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News - August 20, 2014

Speier tours Menlo Park companies

by Tiffany Lam

She was there to promote a bill called the "Make It In America Act," backed by House Democrats, that would provide tax incentives for job creation.

Acclarent manufactures medical devices for ear, nose and throat patients. Scott Chamness, senior manager of Acclarent's research and development group, led the Acclarent tour through its research and development labs. He gave a demonstration of the company's balloon sinuplasty device, which treats sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses).

Qbotix manufactures robotic solar tracking systems. Wasiq Bokhari, CEO of the company, showcased the robots, which move solar panels to position them relative to the sun's angle to produce the maximum amount of energy.

Acclarent has about 400 employees, one-third of them from the Peninsula. Qbotix has about 40 employees, with an internship program of 15 people.

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