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October 4, 2001

Media Contact: Sarah Huyett Benson (858) 622-5714 or


SAN DIEGO, CA – The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) invites local universities, government, industry, research laboratories and individual entrepreneurs to apply for CCAT support services and grants to facilitate the commercialization of technologies in the area of crisis and consequence management. From these applicants, the CCAT aims to identify, evaluate, fund and fast track the development of dual-use technological concepts that can be applied by both the government and the private sector. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2001.

"Since September 11, 2001 much attention has been paid to the topic of crisis and consequence management and the need for technologies in this critical area," said Dr. Brenda-Lee Karasik, from the office of the deputy director for science, technology & engineering, SPAWAR and CCAT executive board member. “The unique collaborative effort housed by CCAT, which was formed long before these attacks, will identify and support the development of crisis management and missile defense technologies that support the Department of Defense's efforts to counter the increasing threat of man-made and natural disasters."

The CCAT seeks entrepreneurs, academic researchers and any San Diego-based organizations that house existing technologies, developing products or new technology concepts that fall within the broad technology areas of crisis and consequence management and missile defense. These technologies include, but are not limited to: threat device detection, chemical and biological protection, law enforcement coordination, mass casualty medical care, emergency simulation and training, automated planning tools, expert systems, post-incident recovery, seamless communications, high-speed optical data links, radio frequency photonics, advanced signal processing, lightweight antennas, CDMA spread-spectrum modems, photo-voltaics and infrared sensors, and more.

The purpose of the CCAT is to accelerate the transition from the laboratory to the marketplace through a broad range of unique services. If accepted to the CCAT program, the applicant, depending on the maturity of the technology, will receive various commercialization services such as: marketing assessment or validation; market and business plan development; independent product development, test and evaluation; and/or research and development mini-grants to fund efforts by the applicant.

"The CCAT team partners are well connected with the business community, investors, and major business service providers in the San Diego region and with the Department of Defense acquisition programs," said Sandy Ehrlich, executive director, SDSU Entrepreneurial Management Center and CCAT executive board member. "We encourage organizations to apply to the program so that the CCAT can assist in advancing the success of their technologies."

The CCAT – supported by a $5.2 million two-year appropriation by Congress and funded by the Department of Defense – is a public-private collaborative partnership between academia, industry, and government uniting San Diego State University (SDSU) Foundation and Entrepreneurial Management Center, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering and UCSD CONNECT, and ORINCON Corporation International with support from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego. The consortium-style CCAT intends to bridge the gap that exists between the generators of technology, the Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace.

Organizations must submit an application via email by 4:00 P.M., October 31, 2001. For more information about the CCAT and the commercialization program application, visit or e-mail

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