“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.
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.
RTD Grant Winners
Andrew Wood, PhD, UW Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Partner: James Wise, PhD, WSU-TriCities
Calypso Medical Technologies (*project canceled)
Timothy P. Mate, MD, Swedish Medical Center
Research Partner: Guozhong Cao, PhD, UW Materials Science & Engineering
Karl Bohringer, PhD,
UW Electrical Engineering
Research Partners: Jaromir Ruzicka, PhD, Mel Koch, PhD, UW Center for Process Analytical Chemistry
Rolf Rysdyk, PhD, UW Aeronautics & Astronautics
Kronos Air Technologies
Alexander Mamishev, PhD, UW Electrical Engineering
Vipin Kumar, PhD, UW Mechanical Engineeering
SpringStar USA, Inc.
R. Bruce Darling, PhD,
UW Electrical Engineering
Florence Sheehan, MD,
UW Medical Center