Our team decided to take a break from the usual day-to-day and take a trip where we not only had a team meeting and lunch at Big Ditch Brewing Company, but we also made our way to the harbor where we walked along Canalside, taking in some of Buffalo's beauty. Dimien is proud to be located among the City of Good Neighbors, as we were very grateful to those who helped us take these photos.
Dimien has been chosen as one of the 134 semifinalists out of 502 start-ups from around the world who submitted applications to the 43North competition this year. Upon completing our pitch in the first round, we are excited to see which companies are chosen as finalists when they are announced in September 2017. We are honored to be named as one of the start-ups that could not only benefit from everything 43North has to offer, but to be considered to bring something to the table here in Buffalo.
You can see what Governor Cuomo had to say about the 43North Semifinalist announcement here!
Make sure to look for Dimien at the NSF SBIR Phase II Conference this year in Atlanta, Georgia. We look forward to displaying our products, partaking in demonstrations, and getting in touch with potential investors and strategic partners. Click on the NSF logo to learn more about the conference.
Dimien has recently acquired a new agitator bead mill from Netzsch. This mill will increase our production capabilities by quantity and speed by allowing us to complete our entire manufacturing process in our own facility. This is an exciting purchase for Dimien as we prepare to grow and take on more business.
Dimien has begun to receive purchase orders from it's strategic partners for our E3 View Particle Series products. As we currently work to fill the orders we have already received, we look forward to providing our unique product as well as continuing to fulfill future orders. Dimien is also expecting to expand its product base as it looks to grow as a specialty chemical manufacturer.
Dimien LLC has taken on UB student Bill Pratt, through the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University at Buffalo. This is Bill's second time interning with Dimien, as his first was courtesy of the UB Career Experience Program. The program has aided us yet again in bringing on intern, Tim Chewens, a Chemical Engineering major. Both students are gaining experience while furthering their education in a hands on environment.
The Career Experience Program through UB's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) has successfully matched multiple students with internships at small businesses where the students end up being offered part-time and even full-time positions with the companies. We are proud to have Rachael recognized as one of these individuals through the UB News Center in Grove Potter's article, see the full story at Companies Can Hire UB Students and Have Their Salaries Paid Too.
We are excited to announce Ed, formerly part-time, has accepted a full-time position as our Chemical Engineer. Ed has recently graduated from the University at Buffalo Engineering Program with a BEng in Chemical Engineering as well as a BS in Chemistry. We look forward to the great attributes Ed will bring to the team. Make sure to check out Ed on Linkedin by clicking the logo to the right.
Brian and Sean attended the NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Conference that was held for all of the Phase II grantees where they took the opportunity to show off the hard work of everyone at Dimien by displaying our products and conducting demonstrations. It was also a great opportunity to meet with potential investors and strategic partners!
We hired University at Buffalo students, Rachael Killion, a Business student, and Bill Pratt, a Biomedical Engineering student, as interns courtesy of the Career Experience Program by UB's New York State Centers of Excellence. Each student has been available for about 12 hours a week amid their school and work schedules. Rachael's focus is on grant based compliant accounting, payroll, and general business administration. Bill lead a research effort to isolate nanoparticles from solution under the guidance of Sean Depner, VP for R&D. Both Rachael and Bill's efforts lead to standard operating procedures we still use everyday.
We would like to congratulate Rachael on her completion of the Undergraduate Program from the University at Buffalo's School of Management, which she accomplished in just 3 years. No longer an intern, Rachael has accepted a part-time position with Dimien, as our Business Administrator!