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These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the April 19, 2006
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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
"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
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.
Foundation Venture Capital Group LLC, 120 Albany Street, Tower II,
Suite 850, New Brunswick 08901; 732-235-5400. George F. Heinrich MD,
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
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
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,
Copy Dynamics Inc., 1075 Cranbury-South River Road, Jamesburg 08831;
609-235-0500; fax, 609-395-9547. Joe Nattina, partner. Home page:
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.
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
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
The Edison site of the office equipment firm expanded in November by
opening an eight person office on Route 33.
Kataman Metals Inc., 1626 Georges Road, Suite A 201, North Brunswick
08902; 732-940-7500. Robert J. Steinfeld. Home page:
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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