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February 2007


PixelSoft Films launches TV series with ABC ~ ~

PixelSoft Films logo

PixelSoft Films, Kennewick, has produced Southeastern Washington's first local travel program, "Northwest Journeys," and teamed with ABC affiliates KVEW of the Tri-Cities and KAPP of Yakima to bring the show to viewers. The show, which debuted in mid-October, airs on Sundays at 4 pm and is the first local programming in the region to be broadcast in high definition. The show features three different segments each week about Pacific Northwest destinations such as Christmas at Leavenworth, kayaking in the San Juan Islands, and Spokane's Davenport Hotel. PixelSoft Films is a multimedia company with capabilities in website development, video and film production, photography, and graphic design. Contact Gary Hansen or Todd Courtney at (509) 783-7919. More information . . .

Medical isotopes for business ~ ~

Darrell Fisher Portrait
Darrell Fisher, PNNL

A new national role for a Richland scientist is expected to increase business access to therapeutic medical isotopes. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy has named Darrell Fisher, a scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, the Scientific Director of the national DOE Isotope Program. In that role, Fisher will work with five national laboratories, including PNNL, and other producers to make more medical isotopes for use by government agencies, industry, and researchers. Medical isotopes are used to destroy tumor cells and are increasingly used in advanced imaging procedures for diagnosis and health status evaluation. As part of the program, Fisher will help national labs work with small businesses to produce, recover, and reuse medical isotopes using laboratory facilities, equipment, and expertise, a model he pioneered at PNNL. He'll also work with small business to obtain and operate "mini-generators" to produce their own isotopes on a small scale. By more directly connecting small businesses with national labs, Fisher expects to better meet U.S. national needs for medical isotopes and reduce dependence on imports. Contact Geoff Harvey at (509) 372-6083. More Information . . .

Kennewick firm licenses medical isotope technology ~ ~

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Advanced Medical Isotopes Corporation, Kennewick, has obtained a license for the exclusive use of U.S. patent 6,680,993 covering the production of the isotope Actinium-225 and its radioactive decay products. Alpha-emitting isotopes such as actinium-225 are in limited supply in the United States. They are combined with antibodies that seek out and attach to cancer cells in the body, with minimal harm to healthy surrounding tissues. Advanced Medical Isotopes plans to begin producing Actinium and other rare isotopes this year to help diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Advanced Medical Isotopes Corporation, formed in 2006, is a public company (Pink Sheets: ADMD.PK) devoted to developing medical isotopes for diagnosis and treatment. Last September, the firm acquired Florida-based Neu-Hope Technologies, Inc. in a stock transaction that gave Advanced Medical licensing rights to a compact generator to produce medical isotopes. Contact Bill Stokes at (509) 736-7000, or Jim Katzaroff at (509) 736-7000. More Information . . .

No worries for Australian website customer ~ ~

LeRoy Enger, Matthew Allen, Company Jones

Company Jones, LLC, Richland, recently completed a website design for OZ Fitness. OZ Fitness is an Australian company that purchased and renamed 24 Hour Fitness located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Company Jones, established in 2004, specializes in providing web-based tools and resources for small businesses and organizations that support business development, with current customers in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. East Coast, and Australia. Contact LeRoy Enger at (509) 942-0175.

Wind project receives expansion funding ~ ~

Wind Mills

In December, Energy Northwest, Richland, sold $69 million in municipal bonds to fund Phase III of the Nine Canyon Wind Project. Phase III of the project, southeast of Kennewick and overlooking the Columbia River and Tri-Cities, will add 14 wind turbines to the existing 49, for a total generating capacity of 95.9 megawatts. Nine Canyon first began commercial operation in 2002 and currently generates 63.7 megawatts. Construction contracts for Phase III will be awarded by May 2007, with the new turbines online by March 2008. Energy Northwest is a joint operating agency involving 20 public power member utilities and municipalities in Washington. Power from Phase III will be provided to several of the public utility district participants that received power previously from the Nine Canyon project. Contact Dave Kobus at (509) 372-5087.

