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September 2007


Security technology to be deployed at U.S. airports ~ ~

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An innovative technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be tested at airport security checkpoints in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and New York-JFK in the coming months. The Transportation Security Administration awarded a contract to L-3 Communications to lease up to five of SafeScout™ systems to TSA for testing in airports for up to six months. SafeScout is a PNNL-developed technology that uses millimeter waves to create a 3-D image of a person's body in less than 10 seconds, clearly displaying concealed contraband, including weapons, explosives, plastics, ceramics, and metals. The TSA contract marks the first time the millimeter wave technology will be deployed to security checkpoints in the United States. The technology currently is used in Iraq, at border crossings in Israel, international airports in Mexico City and Amsterdam, ferry landings in Singapore, railway stations in the United Kingdom, and commercial buildings in Tokyo. California-based SafeView licensed the technology in 2002 from Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. L-3 Communications, a world leader in defense electronics and communications, purchased SafeView last year. Contact Bill Farris at (509) 375-2747.

Richland firm part of team winning $10M DOE contract ~ ~

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Richland-based Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc. is part of a three-company team that has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide nuclear safety support to the U.S. Department of Energy's Offices of Environmental Management and Chief Nuclear Safety. The team is led by LINK Technologies, Inc. of Germantown, Maryland, and also includes JUPITER Corporation of Wheaton, Maryland. The work involves developing, evaluating, and implementing opportunities to improve efficiencies in nuclear quality assurance, nuclear safety integration and safety management, and nuclear safety oversight. Dade Moeller & Associates' expertise also will benefit the DOE Under Secretaries of Energy and Science, who comprise the Central Technical Authority and have responsibility for nuclear safety issues across the country. The contract includes a two-year base and three option years. Dade Moeller & Associates employs 34 certified health physicists, more than any other private company in the United States, as well as safety professionals and industrial hygienists. Contact John Fomous at (703) 207-6904 ext. 218.

Three small businesses land technology development contracts ~ ~

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Three Tri-Cities companies won grant awards from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 1) Infinia Corporation, Kennewick, won a $750,000 SBIR Phase II award to develop a high-capacity cryocooler for high-temperature superconducting applications. This project will be the first application of Infinia's recently awarded U.S. patent for multi-cylinder, free-piston Stirling cycle systems. DOE will use Infinia's cryocooler for emerging applications such as high-temperature superconducting power lines and electric motors for ships. Contact Peter Brehm at (509) 735-4700. 2) Kennewick-based Vista Engineering Technologies won a $750,000 Phase II SBIR contract to improve subsurface characterization in support of environmental characterization and cleanup at DOE sites. Partnering with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vista Engineering will combine electrical resistance tomography and cone penetrometer technology to create high-quality subsurface images. Contact Wes Bratton at (509) 737-1377. 3) Reeves & Sons, Richland, won a $750,000 STTR award to further develop an ultra-sensitive radiation detector to identify extremely low levels of contamination. The company is partnering with Texas A&M University on the work, which takes place in the Soudan Underground Research Site in Minnesota. Contact Jim Reeves at (509) 438-5531.

Port hopes patented pellets will power projects ~ ~

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US Congressman Doc Hastings checks out fuel pellets made from agricultural byproducts

The Port of Benton has submitted a patent application for a formulation for transforming agricultural wastes into pellets that can be used for biofuel. The patent application is based on a successful gasifier demonstration over the past year in the Prosser, Wash. area where pellets from various area farm byproducts—like grape pomace, hops, mint, and wood shavings—were converted in a biomass gasifier to operate FruitSmart's fruit seed separation machine. The experiment offset propane costs by up to 40 percent. With the added incentive of the anticipated feedstock patent, the Port is fielding inquiries from across the United States from companies interested in capitalizing on the process. The Port wants to entice a gasifier manufacturer to Benton County make the pellets for home and commercial use, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for the Port's tenants and others, generate a bigger market for gasifiers, and create local jobs. The Port is purchasing a commercial gasifier and generator and looking into buying industrial land in rural Benton County for a manufacturing plant. A Washington State University Tri-Cities engineering student is contacting growers and agricultural marketing groups to catalogue potential biomass sources. Contact Diahann Howard at (509) 375-3060.

Key isotope for PET scans shipped to hospitals and universities ~ ~

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Medical isotopes for diagnosis of cancer and other disorders

Kennewick-based Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation (AMIC; ADMD.PK) has begun shipping oxygen-18, a stable isotope used in positron emission tomography, to leading universities and international hospitals. PET is a state-of-the-art technique that is growing in use for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers and other ailments such as brain tumors, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. AMIC purchased oxygen-18 from an isotope supplier in Russia through a reseller agreement that AMIC gained by acquiring the Life Sciences Division of Isonics. With the acquisition, AMIC gained production capability and commercial entry into the emerging markets for oxygen-18, indium-111, and actinium-225 as well as the four major isotopes used in PET scans. In other news, AMIC recently received a 13-month contract from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to conduct medical isotope calculations that will be used to support the U.S. Department of Energy's isotope program. AMIC's calculations will help DOE evaluate the best methods and equipment to produce isotopes for medical, research, industrial, and military uses. AMIC develops advanced systems and processes to bring new isotopes into the marketplace for research and treatment. Contact Jim Katzaroff at (509) 736-4000.

