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Nextreme Thermal acquired by British tech company

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Nextreme Thermal, maker of microscopic cooling units that can generate electricity from waste heat, has been acquired by Laird, a British global technology company.

Nextreme, based in Research Triangle Park, was spun off 8 years ago from an in-house invention at RTI International, the giant nonprofit research organization based in RTP.

The 25-employee spinoff makes tiny thermal electric semiconductors that can be implanted into electronic devices. As part of its product rollout, Nextreme had signed a development and distribution deal with Laird last year.

Laird is acquiring Nextreme for $1 with a potential $60 million payment based on revenue over four years starting in 2014. This year Nextreme is expected to lose $3 million as it moves into mass production of its product.

Nextreme will function as a business unit within Laird, keeping its employees and basic operations, said Nextreme CEO John Goehrke.

Staff writer John Murawski

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Business reporter David Bracken came to the N&O in 2004. He covers commercial and residential real estate. Contact David at 919-829-4548 or e-mail him.
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