VANCOUVER – Washington State Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will visit WSU Vancouver at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 21 to highlight recent grants from the Washington Technology Center (WTC) to researchers at WSU Vancouver.

“We are really seeing a trend toward this kind of engagement between the state, university research facilities and private industry,” said Hal Dengerink, chancellor of WSU Vancouver and Vice Chair of the WTC board of directors. “Such a partnership between these three entities is key to economic development.”

In January of this year, the WTC awarded Research and Technology Development funding totaling $528,978 to eight projects developed between companies and Washington researchers; two of those to Vancouver companies with research partnerships at WSU Vancouver: Efficere Technologies and nLight Photonics.

Representatives from Efficere and RS Medical, an awardee from 2001, will be on hand to discuss their projects and partnerships. The event will take place in the Multimedia Classroom building, room 6.

“The Washington Technology Center, in collaboration with the state of Washington, Washington State University and private enterprise, is all about planting economic seeds,” said Owen. “It’s these seeds that take root and nurture the kind of innovation that has earned our state its worldwide reputation for technological excellence.”

WTC is a statewide economic development organization focused on technology and innovation, sparking ideas, forming connections between people and resources, and fostering job growth to position Washington State as a national technology leader. Channeling state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies, WTC promotes industry-university collaborative research, and helps maximize and leverage the investment Washington State is already making in university science and technology.