TomoTherapy Marks Five Years of Clinical Success

A Wisconsin CAPCO Program company, TomoTherapy, hosted a month long commemoration:

TomoTherapy Incorporated (NASDAQ: TOMO) recently commemorated the fifth anniversary of the first patient treatment on a clinical TomoTherapy® Hi·Art® system, which occurred July 1, 2003, at Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The commemoration began in mid-June with the annual North America Hi·Art System Users Meeting and Symposium on Helical TomoTherapySM. It ended on July 12, 2008, with Radiate Hope, a fundraising event and celebration of cancer survivorship spearheaded by TomoTherapy employees, and sponsored by the company.

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FAA Awards Biofuels Contracts to Virent, WI CAPCO Company

Wisconsin CAPCO program company Virent was recently awarded biofuels contract by FAA:

Virent Inc. of Madison said Friday it is one of eight firms awarded contracts by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop plant-based jet fuels.

The FAA awarded $7.7 million in contracts, including the $1.5 million award to Virent, formerly known as Virent Energy Systems.
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iCardiac Expands Headquarters Location

A New York CAPCO program portfolio company, iCardiac, recently expanded its headquarters by over 40% with the opening of the global project management center:

iCardiac Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of cardiac safety assessment services, today announced that the company has expanded its headquarters by over 40% to support the accelerating demand for the company’s best-in-class cardiac safety solutions. The expansion also includes the creation of a global project management center to enhance iCardiac’s ability to support an increasing number of multi-continent Phase II and III studies.

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GridPoint Named Among Top Global Vendors for Energy Management Software by Independent Analyst Firm

A DC CAPCO portfolio company, GridPoint, was recognized for its energy management data analytics platform:

GridPoint, Inc., a recognized leader in smart energy solutions that help customers maximize energy and operational savings, today announced that its energy management data analytics platform, GridPoint Energy Manager, has been named among the top 14 energy management software applications globally in the Green Quadrant Energy Management Software by Verdantix, an independent analyst firm. More than 100 energy management software platforms were reviewed before the firm made its final selection for the report, which provides a detailed comparison of applications to help corporate buyers save time, reduce costs and mitigate risks when selecting products and suppliers.

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agencyQ Takes Top International Emerging Media Awards

agencyQ, a DC CAPCO program portfolio company, recently won an award for its work with the NDSS and OOS:

agencyQ is starting 2013 off with a bang! The Summit International Awards have recognized agencyQ as leaders in Emerging Media for their work with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (OOS) and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS).

“agencyQ is thrilled to be honored as a Summit International Award winner. We are experts in providing organizations like the OOS and NDSS with our unique and personalized solutions, extending their brands and promoting their missions on the social web,” said Sean Breen, Founder and CEO of agencyQ.

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Solar Water Heating Company Skyline Innovations Receives $1M Investment from Advantage Capital Partners

Through the DC CAPCO Program, Advantage Capital Partners provided $1 million to Skyline Innovations:

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm, has invested $1 million in Skyline Innovations, an energy savings solar water heating company based in Washington, D.C. The funds, raised in connection with the District’s Certified Capital Company (CAPCO) Program, will enable the company’s continued expansion and help to create additional jobs in the D.C. area. In conjunction with this funding, Advantage Capital managing director Jonathan Goldstein joins Skyline’s Board of Directors.

Skyline Innovations, founded in 2009, provides commercial-scale solar-powered water heating systems to businesses and the public sector. The company finances, installs, monitors and maintains clean, reliable solar water heating systems at no upfront cost. In addition to Washington, D.C., the company deploys its systems in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii and Maryland.

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agencyQ Wins Three 2012 Communicator Awards

A DC CAPCO portfolio company, agencyQ, recently won three awards:

agencyQ, a digital strategy and marketing agency, has been recognized by the International Academy of the Visual arts and awarded three Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards receives thousands of entries from across the U.S. and around the world. agencyQ winners are:

The Office of Science, http://science.energy.gov, was honored with two Awards of Distinction in the Science and Government categories. agencyQ launched the redesigned the site with an interactive and visually striking web experience for OOS’s diverse audience groups.

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Exceptional Jet Fuel Produced From High-Quality Cellulosic Sugars

Virent, a Wisconsin CAPCO program company, recently announced its success with Virdia on creating jet fuel from cellulosic pine tree sugars:

Virent and Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, announce the successful conversion of cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels within the BIRD Energy project, a joint program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure and the BIRD Foundation. The project, which commenced in January 2011, successfully demonstrated that Virdia’s deconstruction process generated high-quality sugars from cellulosic biomass, which were converted to fuel via Virent’s BioForming® process.“The high-quality sugars generated from pine trees using Virdia’s process leveraged Virent’s conversion process, establishing a viable route to drop-in hydrocarbons from biomass.”

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States Ramping Up Investment in Start-Ups

The DC CAPCO Program continues to be successful in creating more jobs in the district:

Officials in Maryland and Virginia are increasingly taking on the role of a financial investor in their economic development efforts, deploying millions in taxpayer dollars to up-and-coming companies that they hope will create jobs.

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Able Planet of Colorado to Unveil Cheaper Alternative to Hearing Aids

The Denver Post published some recent news on Able Planet, a CAPCO program portfolio company in Colorado:

Wheat Ridge-based headphone maker Able Planet, a regular at the International Consumer Electronics Show, unveiled a few dozen new products and prototypes at this year’s event, including noise-canceling earbuds.

But the one product that chief executive Kevin Semcken beamed about most had little to do with gadgets.
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