ASTF hands out grants for innovative projects

Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is investing nearly $800,000 in five innovative projects, according to the state economic development agency.

More than half of the money is going to OmegaSea Project, a Sitka-based manufacturing company that uses seafood waste to produce food for tropical pet fish. To get the $425,000 in ASTF money, OmegaSea must provide about $1.1 million in cash and in-kind services, ASTF said.

Just under $200,000 is being invested in Glass Inc. International, a company that wants to use Alaska raw materials to make fiberglass.

Lufti Raad, a University of Alaska Fairbanks professor, is getting $100,000 to develop building materials that use vegetable oil as an ingredient. ASTF said the research could yield new uses for vegetable oil produced in the state.

The other grants are $57,000 to the Alaska Center for Rural Health to develop telehealth psychiatry sites around the state, and about $11,000 to the St. Lawrence Island Ivory Stabilization Project to determine mammoth ivory can be kiln-dried and used in musical instruments.

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