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January 2008


Medical isotope product treating eye cancer


A product made by IsoRay Medical of Richland, Wash. is being used to treat eye cancer at Boston's Tufts-New England Medical Center. This is the first time the firm's Cesium-131 isotope product, called Proxcelan™, has been used to treat intraocular melanoma. For the treatment, the Cesium-131 is placed in a shielded applicator that is removed after about a week. Cesium-131's higher energy, consistent dose rate, and shorter half-life decrease radiation exposure to normal tissues, compared to other medical isotopes used for this type of treatment, according to IsoRay. The company's product has been used to treat prostate cancer since 2004, and more delivery tools are being developed to treat other kinds of cancer. IsoRay is preparing for a clinical trial next year to treat lung cancer at U.S. medical centers.

Contact at (509) 375-1202.

Infinia lands DOE solar power contract


Infinia Corporation of Kennewick, Wash. will receive $321,000, with the likelihood of several million more dollars in follow-on funding from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the President's Solar America Initiative. Infinia will use the funding to develop a 30-kW multi-cylinder free-piston Stirling engine for a high-performance dish concentrating solar power system to produce electricity. The project begins in early 2008 and, if all anticipated follow-on funding is provided, will be completed in 2010. The grant is part of the first round of funding from DOE to industry to fund concentrated solar power development and commercialization, with the goal of cutting costs to less than 10 cents per kilowatt hour by 2015. Washington Business Magazine profiled Infinia in its November/December 2007 issue.

Contact at (509) 735-4700.

Bruker Handheld taps into European museum market

handheld x-ray fluorescence instrument

Bruker Handheld (formerly Keymaster Technology) of Kennewick, Wash. recently made its initial foray into the art conservation market in Europe with its handheld x-ray fluorescence instrument. The XRF analyzer is being used by conservation scientists to determine the composition of materials used in paintings and sculptures in their efforts to repair and restore these masterpieces. The company sold its first handheld XRF instrument to the New York City Museum of Modern Art in 2003 and now is the world's market leader in museum conservation using handheld XRF instrumentation. Bruker develops, produces, and markets handheld XRF instruments for non-destructive material identification for a variety of markets. Bruker's product incorporates technology that was jointly developed and patented with NASA in 2002.

Contact at (509) 783-9850 ext. 245.

Apollo wins minority business award

Apollo Inc

The Apollo family of companies won the 2007 University of Washington Foster Business School's William D. Bradford Minority Business of the Year Award. The Kennewick companies, which provide construction and related services, include Apollo, Inc.; Apollo Sheet Metal; and Apollo Federal Services. They were founded by Bruce Ratchford, a registered member of the Muscogee Tribe in Oklahoma, who also serves as chief executive. The Apollo family of companies employs 600 people and had $140 million in revenues in 2007. Apollo is a certified Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance business.

Contact at (509) 586-1104.

Tri-Cities Research District realigns board, Port of Benton gets $50,000 grant

The Tri-Cities Research District has realigned its board of directors, and the Port of Benton has landed a $50,000 state planning grant for part of the District. Formerly known as the Tri-Cities Science and Technology Park, the Research District is governed by a 15-member board comprising major stakeholders such as the city of Richland; Battelle; the Port of Benton; Solaris Group, LLC; and Washington State University Tri-Cities. Diahann Howard, Port of Benton, is the executive director and Gary Spanner of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Economic Development Office is the chair. The Board will focus on a 1,600-acre area for development and recruiting tenants, especially in sustainable technology. Read more. In December, the Port of Benton received a $50,000 grant from the Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board to complete a master plan and feasibility study for the 72-acre Richland Industrial Center, which is part of the Research District. The plan will estimate costs to convert the Industrial Center, formerly called the Hanford 3000 Area, to offer more office and enclosed manufacturing space and better integrate it with the surrounding neighborhood.

Contact at (509) 375-3060 or at (509) 372-4296.

Parsec receives Microsoft award

Microsoft Gold

Microsoft selected Parsec Computer Corporation for the Small Business Excellence Award for helping small and mid-sized businesses with technology solutions. Microsoft partner account managers selected Parsec from several hundred partners in the Western region based on its high degree of demonstrated knowledge and customer satisfaction with Small Business Servers and Windows Mobility products. Parsec is Central and Southeastern Washington's only Microsoft-Gold-Certified Partner and is a Microsoft-Certified Small Business Specialist with offices in Richland and Yakima. Parsec services include computer network design and support for small businesses with specialties in server deployment, office mobility, systems security, and disaster recovery.

