Arrowhead Announces SBIR Award to Subsidiary for Improved Solar Cells
The Aonex proprietary process uses lighter weight substrates to enable solar cells that are more efficient, more powerful and less expensive to manufacture. The Phase I grant is approximately $100,000. Successful completion of Phase I efforts could result in a Phase II award of up to $750,000.
“We are pleased that Aonex has been awarded an SBIR grant to support this particular application of its technology. A key component of Arrowhead's strategy is to leverage public sector funding to further our technologies while keeping our costs down.”
Aonex is commercializing a proprietary process for fabricating semiconductor nanomaterials to help device manufacturers in several markets reduce costs and improve performance. Aonex is currently applying its technology to next-generation solar cells and other optoelectronic devices. Longer term, the company seeks to enable devices with optical, logical, and amplification features on a single substrate.
About Arrowhead Research Corporation
Arrowhead Research Corporation is a diversified nanotechnology company structured to commercialize products expected to have revolutionary impacts on a variety of industries, including materials, electronics, life sciences, and energy.
There are three strategic components to Arrowhead's business model:
-- Outsourced R&D Program: Arrowhead identifies patented or patent-pending technologies at universities or government labs and funds additional development of those technologies in exchange for exclusive rights to commercialize the resulting prototypes. Leveraging the resources and infrastructure of these institutions provides Arrowhead with a highly cost-effective development pipeline. Currently, Arrowhead is supporting efforts in stem cell technology, nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, and nanobiotools at the California Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
-- Commercialization Program: After prototypes have been sufficiently developed in the laboratories, Arrowhead forms or acquires majority-owned subsidiaries to commercialize the technology and provides the subsidiaries with strategic, managerial, and operational support. At present, Arrowhead owns majority interest in subsidiaries commercializing diverse technologies, including anti-cancer drugs, RNAi therapeutics, and compound semiconductor materials.
-- The Patent Toolbox: Arrowhead has acquired or exclusively licensed patents and patent applications covering a broad range of nanotechnology. The Company is actively seeking to add to this intellectual property portfolio.
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