Five company-researcher projects have been awarded state funding for the development of innovative commercial technologies.
The company partners are: Healionics Corporation, of Seattle; Hummingbird Scientific of Lacey; Pico Computing of Seattle; Simulab, of Seattle; and SpringStar of Woodinville. Winning proposals from the University of Washington described innovation in computer systems and microelectronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, and biotechnology and biomedical devices.
“Innovation is the lifeblood of a 21st century economy,” said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this round of award winners. “I commend these companies and their university partners for developing cutting-edge technologies that will lead to the creation of desirable, high-wage jobs in Washington.”
Healionics Corporation, a startup biomaterials company in Seattle, is partnered with the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington to commercialize UW technology that will reduce infection from skin-breaching devices such as catheters. Healionics expects this technology will enable the company to capture a significant part of a $100-200 million market. In this Phase III project, UW will receive $82,500 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read more
Hummingbird Scientific, a developer of electron microscopy products located in Lacey, Washington, is partnered with the University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop a system for nanoscale imaging of materials in temperature-controlled fluid environments. Hummingbird Scientific expects their system could prove to be a core technology for a range of scientific advances, from developing efficient solar cells to targeting cancer cells. In this Phase III project, UW will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read more
Pico Computing, a Seattle-based developer of reconfigurable computing hardware and software, is teaming with the University of Washington Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering to evaluate the use of high-performance parallel computing for accelerating genomics processing. Pico Computing plans to commercialize the resulting technology, which will have benefits for basic medical research, human health, and agriculture. University of Washington will receive $100,000 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center for this Phase I project. Read more
Simulab Corporation, a Seattle-based developer of medical and surgical simulators, is working with the BioRobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington to commercialize UW software capable of measuring hands-on surgical skills. Simulab plans to target surgical residency programs and large hospitals for the skill-evaluating simulators. In this Phase II project, UW will receive $89,811 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center. Read more
SpringStar, Inc., a Woodinville, Washington-based manufacturer and developer of insect pheromone technologies for residential and garden pest control, is partnered with the University of Washington’s College of Engineering and Department of Chemistry to develop a significantly improved mosquito trap. SpringStar aims to produce an efficient trap for use by the U.S. military, mosquito abatement districts and consumers. University of Washington will receive $79,974 in research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $19,860 from SpringStar for this Phase I project. Read more
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