Aug 26,2020 – ColdQuanta Named as an Industry Partner in DOE National Quantum Center – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the creation of five new Quantum Information Science Research Centers across the country. One of the national centers, Q-NEXT, is led by DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and includes Cold Quanta as an industry partner. The goal of this Center is to develop the science and technology to control and distribute quantum information.
Aug 24, 2020 – New Energize Colorado Gap Fund: Applications Now Open – The public-private investment will infuse more than $25 million into Colorado’s economy through small business loans and grants. Businesses impacted by COVID-19 and with fewer than 25 full-time employees can apply for support through a mixture of up to a maximum of $15,000 in grants and $20,000 in loans. Assistance will be provided through December 2020.
Aug 23, 2020 – Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. Launches NewSpace IP Exchange – Voyager Space IP Exchange is the first patent and intellectual property marketplace for companies and entrepreneurs to buy, sell, and license space patents and technologies
Aug 20, 2020 – Boulder AI Announces Patent Award for Camera with Graphical Processing Unit – Boulder AI announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company a patent that covers their camera system, which includes a graphical processing unit (GPU). The invention is a camera system that includes a GPU and is hermetically sealed, meaning its air and watertight, and can be used in harsh environments without being negatively affected.
Aug 18, 2020 -Ball Completes Flights of Imaging Instruments – In partnership with NASA, Ball Aerospace is demonstrating the operational Landsat program’s next generation technology, having successfully completed the final airborne science flights of two compact, well-calibrated NASA Sustainable Land Imaging (SLI) instruments – the Reduced Envelope Multispectral Imager – Airborne (REMI-AB) and the Compact Hyperspectral Prism Spectrometer – Airborne (CHPS-AB).
Aug 7, 2020 – Boulder biotech companies MBio, Brava merge amid rapid growth – Two Boulder biotech companies have merged amid a COVID-19-related growth spurt that has seen employment at the two firms grow by 150% since the beginning of the year.
Aug 7, 2020 – Boulder SBDC tech accelerator set to launch this month – The new, virtual Tech Venture Accelerator, operated by the Boulder Small Business Development Center and Colorado SBDC Tech Source, will begin accepting applications Aug. 28. Two spots in the initial cohort of businesses will be available to Boulder-based science and technology companies. A grant will offset the standard $2,450 program fee for those ventures.
July 28, 2020 – JILA’s Ultraviolet Laser Probes Nano-Film Stiffness – Travis Frazer at the JILA research center in Boulder, Colorado, USA, and colleagues have shown that they can quantify changes in stiffness by exposing these dielectrics to pairs of extremely short and precisely timed laser pulses.
June 23 – US Air Force Awards Tech Study Contract to York Space Systems, MSU Denver – The U.S. Air Force awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer study contract to York Space Systems, in conjunction with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). The project will investigate delivering high-performance space capabilities at a low cost and minimal wait time, using leading-edge commercial space technology.
June 22 – Meadowlark Optics, Inc. Announced the Creation of the First Endowed Faculty Chair at JILA – The Baur-SPIE Endowed Chair in Optics and Photonics will be funded by gifts of $1.5 million from Tom and Jeanne Baur, $500,000 from SPIE, and another $500,000 from CU, Boulder.
June 22 – Good News on Colorado Employment – After losing 342,000 jobs in March and April, Colorado recaptured 20% of them, or 68,800, in the month of May. US employment fell by 22.1 million during those same two months, but added back 11% of those jobs, or 2.5 million, in May.
June 17 – Covid-19 Impact on Optical Communications – The telecom market is expected to experience growth by end of year despite a downturn due to the covid-19 pandemic. “There’s always a dip in the market at the beginning of the year,” says Lisa Huff of Omdia, UK. She adds that the likelihood that the crisis will linger and trigger a global downturn in the sector is remote.
June 12 – US Space Force Completes GPS III SV-08 Core Mate – The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning System III program reached a major milestone with the successful core mate of GPS III Space Vehicle 08 at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility in Waterton, Colorado.
Jun 10 – $4 Billion in New Taxes and Fees Proposed in Colorado – Will it bring jobs back or just prolong the recession? A series of legislative proposals and proposed ballot measures would impose billions of dollars of higher taxes and fees on a state economy that’s struggling to restart after the COVID-19 shutdown.
June 5 – Boulder-based DetectionTek Sees Increased Demand for its product InstaScope as sanitizing spaces becomes a necessity to protect against the spread of coronavirus. Developed by the military, applied commercially for indoor air quality, InstaScope is the only optical technology of its kind on the market.
June 5 – The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Signed Into Law – The new law addresses concerns raised by the small business community about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was created under the CARES Act. Among other things, it reduces the amount of the loan needed to be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%, increasing the amount of funds available for other expenses.
June 2 – UV Light and Riboflavin Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Pathogens in Plasma, Whole Blood – Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) showed that exposure to riboflavin and ultraviolet light can reduce SARS-CoV-2 infectivity in human plasma and whole-blood products while maintaining blood product quality.
June 2 – US Photonics Economic Response to COVID-19 Pandemic -The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted business practices around the world, and photonics companies have had to adjust accordingly to the economic impact the situation has had on finances and supply chains.
June 2 – New Technique Takes 3-D Imaging an Octave Higher – A collaboration between Colorado State University and University of Illinois resulted in a new, 3-D imaging technique to visualize tissues and other biological samples on a microscopic scale, with potential to assist with cancer or other disease diagnoses.