Northwest Laboratory has placed renewed emphasis on its commitment to making tangible contributions to the region's economy," said Heinz Roye, program manager of the new office. "By moving the office to an accessible location, we hope to link westside industry with the vast, multidisciplinary resources and state-of-the-art equipment found at the lab's headquarters in Richland," Roye added.

Northwest Laboratory is one of the Department of Energy's nine, multiprogram national laboratories, conducting more than 2,000 research projects in areas ranging from biotechnology and molecular sciences to health technologies and environmental remediation. Using the Tacoma office as a bridge, the laboratory hopes to pursue more linkages with regional industry through cooperative research agreements, license agreements, technical assistance, personnel exchanges and business contracts.

Gary Spanner, manager of Northwest Laboratory's Office of Small Business Programs, hopes the Tacoma office will provide a new opportunity to link westside businesses with the resources provided by his program. "Though it's not the main mission of the new office, I hope the accessibility will encourage small businesses to tap into the resources we're set up to provide," Spanner said. "For organizations of any size, the Puget Sound office will serve as a conduit to the laboratory's broader technical capabilities."

Research previously conducted at the Ft. Lewis office will continue at the new Tacoma location. Approximately 30 staff are engaged in $4.5 million worth of research and development, including health care technology development, computer-aided, life-cycle assessments of technologies or processes and artificial intelligence in support of the U.S. Army. Much of this research is carried out through partnerships with westside organizations, including Madigan Army Medical Center and Pacific Lutheran University.

The south Puget Sound office of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is located at 3625 Perkins Lane SW, Suite 300, Tacoma. Staff can be reached through the office's general number, (206) 512-2200.

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