Technology commercialization awards announced ~ ~

Morning Report photo

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received two Federal Laboratory Consortium Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer for The Morning Report and the Grid Friendly™ Appliance Controller. The Morning Report system uses existing data collection instrumentation to detect potential aircraft safety issues in advance. PNNL collaborated with Battelle, NASA-Ames, ProWorks, Flight Safety Consultants and Safe Flight on the technology, which has been licensed to SAGEM Avionics, Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas. The technology is being adapted to identify typical patterns and atypical events in other fields. The Grid Friendly Appliance Controller monitors fluctuations in regional power supplies and then adjusts household appliance usage to prevent disruptions. The controller has been installed on hundreds of clothes dryers and water heaters throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of a demonstration project conducted with the U.S. Department of Energy, Whirlpool, the Bonneville Power Administration, and regional utilities. Contact Mary Anne Wuennecke at (509) 375-2447. More Information . . .

Hanford to be analyzed for new energy mission ~ ~

Hanford is among 11 potential locations throughout the country to be analyzed for an integrated spent fuel recycling complex under the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership initiative. A consortium led by the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) will conduct a detailed study of Hanford as a possible site for advanced fuels and materials testing and the construction of advanced nuclear facilities that will produce electricity and treat and burn nuclear waste. The consortium includes TRIDEC, AREVA, Washington Group International, Battelle, and Columbia Basin Consulting Group. TRIDEC and DOE are negotiating funding for the 90-day study. In addition, DOE requested that a siting study proposed by Columbia Basin Consulting Group to use the Fast Flux Test Facility and Hanford's 400 Area as a research facility for the Partnership initiative be included as part of the TRIDEC study. DOE will use the results from these two studies to further evaluate siting options. Contact Deanna Smith at (509) 735-1000, or Gary Petersen.

Local companies stars of museum exhibit ~ ~

CREHST museum

The CREHST Museum, Richland, has opened a new exhibit called Connections. The exhibit series showcases local technology and manufacturing companies that make or contribute to commercial products. The first in the series is materials technology, featuring Allvac, Kaiser Aluminum, Sandvik Special Metals, Ti-Sport, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Western Sintering. Each themed exhibit will be on display for six months. The museum is at 95 Lee Boulevard in Richland, near Howard Amon Park. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Admission ranges from $2.50 to $3.50. Contact Gwen Leth at (509) 943-9000.

Lockheed Martin donates computers for WSU Tri-Cities freshman class ~ ~

Students in the Washington State University Tri-Cities inaugural freshman class, which starts in fall 2007, will receive new laptop computers from Richland-based Lockheed Martin Information Technology. Lockheed Martin is donating 50 new laptop computers to WSU Tri-Cities, which will loan the computers to freshman students during their first year. Students will become eligible to have the laptops turned over to them in their sophomore year. Contact Joe Sanders, WSU Tri-Cities, at (509) 372-7319, or Dana Jensen, Lockheed Martin Information Technology, at (509) 373-3843.

Battelle donates $750,000 for science education ~ ~

A recent $750,000 gift from Battelle, which manages the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, will benefit science education for students in Washington State. The money will be used to improve science and math education in schools statewide, including $100,000 to support the Battelle Science Materials Resource Center in Kennewick, which provides science education materials for classrooms and professional development for more than 700 teachers in 16 school districts. Contact Jeff Estes at (509) 375-2820. More Information . . .

Washington State shines in entrepreneurial ranking ~ ~

Washington State ranked the fifth best state for entrepreneurs, according to the annual Small Business Survival Index 2006. Criteria included tax rates, health-care regulations, crime rates, government spending, bureaucracy, and labor costs. The top five entrepreneur-friendly states are 1) South Dakota, 2) Nevada, 3) Wyoming, 4) Alabama, and 5) Washington.  Washington's high ranking reflects the fact that it has no income, capital gains, or alternative minimum taxes and the cost of electricity is low in comparison to other states. The bottom five states are   47) Maine, 48) Rhode Island, 49) California, 50) New Jersey, and 51) the District of Columbia. 

Opportunities and Tools

Life sciences RFP ~ ~

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The Life Sciences Discovery Fund, $350 million over the next decade, is releasing its first Request for Proposal on February 28, 2007. An informational presentation about that and the second RFP is online. For the first RFP, letters of intent are due March 28, 2007, and proposals are due May 23. In their proposals, applicants will need to show how their project has the potential to improve the quality or cost effectiveness of healthcare and contribute to economic gains within Washington State. The second RFP comes out in July 2007 with proposals due in October. More information . . .

