by Paul Pyzowski, Guest Contributor
MIT's Deshpande Center was established in 2002 to "accelerate the migration of ideas from the lab to practical commercial application". The Deshpande Center provides MIT faculty and students with small cash grants along with systematic mentoring, resulting in the creation of twenty new start-ups to date. Many of these projects and start-ups are highlighted at the Deshpande’s annual Ideastream Conference. Unsurprisingly, these can involve MEMS and microfabrication -- at this year’s conference, held in Boston on April 13, the plenary session alone had three separate presentations involving MEMS and microfabrication.