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BLIC Hosts April 24 Elevator Pitch Contest

Entrepreneur and Cleantech Open West Academy pitch coach Christina Ellwood will provide insightful feedback on elevator pitches from seven Lab researchers at the next Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) event, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). Audience members can vote for their top pitch, and If time allows, they can also try out their own pitches.

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New Strategic Partnerships Office Formed

As of March 1, the Lab’s contracts officers who support non-DOE federal and non-federal work (formerly referred to as Work for Others) have been merged into a new group – the Strategic Partnerships Office – within the Lab Directorate. More>

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BLIC Welcomes Startup Expert on Feb. 22

The Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) welcomes guest speaker Mike Biddle, the managing director of Evok Innovations, on Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m., in Perseverance Hall. Biddle will present his perspectives on the technology-to-marketplace process from his point of view as a startup founder and investor.

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Contact IPO for R&D100 Awards Eligibility Information

Want to nominate Berkeley Lab technology or software for a 2018 R&D100 award? Contact ipo@lbl.gov by Feb. 8 regarding eligibility. Nominated technologies must demonstrate compelling performance, applications, and benefits, and have been first available for licensing or purchase between Jan. 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018. Get inspired by a list of the Lab’s 91 winners.

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Customize Your IPO Access to View Disclosures and Requests

IPO’s Innovation Portal enables researchers to view their invention disclosures and intellectual property and agreement requests. Users must customize their Innovation Portal homepages to see the status of new interactions, such as submitted invention disclosures. Customization instructions and e-learning are available on IPO’s website. Send email here for more information.

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Spring Training for DOE’s Energy I-Corps Gears Up

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the spring cohort of DOE’s Energy I-Corps, an immersive training experience to help national lab research teams transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Visit IPO’s resources page for details, and join an informational webinar on Jan. 10 at noon. Interested in applying? Contact Russell Carrington.

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Lab Takes Home Four R&D 100 Awards for Cutting-Edge Technologies

Technologies that help determine how solar energy affects the grid, benchmark energy savings for low-carbon cities, understand the functions of genes in microbes under different environmental conditions, and simulate how chemical reactions occur and change as fluids travel underground — all developed by researchers at Berkeley Lab — have received annual R&D 100 awards. More>

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Winners of IPO’s Pitch Competition Announced

The results are in for the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s inaugural pitch competition, held Nov. 3. Nine teams with researchers from Nuclear, Chemical and Earth and Environmental Sciences, ATAP, ALS, ETA, and the Molecular Foundry participated. The panel of judges, drawn from venture, startup, and research experience, noted the high quality of all team pitches.

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Berkeley Lab Pitch Competition on Nov. 3

Lab researchers will make their business case before an expert panel in a pitch contest hosted by the Innovation and Partnerships Office. The event takes place Nov. 3, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., in Bldg. 59-3101 (Wang Hall). Staff are welcome to attend and vote for the People’s Choice Award winner. Contestants have honed their entrepreneurial skills in I-Corps and DOE Energy I-Corps training. More>

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Screening for Disease or Toxins in a Drop of Blood

As a Lab researcher Daojing Wang and collaborators developed a multinozzle emitter array, a silicon chip that can dramatically shorten the time it takes to identify molecular components within small volumes of biological samples, such as blood or urine. Wang launched Newomics Inc. to further develop the technology and build a platform for personalized healthcare. More>

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