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ASG Awarded NSF STTR Grant

ASG in collaboration with the University of Iowa has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on using silicon nanowire arrays for the sensitive and simultaneous detection of multiple biomarkers for the identification of lung cancer by a blood sample. 

ASG Selected as a Finalist in Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition
ASG was selected to be a Finalist in the Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition at the University of Iowa, where ASG co-founder and CEO Dr. Marcie Black represented ASG in the final competition on August 5, 2016.

ASG CEO at National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop
Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Marcie Black attended and presented at the National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Planning Workshop in Washington, DC May 19th and 20th 2016.  The goal of this workshop was to set direction for the second era of the National Nanotechnology Initiative, known as NNI 2.0.

ASG CEO at United Nations Summit on Innovation
Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Marcie Black attended and spoke at the United Nations World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship May 18-19, 2016 in New York, NY.  The summit brought together leaders in innovation from across the globe to share ideas and network.

ASG Receives Grant for Summer Intern
ASG received a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to fund a summer intern over the summer of 2016.  ASG welcomes to the position Logan Nichols, a Junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Electrical Engineering and Research Assistant to Professor Fatima Toor.

ASG Receives NSF I-Corps Grant
ASG was selected for a prestigious National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Team Grant to support ASG’s efforts to understand the potential market for ASG’s biosensor technology and provide direction for product development in the biosensor area.  The intensive program was conducted over the summer of 201.

ASG Selected for the University of Iowa’s Faculty Innovators Workshop
In January, 2016 ASG was selected for the University of Iowa’s Faculty Innovators Workshop with funding to support associated activities.

ASG Selected as Semi-Finalist in SPIE Start-Up Challenge
ASG was selected as a semi-finalist in the SPIE Start-up Challenge at the 2016 Photonics West Conference, the largest conference for photonics experts in the world.  Co-founder & CEO Marcie Black and Bioengineering Lead Professor Fatima Toor represented ASG at the competition in San Francisco February 13th – 18th, 2016.

ASG Awarded Commercialization GAP Fund from the University of Iowa
ASG was awarded the 2015 Commercialization GAP Fund for FY2016 from the University of Iowa.  The project, "A Silicon Nanowire Array Optoelectronic Cartridge For Cancer Biomarker Detection" is in collaboration with Prof. Fatima Toor and Ali Salem. 

ASG Selected as a Top Eight Finalist in Northeast Cleantech Open
ASG finished as one of the top eight finalists in the Northeast Division of the Cleantech Open 2015, the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech start-ups.   As a top eight finalist, ASG won a place in the Navigate Entrepreneur program which provides assistance to cleantech entrepreneurs in the Northeast.

ASG Finalist in Mass CEC Program
ASG’s proposal "3D Solid State Li-ion Batteries Using Silicon Nanowires", was selected as a finalist for the 2015 MassCEC Catalyst Award Program.  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth, while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. 

ASG Acquires IP of Bandgap Engineering
On May 15, 2015 ASG completed the purchase of the IP portfolio developed by Bandgap Engineering.  The portfolio, containing 40 patents, covers many aspects of creating silicon nanotextures via metal enhanced etching as well as the related applications of the nanotextured silicon.