SAMCO, Inc and NANO Electronics Limited, a Subsidiary of Advance Nanotech, Inc., Sign Licensing Agreement for Forroelectric Nanotube Manufacturing Technology
SAMCO and the University of Cambridge began collaborating in the field of thin film deposition systems for ferroelectric films in 1999. The ferroelectric nanotube manufacturing technology is based on SAMCO's "misted deposition" technique, which enables the simultaneous fabrication on large numbers of micro-devices, a significant breakthrough in this vital process. Until now, conventional CVD and RIE processing techniques were incapable of accomplishing this. The licensing agreement extends on the highly successful, six year relationship between SAMCO and Cambridge.
“It is always thrilling when we move a step closer to realizing the commercialization of any of the discoveries we work with at Cambridge. Today marks an important day in supporting that goal as it relates to our work in ferroelectric nanotubes.”
The research on ferroelectric nanotube manufacturing at Cambridge has been led by Professor James Scott, a global authority in the field of ferroelectrics research. For the past six years, he has been an integral part of the SAMCO/Cambridge Laboratory, which has driven the discoveries covered by the agreement. This group is responsible for the 2003 development of the world's first technique for manufacturing ferroelectric nanotubes. SAMCO and Cambridge have since filed numerous joint patents on the technology.
There are high expectations for applications in next generation ink-jet printer heads, which require liquid flow control precision on the picoliter order. In addition, there is excellent potential for utilization in fields such as new micro-TAS devices, bio-chips, and drug delivery systems (DDS).
The technology licensing contract was signed on Sept. 15 in Kyoto, Japan by Prof. Ekhard Salje, Department Chair of the Cambridge Department of Earth Sciences and Inorganic Materials Research, Magnus Gittins, President and CEO of Advance Nanotech, and Mr. O. Tsuji, President and CEO of SAMCO Inc.
"We are pleased to be signing this important agreement with our colleagues at Advance Nanotech," said Mr. O. Tsuji, president and CEO of SAMCO Inc. "This licensing agreement is the culmination of six years of hard work between SAMCO and Cambridge and the results are gratifying."
Commenting on the agreement, Magnus Gittins, CEO of AVNA said, "It is always thrilling when we move a step closer to realizing the commercialization of any of the discoveries we work with at Cambridge. Today marks an important day in supporting that goal as it relates to our work in ferroelectric nanotubes."
About Advance Nanotech, Inc.
Advance Nanotech Inc. is dedicated to ensuring nanotechnology discoveries reach maximum market potential through successful commercialization. Advance is the trusted guide to commercial success for nanotech entrepreneurs spanning the globe, partnering with leading universities to provide scientists and researchers with mission critical infrastructure support to transform their discoveries to marketable solutions. The organization provides a range of services and support including financing, leadership assets and counsel on intellectual property, licensing and regulatory issues. With a portfolio of 20 companies developing technologies which offer potentially breakthrough nanotechnology discoveries in the electronics, biopharma and materials sectors, Advance's goal is to transform the potential for nanotechnology discoveries into innovative products that further evolve existing industries and enable new markets.
About SAMCO, Inc.
SAMCO was founded in 1979 to provide cutting edge thin film processing equipment to researchers and engineers across the globe. Since the humble beginning in a local garage, SAMCO has grown steadily into an important equipment supplier with business centers in diverse geographical locations. Current SAMCO facilities include the Kyoto Headquarters, OPTO Films (a research and development facility in Silicon Valley), and sales offices in Taiwan, Singapore, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kanagawa, Tsukuba and Hiroshima. The name SAMCO is an acronym for Semiconductors And Materials Company, and was chosen to express the company's focus on developing products for the semiconductor and high tech materials industries. SAMCO offers a broad range of thin film processing equipment for both research and production applications, including CVD systems, dry etching systems and dry surface cleaning systems. These systems are used for the development and manufacturing of devices such as integrated circuits, flat panel displays hard disk drives and optical communication components. SAMCO equipment is popular among organizations both in Japan and overseas, and this global recognition is a clear indication that SAMCO provides equipment that offers superior performance and reliability. We at SAMCO place a special priority on maintaining "pioneer" status in all fields in which we are engaged and we are determined to continue to offer unmatched thin film processing tools to research and manufacturing organizations across the globe.
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