Icron repays NRC-IRAP Loan

by Rob Lewis

Burnaby's Icron Technologies announced today that it has sold over $40 Million in USB Extension products since the commercialization of its patented ExtremeUSB USB Extension technology. This market success has allowed Icron to complete the $750K repayment of its National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) loan that helped fund the development of its ExtremeUSB technology.

The NRC-IRAP loan agreement signed in 1998 provided $500K of funding to be used in the development and commercialization of Icron's USB Extension technology. The joint program between NRC-IRAP and Industry Canada's Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) required that Icron repay the funds, to a maximum of 150%, or $750K, at a rate of 2% of the company's gross revenues earned over the 10 year term of the loan.

Icron has now completed the final payment of the loan, which under the 2% repayment terms, represents over $37.5 Million worth of USB Extenders sold into the market prior to December 31, 2008. Icron's cumulative shipments of USB Extenders have now eclipsed $40 Million.

The loan repayment marks a significant milestone for Icron and is a case study example of how NRC-IRAP can help Canadian SMEs become commercialization-ready with new products and services.

Icron Technologies Corp
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Icron Technologies are experts in USB protocol development. We have developed, commercialized and patented a technology (ExtremeUSB™), which extends USB connections beyond the standard desktop range of 5 meters, to over 100m over UTP (Cat5) and over 2km over fibre. ExtremeUSB™ also applies to the RF environment, as it deals with the inherent difficulties of delay, latency and power management... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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