Harris & Harris Group, Inc., noted today that the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to Nanosys, Inc., for up to approximately $14 million over a five-year period to develop nanotechnology-enabled solar cells for power generation solutions in military applications. The initial phase of development is for $2.2 million for 12 months. Nanosys will manage the contract and will collaborate with research and development partners including the University of California at Berkeley, Battelle Memorial Institute, and SAIC. Subsequent phases will be funded upon approval from DARPA. Shareholders may be interested in reading the press release from Nanosys.
Harris & Harris Group owns a 1.58% fully diluted interest in Nanosys, for which it paid $1.5 million in April 2003. On June 30, 2004, the most recent date on which Harris & Harris Group determined its net asset value, it continued to value its holding in Nanosys at its cost to Harris & Harris Group.
Nanosys is a company with broad-based intellectual property that is initially commercializing applications in macroelectronics, photoelectronics, photovoltaics, and chemical and biological sensing. These applications incorporate novel zero and one-dimensional, nanometer-scale materials, such as nanowires and nanocrystals as their principal elements.
Harris & Harris Group is a publicly traded venture capital company that now makes initial investments exclusively in tiny technology, including nanotechnology, microsystems and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The Company's last 16 initial private equity investments have been in tiny-technology enabled companies. The Company has 17,248,845 common shares outstanding.
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