HARRIS & HARRIS GROUP INVESTS IN NANOOPTO
Harris & Harris Group, Inc. announced today that it has invested $625,000 in privately held NanoOpto Corp. (www.nanoopto.com). NanoOpto, a New Jersey-based spinout of Princeton University, is applying propriety nano-optics and nano-manufacturing technology to design and make components for optical networking.
This investment in NanoOpto reflects Harris & Harris Group's recent decision to focus its new business activities exclusively on small tech, including nanotechnology, microsystems and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. In 1994, Harris & Harris Group invested in its first small tech company, Nanophase Technologies Corporation, a spinoff from Argonne National Laboratory, which completed an initial public offering in 1997. Harris & Harris Group sold its interest in Nanophase in 2001 and invested part of the proceeds of the sale in August, 2001, in privately held Nantero, Inc., a Harvard University spinoff developing advanced semiconductors using nanotechnology. In February 2002, Harris & Harris Group invested in NanoPharma Corp., a Massachusetts General Hospital spinoff founded to develop advanced drug delivery systems. On March 13, 2002, Harris & Harris Group noted that it had also invested in NEO Photonics Corporation, a privately held company that develops patented technology that enables the manufacture of unique nanoscale optical compositions for the telecommunications industry.
Harris & Harris Group is a publicly traded venture capital company organized as a Business Development Company. Harris & Harris Group has 8,864,231 common shares issued and outstanding.
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