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There are more than 220 microelectronics and nanotechnology companies in the Corridor and the average company employs approximately 80.3 jobs.
"Building something and seeing it work is really a great feeling. If in the end it is successful, it was worth all the effort that you had to put in it-it's an adrenaline rush."
Dr. Rainer Meinke, Founder and Chief Scientist at Advanced Magnet Lab, in this month's Faces of Technology.
A University of Central Florida College of Medicine professor has been awarded a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological diseases. Stephen Lambert will use nanotechnology tools to study the breakdown of myelin, a material that coats nerves in the brain and spinal cord and helps electrical signals reach nerve cells and distant muscles.
Current medications only control and limit the effects of MS, a disease that affects nearly 400,000 Americans and millions worldwide. Lambert's study could shed light on how to reverse the damage caused by neurological diseases and also could lead to the development of new medications to fight that damage.
For more information, visit http://news.ucf.edu.
A group of University of South Florida (USF) researchers set out May 5 into the Gulf of Mexico with a rare high tech device they developed to study the effects of April's oil spill on marine ecology. Armed with the equipment called The SIPPER, the USF researchers plan to use the device to determine the risk the oil may have on zooplankton by examining miniscule oil droplets that may harm them. Zooplankton - tiny animals found near the surface in aquatic environments - play a vital role in the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico because they make up the foundation of the food web.
The SIPPER, which was used aboard the Weatherbird II research cruise, is one of only a few such devices in use today. USF has been developing the equipment for more than 12 years. The high tech light and camera mechanism captures images of marine life as it moves through a metal tube so as not to disturb the natural environment. This allows researchers to collect more accurate data because the samples are not disturbed during the collection process.
For more information, visit http://usfweb3.usf.edu/absolutenm/templates/?a=2293&z=41.
A professor at the University of Florida (UF) working on a FHTCC Matching Grants Research Program funded project authored a paper explaining a recent development that could bring night vision capability to cell phones, eyeglasses and vehicle windshields using organic light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Franky So, an engineering researcher and professor of materials science and engineering at UF, was the lead researcher on the project, which was supported by Corridor funds and matched by industry research partner Nanoholdings for a total of $675,000.
So's report, co-authored by UF's Do Young Kim, focuses on the development of a nickel-size device that simplifies the structure of night vision technology. The thin, lightweight and relatively inexpensive imaging device utilizes a photodetector in which infrared light photons are converted into electrons. This is done in conjunction with an LED which then produces visible light. The simplified process replaces the need for the heavy cathode ray vacuum tubes used in traditional night vision goggles.
Nanoholdings LLC's portfolio company, NirVision, is a UF start-up formed to commercialize this technology for new applications.
For more information, visit http://news.ufl.edu/2010/05/04/night-led/
Nanotechnology and microelectronics is a growing field with a wide breadth of applications, and with more than 220 businesses that employ 20,000 people with a payroll of $1.2 billion, much of this growth is taking place within the Florida High Tech Corridor.
One of the many applications of nanotechnology is its use in the development of new and alternative materials. Several businesses within the Corridor are leading the nanotechnology materials development field. One example is nSolgel (http://www.nanoholdings.com/portfolio/portfolio-companies/nsolgel/), an Orlando-based company working to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to concrete. Cement, one of the main ingredients in concrete, is energy-intensive to produce and generates 5 percent of the world's carbon dioxide. nSolgel is using nanotechnology to turn waste from power plants into a new material that can be used in place of concrete.
Another company working within the nanotechnology sector is Gainesville-based Sinmat (http://www.sinmat.com/), a company using materials nanotechnology in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. In addition, Pasco County-based Dais Analytic Corporation (http://www.daisanalytic.com/), has used nanotechnology to patent a number of products that aid in conservation of water and energy consumption.
Beyond materials development, manufacturing and sustainability, nanotechnology is also used extensively in the biomedical and health care fields. Within the Corridor, Massachusetts-based Charles Stark Draper Laboratory has established a center at the University of South Florida (USF) as part of FHTCC's Matching Grants Research Program which will work in partnership with USF's medical school. Charles Stark Draper Laboratory will focus on the biomedical applications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), which are miniature mechanical devices built with semiconductor manufacturing techniques. The tiny MEMS components, analogous in size to the diameter of a single human hair, have enormous potential for a variety of applications, particularly in health care and disease treatment research.
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council fosters the expansion of this burgeoning field through the academic institutions of its partner universities. The MICROFABRITECH program at the University of Florida (http://www.microfab.ufl.edu/) was formed to further the technical knowledge of advanced materials and microelectronics. The University of Central Florida has established the NanoScience Technology Center (http://www.nanoscience.ucf.edu/) and the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (http://www.ampac.ucf.edu/). In addition to the new Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center (http://www.nnrc.usf.edu/) facilitates multidisciplinary nano-related research projects at USF.
With its many applications, nanotechnology and microelectronics is a growing field and the Florida High Tech Corridor is a hub of activity for the industry.
