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March 14, 2011

Ontario County LDC awards $75K grant to CNSE’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of Excellence

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Matching grant will help fund master plan, paving the way for “shovel-ready” designation

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y., March 14, 2011 — The Ontario County Local Development Corp. has awarded a $75,000 matching grant to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC), leveraging an additional $75,000 from STC to fund a site master plan for the 57-acre high-tech campus in Canandaigua. The site master plan, which will be developed by Bergmann Associates, will assist STC as it seeks to become a state-designated “shovel-ready” site, making it a more attractive location for nanotechnology companies looking to locate in Ontario County and the Greater Rochester Region.

Integrated into CNSE last fall in a partnership of two of New York’s Centers of Excellence, STC provides advanced capabilities that enable computer chips to interface with electro-mechanical and biological devices. Leveraged by CNSE’s $7 billion enterprise, the combination gives New York State a global competitive advantage in the development and commercialization of smart system technologies.

CNSE’s STC and Moser Baer Technologies have already announced a $20 million public-private partnership to develop the world’s first pilot production line for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), the next generation of commercial and residential lighting. That partnership, as well as similar collaborations that CNSE’s STC has formed with other tenant companies, may lead to future developments that promise to attract additional high-tech jobs and companies to the region.

“We are optimistic that the high-tech tenant companies based at CNSE’s STC will be expanding in the years to come, and we want to ensure that when those companies are ready, they have the ability and capacity to expand on the STC campus,” said Ontario County Economic Developer Mike Manikowski. “Support for CNSE’s STC and its tenant companies is critically important to our community’s economic growth.”

Moser Baer Technologies is the United States-based subsidiary of Moser Baer India, Ltd., headquartered in New Delhi, and one of India’s leading technology companies. Established in 1983, Moser Baer India is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of optical storage media like CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs. The company is also a major producer of solar photovoltaic technologies, IT peripherals, consumer electronics and home entertainment. Moser Baer has a presence in 92 countries and more than 6,000 employees worldwide.

With its partnership with CNSE’s STC, Moser Baer Technologies is now poised to make its Canandaigua location its first U.S.-based manufacturing operation producing the first OLED manufacturing line for lighting in the U.S.

“Moser Baer is excited about the prospects and possibilities of our partnership with CNSE’s STC, especially considering that OLEDs were invented in the Rochester Region,” said David Newman, Vice President, Moser Baer Technologies. “We currently have 9 employees on-site at STC, which will soon increase to 19, and we are on track to create more than 50 jobs by the end of 2012. This is an incredibly exciting time for our company, and we are eager to see what this partnership brings in the coming years.”

The company is ramping up its OLED pilot line in space leased in the existing buildings at STC, where Moser Baer Technologies has received support through a Geneva Empire Zone designation. Once the pilot line is successful, it would be advantageous for Moser Baer Technologies to consider locating additional manufacturing capacity here.

“Any future expansion would require additional square footage, so we are very pleased to see Ontario County Local Development Corp. assisting in the planning for future development at this site,” Newman said. “Having a shovel-ready location within the tax parcel where we have Empire Zone designation would clearly be an additional incentive to our future growth at this location.”

CNSE’s STC assists a variety of partners in industry and government in transitioning new technologies from concept to commercialization. Maintaining a 140,000-square-foot facility with over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging, CNSE’s STC works with small-, medium- and large-sized companies to provide pilot prototyping, low-volume manufacturing and scalable manufacturing.

“CNSE’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of Excellence is grateful for the support of the Ontario County Local Development Corp. as we prepare to engage in the critical process of developing a site master plan,” said Paul Tolley, CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Executive Director of CNSE’s STC. “This effort will produce a strategic blueprint that will support and guide further high-tech growth at CNSE’s STC, and play a vital role in attracting private jobs, companies and investment to Ontario County and the Greater Rochester Region.”

For more information on Ontario County Economic Development programs, please call 585-396-4460 or visit www.ontariocountydev.org.

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