July 20, 2011
Contact: Cort Boulanger (339) 222-2442

R.I. Navy Research Center Latest New England Technology Leader to Come Aboard

Newport, RI – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) today signed an agreement with the Massachusetts High Technology Council (MHTC) to join the Innovation Access Network (IAN), a Web-based network connecting innovative technology providers with public and private sector technology seekers to accelerate the innovation economy across New England and beyond.

The pact was completed at a ceremony featuring NUWC Commander, Captain Todd W. Cramer, MHTC President Christopher Anderson, and Tom Jarbeau, a director and general manager at Lockheed Martin. NUWC is the Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace.

“Partnerships like this are key components of our ongoing collaboration and innovation initiatives,” said Captain Todd Cramer, Commander, NUWC Division Newport. “Historically, small businesses account for a large percentage of transformational innovation, and NUWC Division Newport, as a progressive government organization, seeks to foster widespread innovation. To do so, we will look to small businesses for fresh ideas and concepts.”

NUWC joins Lockheed Martin and the United States Department of Homeland Security as the latest organizations added to the growing list of IAN “Seekers,” which also includes BAE Systems, Draper Labs, Massport and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center. Through IAN, these Seekers, typically large employers, research labs and government agencies, can discover new innovations or find solutions for a specific technology need.

“IAN is an important new tool to develop and deliver the next wave of defense and security innovations,” said Jarbeau, who runs the Marion, Massachusetts site in Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “It provides access to a dynamic network of universities, entrepreneurs and research labs, as well as a greater understanding of opportunities at NUWC and other military facilities or government agencies. IAN is a resource that will help members build relationships with other businesses in New England.”

In addition to the Seekers, the Massachusetts High Technology Council is working to grow IAN’s stable of innovators and entrepreneurs. Through IAN, these “Innovators” can securely and efficiently market and broker new innovations to the Seekers. IAN also provides these Innovators with a window to work with government agencies, something that has historically been a tough hurdle for smaller organizations to overcome. The Council has the goal of populating IAN with more than 500 Innovators by the end of the year. In addition, the Council has been building on its partnership with U.K. Trade and Investment and is in discussions with similar entities in Asia, North America and Europe to make IAN a truly global network.

“We are very excited about the momentum behind IAN and its potential to help businesses and organizations of all sizes deliver new innovations to the marketplace,” said Anderson. “NUWC and Lockheed are great additions to the network and the end result of these alliances will be better technologies for the Navy and more jobs and economic growth for the New England.”

About the Innovation Access NetworkIAN (www.innovationaccess.org) empowers established and entrepreneurial technology providers to securely and efficiently share their innovations and ideas with prime contractors, government agencies, research laboratories, universities, and enterprise corporations to create new business connections and collaboration around critical innovations. Much like the technology cluster it connects, IAN will facilitate the development of technology across sectors, including defense technology, IT, communications, advanced materials, medical devices, clean technology and more.