ElectroDynamic Applications launches product, looks to spin off new company

If two heads are better than one, than the two heads behind ElectroDynamic Applications have created one interesting start-up.

The Ann Arbor-based firm, 11 years in the making, got its start from two engineering professors at the University of Michigan. The company focuses on technologies for space and aerospace, such as electric, plasma diagnostics, and plasma interaction and remediation.

It recently showcased its first technology at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. That technology synthesizes silane gas, a process that normally incorporates toxic materials while making things like semi-conductors. This product does the same job but is far more environmentally friendly.

"The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition represented the first chance for us to show one of our technologies (the silane-gas synthesizer) that we took from first stage to commercialization," says Jonathan Zagel, business manager of ElectroDynamic Applications.

ElectroDynamic Applications has grown from the two professors (Alec Gallimore and Brian Gilchrist) in 1999 to 10 people and an intern today. The number of interns increases during the summer, hitting four last year. The company recently made one hire and plans to do so again in 2011 as it looks at the possibility of spinning off its into silane-gas synthesizer into its own company.

Source: Jonathan Zagel, business manager of ElectroDynamic Applications
Writer: Jon Zemke

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