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For Release: May 31, 2000

Pamelia Caswell
Media Relations Office
NASA Glenn Research Center
(216)433-5795
p.caswell@grc.nasa.gov

Pierrette G. Woodford
Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center
(440)686-2223
woodford@battelle.org


New Illinois Commercialization Center Launches Today

The Illinois Coalition is partnering with the NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, and Battelle Memorial Institute's Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC), Cleveland, OH, to launch a NASA commercialization center in the Chicago area.

Named the NASA Illinois Commercialization Center (NICC), the center will be formally established at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 31 at the DuPage County Airport. U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, who championed the establishment of the center, will attend the ceremony as will representatives from NASA Glenn, GLITeC and the local partners.

"The NICC will enhance the technological capabilities of industries in Illinois by providing them more immediate access to the resources of the NASA system," says NASA Glenn Director Donald J. Campbell. "I'm particularly looking forward to working with our new partners in transferring NASA's general aviation technology enhancements to the companies that can bring the technologies to airports like the one next door, he said."

The NICC will follow GLITeC's successful model in offering a range of technical, management and financial services. Through these services, the NICC will aid the growth of Illinois' most vital technology/industry clusters: software services, energy and environment, telecommunications, electronics, chemicals and life sciences. The Center will help scores of Illinois companies use NASA technology to develop new products and processes and help establish new Illinois companies built from NASA technology. Additionally, the NICC will offer a unique advantage to a few of Illinois' small and disadvantaged companies: commercialization awards to help them over the final hurdle in going to market.

"This Center promises to become a key element in the growing Illinois technology network," says Pierrette G. Woodford, executive director of GLITeC and acting executive director of NICC. The expanding network includes established electronic and pharmaceutical giants, hundreds of dynamic early stage companies and a vigorous venture investment community. "We hope to leverage the excellent resources that NASA offers to further enhance the very exciting growth of entrepreneurial activities in Illinois."

The NICC will be one of the anchor tenants of the proposed DuPage County Technology Park, located adjacent to the DuPage Airport. The park was created in response to a 1998 proposal by Speaker Hastert that 750 acres of the land owned by the DuPage Airport be converted into a high-technology business park. The soon-to-be-developed Park will enhance the region's technology industry cluster.

"The NICC will bring to Illinois unique and vital resources that have not been directly present before," said Shaye Mandle, president of the Illinois Coalition. "Through the leadership of Speaker Hastert and a partnership that includes DuPage County, the Airport Authority and the State of Illinois, this emerging crown jewel for Illinois technology companies has become a reality."

NASA Glenn, the agency's main propulsion research and technology development center, and Battelle, a world leader for more than 70 years in technology commercialization, have a successful and long-standing relationship. Battelle has managed the Midwest Regional Technology Transfer Center for NASA under the name GLITeC for the past nine years, working primarily as a direct arm of the NASA Glenn Commercial Technology Office. GLITeC will work with the Illinois Coalition, a not-for-profit organization established in 1989 to strengthen the state's economy through the application of science and technology, in the management and operation of the NICC.

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For more information about NASA Glenn's technology transfer program, visit
         http://cto.grc.nasa.gov/

For more information about Glitech, visit
         http://www.battelle.org/glitec/


 

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