Innovate Washington Launches SBIR/STTR Funding Programs

December 12, 2012

Innovate WashingtonInnovate Washington, the statewide public-private partnership that is the catalyst for economic growth in Washington’s innovation economy, has launched its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant-writing program.

Read the full press release here.

Technology Alliance 2012 State of Technology Luncheon

April 9, 2012

Held each spring since 1998, the State of Technology Luncheon is the Technology Alliance’s largest annual event. Business, research and government leaders from across the state come together at the luncheon each year to celebrate Washington’s progress in building a vibrant technology-based economy and to gain insights from visionary leaders of innovative, globally recognized companies and institutions.

John McAdam
President, CEO & Director
F5 Networks, Inc.

Tuesday, May 22nd
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Registration & Networking: 11:00 am
Luncheon: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Click here for more information and to register.

Economic Highlight – Entrepreneurship & Innovation

March 13, 2012

Over the next couple of months, we will be releasing economic highlights from our work on the Regional Economic Strategy Update. These highlights will cover information from both industry clusters and foundations of the local economy.

One way to measure the level of innovation in a region is to examine the level of utility patents that are issued to companies and organizations. Of the peers we measured, the Puget Sound region is second only to the Bay Area in terms of these patents issued between 2006-2010. Utility patents protect the function and abilities of an invention (think cotton gin), versus design patents which protect the ornamental design of a functional item (think the iconic Coke bottle design).

The Bay Area has more than twice the population (7.15 million) than the Puget Sound area (3.5 million) and produced more than three times the utility patents in the period from 2006-2010 (16,364 versus 4,660). Over that period of time, however, the volume of patents in the Bay Area increased by 26%, while the number of patents in the Puget Sound area increased by 79% – more than double the rate of any of the peers that we reviewed.

Locally, the bulk of the patents issued are from activities in King County. In 2010, 78% of the regions utility patents were from King County companies, while Kitsap County came in second with 13%.

Innovation Forum at UW Bothell

February 7, 2012

UW Bothell is hosting an Innovation Forum, February 13-16 and it’s free and open to the public.  It features 20 different panels/programs talking about innovation in research, higher education and the arts.  There are two panels that you and/or your colleagues might be interested in.  The first is Fostering Scientific Innovation in the age of Globalization, Thursday, February 16 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  This panel event will feature UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce, Lee Huntsman, E.D, Life Science Discovery Fund, J. Rogers Hollingsworth and Tom Clement.  These industry and academic leaders will discuss the rise of the US’s role in life sciences and how are role as the international leader in this field is changing.  This should be a very compelling conversation and all are welcome.  A light breakfast will be provided.

As an alum, this second event might be of interest the Closing Summit– Creating a New University.  This event will also be held on February 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Convened by University of Washington President, Michael K. Young this panel will delve into the question of what would you do to create a new university with the technology, science and innovation we have today.  The panel is made up of distinguished scholar J. Rogers Hollingsworth, Dr. Fariba Alamdari, VP, Boeing Company, and Dr. Anoop Gupta, Distinguished Scientist, Microsoft.  This should be an interesting and lively discussion.  RSVP is required for this event