CERL Awarded MRRA 2017 Small Business Innovator, Expands TechPlace Presence

Congratulations to Composite Engineering  Research Laboratory, on receiving the 2017 Small Business Innovator Award from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; during its annual meeting and dinner on November 15th. CERL is both a full service analytical laboratory, and a prototype manufacturing center targeting the broad spectrum of composite companies within Maine and New England.  They focus on projects ranging from Wind and Hydrokinetics to Marine,…

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TechPlace Businesses Offered Discount to Attend New England Venture Summit on December 6th

New England Venture Summit Provides Startups Opportunity to Meet Investors Special discount:  Use promo code “MRRAVIP” and receive an extra $100 off the current rates. Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of the hottest early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New…

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Composites Lay-Up Facility, New Paint Booth Coming to TechPlace

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), TechPlace’s parent company, was awarded $495,165 from the Maine Technology Institute to develop a shared composite lay-up facility and paint booth. With the design and formal bidding process now completed, work has begun and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2017. TechPlace’s composite lay-up facility…

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MTI Awards Funding to TechPlace Members

The Maine Technology Institute awarded funds to two TechPlace Members recently. Field Phyto-Nutrients LLC received $203,062, which was matched by $222,074. The funding will help the company confirm the feasibility of a planned commercial scale plant to grow micro algae that can be used to make an omega-3 fatty acid under the brand PhytoCortX Liquid…

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STARC Systems Among Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant

Gorham Savings Bank Announces Finalists for $50,000 LaunchPad Grant A Big Impact on Small Business GORHAM, Maine, May 18, 2017 — Gorham Savings Bank, a leading Southern Maine financial services institution, has selected five early-stage Maine businesses as the finalists of its annual LaunchPad small business competition. From an applicant pool of over 130 businesses,…

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Additional Manufacturing Space Now Available at TechPlace

MRRA builds new maker and industrial space to meet demand We recently completed renovations on the Hangar 4 East industrial project, which adds nearly 20,000 SF of manufacturing space to TechPlace. Innovators now have access to five more industrial spaces in former Navy Building 250. The work spaces range from about 1,500 SF to nearly…

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TechPlace Biotech Firm InSphero Streamlines 3D Microtissue U.S. Business Operations

U.S. subsidiary of Swiss-based InSphero AG initiates direct product shipments, progresses towards full-scale North American bioproduction capabilities Schlieren, Switzerland – February 1, 2016 – InSphero AG, one of the first companies to set up shop in TechPlace last winter and the leading supplier of easy-to-use solutions for production, culture, and assessment of organotypic 3D cell culture models, has…

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TechPlace Business Grifin LLC Granted Patent for Innovative Submarine Propulsion System

A few days ago Eric Bleicken (Grifin LLC of TechPlace) picked up his patent from his attorney, Chris Caseiro, for an underwater vehicle propulsion and control concept. There is no propeller, diving planes or rudder. Rather, it has two counter rotating propulsor rings that circumvent the entire hull. Eric explains that most of the work…

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