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Entrepreneurial Researchers Invited to Apply for Cyclotron Road Fellowship

Cyclotron Road has opened applications for the next round of its fellowship program. Entrepreneurial Lab scientists, engineers, and postdocs are eligible to apply for the fellowship, which includes funding and mentorship from experienced industry experts and entrepreneurs. Applications are due Oct. 31. More>

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Join a Webinar to Learn More About Cyclotron Road Fellowships

Cyclotron Road provides two-year fellowships to support entrepreneurial scientists developing energy technologies based in the physical and biological sciences. The next application cycle is expected to open on Oct. 2. Interested applicants are encouraged to sign up for a webinar on Sept. 6 or Sept. 20 to learn more.

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Lab’s Weitekamp ‘Thanks’ Taxpayers for Being Angel Investors

Cyclotron Road’s Raymond Weitekamp recently contributed a post on the blogging platform “Medium” thanking American taxpayers for being his angel investor. In reference to polySpectra, the spin-off company he helped found, Weitekamp wrote, “You took a big risk and it’s paying off.” polySpectra uses light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials. More>

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Cyclotron Road Gives Energy Startups Time to Grow

Since 2014, the Lab’s startup incubator program Cyclotron Road has helped energy researchers survive the “valley of death” that claims many nascent ideas in the field. The six projects from the first year collectively raised more than $18 million in additional research funding or private investments. The program will soon welcome its third cohort of innovators. More>

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April 17 Seminar on the History of Renewable Energy

Alexis Madrigal, author of the book “Powering the Dream” will give a talk on the fascinating history of renewable energy on Monday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in Building 50 Auditorium. Madrigal is editor at-large at Fusion.net, and former senior editor at The Atlantic and Wired and former visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. The event is hosted by the Postdoc Association and Cyclotron Road.

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Cyclotron Road Researchers Hit Their Stride, Bringing Benefits for Lab Scientists

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>

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Cyclotron Road Aids Companies Focused on Energy Innovation

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>

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Cyclotron Road’s Opus 12 Wins Gene Roddenberry Prize

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>

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Mallinda Co-Founder Participates in Capitol Hill Briefing in D.C.

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.

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Lab Researchers Among Forbes ’30 Under 30’ List

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>

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