Tabarestan Technology Incubator (TTI)
Tabarestan Technology Incubator (TTI) as a subdivision of Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resrouces University was officially inaugurated in 2006. Many new technological, agricultural and environmental products are being developed and marketed by many knowledge based small and medium entrepreneurs companies at TTI.
TTI is equipped with general laboratory, instrumental laboratory, mechanic laboratory, administrative offices and technologist’s unit offices all of which are located in two buildings with a total area of 800 square meters. Building No.1 is located at environmental organization official facilitiesnext to insurance department, Amir Mazandarani St, Sari, and Building 2 is next toMazandaran Science and Technology Park, DaneshjuSq, OstadMotahari St, KhazarSq, Sari.
At general laboratory, there are varieties of appliances and basic machines such as oven, laboratory grinder, homogenizer, water distillation equipment, water bath, various laboratory glasses, different kinds of refrigerators and freezers, autoclave, centrifuges etc. which are available to the users at TTI upon their request.
Moreover, at instrumental laboratory there are machines with specific capabilities such as: vacuums oven, heat furnace, HPLC, viscometer with all probs and attachments, spray dryer, shaker plate, mechanical digital mixer, UV/VIS spectrophotometer, double deionizer machine, standing freeze dryer, 300 liters incubator, ultra speed refrigerated centrifuge, vertical electrophoresis and the related equipment, circulating heater, rotary evaporator, two phase piston homogenizer ,omega homogenizer, rheometer, texture analyzer, circulator, ultrasonic homogenizer etc. Also there is a texture culture laboratory with a complete set of required equipment for different plants propagation which is taken by one of the entrepreneur companies and is currently propagating different kinds of ornamental and medical plants. Accordingly, African Wild Pancy (violet) flower has been advertised by the company and there are hopes to supply the needs for this imported product in the near future.
The incubator centre has a mechanical and electronics workshop which is at the service of different settled units at TTI. Some of the existing machines and equipment in this workshop include welding machine, boiling point machine, columnar drill, mini stone and large stone cutter, pressure compressor, pressure punch, pressure boxer, scissors machine for cutting metal sheets, different types of ring spanner, etc. Fortunately, in addition to the settled units at TTI which could use all the existing facilities, there has been a great deal of equipment available for researchers and students at M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels in order to run their experiments.
It should be mentioned that thanks to the cooperation of and support from different sections such as Mazandaran Governor’s office, Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resrouces University, Petroleum Ministry, National Elite Foundation and Ministry of Sciences, Research and Technology (MSRT), equipping of laboratories and workshops is desirably progressing.
By including the manager of entrepreneur companies and those who are cooperating with them, more than 40 vacancies have been created by these units. The achievement and products of these knowledge based companies have being distributed all over Mazandaran province and even the country.
Furthermore, some products have received foreign orders, and two products known as nanosilver-sterilizer and omega 3 oil concentrate, respectively, have been exported to Turkey and Belgium.
In the following table, registered and settled entrepreneur companies at TTI are introduced. It should be mentioned that some of these units have generative ideas, and considering their intellectual property right, it is not presented in this table but could be explained by the related managers face to face upon request.