The first cohort of innovators has attracted more than $10 million in federal and state grants, with 20 percent of that going to their Lab collaborators, and have also secured more than $5 million in initial private investment, with some of that funding going to Lab scientists through cooperative research agreements. More>
If you’re pitching a new software startup, you go to Sand Hill Road. If you’re pitching a hard science startup in a field like energy or manufacturing, though, Ilan Gur suggests that you make your way to Cyclotron Road, which offers free access to cutting-edge facilities, plus research staff and mentoring for those in need of time and space for complex R&D. More>
The Roddenberry Foundation, set up in memory of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, seeds innovation projects through catalyst grants, a fellowship program, and a $1 million challenge. The first-place winner ($400K) is Opus 12, which is developing a process for converting industrial carbon dioxide emissions into useful products, like ethanol, diesel, and gasoline. More>
Mallinda’s Chris Kaffer (far right) participated in a briefing on the current state of U.S. manufacturing. Hosted by the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus and moderated by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, the briefing focused on efforts to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturers and manufacturing workforce. Mallinda is a 2016-2017 Cyclotron Road participant.
Raymond Weitekamp and Richard Wang of Cyclotron Road are among the innovators on the list. Selected annually, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list honors “the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers” across 20 different industries. More>
Cyclotron Road is one of two finalists in the Catalyst category. The Catalyst of the Year award is presented to an “individual, organization, or company that is currently transcending organizational boundaries to pull East Bay assets together in new ways and/or to catalyze new thinking or processes.” More>
There is growing evidence that after decades of excruciatingly slow development, batteries are on the verge of yielding to a new generation of material science. In the last 150 years, in fact, only a handful of rechargeable battery chemistries have reached mass adoption. “It’s a huge challenge,” said Ilan Gur of Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron road in this New York Times article.
AquaHarmonics is the winner of the $1.5 million Wave Energy Prize. CalWave Power Technologies was awarded second place, with a $500,000 cash award. An 18-month design-build-test competition, the Wave Energy Prize focuses on catalyzing the development of game-changing wave energy converters that will ultimately reduce the cost of wave energy. More>
President Obama hosted the White House Frontiers Conference on Oct. 13, which brought together top innovators to discuss advances in science and technology. Lab researchers Etosha Cave and Peidong Yang participated in the panel on Global Frontiers to discuss climate change and the clean energy revolution.
Cyclotron Road is an innovation program at the Lab that helps entrepreneurial scientists commercialize energy technologies. For two years, participants receive mentorship, seed funding, a living stipend, access to Lab facilities, and networking opportunities with other startups in the program. The application period runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 31. Informational webinars are available. More>