Contact at (509) 735-2609, ext. 201

Dade Moeller names new executives

Glenn Caprio and William David McCormack

Dade Moeller & Associates, Inc., which provides services in radiological and nuclear safety and health protection, recently named two executives to its management team. Glenn S. Caprio, formerly Dade Moeller's chief operating officer, was named chief financial officer. William David McCormack, formerly with CH2M HILL, Foster Wheeler, and Battelle, was named chief operating officer. Both are located at the company's headquarters in Richland, Wash.

Contact at (509) 946-0410 ext 283.

Marketing director joins medical isotope firm, eyes Taiwan and China


Marishka Pilch has joined Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation of Kennewick as its International Marketing Director and will be marketing and selling medical isotopes to medical centers worldwide. The company is negotiating with a Chinese firm to export and produce shorter-lived isotopes in Taiwan and China. Pilch has extensive healthcare, sales and marketing experience. In 2004, she founded PET2Market, a consulting firm specializing in marketing and clinical education for positron emission tomography imaging centers. Pilch's prior positions also include marketing and customer support at Alliance Imaging, a national provider of diagnostic imaging services. AMIC, formed in 2006, is a public company (Pink Sheets: ADMD.PK) devoted to developing medical isotopes for diagnosis and treatment.

Contact at (509) 736-4000.

Opportunities and Tools

Legal resources for tech businesses

Sirti IP/BizNet is a new program that offers legal services to Sirti technology business clients in the Inland Northwest. Services include research and acquisition of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, and copyright protection, as well as business contracts and employment agreements. The program is a collaboration of two organizations: Sirti, a Washington State economic development agency focused on accelerating the development and growth of technology-based companies and the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane. Sirti clients in the pre-sales product development stage can receive legal assistance at no cost. Clients with limited income or good financial backing can receive substantially reduced rates. Read more. Sirti representative Mike Urso will speak about the program in the Tri-Cities on January 22; see the item below under "Coming Up."

Contact at (509) 358-2025.

Export expertise

Two resources on exporting are online now. 1) A presentation on "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Conducting Global Business: an Inside Look at Export controls". Bernie Beldin, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, presented this seminar at a Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network meeting in Richland in November. 2) An article in the Washington Manufacturing Services newsletter, "Small Manufacturers Must Concentrate on Global Strategies". It presents results of a survey of small and mid-size manufacturing companies about their overseas manufacturing plans and strategies.

Economic Development Board seeks members

City of West Richland

The city of West Richland, Wash. is seeking applicants for its Economic Development Board. The role of the board is to promote planned commercial and industrial development, creating economic diversification in West Richland. Board responsibilities include working with the city's Economic Development Department, attending monthly board meetings, working on subcommittees, and conducting research for decision-making. This is an unpaid volunteer position. Read more.

Contact Penny Mayfield or Ruth Swain at (509) 967-5902.

Online event calendar

Now there's an easy way to have your business-related event included in an online calendar. Appropriate events will be posted on the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Events must take place in Washington or Oregon (roughly a day's travel time from the Tri-Cities), be related to economic development, and benefit technology-based businesses. To have your event considered for the calendar, provide the event name, location (building, address, city, state), start and end date and time, a brief description including speakers and a website link, and contact information.

Send the information to .

Ready for the flu?

Is your company prepared to respond to a potential flu pandemic-its potential impact on your business, employees, and customers? Do you know how you'd allocate resources and work with community organizations? Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist".

Coming Up

Integrating quality into accident prevention

JANUARY 8, RESERVE BY JANUARY 3. The January 8 meeting of the American Society for Quality, Section 614, will focus on integrating quality into the accident investigation and analysis process to ensure a valid and traceable accident report. The featured speaker will be John Cornelison, an industrial safety specialist and consultant with over 40 years of experience in safety, health, and the environment. The meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn at 50 Comstock in Richland, Wash. 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. Make reservations by January 3 by contacting at (509) 373-9371 with your name, phone number, member status, and type of reservation.

