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Four NH Businesses Receive Technology Innovation Grants
Published Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CairnSurgical in Hanover and RyTek Medical in Orford received Granite State Technology Innovation (GSTI) grants in the latest round of funding from the NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC), a state program administered by the University of NH in Durham. Turbocam Energy Solutions in Dover and HALO Maritime Defense Systems Inc. in Newton also received GSTI grants in a previous round of funding from last July.

The NH Legislature created the NHIRC in 1991 to support innovations through industry and university collaborations, with the intention of increasing the number of quality jobs in the state. Since its inception, the NHIRC has granted more than $8 million in state funds to support research projects and helped create or retain more than 685 jobs. NHIRC-supported companies have received more than $32 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research grants; over $950,000 in National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research funds; and over $900 million in investment/acquisition capital. 

The funding enables these companies to collaborate with NH-based colleges and universities to help capitalize on their research, conceptualization and product development. Projects vary from proof-of-concept to substantial product or process design. Companies are required to provide matching dollars or services in an effort to improve leverage of NHIRC dollars.

CairnSurgical LLC, which designs and manufactures surgical and medical instruments, is developing an MRI-derived surgical guidance device, the Breast Cancer Locator, to improve the accuracy of breast conserving surgery. The company will collaborate with researchers from Dartmouth College in Hanover to develop and optimize MRI imaging parameters across multiple MRI scanners and in multi-site settings.

RyTek Medical, a producer of surgical and medical instruments, will collaborate with Dartmouth researchers to explore bio-impedance sensing as a method by which intracranial pathology can be used to safely and continuously monitor patients with traumatic brain injury. Current technologies often do not provide clinicians with early enough warning to adequately treat evolving injury.

Turbocam Energy Solutions, LLC, which designs metallurgical solutions for wear applications, will collaborate with UNH to evaluate the possibility of replacing the traditional technology of metal casting by introducing a new technology called direct metal laser sintering. They will work with UNH researchers to ensure that the performance of the parts they make with the new technology for their aerospace, industrial and automotive customers continue to satisfy all performance and certification criteria.

HALO Maritime Defense Systems, an engineering company specializing in the protection of naval bases, ports, nuclear power facilities, bridges, refineries and other assets from terrorist attacks, will collaborate with UNH faculty to produce a simulation-based design tool to predict strength and the hydrodynamic performance of marine anti-terrorism barriers, their components, and mooring systems under various environmental loading conditions and service regimes. This will provide the company with the ability to develop site-specific solutions for high-risk sites in various parts of the world and incorporate new, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly materials.  

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