The Lab has hired Ilan Gur, most recently a program manager at ARPA-E, to launch a new program as part of the Lab’s strategy for accelerating the transfer of science and technology to the public. To learn more about M37 and to see a schedule of upcoming seminars, click here.
Awardees of Tech Transfer’s 2012 Innovation Grants have generated over $9.4M, about 23 times the amount of the initial grants and generating $3.8M for sponsored research at the Lab. Two startups were formed — Heliotrope Technologies and Newomics — and others are poised for multiple non-exclusive licenses.
The Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (formerly Technology Transfer) is now on Twitter. Tweets from @techLBNL provide information and opportunities for the Lab’s entrepreneurial researcher community plus news from Berkeley Lab spin outs, such as @TeselaGen and @alphabetenergy, as they move technologies to the marketplace.The social media outlet also aims to reach industry contacts and funding sources with news of Berkeley Lab innovations available for licensing or collaborative research. Staff are invited to follow.
Greg Beattie of Veritas Law presents “What You Need to Know About Equity (and more!) as an Entrepreneur: Five Pitfalls to Avoid” at SkyDeck Berkeley (2150 Shattuck Ave., Penthouse floor), on Friday, April 25, 4 to 5 pm. Networking follows from 5 to 6 pm. This free event is hosted by the UC Berkeley Office of intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances and SkyDeck Berkeley, a startup accelerator. For details and registration, go here.
Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups, is hosting a dinner presentation on “The Year of the Battery: Taking Batteries From Bottleneck to Breakthrough” on Wednesday, April 23, in Fremont. The event, which will focus on battery innovation challenges, initiatives, and financing models, includes Berkeley Lab researcher Venkat Srinivasan, who heads the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Go here for more information and to register.
It has a new name and a new leader. What was once known as the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Office at Berkeley Lab will now be known as the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). And leading the new effort will be Elsie Quaite-Randall, the Lab’s new Chief Technology Transfer Officer. Quaite-Randall comes to Berkeley Lab after seven years as Executive Director for the Industry Liaison Office at McMaster University in Canada. More>
Rex Northen, Cleantech Open’s executive director, will introduce the organization’s 2014 U.S. Accelerator program and offer tips on submitting a competitive application in a March 25, 10 to 11 a.m., free webinar and Q&A session. Register here for the webinar. Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Since 2006, it has awarded over six million dollars in cash and services to help support companies such as Berkeley Lab startup Alphabet Energy. April 1 is early bird deadline for accelerator applications. Go here for application details.
Acting Director Cheryl Martin of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (APRA-E)] will present the agency’s approach to catalyzing energy research Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Martin will also discuss innovation ecosystems — entrepreneurs and resources focused on bringing new technologies to the world — and how crucial these ecosystems are for moving research to the marketplace and attracting development funding. ARPA-E advances early stage, high impact energy technologies. Berkeley Lab ARPA-E funded projects include smart window startup Heliotrope and energy modeler RAPMOD, among others.
Applications are now being accepted for the Illumina Accelerator Program, a business accelerator focused on advancing innovation for the genomics industry. The inaugural session begins August 1. Invited participants will receive technology and business guidance, financial support, instrument access, and accelerator lab space. Go here for the application form, due May 16, and FAQs.
When Berkeley Lab scientist Ashok Gadgil (center) set out to solve an insidious public health problem afflicting South Asia, arsenic contamination of groundwater, he knew the hard part would not just be inventing the technology but also ensuring a way to sustain its long-term use on a large scale. Gadgil and his lab came up with ECAR, Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation, which binds arsenic using iron dissolved in water. Their innovation was two-fold. They created a technology that is exceptionally effective, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. More>