Executive Director's Report
It would seem that the more news there is to write about, the less time there is to write it. Since ONAMI began in late 2003, nano/micro research in Oregon has grown fourfold, and we have developed models for a commercialization gap fund and university facilities “high tech extension” that are increasingly cited as best practices around the nation. I was invited to discuss these programs with other experts at the National Governor’s Association
“Connecting High-Growth Small Businesses to University Resources” workshop in Washington, DC on May 10th.
The really big news is that ONAMI’s lead gap fund company, Home Dialysis Plus, Limited, has received a commitment for $50M in private equity funding from Warburg-Pincus, along with venture funding with The Vertical Group, LLC - possibly the largest A-round in Oregon history! See the commercialization update below for more details.
We’ve recently welcomed three new ONAMI Signature Researchers – Wassana Yantasee at OHSU, Kendra Sharp at OSU and Shannon Boettcher at UO – who will significantly enhance Oregon’s capabilities in materials and microfluidics for medicine, renewable energy, water remediation and other applications.
And finally, there is a full events calendar:
- June 12-15 - We’re teaming with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to offer an intensive 4-day workshop for ‘earliest stage’ entrepreneurs and startup teams taking new technology market.
- June 16-18 - Our annual Greener Nano Conference, GN10 will be bigger, better, and more necessary than ever. We have a great program as well as tours and a short course.
- August 27 - Save The Date: The OSU MBI Buildout Grand Opening and ONAMI “Megamixer” will be our big summer event, celebrating many successful R&D and commercialization partnerships and successes.
See below for more information on all of these topics.
9th Signature Researcher joins OHSU: Wassana Yantasee
OHSU and ONAMI are pleased to announce the arrival of ONAMI Signature Researcher Dr. Wassana Yantasee, who is joining the Biomedical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Yantasee received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University in 2001 and specializes in functionalized nanomaterials for biomedical applications (portable metal analyzers, sorbent hemoperfusion/dialysis), and nanomedicine (treating iron overload, heavy metal poisoning, phosphate binding drugs, and dirty bomb countermeasures).
10th Signature Researcher joins OSU: Kendra Sharp
OSU and ONAMI are pleased to announce the arrival of ONAMI Signature Researcher Dr. Kendra Sharp, who joins OSU’s College of Engineering as Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and is a member of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute team http://mbi-online.org/people-0#sharp
. Dr. Sharp’s primary expertise is in the areas of experimental fluid mechanics including diagnostic techniques, mixing, suspension flows and microfluidics for biological and energy applications. She is currently expanding her interests to include sustainable energy for developing countries and international emphases in engineering research and education.
Dr. Sharp directed the Microscale Flow Lab during her eight years as a mechanical engineering faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University. She spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 as a visiting researcher at the Laboratory for Aero and Hydrodynamics, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. In 2004, Dr. Sharp received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award supporting her work on particle effects in microfluidics. She served as an American Institute of Physics (AIP)/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator J. Lieberman in 2001, immediately after earning her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
11th Signature Researcher joins UO: Shannon Boettcher
UO and ONAMI are pleased to announce the arrival of ONAMI Signature Researcher Dr. Shannon Boettcher. Dr. Boettcher obtained his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2003 and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from UC Santa Barbara in 2008, specializing in the properties of nanoparticle arrays as well as the assembly of mesostructured/mesoporous oxides. Awarded the Kavli Nanoscience Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship, Shannon worked with Nate Lewis (Chemistry) and Harry Atwater (Applied Physics) at Caltech from 2008-2010 on Si wire-array photovoltaics and hydrogen-producing photoelectrochemical cells. Dr. Boettcher now returns to UO as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry to build a research group that focuses on the synthesis and study of semiconductor-based materials that convert the energy stored in sunlight to energy stored in chemical bonds (e.g. solar water
2010 Greener Nano Conference June 16-18
GN10: Reducing Principles to Practice. Hosted by ONAMI’s Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative, GN10
will cover the latest developments in the design and production of greener nanomaterials. We will discuss and debate how to move the technology forward while developing environmentally sound products and processes and focus on a few critical developments that will determine whether the U.S. will be a leader or a follower in this critical field. The conference includes a Greener Nano 101 workshop and tours of FEI Corporation and Nike. Join us in Portland, OR, 16-18 June 2010! http://www.greennano.org/GN10
Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication reaches out to businesses in the greater Portland area
The Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication at PSU held an open house and a workshop in May. On Monday March 8th, the workshop sponsored by ONAMI and FEI Company attracted approximately 45 industrial users plus ONAMI, FEI and PSU representatives. The event included application seminars demonstrating the state-of-art analytical and nanofabrication capabilities that are available at PSU. CEMN staff members gave a facility tour and demonstrated electron microscopes and analytical techniques. The event showcased current research efforts and how business, in particular local companies, can benefit by using CEMN facilities and collaborating with PSU researchers. CEMN is going to make this outreach activity an annual event and to engage different participants. On May 11-12, 2010 CEMN, Portland State, ONAMI & Gatan Inc. held a 2 day specimen prep
workshop focusing on preparation of semiconductor & materials samples for electron microscopy.