YAHSGS makes Inc. 5,000 ~ ~

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YAHSGS, a technical consulting and technology dev elopment firm in Richland, made's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in America for 2007. The 16-person firm came in at No. 4,119, with $2 million in annual revenues and a 58 percent growth rate from 2003 through 2006. YAHSGS is the only Tri-Cities technology-based company that appears on the 2007 list, which ranks the nation's fastest growing, privately owned companies with earnings of at least $2 million in 2006.
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Laboratory is No. 2 tech firm in state ~ ~

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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, follows Microsoft as the state's second largest high-tech firm, according to Washington CEO magazine's August 2007 issue. With 3,900 employees in the state, the Laboratory maintained the same position as last year, ahead of companies such as Amgen, RealNetworks, HouseValues Inc., and Getty Images.

New speaker series for tech entrepreneurs ~ ~

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The Applied Process Engineering Laboratory, a high-tech business incubator in Richland, has launched a brown-bag lunch series. According to APEL Director Suzanne Mitchell, the Food for Thought speakers share business success tactics in a forum for discussion and networking. Featured topics will explore a range of business issues, including financing growth, strategic marketing, building sales, and creating partnerships. The first session focused on the importance of clear market positioning as early-stage companies develop a brand strategy. The sessions, which are free and open to the public, take place every other month at noon at APEL, 350 Hills Street in Richland. A talk on research tax credits is scheduled for October 18. Contact Suzanne Mitchell at (509) 372-5146.

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Research grants from Washington Technology Center ~ ~

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The Washington Technology Center invites proposals for its current round of Research and Technology Development grants. Grants are applicable to a wide range of technologies, and both startup ventures and established companies looking to trial and market a new technology are eligible for the awards. Preference is given to companies with 250 or fewer employees. Teams must include a Washington company and an academic or nonprofit research partner. 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. To be considered for the fall 2007 round of grants, interested parties should complete a Notice of Intent form by September 13, 2007. Applications are due on October 18, 2007. Winners will be notified in December and projects will begin January 1, 2008. Find proposal materials online or contact Russell Paez at (206) 616-3102.

Job opening ~ ~

YAHSGS, a Richland firm providing technical consulting and technology development, is seeking employees experienced in risk management and groundwater assessment. More information is available on the Mid-Columbia Tech Job Connection.

Online now ~ ~

An August 26 Tri-City Herald article, "Regional leaders embrace cleantech movement," is online now. More information . . .

Coming Up

Making quality a professional priority ~ ~

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SEPTEMBER 5. The September 5 meeting of the American Society for Quality, Section 614, features educational technology specialist and author Gerald Brong. He will discuss the concepts of quality-as-process and quality-as-result, how to measure and deliver quality results, and share tips on building quality into professional practices. 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. No reservations are required; pay at the door.

How to market your innovations ~ ~

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SEPTEMBER 5. Those responsible for commercializing technologies can learn strategies for marketing during a live audio conference on September 5 from 1 to 2:30 pm Eastern time. During "Marketing Your Innovations: Best Practices for Tech Transfer Professionals," three experts will share their strategies for intellectual property marketing and building effective marketing approaches and campaigns. The cost for the live, 90-minute presentation is $197 per site, which includes access to one phone line for an unlimited number of listeners. The presentation will be available later on streaming audio or audio CD. Register online.

International trade certificate course on exporting ~ ~

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SEPTEMBER 5-7. The World Trade Center Tacoma and the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development are presenting a three-day, international trade certificate course. "Exporting in the Flat World: Developing an International Business Plan and Marketing Strategy" will be held at the Port of Tacoma Business Center on September 5 and September 7, and at the World Trade Center Tacoma, Simpson Room, on September 6. Participants will receive the Washington State Global Business Certification. The instructor is James Foley, nationally known international trade professional, teacher, and author of the book, "The Global Entrepreneur - Taking your Business Global." The cost is $275 for WTCTA members, $325 for non-members, and $175 for students. Companies sending three or more attendees will receive a $50 discount. More information and registration. Contact Mariam Anderson at (253) 396-1022.

Micro nano breakthrough conference ~ ~

SEPTEMBER 10-12. Attendees at the September 10-12 Micro Nano Breakthrough Conference in Portland can learn about opportunities for commercializing small-tech innovations in the Northwest though sessions on green nanotechnology, nanobio technologies and medical devices, photovoltaics, and more. Two half-day sessions on the basics of nanotechnology and technology transfer are included. Keynote speakers include Clayton Teague, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and David Wu, Chairman of the House Subcommittee for Technology and Innovation. The conference is presented by the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and the Washington Technology Center. Registration is $225. Fees include admittance to all conference and half-day sessions, meals, the opening reception, and a banquet. Register online. Contact Robert "Skip" Rung at (541) 713-1331.

