LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 2019 – Bakman Technologies has been awarded $140,000 in TECP funding (Technology Enhancement for Corporate Partnerships) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a hermetic THz photomixer.
Bakman Technologies is working with their commercialization partner to address the growing need for reliable, economical components for Terahertz (THz) instruments that can be manufactured on a larger scale than is currently supported by the university-based industry. The new, smaller ceramic packaging will be light-weight, at a lower cost, and will be useful in a variety of environments from pollution monitoring to industrial imaging. It will also incorporate some new features that will make it easier to align without the need for secondary optics.
ABOUT BAKMAN TECHNOLOGIES: Bakman Technologies acquired the Advanced Photonics division from Emcore Corporation in 2015. The acquisition included all the inventory, equipment, key personnel, and intellectual property related to the THz product line as well as the micro-lens mounting “clip” technology. They are currently executing on an NSF Phase II program to develop low-cost, high-sensitivity spectroscopic THz sensors for gas analysis.
ABOUT THE NSF: America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7.5 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.
TECP supplements are intended to pave the way for partnerships with strategic corporate partners and investors as a means to increase the potential for NSF grantees to successfully commercialize their technology.
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