New organization bridges gaps to bolster R.I. manufacturing base

Question: What is 401 Tech Bridge, when was it formed, and where is it based?

Answer: 401 Tech Bridge brings together innovators — from business, government and academia — in the composite materials, textile, and technology fields to share ideas and find ways to spin off research and technology into commercial uses.

Founded in 2019, it is an organization that facilitates connections so that prototypes can be modeled, built and tested. It is a “collision space” where people can advance technology and create business opportunities when they connect at training sessions, events, or for sponsored research opportunities. It is a place where Rhode Island’s strong manufacturing base will grow stronger.

We had an office at the CIC Providence that we gave up when the pandemic hit, but we will be back there soon. With our seed funding, we are transforming a former 17,000-square-foot manufacturing space in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, into

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