In support of a growing FHE community, NextFlex sponsors two regional Nodes, one located in Massachusetts and the other in New York, that bring together a combination of companies, universities, and economic development groups all working in collaboration to further build out the FHE ecosystem.
The NextFlex Massachusetts Node, led by the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), concentrates on manufacturing processes. Leveraging prior state investments at UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, and Northeastern University, plus on-going support from the University of Massachusetts’ President’s Office, the Massachusetts Node focus is two-fold:
- Accelerating competitiveness of the regional FHE supply chain
- Serving as a complement to the NextFlex Technology Hub in San Jose, California
The NextFlex New York Node, led by Binghamton University and supported by New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, designs, develops and manufactures FHE tools, processes, materials and products. It also attracts, trains, and employs an advanced manufacturing workforce, building on the region’s existing electronics manufacturing base. The Node’s FHE application areas of focus include defense, medical, industrial infrastructure, and manufacturing. This Node also supports the emerging regional supply chain, including materials suppliers, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, academic institutions, and research centers surrounding the region.