W. L. Gore & Associates has formally opened its new prototyping lab and welcomed their initial startup in residence: Space Foundry. The Silicon Valley Center is in Santa Clara, CA.
Gore is based in Newark.
Opened in 2017, the 11,000-square-foot Gore Innovation Center and Prototyping Lab is dedicated to creating and accelerating new growth opportunities for Gore and its partners.
The Innovation Center features a prototyping lab housing a broad set of capabilities for product and materials prototyping to equip startups in finding solutions to material challenges.
With the opening of the lab, The Gore Innovation Center announced its first lab resident. Space Foundry focuses on developing unique printing technology to enable the next generation of printed, flexible and integrated electronic products.
Space Foundry has had the opportunity to work closely with Gore’s material science experts and engineers at the Innovation Center for three months, and will be extending its contract for an additional three. “The Gore Innovation Center provides our team with the necessary expertise and equipment to bring our products to life,” said Space Foundry CEO and founder Dr. Ram Prasad Gandhiraman.
“Partnering with startups allows us to explore new areas and applications for our materials and to explore new materials that could potentially expand Gore’s portfolio,” said co-leader of the Gore Innovation Center, Paul Campbell. “The collaborative process lends itself to overcoming challenges, leveraging new thinking and developing novel solutions,” said Campbell. “Having the ability to take ideas from concept to prototypes makes the Gore Innovation Center a powerful ally in Silicon Valley,” added Gore Innovation Center co-leader, Linda Elkins.
Startup collaborations with the Gore Innovation Center originate from any number of sources including startup pitch contests, industry events, universities, and internal referrals Gore.
Recent award recipients include:
- Strados Labs – Winner of MedTech Innovator’s 2018 Gore Innovation Center prize
- Biobeat– Winner of Wearable Technology World Cup 2018/9
Gore hosts industry events that convene scientists, engineers, academics and venture capitalists, opening up the discussion around viable solutions for today’s pressing issues.
Those interested in partnering with the Gore Innovation Center, can use the website form. For news surrounding the Gore Innovation Center and its events, follow the center on Twitter at @GoreSVIC