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Gathering focuses on tech advances

The Micro-enterprise Inventors Program of Oregon and the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network will host the “Crack the Code” national conference Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Doubletree Hotel Portland.

The event for entrepreneurs, businesses, government agencies, innovators, universities and community partners will provide insight into applying for competitive grants from the federal government.

Small Business Technology Transfer grant programs help small businesses develop innovative, high-risk technologies with the goal of increasing private sector commercialization into the marketplace.

Beaverton’s Puralytics teamed with Oregon Health and Science University to tap into one of these grants to support a project to advance a unique water treatment capability, which uses ultraviolet light and fibers coated with nanomaterials to remove contaminants from water. The water purification approach has the potential to remove pathogens and organic chemicals with improved energy efficiency.

This week’s conference will provide critical information to small businesses competing for grants and contracts, which amount to about $2.5 billion in funding annually.

“Oregon has a long and proud tradition of entrepreneurship and technology innovation, and it’s one that we must carry on into the 21st century to create new industries and jobs for Oregonians,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.