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This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them.

January 2015 Issue


Life Sciences Discovery Fund Announces Awards, Grants

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has announced $1.2 million in proof of concept grants to Washington state-based organizations to foster advancement of promising health-related technologies to commercial products.  Awardees were selected following review of proposals based on scientific and technical merit, commercial potential, and health and economic benefits to Washington State.  Recipients include Barbara Taresevich of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, who is working with Malignext Targeting Technologies to develop an effective method to define the borders of breast tumors.  Darrell Fisher of Washington State University-Tri-Cities also won a grant to develop radiogels for cancer therapy.  Each grant is for $250K.   Read more about these awards….

Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program Takes Root

Five “second-stage” companies in Benton or Franklin Counties will be selected to receive valuable strategic information, as part of the newly launched Tri-Cities Economic Gardening Program.  This venture provides a new way of thinking about supporting growth companies and letting business owners know how critical they are to local economies.  Battelle and Gesa are supporting three and two of the business placements, respectively, and will have a role in the selection process as applications are received this year.  Businesses must be for-profit, privately held companies headquartered and operating in Benton or Franklin Counties; have between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants; and employ 10 to 99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees, including the owner.  For a full list of eligibility criteria, to learn more, or apply, contact Austin Neilson, Government and Economic Affairs Director at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, at 509-736-0510.

IsoRay Study Shows Success in Brain Cancer Therapy

A study of a Cesium-131 internal radiation brain cancer therapy developed by Richland, WA-based IsoRay has revealed that 26 out of 27 patients in the study had not experienced a recurrence of the cancer in the area where the Cesium-131 was delivered during the follow-up period.  Learn more about this successful study….

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Technology Growth Fund Available

The Technology Growth Fund is available to assist late-stage startup technology companies that are bankable but that have been turned down by traditional lenders.  Technologies should be focused on aerospace, advanced energy, information and communication technology, life sciences, agriculture, or advanced materials and manufacturing, with production-ready prototypes and defensible intellectual property.  Funding through the Innovate Washington Foundation is available to companies within Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, Spokane, Whitman, Asotin, Garfield, Columbia, Benton, and Franklin counties of Washington state as well as Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, and Shoshone counties of Idaho.  See the Innovate Washington website or contact Elaine Kong for more information.

G1000MPD Company Scouting Request

Global 1000 Meet/Partner/Deal (G1000MPD) is providing investment or significant transaction opportunities for startup companies that are built using IBM platforms and that focus on information technology, hardware, software, services and solutions around cognitive, cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security technologies.  Eligible startup companies should also have existing large customers (such as Forbes Global 2000 companies).  Interested businesses may submit a 250-word summary about their companies (subject line: CSR-General) for this or future opportunities or respond to this specific Company Scouting Request (subject line: CSR No. 20141217) to G1000MPD.  Learn more about G1000MPD or sign up to receive future Company Scouting Requests. 

Mid-Columbia Small Business Awards

Submit your nomination for the 20th Annual Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards, which recognizes small business throughout Benton and Franklin Counties for their exceptional customer service, outstanding commitment to employees, and superior community relations.  If you are aware of a small business that meets these criteria—or if you own such a business—nominations can be submitted for recognition as Small Business of the Year and Micro-Business of the Year by April 3, 2015. Intent to nominate forms are due March 20, 2015.  The awards banquet will be held May 12 at the Three Rivers Convention Center.  To submit a nomination…..

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has released its FY15 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I funding opportunity announcements. Applications are due February 3, 2015. See the announcement and more information here …

LiveTiles Seeking Members of Development Team

LiveTiles, a New York-based company that facilitates user interface design for SharePoint and MicroSoft Azure, is considering a new location in Tri-Cities, WA.  Currently, the company has opportunities available for individuals who are process driven and savvy in MicroSoft end user technologies.  These include:

  • A team lead/technical architect with 4 -7 years of experience who will serve as senior developer and architect specialist and advise senior management on emerging MicroSoft technologies.

