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Space Case

Need a technology partner? NASA might've come up with a thing or two you can use.

This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's the stuff of entrepreneurial fantasy--NASA scientiststake your company under their wing, teach you to make a betterproduct at a lower cost, even help you find customers. It'seasier than it sounds. The Space Act of 1958 not only created NASAbut also required that the new agency give businesses knowledge ofits activities and access to spinoff technologies.

ADMA Products Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio, is one of many companiesto benefit from NASA's research. A manufacturer of powdermetallurgy products, the company was interested in a compositematerial NASA developed as a lubricant for use in high-temperatureapplications where traditional lubricants fail.

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