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August 29th, 2010
MBI is a shared user facility of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, a research collaborative that involves OSU, the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Each university brings a particular brand of expertise to the table in Oregon's effort to establish itself as a leader in the field of ultrasmall-scale manufacturing.
ONAMI director Skip Rung, a longtime R&D manager at Hewlett-Packard, said the connection between HP's inkjet technology and MBI's microfluidics expertise is "real strong" and is a big draw for entrepreneurs in the field.
"There are several companies coming up" under the ONAMI umbrella that are working with MBI for that reason, Rung said.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, who has steered millions of dollars in federal appropriations to the state for nanotech development, said he believes those efforts are starting to pay off for Oregon.
"The science of small stuff is beginning to gain some recognition among the public," he said, pointing to the success of ONAMI and MBI. "It allows Oregon, in my view, to write a textbook on what we ought to do to partner with the private sector and government."
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