ONAMI, Oregon Companies Win 2006 Small Times Magazine “Best of Small Tech” Awards

September 22 2006

Las Vegas, Nevada, September 21 - Oregon organizations came away with top honors at today’s presentation of the coveted annual “Best of Small Tech” awards presented by Small Times Magazine at the NanoCon 2006 Conference, winning 5 of the 31 international awards - quite possibly the strongest showing for any state or country. FEI Company (Hillsboro), AcryMed, Inc. (Beaverton), Nantero Corp. (Gresham), On Semiconductor Corp. (Gresham), and ONAMI, Inc. (Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene) were recognized.


The 2006 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards recognize the best people, products and companies in nanotechnology, MEMS, and microsystems.

FEI Company (Hillsboro) was the winner of the Best of Small Tech Product of the Year award for its Titan 80-311 Transmission Electron Microscope, which set new records for sub-Angstrom imaging resolution. AcryMed, Inc. (Beaverton) was a finalist/runner up in the same category for its highly successful SilvaGard nanosilver coating technology for medical devices.

FEI Company was also a finalist/runner up in the Best of Small Tech Company of the Year award. Nantero Corporation, which conducts nanoelectronic memory product development in Gresham in partnership with On Semiconductor Corporation, was also a finalist/runner up for Best of Small Tech Company of the Year.

Robert D. “Skip” Rung, President and Executive Director of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), was selected as a 2006 Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Advocate of the Year Finalist. (The category winner was Sean Murdock of the NanoBusiness Alliance, on whose advisory board Rung serves).

“Skip Rung and these world-leading Oregon firms have demonstrated the kind of vision and innovation Oregon needs to stay competitive and strong in our global economy,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski.

“With a new nanotechnology research center, millions in federal research funding, and now these latest awards, Oregon’s growing nanotechnology sector is receiving some well-deserved respect,” U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said. “I congratulate ONAMI and the Oregon firms who are being recognized today for all of their hard work to make Oregon a bright spot on the world nanotech map.”

“The award winners and finalists this year truly reflect the diversity of companies and people that are shaping the MEMS and nanotechnology communities - from tools innovators to fabs to companies bringing commercial applications to a wide range of markets,” said Patti Glaza, Vice President and Group Publisher of Small Times.

The recipients of the Small Times Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards and runners-up were selected by nominations and applications submitted by companies and individuals. Small Times Media news staff and an industry panel of experts reviewed the applicants and selected one winner and four runners up in six categories, plus lifetime achievement. The panel considered accomplishments between September 1, 2003 and October 1, 2004. A complete list of winners and runners-up can be found in the November/December issue of Small Times( magazine and online at www.smalltimes.com.

About the Awards
This is the fifth year of the prestigious Small TimesTM Magazine Best of Small Tech Awards. Small Times staff evaluates the nominees along with seven panels of industry experts. Awards are based on accomplishments between June 1, 2005, and June 1, 2006. More details can be found in the September/October issue or online at www.smalltimes.com.

About Small Times
Small Times Media is published by PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company. Small TimesTM Magazine remains the leading source of business news and analysis about the small tech industry, which includes nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems. Its circulation is free to qualified subscribers around the world in both print and digital form. In addition to its news services (Small TimesTM magazine, SmallTimes.com, Small Times Direct), Small TimesTM organizes the leading nanotechnology business conference and trade show in North America, Small TimesTM NanoCon International. Its annual Small Tech Business Directory is free to all subscribers and provided online as an industry service at SmallTechDirectory.com. For more information, visit www.smalltimes.com.

About ONAMI
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (www.onami.us) is Oregon’s first signature research center for innovation-based economic development, and is a powerful collaboration among Oregon’s research universities, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oregon’s world-leading “Silicon Forest” industry cluster. ONAMI member researchers won over $22M in federal and private research awards in FY06, and since 2003 have received $28M in capital and operating funds from the State of Oregon for the purpose of growing research capacity, building shared user facilities, and commercializing new technology to create high-wage jobs in Oregon. On September 19, 2006 the Oregon Innovation Council voted to recommend $10M operating funding for ONAMI in the upcoming FY08-FY09 biennium.

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