The Etched-in Success Workshop: Nanofabrication Laboratory Workshop on Technology Development and Transfer

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Etched-in Success kicked off national discussions on micro-nanofab innovation on September 30th, 2015. 

Innovators from universities, industry and government agencies across Canada convened in Ottawa recently for a national conversation about trends, challenges and solutions in translating technology from academic micro-nanotechnology labs into production centres. Co-hosted by CMC Microsystems and University of Ottawa’s Centre for Research in Photonics, Etched-in Success: Nanofabrication Laboratory Workshop on Technology Development and Transfer marked the first of what organizers hope will be a recurring get-together for Canada’s nanofabrication R&D community.

Attracting nearly 40 participants, including eight companies and 10 academic nanofabrication labs, the “Lab2Fab” event was highlighted by a keynote address by Daniel Armbrust, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused solely on semiconductor startups. 

The day’s discussions included collaborating for success in advanced manufacturing, the latest technology in nanofabrication labs, and a focal conversation on photonics platform technology.    Break-out sessions focused on nanotechnology process development, managing IP for successful academic-industry tech transfer, strategies for equipment acquisition and operations at nanofabs, and aligning processes for effective lab-to-fab progression.

Lab2Fab was immediately preceded by a successful Innovation 360, Canada’s largest annual gathering of micro-nano innovators.   

“The encouraging response to this inaugural event showed us that there’s an appetite in this community to come together, get ideas on the table and seed new relationships,” says workshop chair Dr. Andrew Fung. “Our goal is to stimulate more productive partnerships between the nanofabs and industry – and feedback tells us that’s already happening.”

“There is value in bringing these groups together,” says Pierre Berini, University Research Chair in Surface Plasmon Photonics at University of Ottawa. “In style and approach this is a substantive, easily replicated model that could be accommodated in a variety of locations. It was also a great opportunity for us to introduce our new Centre for Research in Photonics to potential collaborators.”

Etched-in Success was organized in cooperation with NanoCanada.

The Steering Committee welcomes interest from other organizations across Canada to host future events. For more information, please contact any member of the Steering Committee, or   Andrew Fung,

Workshop Steering Committee:

Vincent Aimez             Université de Sherbrooke, 3IT.Nano

Pierre Berini                University of Ottawa, Centre for Photonics Research

Hisham El-Masry        CMC Microsystems

Simon Fafard              Université de Sherbrooke-C2MI, Azastra Opto

Eric Flaim                    University of Alberta, nanoFAB

Andrew Fung (chair)   CMC Microsystems

Dan Gale                     CMC Microsystems

Dolores Martinez         PRIMA Québec

Gonzalo Wills              Lumentum

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