Oregon has a history of attracting risk takers: brave souls looking to blaze their own trails. This pioneering spirit set the stage for a cluster of high-tech companies that took up residence in the state in the 1940s, planting the seeds for future innovators.
By the 1990s, Oregon became home to the world’s most advanced small-tech, industrial research and development sites—earning the area the apt nickname, the Silicon Forest.
ONAMI was a logical next step. With the groundwork already laid in nanoscience and microtechnologies, the organization has been able to capitalize on the state’s other rich resources too: an affordable business climate, deep talent pools at regional universities, collaborative communities and a pervasive, pioneering spirit.
Today, brilliant researchers, leading technology firms, innovative startup companies and investors are making Oregon their home—building out the state’s impressive resume:
- Two Nobel science laureates—Linus Pauling and Carl Wieman—with three prizes between them
- The world’s first 22nm semiconductor production and leading 14nm development facility: Intel Corporation, Hillsboro
- The world’s best-selling consumer and business inkjet printing technologies: Hewlett-Packard Co, Corvallis; Xerox Corporation, Wilsonville
- The world’s first sub-angstrom electron microscope development: FEI Company, Hillsboro
- The world’s leading selection of particles-based products (quantum dots, microspheres) for life sciences and other applications: Life Technologies/Invitrogen (now part of Thermo Fisher), Eugene
- The world’s most advanced laser micromachining equipment and solutions: ESI, Portland
- North America’s largest photovoltaics production facility: Solarworld, Hillsboro
- The 2010 National Cleantech Open Grand Prize winner: Puralytics, Beaverton
- The 2012 SSTI Best in Technology-Based Economic Development award winner for Commercializing Research: ONAMI