Business Oregon can connect your company with the research power of 450 scientists and researchers who can help turn your new ideas into exciting new opportunities, or improve existing product lines to make your company more competitive.
Oregon's three state-of-the-art Signature Research Centers bring together the top research talent and cutting-edge laboratories of the state's research universities. The High Tech Extension Service connects businesses with these R&D resources, providing companies with access to research, technology development, prototyping and testing without the added cost of in-house staff and facilities. You get immediate access to highly skilled workers, clean rooms, contract processing for remote customers and on-site training, whether you need a quick fix to a short-term problem or help with long-range development of new products.
At the ONAMI Signature Research Center, that access includes the resources of the Lorry I. Lokey Nanotechnology Laboratories in Eugene, an internationally-recognized facility containing more than 20 advanced materials characterization and nanofabrication instruments. ONAMI provides micro-level manufacturing and engineering research at the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute in Corvallis, and the Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication in Portland is the only state-of-the-art characterization facility in the Portland area. More than 100 businesses are already taking advantage of ONAMI's unique facilities.
Business Oregon provided a $248,000 grant through the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute for Trillium FiberFuels to develop a process to improve the efficiency of creating fuel grade ethanol from biomass. This approach helped Trillium win a $750,000 Department of Energy grant to commercialize the process.