Dr. Rainer Meinke, Founder and Chief Scientist
How Did You Get Your Start? During my time at international research organizations in Germany, I was always interested in studying the basic building blocks of our universe. When the U.S. wanted to build the largest accelerator in the world, I was asked to become a part of the research team. After a while, I left government work to start the AML.
For a video interview, visit http://www.facesoftechnology.com.
This month's Take a Bow spotlight recognizes a longtime partner and supporter of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council whose efforts in advancing economic development within the region have drawn attention statewide. FHTCC thanks Bill McDermott, director of Economic Development for Seminole County, for his support of the mission to grow high tech industry in the Corridor.
Bill's dedication to the Corridor is best demonstrated by his back-to-back service as the chairman of the FHTCC Marketing Committee for this current year, as well as his previous service in the early days of the Council. For the past two years, Bill has led the team into new chapters of connectivity and online interaction through Web conferencing and social media networks.
For his accomplishments in the profession, Bill was named the recipient of the Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year Award at last month's annual meeting of the 250-member Florida Economic Development Council. This award, voted upon by directors statewide, serves to recognize the number one economic development director in Florida.
Bill is an invaluable partner and member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council's Marketing Committee and Core Team, and FHTCC recognizes his efforts to advance the Council's goals in high tech economic development through marketing the region.
Leaders from diverse industries make up the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and serve as advisors and partners to FHTCC in its mission to grow high tech industry. This edition of Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor recognizes Council member David Robinson for his support.
Robinson is president of DSM Technology Consultants(www.dsm.net), an IT support company based in Lakeland that offers technology consulting, data center services and systems integration. He has been an active member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council since 2008.
Robinson founded DSM in 1986, and has led the company to become a leading technology consulting firm. He was educated both abroad and at the University of South Florida, and has held positions in various organizations including the Department of Defense, a Big 5 accounting firm and as chief information and technology officer at a NASDAQ-listed health care company. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded and sold start-ups, as well as mature companies.
Planar Energy Awarded $4M Department of Energy Grant
Planar Energy will use the award to accelerate the development and commercialization of solid-state lithium batteries which could lead to lower prices, and greater adoption of hybrid and electric vehicles.
The award was announced by Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu in Washington, D.C., at a Recovery Act Cabinet meeting in April. The DOE grant is meant to accelerate technological advancements in clean energy.
For more information, visit http://www.planarenergy.com/Press Releases/DOE Awards Planar Energy $4M Grant.pdf.
coolTECH 2010 Showcases Innovative Exhibitors, Disney Exec Speaker
coolTECH 2010 will feature a variety of technological innovations from throughout the Corridor. Some of the exhibitors include ClicRweight Inc. which will be demonstrating ClicRweight, a handheld device that weighs large objects using stereo vision and 3-D technologies, using a live cow. Also exhibiting its latest inventions is Rover Technology Fusions, which will demonstrate RoverINK, a product that captures handwriting using the digital technology of smartphones or laptops and MemoryMate, a company that has created a memory system using Web-based applications to help the memory impaired and many others.
For more information or to register to attend, visit http://www.tbtf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=214.
University of Central Florida Partners with IBM
IASE students and faculty will have the opportunity to use leading systems engineering technology in a hands-on environment. This opportunity opens doors for advanced research projects and gives researchers the resources they need to compete for grants.
For more information, visit http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/31645.wss.
New Engineering Technology Degree Program Being Offered This Fall
For more information, visit http://daytonastate.edu/marketing/pr/engineering.html.
Fintech Named Business of the Year by U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Orlando Small Business Leaders Honored
UF Receives $1.2M Grant for Undergrad Education
Students Create Prize-Winning Blackberry App
Calendar of Events
The following events are taking place across the Corridor's 23-county region or in the surrounding area:
Florida Innovation Hub Groundbreaking
Internet Technology Summit 2010
An Innovation Conversation: New Opportunities in Photonics Created by Lake Nona's Emerging Medical City
STEM Education Conference
High Impact Technology Exchange Conference
Statewide SBIR Grant Workshops
CORRIDOR INDUSTRY NEWS
Computer software provider BioTraits Inc. has signed a partnership deal to market its products through PrimePay Inc.'s national network of payroll services operations, the companies said this week.
Nearly 200 girls from Manatee and Sarasota middle schools, specially selected by their math and science teachers, took part in the second Girls STEM Conference on Saturday at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
Officials from the University of Florida Health Science Center and Shands Healthcare unveiled an ambitious five-year plan Thursday that would add 300 faculty positions and cost $580 million, with the goal of placing the Health Science Center among the top 10 percent of national academic health care facilities.
Inside Florida's High Tech Corridor is published by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council Inc. (FHTCC) and its economic development partners. FHTCC is an initiative of the University of Central Florida (http://www.ucf.edu), the University of South Florida (http://www.usf.edu) and the University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu). For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.floridahightech.com, or contact one of the region's economic development partners listed at http://www.floridahightech.com/resources/economicDevOrgs.html.
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