IMTEC Imaging to Begin Operations at the Ardmore Technology Transfer Center
IMTEC Imaging LLC will begin operation at the Ardmore Technology Transfer Center in February 2006. IMTEC Imaging is a start-up company created to produce cone beam CT (Computer Tomography) Scan equipment for dental offices, veterinary clinics, imaging centers, orthopedic centers, surgeons, and podiatrists. The company will design high quality, user-friendly, compact and cost-effective CT Scan equipment and will subcontract some of the required manufacturing. The core of the business will be a price/quality scan machine called ILUMA.
The Technology Transfer Center is a business incubator facility for technology oriented companies and is supported by the cooperative efforts of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (SOTC) and the Ardmore Development Authority (ADA). Business incubators are facilities designed to accelerate the development and success of start-up and existing businesses.
IMTEC Imaging will be the first company to locate in the facility. The high technology company is a new venture of IMTEC Corporation and HYTEC Engineering Inc., Los Alamos, New Mexico. Dr. Ronald A. Bulard, Chairman of the Board of IMTEC Corporation, and a Director of IMTEC Imaging, explained the IMCAT Ultra Cone Beam CT Scanner is designed for a cranial scan, which allows the patient to sit comfortably in an open space while the x-ray source rotates around the patient’s head. “The scan takes approximately a minute to produce a multi-layered image of the patient’s lower facial area,” Bulard said. “The upright patient positioning makes scanning easy for patients and uses minimal physical space in the dental or medical professional’s office.”
IMTEC Imaging will initially start with twelve employees and is expected to increase to forty-two employees within three years. These jobs will be in training, software/technical support, assembly and installation. The company’s long-range are to:
Build and place 700 CT Scan units by year three
Hire and train employees from the local workforce
Become the global leader in dental CT Scan units
Expand globally and offer customer support that exceeds the competition
Build a manufacturing facility
“We are extremely proud of the high caliber of jobs that the company will provide, and the growth for Ardmore these jobs will create,” adds Andre Moore, ADA Chairman.
The Ardmore Technology Transfer Center was developed as a strategy to recruit and retain technology oriented companies to Ardmore. The strategy of the incubator is to leverage the resources of the economic development, research and business training organizations in Ardmore to attract technology companies. The ADA will be responsible for the recruitment of the Center, while SOTC will provide employee training and support resources to the tenants. The potential for collaborations with the Noble Foundation will also serve as an attraction to potential companies.