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MassMEP Launches Virtual Incubator for Clean Energy Business
First Cleantech Project Helps Revolutionize Wastewater Treatment
May 7, 2013 – Worcester, Massachusetts -- The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), a NIST-affiliated organization that helps the state's manufacturers transform and grow their organizations, has announced a new "virtual incubator" to help Massachusetts companies commercialize promising new clean technologies. The incubator provides strategic planning, technical training, entrepreneurial mentoring, and collaborative partnerships for companies wanting to develop and commercialize clean technologies. It is based on a partnership between NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and Clean Energy Alliance, Inc. (CEA), the national association of clean energy business incubators.
" MassMEP has created a resource center of public and private assets that enables emerging enterprises to successfully grow," stated Greg King, Innovation Program Manager at MassMEP. "It's a virtual incubator environment that supports success through invention, innovation, and commercialization. Through our partnership with CEA, we now have a roadmap to success for cleantech business."
MassMEP's clean energy incubator is already seeing success in its work with Cambrian Innovation, a Boston-based developer of environmental solutions based on newly discovered electrically active microbes.
Matthew Silver, Co-founder and CEO of Cambrian Innovation, turned to MassMEP to help with sourcing and to think through manufacturing. Greg King recognized that the new partnership between MEP and the Clean Energy Alliance was exactly what Cambrian Innovation needed to expedite commercialization.
"Cambrian Innovation is making rapid progress in our mission to use advances in biotechnology to solve pressing environmental concerns for our customers," said Matthew Silver. "Greg and MEP's support in this goal have been greatly valued by our team."
Spun out of MIT in 2006, Cambrian Innovation is a 20-person, private-equity backed environmental biotechnology company. With a core competence in the emerging field of bioelectricity and electrochemical systems, Cambrian's products help industrial and agricultural customers generate clean energy while treating wastewater. Their patented electrogenic sensor platform helps agricultural operations save money and increase sustainability by monitoring critical operating parameters.
MassMEP has helped Cambrian Innovation with materials sourcing and provided guidance with respect to manufacturing. As the enterprise grows to commercial maturity, the MEP looks to assist with workforce development, training grant subsidies, and ISO quality management certification. CEA has provided funding for a technical market study.
"MassMEP helps companies to grow and innovate as Next Generation Manufacturers," said Greg King. "Two of our five strategic growth initiatives are Sustainability and Technology Acceleration. Programs related to these initiatives support emerging technology companies, like Cambrian Innovation, as they develop new, environmentally-focused materials, products, and processes."
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides services that help manufacturers transform and grow their organizations. From workforce strategies to lean training to supply chain management, MassMEP delivers positive, measurable, and sustainable impact on a company's top and bottom lines. Key programs include Innovation for Growth, Workforce Strategies, Systemic Continuous Improvement, and Value Opportunity Profile. For more information, visit http://www.massmep.org.
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