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Many Promising Technologies Are on Fast Track to Commercialization

The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology was designed to fast-track promising new products that may be used by the U.S. military and for homeland security, as well as having practical applications in the commercial sector.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense, with offices at San Diego State University and Cal State San Bernardino, CCAT focuses on technologies generally related to wireless communications; aerospace/missile defense, nuclear and explosives detection; biomedical, chemical, biological, radiological detection; first responder/law enforcement data-sharing; port, border, transportation and infrastructure security; power supplies, surveillance, tracking and detection sensors; and vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

Among CCAT’s milestones:

– Conducted 27 solicitations and evaluated 1,000 technologies from private industry, university and government laboratories.

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– Supported development of 145 technologies with more than 300 awards valued at $22.5 million, including funding for product development, market studies, business plans and product test and evaluation demonstrations.

– Created seven companies, including four locally , American BioHealth Group LLC, San Diego, with technology engineered at Balboa Naval Medical Center; Assure Controls Inc., Carlsbad; and Omega Sensors Inc., San Diego, with technologies that were engineered at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and San Diego-based Rhevision Technology Inc., with technology engineered at the UC San Diego.

– Four small technology companies have been acquired by larger organizations, including two in San Diego , Quantum Magnetics, acquired by General Electric Co. in 2004; and Intecon, initially purchased by Titan, which was taken over by New York-based L-3 Communications in 2005.

– Existing local companies licensing technologies developed by military labs or academic researchers are PixonImaging LLC, funded by CCAT, with technology developed at UCSD; and Pure-O-Tech Inc. in Escondido, with technology developed at SDSU, and funded through CCAT.

– More than 2,700 American employees work directly on CCAT-funded technologies.

– CCAT clients generated more than $28.5 million in sales for 2005.

– Funded, mentored and helped transition 14 technologies from government labs or academic research institutions into private companies.

, Pat Broderick

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