An Ohio agency awarded grants to two firms involved in commercializing liquid-crystal technologies.
The Columbus-based Ohio Technology Action Board awarded $1.15 million to Alpha Micron Inc. of Kent, Ohio, for work on curved plastic for eyewear applications, and $1 million to Viztec Inc. of Twinsburg for work related to plastic displays for portable electronic devices.
Alpha Micron was founded in 1997, employs 14 and has a 5,000-square-foot facility.
``We are within a year or two'' of commercializing the technology, Bahman Taheri, chief executive officer, said by telephone.
Viztec, formed in 1998, is enhancing pilot-plant-manufacturing processes for its plastic LC-display nanotechnology under the trade name Plastic Pixels. Viztec employs 12 and has 7,500 square feet of space, including a clean room, said Lou Schneeberger, chief financial officer.
In total, the board awarded 12 grants totaling $10.3 million from among 148 proposals considered.