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Founded: 2001
Product/Service: Glass machining and micromachining
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Today, from its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Translume continues to expand its glass machining, glass micromachining capabilities. This, in turn, opens new product application possibilities on a regular basis. A significant portion of the work being done at Translume is the direct result of customer inquiries.

Translume has assembled an outstanding team of scientists, business professionals, and advisors to help respond to these inquiries. Please click on the categories at the left to learn more about this experienced, dedicated team. [Translume Website, Company]

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i-micronews logoJul 22, 2009

Translume Introduces Microfluidic Chips With Embedded, Graduated Reticles

Translume, Inc. announced that it has launched new models of its fused silica microfluidic chips for bio, medical and chemical applications. In response to overwhelming demand, Translume's microfluidic chips now include embedded, graduated reticles for convenient measurement.

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concentrate media logoMay 14, 2008

Translume's tiny devices create big-paying jobs

What exactly does a glass micro-machining company do? In the case of Ann Arbor's Translume, it makes money and creates jobs.

The 7-year-old firm has expanded its payroll to 12 people and hopes to add another couple in the near future if business continues to go well. Someone must think it will, because the firm received $1.6 million from the Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund last year.

Translume uses ultra-fast lasers to carve out tiny devices in glass, called fluidic chips. Those fluidic chips act like a microchip because they channel fluids instead of electricity.

"We do stuff on the scale of microns, which is thousands of a millimeter,' says Eric Jacobson, vice president of Translume.

That's not quite as small as nanotechnology but close. Think of what Translume is doing as nanotechnology's slightly bigger brother. It originally started off as a way to create parts for the telecommunications industry after local venture capital firm Ardesta invested in it. Transulme now creates instruments for industrial fluids and packaged goods.

"We think we're onto something every exciting," Jacobson says.

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ann arbor biz news logoApr 23, 2008

Translume Launches Fused Silica Microfluidic Chips

Translume, Inc. announced today that it has launched a new line of fused silica microfluidic chips for bio, medical and chemical applications.

The company has already received several advance orders from major corporations and research institutions from around the world. Translume’s customers will use these chips to advance the fields of genomics, proteomics, nanotechnology and particle counting.

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