Friday, January 4, 2008

Resources for Local Enterprises: Life Sciences

Pierce County has a small but growing cadre of enterprises devoted to different aspects of life sciences; the most visible enterprise at the current time is Urban Waters. Like other emerging businesses throughout this state and beyond, local firms are in a constant scramble for new ways to raise capital and to market their services and products.

The Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) assists businesses in profitably accessing the global marketplace. Interested firms can sign up between now and January 31st for a free listing in the Washington State Life Sciences Directory, a publication that will be distributed to potential business partners and buyers through CTED's overseas offices during seminars and trade shows.

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) has just announced two different kinds of grant competitions for 2008: projects and programs. Projects are investigator-initiated scientific studies, relatively limited in scope, with a sharply defined research focus. Programs are strategic research initiatives designed to address problems within a field of study and to position an organization or organizations for future competitiveness and leadership.

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