A velvet gauntlet

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By Roger Snodgrass

SANTA FE – Speakers on behalf of a private company and two prospective Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies made proposals and took their licks at the fourth Northern New Mexico Connect Springboard program at the El Dorado Hotel Thursday.

The idea of Springboard, like the real-life inspiration for a reality show on television, brings aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors into an arena with a panel of stern but friendly technical, financial and business experts. A representative of the business or the licensable technology discusses the opportunities, needs and challenges of the enterprise.

Moderated by Doruk Aytulu of the lab’s tech transfer division, the panel responded with a barrage of constructive feedback.

Peak Materials Inc. is a small company in Colorado Springs, Colo., that designs and develops technical systems used in a highly specialized and rapidly growing area of research and production. More specifically, the company offers flexible arrays of equipment involved in Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) using a range of Reactant Delivery Systems (RDS) that produce some of the underlying films and deposits that are used to create new materials for nanotech applications.

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