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Looking for help commercializing your product. Try NASA.

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If you have an idea for a new product but need cutting-edge technology to help breathe life into your invention, California State Polytechnic University in Pomona may have the solution to your dilemma. The university has teamed up with NASA to create a business incubator that targets start-up or existing firms that have the ability to commercialize technology created in two NASA laboratories in California.

The incubator--called the NASA Commercialization Center--will help entrepreneurs commercialize technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena and the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base to give their products the ability to create and control a niche. The technology available at JPL includes semiconductors, optics, power generation, communications and robotics. Dryden specializes in flight-related technology.

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