Government officials and business development leaders gathered at Fischione Instruments to announce that the company is the first recipient of an Innovation Works’ Technology Adoption Grant (TAG). The grant will be used to support collaboration between Fischione Instruments and The John A. Swanson Center for Product Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. The funded project is for the development of in situ specimen holder technology for TEM.
U.S. Congresswoman Melissa A. Hart (R-PA) was the keynote speaker. She indicated that manufacturing is still the largest industry sector in Pennsylvania and accounts for $64 billion of the state’s gross product. Hart cited a landmark study conducted by the international consulting firm, Deloitte LLP, which concluded that Pennsylvania ranks 4th in the nation in its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product. The Hart stressed the importance of retaining and growing manufacturing jobs in companies like Fischione Instruments.
Innovation Works President Florri Mendelson acknowledged the need and opportunity for manufacturers to harness technology as a means of competitive advantage. Innovation Works is a state-sponsored organization that provides funding to technology companies in southwestern Pennsylvania.