Description

ABOR
Regents
Innovation
Fund
Proposal
April
30,
2015
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customized
for
their
application,
or
in
partnership
with
the
three
universities.
Ultimately,
the
facility
is
envisaged
to
become
self--sustaining
from
income
derived
from
both
fees
and
grant
support.
Project
Tasks
and
Measurable
Outcomes:
The
current
facility
was
created
with
an
initial
investment
from
the
Office
of
Knowledge
Enterprise
Development
at
ASU.
The
instrumentation
consists
of
a
spin
coater
(for
delivering
chemicals
to
the
wafer),
two
hot
plates
(for
temperature
control)
and
an
aligner
(for
photo--patterning).
The
system
is
entirely
manual
and
can
generate
~1.5
wafers
(~450
assays)
per
week.
This
is
insufficient
to
meet
current
demands,
and
the
manual
spin--coater
and
hot
plate
are
not
made
for
high
volume
work,
both
in
terms
of
reliability
and
reproducibility.
We
propose
to
purchase
a
track
system,
which
combines
the
spin
coater
and
hot
plates
into
a
semi--automated
system.
This
would
roughly
double
the
throughput
of
the
facility,
decrease
problems
of
human
error
and
substantially
improve
processing
reproducibility.
In
addition,
it
minimizes
handling
of
solvents
and
other
safety
hazards
by
facility
personnel.
While
we
put
the
highest
priority
on
safety
in
our
current
protocol,
any
time
one
can
remove
human
involvement
from
handling
of
such
materials,
risk
is
decreased.
The
proposed
period
is
1
year.
The
equipment
will
be
ordered
in
the
first
month
(there
is
some
customization
associated
with
the
order
that
will
need
to
be
specified)
and
the
company
has
estimated
10--12
weeks
for
delivery.
During
that
time
we
will
also
perform
the
required
renovation
and
purchase
some
small
items
needed
for
use
with
the
instrument.
We
have
budgeted
1
year
of
time
for
the
individual
who
will
take
charge
of
specifying
the
order,
guiding
the
renovation,
installing
the
instrument
and
then
developing
the
larger
user
base.
Once
the
user
base
has
been
established,
the
facility
should
be
self--supporting
(as
it
is
currently).
Workshops
will
be
given
on
a
regular
basis
for
all
Arizona
university
partners,
focusing
on
training
students
and
assisting
them
in
adapting
the
technology
as
they
design
their
own
experimental
protocols.
Workshops
will
also
be
given
to
external
users
from
commercial
and
other
public
organizations
that
demonstrate
viable
need.
At
the
end
of
the
funding
period,
the
final
report
will
provide
statistics
on
the
use
of
the
facility,
an
analysis
of
the
growth
in
usage
due
to
this
investment
and
projections
on
what
the
facility
will
enable
in
the
following
three
years.
Budget
Item
Cost
Description
Track
System
$300,000
See
attached
quote
for
details
Renovation
and
small
handling
equipment
$25,000
Addition
or
movement
of
electrical
outlets,
water
lines,
exhaust
lines,
gas
lines
1
year
management
personnel
$75,000
Includes
benefits
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/1512/31/16

Funding

  • Arizona Board of Regents: $400,000.00

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