Cleantech and sustainability conference in Seattle ~ ~

SEPTEMBER 17-19. Discover Brilliant 2007 is an international conference and expo for those interested in clean technology, sustainability, advanced energy solutions, and green innovations. The three-day event will address the key market trends, the latest innovations, and the hottest topics driving businesses, utilities and communities today. Summits on day three include a focus on Renewables+Smart Grid, Climate Solution Showcase, and more. Participants can attend 45 sessions featuring speakers including Liam Fox, Shadow Secretary of Defence and British Parliament Member; Larry Craig, Idaho Senator; and Bill Wiehl, Green Energy Czar at Google, among many others. Highlights of the event will be a Green Tie Gala Dinner on Tuesday night. View registration fees and packages. Contact Treena Colby at (206) 686-9330 ext. 321.

Economic development conference ~ ~

SEPTEMBER 12-14, REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 7. The Washington Economic Development Association's Fall Conference with the Washington Public Ports Association is September 12-14 at the Red Lion Hotel in Richland. The featured speakers are Angelos Angelou from Angelou Economics and Rich Bodo of Area Development Site & Facility Planning magazine. Panels and presentations will provide updates on workforce development, tourism, policy and legislative concerns, innovation partnership zones, the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, and site selection and facility planning. Attendees can tour Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and B-Reactor or the Tri-Ports. WEDA members pay $250; non-members pay $280. More information and to register. Contact Kristin Crowe at (425) 967-0736.

Dealing with difficult people ~ ~

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SEPTEMBER 18, REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 14. Christine Hemp, writer, speaker, facilitator, executive coach and communications consultant, will speak on "Dealing With Difficult People: What Do You Do?" at the September Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network meeting. She will explain how to identify positive and negative verbal and non-verbal behaviors and how to adjust your own behavior to make the best of even the worst situations. Christine has demonstrated success in improving communications skills for individuals at all levels of an organization. The meeting, which includes a continental breakfast, is September 18 from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Richland Community Center. More information . . . It's free and open to the public, but you must register by September 14 by contacting Janet Budzeck at (509) 375-3060.

Spokane Science and Technology Discovery series ~ ~

SEPTEMBER 21. The Technology Alliance and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research announce their 2007-08 season of the Spokane Science and Technology Discovery Series beginning September 21. The new season is an eight-part speaker series highlighting new and breakthrough developments in science and technology showcasing Washington State's leading scientists and researchers. The presentations will be held from 7:30 to 9 am at The Spokane Athletic Club; buffet breakfast is included. Memberships are $250, which includes two guest passes. Register online. Contact Laurie Hassell at (206) 465-4691.

Tech luminaries speak ~ ~ ~

SEPTEMBER 27, REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 26. The MIT Enterprise Forum presents a free satellite broadcast, "Entrepreneurship: Success, Failure, Greatness: A Fireside Chat with Ann Winblad and Jason Pontin." Ann Winblad, Co-Founding Partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Technology Review magazine, will speak on how tech startups succeed and fail, how venture firms make funding decisions, and what makes a great entrepreneur. The live broadcast is September 27 from 8:10 to 9:25 am at the Columbia Basin College Library, L-105 and L-106, in Pasco. More information . . . It's free and open to the public, but you must register by September 26 by contacting Janet Budzeck at (509) 375-3060.

Seminars for small businesses ~ ~

The Columbia Basin College Small Business Development Center offers the following workshops in August, 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, or as noted below. To register, or to learn about these and other courses in the series, contact Daphne Larios at (509) 547-0511, ext. 3138. More information.

September 11 - Starting Your Business: Questions You Were Afraid to Ask (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
September 18 - Supervising I (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
September 20 - Supervising II (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)
September 24 - Client Customer Retention (1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A)

SmartMAP Expo ~ ~

OCTOBER 3-4, REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 28. The fifth annual SmartMAP Expo, a product showcase, educational, and networking event, is October 3-4 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Last year's sold-out Expo featured 140 service and manufacturing exhibitors. The Manufacturer's Exposition and the Success Seminars are free and open to the public; advanced registration is required. The TRIDEC Manufacturing Appreciation Lunch, which includes manufacturer and exporter awards, is $25 for TRIDEC members and $30 for non-members. The keynote speaker will be Patrick Ryan, President and Chief Executive of RCG Strategies, a leading provider of lean manufacturing and supply chain management. Register online. To attend the lunch, RSVP to (509) 735-1000 by September 28. To discuss exhibition opportunities, contact Gary A. White at (509) 735-1000.

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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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