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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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Oct. 12 BLIC Event on Successful Grant Writing

Seeking funding for a startup or ongoing research? The Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) hosts a presentation by researcher Michel Foure on successful grant writing. The event takes place Oct. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m., in Building 54-130. The event includes an interactive exercise and Q&A period. Bring your lunch and network with fellow researchers. All Lab staff welcome. More>

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SF Business Times Highlights Lab’s Innovations and Partners Office

The Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) has been instrumental in the proliferation of successful Berkeley Lab startups. The office fills a gap in the science and high-tech economies that often prevents scientific research from reaching the marketplace. The office connects external public and private institutions with Berkeley Lab researchers to drive innovation. More>

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Six Lab Technologies Named as Finalists for R&D 100 Awards

Lab finalists include technologies from the Biosciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Energy Technologies areas, as well as the Accelerator Technologies and Applied Physics Division. Winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at a special event in Florida. The award honors the latest and best innovations, identifying the top technologies of the past year. More>

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Innovation Training from IPO and Bay Area I-Corps

The Innovation and Partnerships Office and I-Corps instructors will offer innovation training exclusively for Lab staff in September. Participants will gain an understanding of the commercial potential for Lab research, the customer discovery process, and business model concepts. Applications are due Aug. 23. Go here for course dates and requirements. Contact Russell Carrington for additional information.

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World Economic Forum Honors Lab Startup

Lab startup Second Genome was named a 2017 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, one of 30 early stage companies around the world anticipated to have a significant effect on business and society. Second Genome applies its proprietary microbiome platform to drug discovery and development. The startup’s current focus is the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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IPO Announces First Annual Report

Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) has released its first annual report highlighting technology transfer activities. The FY16 annual report is available online, as a pdf, or in print to share with Lab staff and potential industry partners. Contact ipo@lbl.gov for hard copies. IPO’s 2016 Industry Partnerships Guide is also available online, as a pdf, or in print.

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