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These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the April 19, 2006

issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Life in the Fast Lane: Terra Solar

Long before the first official celebration of Earth Day, engineers

were trying to draw energy from the sun by employing photovoltaic

panels. A pioneer in this technology, Zoltan Kiss, has founded a

series of companies: Chronar in 1982, and Energy Photovoltaics (EPV

Inc.) in 1991, now a 50-person firm on Bakers Basin Road.

Terra Solar, which offers solar power factories and franchises, is the

newest venture for Kiss, who is chairman and scientific officer. Last

month the firm expanded from 16 to 18 people and moved from 7,500

square feet at 4260 Route 1 North to 50,000 feet on Ludlow Drive (off

Whitehead Road Extension) in Ewing, a space formerly occupied by JDS

Uniphase. The firm plans to hire 40 more workers by the end of the

year.

"Our present revenue comes from a contract with a company in China. We

are producing equipment and arranging for its manufacture," says

Robert Fisher, vice president of administration and finance. "But we

are organizing ourselves to be a manufacturer." New hires will be

electricians, photovoltaic scientists, and technicians for upper-end

line work. Frank Ziobro is vice president of manufacturing at the

Ewing site.

Terra Solar’s majority owner is China Solar-Energy Holdings Ltd.,

which trades on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The headquarters is at

44 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Yuan Lee, the CEO of Terra Solar since 2004, is committed to bringing

ecology-friendly technologies to Asia. The son of a Taiwanese naval

officer, he was an electrical engineer at National Taiwan University,

Class of 1972, and has a PhD in physics from Columbia. Until 2004 he

was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

A typical solar energy system for a house has been estimated to save

up to four tons of carbon dioxide emissions. "The name of the game is

to generate power without pollution," says Henry J. Behnke, vice

president of PV systems. "PV panels do that and will compete even

faster with fossil fuels as the price of oil rises."

Says CEO Lee: "When we use the solar panel, not only is it free, but

it doesn’t generate any of the CO2. A lot of solutions are in nature

if we put on the right glasses to see them."

Terra Solar (0115), 200 Ludlow Drive, Ewing 08638; 609-771-8600; fax,

609-771-8668. Zoltan Kiss, chairman and chief scientific officer.

www.terrasolar.com

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Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC, 120 Albany Street, Tower II,

Suite 850, New Brunswick 08901; 732-235-5400. George F. Heinrich MD,

CEO. www.foundationventure.com

A new venture capital group, associated with the University of

Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, will invest in technologies

developed at the university.

"We anticipate that early-stage businesses set up to advance

university breakthroughs will reap huge benefits, as will the

university and the investors," said James M. Golubieski in a press

release. He is president of the Foundation of UMDNJ, formed in 1974,

and also president of the new venture capital group. George F.

Heinrich MD is vice chair and CEO of the venture capital group, which

will work with Vince Smeraglia, director of UMDNJ’s office of patents

and licensing, on funding the entrepreneurial activity.

Mycometrics, 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 210, Monmouth Junction 08852;

732-355-9018; fax, 732-658-5185. King-Teh Lin PhD, laboratory

director. Home page: www.mycometrics.com

Mycometrics, a microbiology services laboratory founded about a year

ago at Princeton Corporate Plaza, specializes in the identification of

fungi (molds), bacteria, and viruses from the environment, food,

pharmaceutical, or biological products. Its QPCR process detects the

individual mold species in a sample and provides a quantitative count

of how much is present. Sample applications are monitoring the

decontamination of mold during the construction process of a hospital

addition where there was significant water damage and removing an old

carpet whose reservoirs of mold could potentially cause secondary

infections to seriously ill burn patients.

Laboratory director King-Teh Lin, a Taiwan native, has a PhD from the

UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As director of R&D at P&K

Microbiology Services, he commercialized the EPA-licensed mold QPCR

technology and invented a new method for identification of wood decay

fungi.

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Expansions

GSC Kleinfelder LLP, 1 AAA Drive, Suite 203, Robbinsville 08691;

609-584-5271; fax, 609-584-7498. Derek Fisher, regional operations

manager. Home page: www.kleinfelder.com

The hydrology and environmental science firm formerly known as

Geologic Services has merged with a California-based firm Kleinfelder,

and the name has changed. This office expanded from 40 to 46 employees

and from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet.

Association Business Solutions (ABS), 247 East Front Street, Trenton

08611; 609-392-3800; fax, 609-514-5131. Karla Pollack, principal. Home

page: www.absnj.com

Association Business Solutions moved a five-person office from shared

space on Independence Way to the Mill Hill historic district in

Trenton. Karla Pollack and Paula Hartman offer association and

nonprofit management and business development – fundraising for

nonprofits, event planning, membership development, communications,

and lobbying.

Copy Dynamics Inc., 1075 Cranbury-South River Road, Jamesburg 08831;

609-235-0500; fax, 609-395-9547. Joe Nattina, partner. Home page:

www.copydynamics.com

In January Joe Nattina and Bob Dragani moved a 45-person Copy Dynamics

office from Route 130 to Cranbury-South River Road. The company sells

and services Canon office products, and it also has offices in

Lakewood and Pennsauken.

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New in Town

Kevin F. D’Amour PC, 12 Roszel Road, Suite A-207, Princeton 08540;

609-919-0757; fax, 609-919-0797.

Kevin D’Amour opened a Princeton office in February; he has another

office in the Virgin Islands. According to his online biography, his

practice areas include corporate law, real estate development,

taxation, commercial litigation, and international law. D’Amour got

his JD degree from Southwestern University in 1982 and earned his BA

from Florida International University after attending the United

States Naval Academy.

Ingen Orthopedics, 2650 Route 130, Constitution Center, Cranbury

08512; 609-409-3316; fax, 609-409-3317. Home page: www.ingenortho.com

Ingen Orthopedics, an orthopedic device company that specializes in

shoulder joints, moved last year into 1,060 feet at Constitution

Center in Cranbury. It provides different parts of the shoulder,

including stem, head, and glenoid, as well as related medical

instruments.

Disk Doctors Labs Inc., 100 Overlook Center, Suite 2128, Princeton

08540; 609-375-2241; fax, 609-375-2001. Asim Qureshy, branch manager.

Home page: www.diskdoctors.com

Asim Qureshy opened a branch of a data recovery services company, Disk

Doctors, at 100 Overlook. Established in 1991, the firm is based in

Norcross, Georgia, and has more than a dozen centers in the United

States. The website claims that the company can restore "a

surprisingly high percentage of data from crashed hard disk drives,

optical disks, tapes, and RAID servers from any operating systems."

Ricoh Business Systems, 2271 Route 33, Suite 105, Hamilton 08691;

609-689-2485; fax, 609-689-2480. Jay Scheruda, sales manager. Home

page: www.ricoh-usa.com

The Edison site of the office equipment firm expanded in November by

opening an eight person office on Route 33.

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Name Changes

Kataman Metals Inc., 1626 Georges Road, Suite A 201, North Brunswick

08902; 732-940-7500. Robert J. Steinfeld. Home page:

www.katamanmetals.com

Robert Steinfeld is a scrap metal broker, and late in 2006 he left his

former company, Versatile Metals (headquartered near Chicago and now

known as Versatile Logistics), to join a company in St. Louis,

Missouri. His location did not change.

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