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SBDC Assists Sinmat in Their Journey to Success—
President Obama and Governor Crist
Recognize Sinmat for Clean Energy Technology





“We would like to thank Dominic Orsini, Patrick
Fitzgerald and the SBDC for the valuable assistance they
have provided Sinmat since 2002,” said Dr. Deepika
Singh. “With their help we were able to overcome
many challenges that came across...”
 


Today, Sinmat, Inc. is an emerging materials nanotechnology company that develops value-driven technological solutions for the semiconductor industry. Leveraging its unique strength in materials and planarization based innovations, with strategic corporate partnerships and licensing agreements, Sinmat rapidly introduces and commercializes new semiconductor products.

In October 2002, as Drs. Deepika and Rajiv Singh began a location search for their new company, Sinmat, they also began meeting with Dominic Orsini, Certified Business Analyst (CBA) with the SBDC at the University of North Florida’s Gainesville office, for assistance. “Dominic’s assistance played a deciding role in choosing Sinmat’s location at the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center (GTEC),” said Deepika. Dominic was joined by SBDC CBA Patrick Fitzgerald as they continued to assist the Singh’s with their business plan, financial statements, and questions related to taxes, zoning, permits, licensing and space issues. The most pressing of the location issues dealt with the complexity of transforming the GTEC space into a true wet lab; and the latter issue was key to their successful entry into the Gainesville market and needed proximity to the University of Florida.

Again, Dominic was quick to the rescue as he called on his many contacts with the City of Gainesville.  He worked with the building department, Economic Development, Environmental Engineering, along with several others to ensure the transformation was timely and correct.  His feelers went further as he located needed exhaust fume hoods and a specific medical cabinet for running biological experiments.  They were located at Alachua General Hospital; the hospital was going to dismantle their lab.  He arranged for the Singh’s to purchase the old equipment for a fraction of what it would cost on the open market. They spent $200 rather than $10,000 and their lab manager and staff were alerted in plenty of time to coordinate the manpower needed to make the exchange. With the equipment in storage they were safe to move forward with the next phase of their development.

That early and positive start-up was the foundation for their successful position in 2009.  In seven short years the company was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Business Diversification Award in the Innovation Award, Major Market category. The award recognizes exceptional contributions toward statewide economic diversification through job creation and distinctive community involvement and investment. Earlier this year, Deepika was praised by President Obama during his remarks at an event on March 23, 2009 that dealt with investment in clean energy and new technology. He reached down to Gainesville to highlight the company’s founder, Dr. Deepika Singh.  President Obama went on to say that her company is developing new ways to manufacture microchips that can help power smarter energy systems, from more fuel efficient hybrid cars to more responsive, efficient lighting for homes and businesses [read full article on the White House Blog]. In addition, Sinmat has been recognized four years as a R&D 100 award winner:  2009 - Ultra-High Precision Digital CMP; 2008 - Semiconductor Polishing: WBG Slurry; 2005 - Soft, Elastic Nanosponge; and 2004 - Genteel Slurry. The R&D 100 Award is given to the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the marketplace.


The SBDC continues to work with Sinmat, and it’s clear to Dominic and the Singh’s that the growth and success of the company is due to a team effort. The University of Florida, the City and Gainesville Chamber, along with the GTEC management and the SBDC have all worked to help make them a success, but the true and real driving force are the Singh’s.  She manages the operations and oversees all the technology and development efforts of the company and her partner and husband brings technological leadership to the organization.  He is the inventor and is considered one of the leading academic experts in the world in the field of chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP). 

The SBDC team is honored to meet and work with the Doctors as their Sinmat journey continues to develop.
Learn more about Sinmat at www.sinmat.com.


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