Lessons from successful entrepreneurs ~ ~

A slide presentation, "Lessons Learned from 30+ Years of Starting and Running High-Tech Companies," is online now. John Overby and Mike Urso of Sirti gave the talk at a Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network meeting in Richland in January. In addition to advice to entrepreneurs, the presentation describes the no-cost help Sirti gives young technology firms in Eastern Washington. A related article, "Eastern Washington gets high-tech assistance for high-tech businesses," is online.

Job opening: TRIDEC membership coordinator ~ ~

The Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) is seeking an organized, outgoing person to manage its membership program. Responsibilities include developing and retaining membership, coordinating events, managing databases, producing a quarterly newsletter and outreach materials, and planning meetings. The person will coordinate with the Public Relations Director to promote community relations activities. Candidates should have experience in sales, customer service, and/or nonprofit organizations. The salary is DOQ and includes commissions and full benefits. Candidates should send their resumes to TRIDEC, ATTN: Membership, 901 N Colorado St., Kennewick WA 99336.

Community Roundtable wants ideas for Tri-Cities' future ~ ~

community roundtable

The Three Rivers Community Roundtable wants the input of Tri-Cities residents to develop the next steps in the region's future. Fill out the online form at by 5 pm on February 16. The Roundtable will host a forum in March to evaluate information received from the community and develop the next-stage vision for the community. Contact Jonni Dron at (509) 375-6871.

Scholarships for engineering students ~ ~

Applications are due on February 28 for two engineering scholarships worth $1,000 each from the Eastern Washington section of the Society of Women Engineers. The Wanda Munn scholarship is for nontraditional women who are re-entering the work force or advancing their careers. They must be pursuing an engineering degree and have finished two years of college in any field at a college or university that has an accredited engineering department. The second scholarship, funded by AREVA NP, is for women with at least one year of engineering credits from a Northwest school. Application forms are available. Winners are selected on May 1, 2007 and announcements sent on June 10. Contact Sandy Brower at (509) 375-3112.

Nominate successfully managed projects ~ ~

Nominations are due February 6 for the Columbia River Basin Chapter of the Project Management Institute's 14th Annual Project of the Year competition. Awards will be announced at a banquet on March 6 at the Pasco Red Lion hotel. Projects that demonstrated successful implementation of project management principles and met or improved on budget and schedule are sought for this award. Any project completed between February 1, 2006 and January 31, 2007 is eligible. See nomination form. Contact Ken Albin at (509) 371-3552

Opportunities ~ ~

Former Tri-Citians can give back to the community they lived or worked in, while creating opportunities for themselves. A running list of opportunities has been added to the Tri-City Alumni program website.

Coming Up

Spokane Science & Technology Discovery Series ~ ~

Toby Bradshaw
Toby Bradshaw, UW

FEBRUARY 2. Toby Bradshaw, Washington Research Foundation Professor of Biological Science, University of Washington, will discuss the biology behind the controversy over genetically engineered food on February 2 as part of the Spokane Science & Technology Discovery Series. The series is a program of the Technology Alliance and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. The presentation is 7:30 to 9 am at The Spokane Athletic Club; buffet breakfast included. The individual membership rate is $180 to attend the February 2 presentation and the remainder of the 2006-07 Discovery Series season. See the list of speakers and register online. Contact Laurie Hassell at (206) 465-4691.

Designing error-tolerant processes ~ ~

FEBRUARY 6, RESERVE BY FEBRUARY 1. The February 6 meeting of the American Society for Quality, Section 614, features Richard Higgins, CH2M HILL Hanford's Director of Assessment and Corrective Action at the Hanford Tank Farms. He will share several well-publicized events and the underlying organizational weaknesses that combined to cause them, and discuss the importance of designing error tolerant processes and blaming systems rather than people when things go wrong. The meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn at 50 Comstock in Richland. The cost is $17 for ASQ members and $20 for non-members, which includes a buffet dinner and a networking/social hour beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets to attend the presentation only are $5. Contact Steve Prevette at (509) 373-9371 or with your name, phone number, member status, and type of reservation. Reservations are required by February 1. More information . . .

