Protochips, Inc.

Location:NC, US
Speaker:David Nackashi
Primary Industry:Nanotechnology and Materials
Executive Summary:The strategic vision of Protochips is to transform the most widely used characterization tool in nanotechnology - the electron microscope - from a camera into a complete nano-scale laboratory. There is a compelling market need to simultaneously observe and manipulate objects at the nano-scale in real time, and such capability will enable new generations of processes and materials to be developed. Protochips’ technology platform combines novel semiconductor designs and device structures to introduce the world’s most advanced analytical capabilities for nano-materials. Our product consists of three components: 1) a holder, or interface, between the inside of a transmission electron microscope and the outside world, 2) a tiny “lab bench” made using disposable semiconductor components that control the temperature and environment of the specimen within the TEM, and 3) software that controls analysis using the holder and semiconductor support. Our products will enable researchers to make major scientific and commercial breakthroughs in nanotechnology and advanced materials development. By leveraging the capability of the TEM, our business is positioned to address the most pressing needs in nanotechnology commercialization with a solution that will be readily understood by the community and easily integrated into existing and future instrumentation.
Venture is:A-Round


Corporate Presentations:

  • Air Products
  • BASF
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Genzyme
  • Goodrich
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Honda
  • Medtronic
  • Merck
  • Sanyo

Reserved Presentations:

  • ExxonMobil
  • IBM

Partnering Events:
(full access included)

Platinum Sponsor

University of Hawaii

Press Sponsor

Business Wire

Commercialization Partner



Invest Australia AzTE Technology Enterprises

Media Sponsors

(joint with Nanotech 2007) Nature
Red Herring

Supporting Organizations

Boston University
Midwest Research University Network


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