The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), in partnership with Small Times Media, today launched a new Web site that will instantly become a valuable resource for Michigan’s emerging micro and nanotechnology industry. The Michigan Small Tech Web site, which will be updated daily, can be viewed atwww.michigansmalltech.com.
“Michigan is out of the gate early in establishing leadership in micro and nanotechnology development and commercialization,” said Sabrina Keeley, acting CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “The Michigan Small Tech Web site will encourage and facilitate the continued growth of this rapidly emerging industry in our state.”
Michigansmalltech.com is filled with valuable resources, including news about small tech developments in the state, guest columns, and information about tech transfer initiatives at Michigan universities. A suite of business services will be in place in the coming months, including a directory of Michigan’s small tech businesses.
“The Michigan Small Tech site will be the credible ‘go to’ site for what is new and important in Michigan’s micro and nanotechnology industry,” said John Bedz, senior program manager for Small Times Media. “Our intent is to provide small tech companies in Michigan with the critical things they need to grow their business.”
The term “small tech” in its common use includes the development and applications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microsystems and nanotechnology. Thousands of small tech devices are in common use today, including sensors for automobile air bags and inhaler parts used to administer proper doses of asthma medication.
Micro devices and sensors are considered enabling technologies that are having a significant impact within a wide variety of industries. A few examples of Michigan companies developing micro technology products throughout the state include:
- Integrated Sensing Systems (Ann Arbor), medical sensors
- Keweenaw Nanoscience Center (Lake Linden), nanofabrication systems
- Delphi Corporation (Troy), accelerometers and automotive sensors
- Sensicore (Ann Arbor), multi-sensor water testing
- Coherix (Grandville), precision measurement tools
Michigan’s leadership in the small tech industry was apparent in its selection as the host for the seventh annual International Conference on the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Technologies, held in Ypsilanti last fall.
Small Times Media LLC, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., is the leading source of business news and information about the small tech industry. The company offers full small tech news coverage through its bimonthly magazine, Small Times, a daily news Web site, and a weekly e-newsletter, Small Times Direct.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.
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