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September 23, 2015

SUNY Poly CNSE Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Awarded $9.2M in 10 Year Renewal to Catalyze Further High-Tech Growth Across New York State

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First designated in 1993 by Governor Mario Cuomo, CNSE Center will continue to support world-class nano-based R&D, commercialization, and workforce development opportunities

Albany, NY – Supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s innovation-based economic growth strategy for New York State and setting the stage for continued high-tech economic development, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) today announced that the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials (CATN2), which is located at the SUNY Poly CNSE Albany NanoTech Complex, has been awarded $9.2 million over ten years through the Empire State Development Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Program. The award enables CATN2 to continue to drive innovation, commercialization, education and outreach and provide powerful nanotechnology-centered return-on-investment to the state’s economy.

“The CATN2 business development strategy aligns directly with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s public-private partnership blueprint for Upstate New York that is creating the New York NanoTech corridor,” said New York State CATN2 Executive Director and Associate Professor of Nanoeconomics Michael Fancher. “By leveraging the unsurpassed resources of SUNY Poly CNSE, the center will provide critical support to the statewide, nanotechnology-focused open innovation public-private partnership model that has successfully attracted globally recognized industry leaders and encouraged a vibrant entrepreneurial culture.”

The CATN2’s mission is to develop and expand upon New York State’s unmatched nanotechnology-based research, development, commercialization, and manufacturing ecosystem, with an emphasis on nanoelectronics and nanomaterials. In 1993, Governor Mario Cuomo designated SUNY Poly CNSE’s CATN2 as one of six Centers for Advanced Technology after a statewide competition for $1 million in annual funding. Over the past twenty years, the Center has been credited by NYSTAR with creating over 2,000 new high tech jobs, retaining over 2,225 additional jobs, increasing partner revenues by approximately $800M, reducing partner costs by $175M and enabling Federal awards and new capital investments over $250M. The CATN2 at SUNY Poly has catalyzed the formation of a number of game-changing initiatives, representing significant continued opportunity for business development, including the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (U.S. PVMC), the New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium (NY-PEMC), and most recently the Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI), among many others.

The CATN2 will continue to play an enabling role in bringing about further economic growth through support of the public-private partnerships and consortia that are spurring the development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies in areas such as nanofabrication, clean energy, nanobioscience, technology infrastructure solutions, and smart city technologies. The Center’s primary hub will be located at SUNY Poly CNSE’s Albany megaplex, and it will also include SUNY Poly’s Utica campus, in addition to SUNY Poly’s technology commercialization hubs and shovel ready tech parks that are rising across Upstate New York. The recently announced consolidation of the SEMATECH computer chip consortia into SUNY Poly will provide CATN2 with unparalleled technical program, industry research and consortia management support. SEMATECH will also evolve its focus beyond chip manufacturing to include many research areas of importance to the Center including clean energy, power electronics, photonics, and nano-biotechnology.

The award of $921,000 for the first year, with expected annual renewal for ten years, will empower the CATN2 to build on the strong intellectual foundation, vast infrastructure and extensive entrepreneurial experience gained over the past twenty years of its operation. CATN2 will support SUNY Poly’s state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes shared use labs and multi-user facilities to attract companies to New York State and help those already here to grow and expand. Specifically, the Center will support small and large partner companies as well as workforce training by establishing industry alignment frameworks around shared-use industry compliant facilities leading to regional industry cluster ecosystems.

Additionally, the award provides a foundation for SUNY Poly’s workforce development initiatives to further expand New York State’s highly educated talent pool, and it will play a role in the attraction, retention, and start-up of both new and seasoned companies that are part of, or will be part of, the interlinked, regional innovation clusters that are all operated by the institution. In particular, CATN2 will focus on supporting entrepreneurial start-ups, providing practical access, technology on-ramps, access to dynamic networks, business assistance services, and a highly skilled workforce to solidify New York State’s long-term economic growth.

The award is funded through ESD’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR), which, through its Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) program, support university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies. The CAT program was created in 1983 to facilitate the transfer of technology from New York’s top research universities into commercially viable products produced in the private sector; promote national and international research collaboration and innovation; and better leverage the State's research expertise and funding with investments from the federal government, foundations, businesses, venture capital firms, and other entities.

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SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit www.sunycnse.com and www.sunypoly.edu.

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Jerry Gretzinger, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
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