ETEBA exploring Washington chapter


JANUARY 8. The national Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) is holding an exploratory meeting to gauge the community's interest in starting a chapter in Washington. ETEBA promotes government contracting opportunities for its members and provides networking opportunities between member companies and other organizations to promote teaming arrangements and information sharing. ETEBA also works with local chambers of commerce, economic councils, and other interest groups to develop common goals to advocate their business sectors. ETEBA member benefits include an individual company page promoted on the ETEBA Website, access to ETEBA's national job listing database, and networking and growth opportunities at ETEBA's regional events, monthly meetings, and annual conference. The meeting is January 8 from 4 to 6 pm at the Port of Benton building, 3100 George Washington Way, Richland, Wash. It is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is necessary.

Contact at (865) 945-1386.

Legal assistance

Mike Urso
Mike Urso, Sirti

JANUARY 22, REGISTER BY JANUARY 18. Does your small business need to address intellectual property or legal agreement issues but you lack the resources to hire a full-rate attorney or legal team? You may be eligible for a new legal support program for Inland Northwest small businesses known as Sirti IP/BizNet. Mike Urso from Sirti will describe the new program at a Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network meeting on January 22. The seminar, "One-Stop Shop; Intellectual Property & Business Legal Services for Small Businesses: Introducing Sirti's IP/BizNet," is from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Richland Community Center in Richland, Wash. It's sponsored by the city of Richland and the Port of Benton and is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast is provided. Register by January 18 by contacting at (509) 375-2068.

TRIDEC Economic Outlook Forum

JANUARY 23, REGISTER BY JANUARY 14 FOR DISCOUNT. The Tri-City Development Council presents the 9th Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic Outlook Forum on January 23 at the TRAC facility in Pasco, Wash. The forum brings together nationally renowned economists and regional experts for a comprehensive economic forecast for our area. TRIDEC members pay $50 by January 14. Nonmembers pay $60 by January 14. All registrations after January 14 are $65. View the registration and exhibitor information.

Contact at (509) 735-1000.

Going public

JANUARY 24. A live satellite broadcast will highlight the issues for business owners considering offering public stock in their companies. "Are You Ready for IPO? Strategies and Steps for How and When to Take Your Company Public" is January 24 from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Columbia Basin College campus in Pasco, Wash., room L-102. Panelists include executives from healthcare and private equity firms, among others. It's presented by the MIT Enterprise Forum and the NASDAQ Educational Foundation. It's free and open to the public. To register, contact at (509) 375-2068.

Microsoft Server 2008 preview for businesses

JANUARY 29. Parsec Computer Corp. will preview Microsoft's Server 2008 product in a seminar entitled, "The Trusted Next-Generation Platform for Your Business." It's recommended for business decision-makers, technology executives, and information technology managers and professionals. It's January 29 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. The seminar is free, but registration is required.

Contact at (509) 735-2609, ext. 201.

Seminars for small businesses

The Columbia Basin College Institute for Professional Development offers the following workshops in January, from 6 to 9 pm. Fees range from $25 to $40 per class. Classes are held at the Pasco, Wash. campus or as noted. To register, or to learn about these and other courses in the series, contact at (509) 542-4806. More information.

January 14 - PowerPoint for Business
January 16 - Intro to QuickBooks Pro
January 23 - QuickBooks Pro I
January 24 - Keys to Effective Supervision
January 28 - Word for Business
January 30 - QuickBooks Pro II
January 31 - Customer/Client Retention (location to be announced)
January 31 - Employee Performance Maximized

Mark Your Calendar

SBIR seminar for tech entrepreneurs

FEBRUARY 15. The Washington Technology Center presents a SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program for Technology Entrepreneurs seminar on February 15 at Washington State University's Vancouver, Wash. campus. Small business owners and technology entrepreneurs from southwest Washington will learn how SBIR funding can help them. Speakers will share tips on applying for SBIR awards, using WSU's Innovation Assessment Center, growing a business with SBIR funding (case studies), and using WSU researchers for collaborative projects. The seminar is from 9 am to 1 pm at WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, Wash., Multimedia Classroom Building Room #1. The seminar is free and includes lunch, but attendees must register online.

Contact at (509) 372-5146.

2008 Washington State Technology Summit

APRIL 15. DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION UNTIL MARCH 14. "Innovation for the Next Washington" is the theme for the 2008 Washington State Technology Summit to be held April 15 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. Technology leaders and innovators from around the state will discuss future opportunities in clean technology, renewable energy, global health, and advanced materials and manufacturing. Organizations sending speakers include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Yahoo!, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University, and Energy Northwest. Registration is $190 until March 14 and $220 after. Register online.

Contact at (206) 685-1920.

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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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