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ONAMI Wins Prestigious National Award for technology-based economic development

Skip Rung appointed to the NSF SBIR/STTR advisory committee

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) was one of six organizations named winners of SSTI’s 2012 Excellence in TBED award, serving as national models for states and regions investing in science, technology and innovation to grow their economies and create high-paying jobs.

“These organizations are helping to lead our nation’s economic recovery and their successes further substantiate the value of tech-based initiatives for regional economic growth,” said Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO.

“The SSTI awards are the gold standard in the field of tech-based economic development,” said ONAMI President Skip Rung. “It is a tremendous honor for the first of Oregon Innovation Council’s pioneering efforts in public-private partnerships to be recognized at this level.”

“Collaboration and meaningful partnerships proved to be an essential component for success among this year’s award winners,” Berglund noted. “Our current and past winners each have demonstrated economic growth strategies that are replicable and producing tangible results worthy of emulation for those involved in improving the nation’s competitiveness.”

Over the past six years SSTI has recognized 32 initiatives for their successful efforts to support the creation and growth of technology companies.

Awards were presented today during SSTI’s 16th Annual Conference in Atlanta, attended by more than 250 local, regional and national leaders in economic development from more than 40 states. The following initiatives were named 2012 recipients of SSTI’s Excellence in TBED award:

ONAMI won the 2012 award for the Commercializing Research Category.  The citation reads:

ONAMI is an effective alliance of academic, industry and government leaders committed to growing multi-institutional research capacity, an infrastructure network, and commercialization deal flow in a state with modest resources. Three programs encompass ONAMI’s model: cost share support for collaborative and industry-funded research, a high-tech extension program that connects a collection of shared/open user facilities to industry and startups on a fee-for-service basis, and a commercialization gap fund supporting technology entrepreneurs. ONAMI’s success has translated to impressive returns. Since its founding in 2004, ONAMI has leveraged $386 million in federal and private research and capital investment dollars, and 39 U.S. patents related to nanoscience or microtechnology have been issued to ONAMI member researchers.

The other category winners were:
·         Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund – Expanding the Research Capacity Category
·         Ben Franklin TechVentures – Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Category
·         TechColumbus – Increasing Access to Capital Category
·         Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research – Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries Category.
·         BioAccel – Most Promising TBED Initiative Category.


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