ONAMI Launches New Website to Support Collaboration, Growth, Innovation of Micro and Nano Initiatives

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 12, 2006--The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) announces today the launch of a new website at www.onami.us, dedicated to facilitating an active online community where academia, industry and government groups can collaborate. Unique to this online community, the ONAMI site offers visitors functional tools that facilitate real-world commercialization of innovations from ONAMI affiliates.

Key to the new ONAMI site is its NanoNetwork, which functions to connect the resources of the ONAMI organization, namely, Oregon's three public research universities, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash, and private industry. Here, researchers nationwide can identify shared research facilities, high tech equipment available for their use, as well as approximately 125 prominent researchers. For example, researchers can use the "Search Capabilities" feature to learn that Portland State University's Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication (CENM) has an FEI focused ion beam microscope available for shared use.

“The new site provides us a virtual edifice, as well as a robust tool to facilitate our rapidly growing capabilities and community.”

"We were looking to build platform for both public institutions and private industries of the ONAMI community to collaborate for the benefit of the whole region," commented Skip Rung, executive director of ONAMI. "The new site provides us a virtual edifice, as well as a robust tool to facilitate our rapidly growing capabilities and community."

The ONAMI site also serves as an educational tool to inform visitors about the science of micro and nanotechnology. The new ONAMIvores section of the site (http://www.onami.us/onamivores/) engages children by providing an "Ask the Scientist" feature. Additional highlights include science-focused K-12 educational programs throughout Oregon, a downloadable ONAMIvore coloring sheet, and links to good science-focused educational resources on the Web.

In addition to facilitating innovation and commercialization in the micro and nano sciences, ONAMI hopes to attract new businesses to the region by clearly demonstrating the vitality of the community, plentiful scientific resources, and individual researcher capabilities, all accessible and competitive on a national scale.

The new website was designed and developed by Young & Roehr Group (www.young-roehr.com), an integrated marketing communication firm located in Portland, Oregon. The launch is timed to support ONAMI's sponsorship of the upcoming Micro/Nano Breakthrough Conference (www.micronbc.org), July 24-26th at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver Washington.


ONAMI is focused on research and commercialization of nanoscience and microtechnologies to foster the creation of new products, companies and jobs in the Pacific Northwest. It unites the University of Oregon (Eugene), Oregon State University (Corvallis), and Portland State University with the Pacific Northwest

National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.), the state of Oregon and private industry.

For more information, visit www.onami.us.


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