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Florida is making strategic investments in the promising fields of microelectronics and nanotechnology through organizational, corporate and academic institutions striving to foster an environment for growth and advancement within the state, especially in Florida’s High Tech Corridor.
“We can make little devices—everything from sensors to pumps so small we can implant them in the body. One of our visions is a drug delivery system for cancer.”
Dr. Len Polizzotto, Vice President for Strategic Business Development and Marketing, Draper Laboratory
The breadth of microelectronics’ and nanotechnology’s reach is significant throughout the Corridor. The sector includes a host of companies that work in fields including electronics, materials development, sustainability, health care and more.
Large corporations involved in the microelectronics and nanotechnology fields in Florida include G.E. Power Systems, Harris Corporation, Jabil Circuit, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Raytheon Systems Co. and Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp., among others.
Florida’s universities are on the forefront of scientific breakthroughs for nanotechnology applications. The University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, as well as the University of Florida’s MICROFABRITECH program delve into the capabilities of tiny electronics for making smaller energy devices and tinier biomedical instruments. The Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Research Center at the University of South Florida facilitates multidisciplinary nano-related research projects throughout the university and with its on-campus partner, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory for microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS.
Throughout the Corridor, research and commercialization is creating the next wave of advancements in nanotechnology and microelectronics, proving that good things really do come in small packages.