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  • House votes to close Innovate Washington agency

    OLYMPIA – A state agency with roots in Spokane’s 1980s push to attract more high-tech jobs to the region would be eliminated under legislation approved this week by the Washington …

  • Original SIRTI client Matrical Bioscience, of Spokane, sold to Brooks Automation

    Matrical Bioscience in Spokane has been sold for about $10 million to Brooks Automation, a publicly traded company. Matrical manufactures machines that can manage thousands of tubes and vials that …

  • Innovate will try again to get state funding

    Officials at Innovate Washington say they’ll try to convince legislators next year to resume funding their agency, created in 2011 as the state’s tech-business catalyst. The 2011 Legislature created Innovate …

  • Innovate Washington loses state funding

    State legislators have eliminated funding for Innovate Washington, an agency created just two years ago by the merger of Sirti and the Washington Technology Center and charged by the Legislature …

  • State technology agencies merged

    Starting this week, Sirti becomes Innovate Washington. The name change reflects a stronger, clearer focus by state leaders on technology products as an engine for economic development.

  • Sirti hires tech muscle to assist clients

    Sirti, the Washington state-funded agency focused on aiding area tech companies grow and prosper, has hired two experienced tech veterans to serve as “executive entrepreneurs.” The two, Donald Klein and …

  • Overby leaving Sirti for startup

    John Overby is leaving state agency Sirti to become president and CEO of a Spokane Valley tech startup. Overby has worked as client services manager with numerous area firms in …

  • Iasis awarded Army grant to develop burn treatments

    A Spokane start-up pharmaceutical company has received a $1.38 million grant to develop new burn treatments for the Department of the Army. Iasis Molecular Sciences will work with Virginia Commonwealth …

  • Sirti helping Seattle startups

    Sirti, the state-funded program that helps young tech companies grow, is building a wider audience for its services. It’s now helping Seattle tech startups, a change from past practices of …

  • Hacker gets into agency website

    A hacker over the weekend managed to redirect the Spokane-based Sirti.org website to an Iranian web page.

  • Energy projects get stimulus funds

    A bio-energy park near Fishtrap is among the largest Washington recipients of $20 million in federal stimulus money set aside for energy projects. The city of Spokane and Sirti received …

  • Bio-energy park, Sirti, city of Spokane receive energy funds

    A bio-energy park near Fishtrap is among the largest Washington recipients of $20 million in federal stimulus money set aside for energy projects. The city of Spokane and Sirti received …

  • Revolving loan fund offers boost to firms

    Spokane’s totally tech-focused loan program, after a quiet beginning, is close to firing on all cylinders this spring, its managers say. The Sirti technology growth fund, which has $3 million …

  • Sirti tenant moving into new offices

    A Spokane tech manufacturer is moving into new offices this week after seven years as a tenant at Sirti, the state-funded technology assistance agency. MatriCal Inc., which became a Sirti …

  • ‘Pitch clinic’ offers entrepreneurs help selling the deal

    Spokane-area entrepreneurs looking to develop a knockout 10-minute investor pitch can sharpen their chops with a presentation offered in downtown Spokane next week. The session, a “pitch clinic,” will be …

  • Incubator report raises Sirti hackles

    A review of Washington business incubators asks the right questions, say two local experts, but the answers lie as much in the social sciences as economics. Robert Schwartz, who heads …



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