BioScience Association creates Springs chapter

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The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. has been working with the Colorado BioScience Association to establish a chapter of the organization in Colorado Springs. The Springs currently has more than 25 companies in the biotech industry, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing and laboratories.

The association’s first meeting was held March 28.

Kara Roberts, vice president of local industry at EDC, said the purpose of the association, which has been in the works for four to five months, is to leverage state resources in the bioscience industry for local companies, to better connect with the local biotech industry and to gain some recognition that Colorado Springs has an emerging strong biotech industry cluster.

To find out more about CBSA and local chapter activities, visit www.cobioscience.com.

Foundation to reward teachers with tech grants

The Qwest Foundation has unveiled a grant program, the Qwest Teachers and Technology program, that will pay for classroom technology for Colorado teachers.

Qwest is providing a $100,000 donation that will help pay for the grants to enable teachers to improve classroom education. The grants will be administered by the Fund for Colorado’s Future in Southern Colorado and the Public Education and Business Coalition in Northern Colorado.

The purpose of the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is to recognize and reward public school teachers for innovative use of technology in the classroom.

“The Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is a unique opportunity for educators to find innovative ways to bring technology into the classroom and better prepare students to succeed,” said Chuck Ward, Qwest’s president for Colorado.

Educators will be able apply for the grants at www.fund4colorado.org or www.pebc.org. The Web sites will provide instructions.

The application deadline is April 27, 2007. For more information, visit www.qwest.com/community.

Simtek nvSRAM named product of the year

Simtek Corporation, headquartered in Colorado Springs, an inventor and supplier of nonvolatile static random access memory (nvSRAM) integrated circuits, has been recognized in the 2007 EE Times-China Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards for Memory Product of the Year.

Simtek has developed a non-volatile memory chip that reads, writes and saves data without the use of a battery. This nvSRAM technology combines the features of volatile and nonvolatile memory into a single integrated chip. The device is compact and requires less maintenance than a battery backed alternative.

ACE Awards China recognizes leadership and excellence in product design, awarding products and technologies that impact or have a potential to impact mainland China’s electronics market.

The award is granted to products that have demonstrated the ability to enable systems engineers to deliver new capabilities, enhance existing features and save costs and resources. The award is also given if the product is broadly recognized by China’s design and manufacturing community for its excellence.

100 million iPods sold

The 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making it the fastest selling music player in history.

The first iPod was sold five-and-a-half years ago, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 additional iPod models — five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod Nano and two generations of iPod Shuffle.

The iPod also spawned more than 4,000 accessories made specifically for the iPod ranging from fashionable cases to speaker systems.

EMS announces anti-jam solutions

EMS Technologies, Inc. announced at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs that its Defense and Space Systems (D&SS) Division will offer anti-jam antenna solutions to the commercial space sector. EMS D&SS, which specializes in providing beam-forming networks that enable and protect communication channels to and from communications satellites, now sees a demand for its military style anti-jam beam management system from its commercial space customers following several high-profile incidents of jamming in the international arena.

New technology for Marriott guests

The Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel is getting digital-savvy with its new 21-inch LCD high-definition televisions and digital plug-in panel.

The LCD high-definition television and plug-in panel will enable guests to:

  • Connect their laptop to the monitor so they can work, surf the web and play DVDs and video games in high-definition
  • Split the screen to watch TV and work on their laptop simultaneously
  • Fill their room with their own music play lists from digital music players through the systems 25-watt speakers
  • Play back videos from camcorders and view pictures from digital cameras

According to Marriott International, the company is the first lodging brand to offer such features. The company expects to have up to 25 percent of its connectivity panels installed in guest rooms in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year.

Lorna Gutierrez covers Technology for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.