Grants seminar ~ ~

WTC Logo

FEBRUARY 8. Washington Technology Center is holding a free orientation session on its Research and Technology Development Awards grants. WTC awards more than $1.2 million annually to projects that partner Washington companies with academic and non-profit research teams. WTC is accepting applications now for its next round of awards. The orientation session is February 8 at APEL (, 350 Hills Street, Suite 101, Conference Room 47, Richland, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Find proposal materials online. Contact Russell Paez at (206) 616-3102.

Prevent hacker attacks ~ ~

Computer Antivirus photo

FEBRUARY 27. "Hacker Attacks: Are You Covering Your Tracks?" is the title of a free, public talk by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory cyber security specialist R. Eric Robinson. He'll discuss how to protect your computer system against attacker exploits and prevent the loss of your valuable information. The presentation will be held from 5 to 6 pm at the Columbia Basin College Theatre (P-building) in Pasco, Washington. This lecture is part of the Community Science & Technology Seminar Series sponsored by CBC and PNNL. More Information . . . Contact Becky Ford at or (509) 372-4977.

Seminars for small businesses ~ ~

The Columbia Basin College Small Business Development Center offers the following workshops in February, from 6 to 9 pm. Fees range from $25 to $40, with a $10 late fee if you pay fewer than 48 hours before the scheduled course date. Classes are held at CBC in Pasco, unless otherwise stated. To register, or to learn about these and other courses in the series, contact Daphne Larios at (509) 547-0511, ext. 3138. More information . . .

February 1 - Organization for Productivity and Profit (CBC B-104A)
February 5 - Legalities of Owning or Buying a Business (8836 Gage Blvd., Kennewick)
February 6 - Calculating and Reducing the Costs of Conflict in the Workplace (CBC B-104A)
February 7 - High-Performance Sales (CBC B-101)
February 8 - Marketing: Your Key to Success (CBC B-104A)
February 12- QuickBooks Intro (CBC W-165)
February 13 - Starting Your Own Business: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
February 15 - Setting up for the IRS: Choosing the Right Tax Reporting Identity (CBC B-104A)
February 19- QuickBooks Pro I (CBC W-165)
February 20 - Smart Hiring (CBC B-104A)
February 21 - Money Management for Your Business (CBC B-101)
February 22 - Sole Proprietor/Schedule C & Expenses (CBC B-104A)
February 26 - Basic Recordkeeping (CBC B-101)
February 26 - QuickBooks Pro II (CBC W-165)
February 27 - Legal Issues in Human Resources (CBC B-104A)
February 28 - Client/Customer Retention (CBC B-101)

2007 industry achievement awards ~ ~

Robbie Bach Robbie Bach, Microsoft

MARCH 21, REGISTER BY MARCH 2. Register now for the WSA's Industry Achievement Awards, celebrating companies and agencies that best demonstrate innovation and excellence in technology. "The Morning Report," an aviation sensor and system monitoring technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is one of three finalists in the category, "Breakthrough Technology of the Year." The awards ceremony will be emceed by Seattle talk show host Dave Ross and will feature keynote speaker Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division. Awards will be presented on March 21 at the Seattle Westin Hotel from 5 to 9 pm. Early registration is $185 for individuals and $1,850 for a table of 10. Register online. Contact the WSA at (206) 488-3033, ext. 107.

2007 Washington Technology Summit ~ ~

APRIL 12; EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 28. "Succeeding in a Global Economy" is the theme for the 2007 Washington Technology Center summit to be held April 12 from 7 am to 6 pm at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. Leaders from all over the state will discuss the opportunities, challenges and trends in four key growth industries: energy, life sciences, nanotechnology, and wireless & telecommunications. Tri-Cities presenters will include Apollo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, InnovaTek, Surgical Implant Network, and Energy Northwest. The earlybird registration fee is $150 until February 28; the full registration fee is $199 after March 1. Register online. Contact Gayle Morrisonat (425) 802-7034.

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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update is published by the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each month, we send you an e-mail message, giving you the link of news, tips, awards, upcoming events, and other information about local technology-based businesses and organizations that support them. With business and community partners, our goal is to build and diversify the Tri-Cities economy—adding skilled jobs in primary-sector industries that bring in outside dollars. Currently, more than 1,100 tech-related businesses, investors, and economic development stakeholders subscribe to the newsletter, mostly in the Mid-Columbia area and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. This newsletter (RL-P00-009) supports DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters


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