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NIST funds electronics, biotech, nano manufacturing research

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:manufacturing? research? electronics? biotechnology? nanotechnology?

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology is funding a new technology innovation program (TIP) for manufacturing research in the fields of electronics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, renewable energy generation and energy storage. The NIST is providing $22 million in funds and expects matching funds from research partners to exceed $44 million total.

According to Gary Locke, US commerce secretary, "These TIP awards will help advance cutting-edge research in major growth sectors of 21st century manufacturing."

TIP programs aim to share the funding responsibility for advanced research projects with small businesses by virtue of joint ventures involving NIST, other national laboratories, universities and nonprofit research organizations. The current nine projects were chosen from among 110 proposals received for projects focusing on improved manufacturing processes for nanocomposites and other advanced materials.

The awardees are listed below.

ActaCell Inc.
Volume Production of Nanocomposite Alloy Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $3 million
Project total (est.): $6.2 million
Project Goal: To develop technology necessary to scale up production of the company's novel nanocomposite material for high-performance lithium batteries by a factor of a thousand, potentially enabling safe, powerful and economical batteries for electric vehicles and other demanding applications.

Kent Displays Inc.
Process Innovation for High Technology Manufacturing of Flexible Liquid Crystal Displays
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $3 million
Project total (est.): $6 million
Project Goal: To develop a suite of integrated processes for efficient, "roll-to-roll" manufacturing of flexible, reflective displays for high-volume product markets.

Sinmat Inc.
Low-Cost, Scalable Manufacturing of Surface-Engineered Super-Hard Substrates for Next-Generation Electronics and Photonic Devices
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $2.4 million
Project total (est.): $4.8 million
Project Goal: To develop the means to fabricate high-quality, super-hard substrates in a rapid, reliable, scalable and cost-effective manner.

Polyera Corp.
Synthesis of High-Efficiency Organic Photovoltaics for Scalable, Cost-Effective Manufacturing
Project length: 2 years
Requested TIP funding: $2 million
Project total (est.): $5 million
Project Goal: To develop novel processes for manufacturing organic photovoltaic materials to enable large-scale manufacturing of high-performance, flexible solar-energy modules.

Isogenis Inc.
Manufacturing of Fully Deleted Helper-Virus Independent Adenoviral Vectors
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $2.7 million
Project total (est.): $5.5 million
Project Goal: To develop and optimize standardized manufacturing systems for a novel type of pharmaceutical-grade gene transfer vehicle for vaccination, gene therapy and tissue transplantation applications.

Engineered BioPharmaceuticals Inc.
Atmospheric Spray Freeze-Dried Powder Process Advancement and Scale-Up
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $3 million
Project total (est.): $6 million
Project Goal: To scale up and demonstrate a commercially viable production line employing a novel freeze-drying process to prepare complex biomolecules in powder forms that simplifies the storage and delivery of emerging, protein-based pharmaceuticals.

Arsenal Medical Inc.
High-Throughput Manufacturing of Electrospun Core-Sheath Fibers
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $2.3 million
Project total (est.): $4.7 million
Project Goal: To develop processes to increase production of drug-filled, hollow fibers to rates necessary to enable commercially viable use of these fibers in devices and products for drug delivery, tissue engineering, nanoscale sensors and other applications.

Precision BioSciences Inc.
Reprogram a Mammalian Cell Line to Optimize Production of Biopharmaceuticals
Project length: 3 years
Requested TIP funding: $2.7 million
Project total (est.): $5.4 million
Project Goal: To create new tools for modifying the chemical structure of proteins that are produced by current biomanufacturing technologies to improve the therapeutic action of the manufactured protein.

Ginkgo BioWorks
Volatile Reporters for Monitoring Biomanufacturing of Therapeutic Proteins
Project length: 2 years
Requested TIP funding: $1 million
Project total (est.): $2.3 million
Project Goal: To develop genetically engineered measurement technologies for real-time monitoring of cellular health and production capacity during the manufacturing of therapeutic proteins.

- R. Colin Johnson
EE Times

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