  • Two .net developers with 2 - 3 years of experience who will develop functionality for evolution of the product and integrate code from innovation partners into the product.

  • A SharePoint specialist with 2 - 3 years of experience who will develop specific SharePoint functionality for evolution of the product and integrate code from innovation partners into the product.

  • An Azure specialist with 2 - 3 years of experience who will ensure the Azure platform meets the needs of the product and advise the development team on emerging Azure trends.

If you are interested in any of these positions or would like more information on LiveTiles, contact Kai Scheerer, 509-734-5930, or Bill Watson, 509-734-5892, at WorkSource Columbia Basin. 




Tech Dates and Deadlines

SBIR Program Briefing, Workshop, and Seminar

January 15.  Jim Greenwood, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) expert trainer and consultant, will present information that will help small businesses and their partners take advantage of the $2.1 billion available through federal research grant programs. This briefing, workshop, and seminar will take place in Richland, WA.  From 9 – 10 am, “Proposal Assistance for DOE SBIR/STTR Applicants: DOE’s New Phase 0 Program.”  From 10:30 am – 3 pm, “SBIR/STTR Overview and Phase 1 Proposal Preparation Workshop,” with lunch available for $10 per person if pre-ordered.  From 4 – 5 pm, “Using SBIR/STTR in your Business Strategy,” with a reception to follow as part of the Tri-Cities Research District Seminar Series.  You may attend all sessions or just those of interest.  No cost to attend.  To register, contact  Robin Conger, 509-372-4328.

Proposal Writing Workshops

Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering “Writing Proposals: All You Need to Know to Win.”  This workshop will help businesses learn to choose the right markets to grow their businesses, how and when to build client relationships based on long-term targets, and how to prepare and tell winning stories in requests for proposals.  Three locations are offered—all workshops are from 8 am - 5 pm and registration fee is $25.

  • January 22:  Kent, Washington

  • February 9: Spokane, Washington

  • February 13: Vancouver, Washington 

Register for the Kent, Spokane, or Vancouver workshops.




Women in Business Conference

January 28.  The Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its Women in Business Conference on January 28 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at TRAC Center in Pasco, WA.  This one-day event brings corporate executives, leading business women, and entrepreneurs together with women of various business experience and career levels to network and capitalize on knowledge and expertise.  Register to attend….

GSA Schedule Proposal Preparation

February 17-18.  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is offering the “GSA Schedule Proposal Preparation – 2 Day Intensive” workshop from 8:30 am to 5 pm at Green River Community College in Kent, WA.  This workshop is designed to help businesses save money and time with an instructor-guided “do-it-yourself” approach that will help avoid mistakes which could delay or stop your General Services Administration schedule proposal from consideration as well as provide access to templates and samples of successful proposals.  Cost is $1995.  Register here….

PNNL This Month

Lengthening the Life of High-Capacity Silicon Electrodes in Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

PNNL researchers collaborated with scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Pittsburgh, and FEI Company on a new study that will help create longer-lasting, higher-capacity lithium batteries, commonly used in consumer products.  The study showed how a coating that makes high-capacity silicon electrodes more durable could lead to a replacement for lower-capacity graphite electrodes.  Read about the study…

PNNL Major Contributor to Washington State Economy

PNNL directly and indirectly supported more than $1.3 billion and 6,800 jobs in Washington State’s economy last year, plus another $1.2 billion and more than 6,400 jobs through closely related economic activities.  These findings are outlined in a report, “Economic Impact of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the State of Washington in Fiscal Year 2013.”  Learn more….

PNNL Manager to Coordinate National Grid Effort

Carl Imhoff, PNNL’s energy infrastructure sector manager, has been named chairman of a consortium that will develop a multi-year program plan for electric grid modernization. The Department of Energy’s new Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium will help PNNL and other national laboratories better collaborate and pool resources to meet the national need for a power grid that seamlessly delivers clean and reliable electricity to homes and businesses when needed.  Learn more….

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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