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December 14, 2001

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Applicants Show San Diego to be a Hotbed for Crisis and Consequence Management Technologies

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 13, 2001) - The Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) will begin the final selection of award recipients this week for the solicitation that closed on October 31, 2001. Local universities, government, industry, research laboratories, and individual entrepreneurs submitted more than eighty applications requesting support services provided by the CCAT to facilitate the commercialization of their technologies in areas such as crisis and consequence management, physical and cyber security, homeland defense, and more. The solicitations represented a wide range of innovative technologies in the fields of biomedicine, biochemistry, electronics, computer software and hardware, networks and communications, and information management systems.

"CCAT is proud to identify and accelerate the work of San Diego technologists who are responding to our nation's needs with their innovations," said Tom Byrne of Orincon Technologies, Inc. "We've known for a while that San Diego is a hotbed for various technologies. The overwhelming number of applications we received strongly validates that the wealth of ideas and innovation thriving here is indeed very applicable to crisis and consequence management issues."

Among the finalists are a number of technologies that aid in the detection and control of bio-warfare; security surveillance and control; and information processing, management and utilization.

These include:

  • Multiplex diagnostic testing for anthrax antigen
  • Rapid vaccine development in response to bio-warfare threats
  • Application of ozone technology for the control of anthrax
  • Controlled atmosphere and vacuum bio-decontamination of postal mail
  • Radio frequency identification for aviation security
  • Hazardous materials vehicle access control and monitoring
  • Wireless data access solutions for law enforcement, aviation and homelandsecurity
  • Streaming customized video from remote crisis sites to multiple observers

The finalists will present their technology to a distinguished panel of San Diego technology, academic, and business luminaries. The panel will then determine what types of support services are most appropriate for the applicant and their product and submit their recommendation to the CCAT Executive Board who will make the final selections. The recipients of CCAT support services will be announced in mid-January, 2002.

The CCAT aims to identify, evaluate, fund and accelerate the development of dual-use technological concepts that can be applied by both the government and the private sector. If accepted to the program, the applicant, depending on the maturity of the technology, will receive various commercialization services such as: marketing assessments; market and business plan development or validation; independent product development, test and evaluation; and/or research and development mini-grants to fund efforts by the applicant.

About the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT)
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, ORINCON Corporation International, and 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.

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