Gap Fund Update - Jay Lindquist
The ONAMI Gap Fund
continues to help establish and grow micro- or nanotech based businesses in Oregon, with 17 companies funded since program inception in 2007. The Gap projects have been highly successful, bringing in over $67 M in external funding from just over $2.2M in funding provided by ONAMI. Our Gap companies are working in a diverse set of markets, all using technologies developed in or supported by our ONAMI university partners, and all are headquartered in Oregon. We keep a complete list of Gap projects on our web site at http://www.onami.us/Commercialization/currentProjects.php .
We’re excited to tell you about several recent and important developments within our portfolio of companies:
The really big news is that ONAMI’s lead gap fund company, Home Dialysis Plus, Limited, has received a commitment for $50M in private equity funding from Warburg-Pincus, along with venture funding with The Vertical Group, LLC (possibly the largest A-round in Oregon history) to complete development and bring to market technology that will greatly improve the lives of end stage renal disease patients. This funding allows HD+
to hire additional employees enjoying better than family wages. Currently, HD+ employs 36 staff between Portland and Corvallis, and expects to have over 50 people on staff by the first quarter 2011. HD+ continues to work with researchers at the OSU Microproducts Breakthrough Institute on product development.
ONAMI Gap company Inpria Corp, working in conjunction with Oregon State University
, has developed a breakthrough in lithography, a method of patterning features commonly used in the fabrication of integrated circuits, producing line/space features of 18nm width using extreme ultra-violet radiation. This breakthrough may provide truly novel materials and become a means to extend the lithography roadmap for semiconductors using currently available uv radiation, a truly novel and valuable capability. Inpria is now working with leading semiconductor manufacturers to further develop this technology – for more information, feel free to contact Andrew Grenville, Inpria CEO at email@example.com .
DesignMedix, our Gap company working with Portland State University to develop novel anti-malarial drugs using nanocarrier technology, received a grant of over $900,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The team has also advanced to the final phase of their Gap project with the production of results showing the efficacy of their unique nanocarrier for greatly reduced parasitism in infected rodents. The team is currently working to evaluate a broader set of nanocarriers and is greatly encouraged by their progress to date. For more information, please contact Lynnor Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit them on the web at www.designmedix.com .
Dune Sciences, using technology developed at the University of Oregon, has recently expanded its line of Smart Grids™
products and has shown great ability to quickly and reliably image viruses, bacteria and a variety of nanoparticles. Working with US government organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Environmental Protection Agency, Dune is helping researchers gain further knowledge of deadly viruses and other diseases and helping them detect and analyze nanoparticles with great efficiency and minimal sample preparation time and effort. For further information on Dune Sciences, please visit their web site at www.dunesciences.com
, or contact John Miller at email@example.com .
ONAMI also recently funded two exciting new projects. Puralytics and Oregon Health Sciences University are working to develop the Puralytics high efficiency catalytic water purification system using modeling and laboratory capabilities provided by OHSU. Northwest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (NWUAV), partnering with the OSU Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, is developing a novel fuel injector using microchannel technology, which the team hopes to be incorporated into the NWUAV engine that is powered by heavy fuels not typically used with fuel-injected engines. NWUAV and Business Oregon
also produced a wonderful video highlighting their project, the role of the MBI, and that of ONAMI in forming this potentially highly valuable device.
Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact Jay Lindquist, ONAMI Gap Fund Manager via email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or ONAMI Executive Director Skip Rung at email@example.com .
Oregon AI2V Workshop June 12-15
ONAMI and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) will hold the Oregon Advanced Invention to Venture (AI2V) workshop for “earliest stage” clean technology startup teams needing to make that crucial transition from technology push to market pull. We’ll show you how! Details and registration information at http://www.invention2venture.org/onamiai2v/
Save The Date: MBI Grand Opening: August 27
ONAMI’s Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (http://mbi-online.org/ ) on the Hewlett-Packard Corvallis campus has completed its $10M Phase I buildout and houses a growing community of university, national laboratory and industry scientists, engineers and support staff. The official Grand Opening will be on August 27, with tours and exhibits included.