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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Marks Start Up Day Across America by Touring SiMPore & Announcing New Federal Awards

August 1, 2017
Press Release
Raises awareness of the entrepreneurship happening across Monroe County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today marked Startup Day Across America by visiting West Henrietta-based manufacturer SiMPore Inc. to highlight the strides the company has made since moving from a startup in 2007 to a successful business. Slaughter also announced new federal awards for SiMPore totaling $975,000 that will help this local manufacturer continue its groundbreaking work in nanotechnology. Startup Day Across America is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of entrepreneurial activity and job creation, helping to generate support for startup communities across the country.

“I am pleased to join the co-founders of SiMPore on Startup Day Across America to get a firsthand look at the great strides they have made since opening their doors a decade ago. SiMPore is an example of how start-up businesses can grow and help reinvigorate our manufacturing sector for the 21st century economy. The major funding awards I’m announcing today will help SiMPore continue its groundbreaking work in nanotechnology,” said Slaughter.

“We’re glad to have Congresswoman Slaughter visit SiMPore to mark Startup Day Across America and announce our recent funding awards. We thank her for supporting federal research funding that helps companies like ours advance our technologies toward full commercialization. We opened our doors at SiMPore a decade ago to develop and manufacture the world’s first nanometer-thick, silicon membranes, which we knew could revolutionize a number of biomedical applications. The support we have received from our local angel investors and from federal funding, along with the creativity and hard work of our SiMPore team, have allowed us to become a growing early-stage company with exciting potential. We know there are many similar success stories yet to come across the local area,” said Dr. James Roussie, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of SiMPore.

“On Startup Day in America we thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her strong support of High Tech Rochester and companies like SiMPore.  Congresswoman Slaughter has played a huge role in helping secure EDA funding for High Tech Rochester's new incubator at Sibley Square and continues to advocate for the protection of federal funding that is crucial to the commercialization of research technologies,” said Dan Keely, Director, Startup Community Development at High Tech Rochester.

SiMPore is a nanotechnology company that designs and produces membranes and membrane-enabled products based on its silicon nano membrane technologies. SiMPore’s products include electron and x-ray microscopy sample supports, filtration membranes for biomolecules, nanoparticles and medical devices, cell culture and imaging substrates, and customized membranes for unique applications. More information can be found about SiMPore at

Today, Slaughter announced more than $1 million in federal awards, including two Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards totaling a combined $975,000 in funding for SiMPore. A Phase II STTR from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $750,000 and a Phase I STTR from the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) totaling $225,000. Both STTR projects are focused on the application of SiMPore’s filtration technology to blood-related medical devices. Last year, Slaughter announced $200,000 in federal awards for SiMPore to optimize sensors capable of detecting small molecules such as explosives or biohazards and make this technology commercially available.

Startup Day Across America provides local entrepreneurs with an opportunity to discuss with elected officials the challenges they are facing and how federal policy can support their efforts to test new ideas, create new products, and grow their businesses.

Slaughter is a member of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, which educates Members of Congress about the possibilities of biomedicines. She is also the only trained microbiologist in Congress.