WNF operates and grow its capabilities through the gracious sponsorship of several organizations, charitable trusts, and companies.
The Washington Research Foundation advocates and promotes technology development in the life sciences, information technology, and physical sciences to spur entrepreneurial growth in the Pacific Northwest. WRF identified WNF as a key strategic resource for bridging the commercialization gap for start-up companies. WNF offers high-value equipment to those who need it without any of the upfront cost or burden of ownership.
The M.J Murdock Charitable Trust seeks to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest through the provision of grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base. The Trust has identified WNF as a key resource for scientific exploration and education in the region and has enabled the purchase of an advanced Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) tool.
Company partnerships and in-kind donations enable WNF to establish and maintain leading technological capabilities in semiconductor and sensor fabrication, analysis, and advanced packaging domains. An in-kind donation from GCE Market, a trusted supplier of refurbished capital equipment, brought a dual beam system to WNF.
WNF has also partnered with ClassOne Technology, a manufacturer of new wet process tools - their in-kind donation helped establish 100-200mm wafer plating capability at WNF. The system advances wafer plating applications for Through Silicon Vias (TSVs), MEMS, and Wafer-Level Packaging (WLP).