Monthly Archives: April 2008

Prototype ‘Bionic’ Contact Lens Developed at WTC Lab

Babak Parviz, a UW assistant professor of electrical engineering, heads a multi-disciplinary group developing virtual displays on contact lenses. The prototype contact lenses, with metal connectors for electronic circuits, were manufactured in WTC’s Microfabrication Laboratory. “Looking through a completed lens, … Continue reading

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Aculight Awarded $850K SBIR Grant

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program award from the National Institutes of Health will fund a joint effort with the University of Washington to develop a laser-based vestibular implant to treat impaired balance and vision. Related external links (will … Continue reading

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Carbon Nanoprobes Closes Equity Financing

Carbon Nanoprobes, a startup company developing high-resolution probes for atomic force microscopy, successfully closed an A-round of investment capital financing and added a Chief Marketing Officer and three new directors to its management team. Related WTC links: Carbon Nanoprobes is … Continue reading

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Illumigen Biosciences Acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Illumigen Biosciences of Seattle, a spinoff company from the University of Washington Genome Center, was recently acquired by Cubist Pharmaceuticals of Lexington, Mass. Illumigen’s prospective drug to treat Hepatitis C virus was the basis of the acquisition. Illumigen was formed … Continue reading

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InnovaTek Collaboration Receives Research Funding for Hydrogen Fuel Technology

Washington Technology Center awarded $64,275 in Research and Technology Development funding based on a proposal from InnovaTek in collaboration with Washington State University. Related WTC links: Read more InnovaTek is a WTC client More about the Research and Technology Development … Continue reading

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MicroGREEN Gives Gift to University of Washington

The UW Dept. of Mechanical Engineering has just acquired a new Instrumented Impact Test machine from Instron, the first of its kind at UW. This has been made possible by major gifts from MicroGREEN Polymers and the Washington Research Foundation, … Continue reading

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Microvision Pico Projector Technology Featured in The Economist

CEO Alexander Tokman discusses the laser-diode technology that enables Microvision’s miniature, mobile ‘pico’ projector. Once commercialized, the technology will enable portable devices such as phones to project images onto walls. Related external links (will open a new window): Read more … Continue reading

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SEMATECH Starts Nanoimprint Lithography Effort

SEMATECH, the international consortium for basic research into semiconductor manufacturing, has announced the start of a nanoimprint lithography effort in 2008. This is a significant boost of that technology, which replaces expensive optics, as currently used in semiconductor chip manufacturing, … Continue reading

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GWATA: Innovation Awards Luncheon – April 8, 2008

WTC Executive Director Lee Cheatham will give the keynote speech at the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance’s Annual Innovators Awards Luncheon. Read more at

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