Today at Berkeley Lab

Online Disclosure System Launches in January

Starting Jan. 30, all invention and software disclosures must be submitted online through the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s Innovation Portal. This step completes IPO’s transition to a consistent, paperless, and transparent process for handling the Lab’s intellectual property and agreements. For online disclosure training information, go here.

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Lab Alum, Startup Founder to Speak at Dec. 12 BLIC Event

Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) hosts Mark Modera, former Lab researcher and founder of startup Aeroseal — aerosol-based duct sealing technology — on Dec. 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130). His talk, “Tales of an Inventor Startup,” will cover his transition from inventor to entrepreneur, identification of viable markets, and lessons learned. More>

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DOE Announces FY17 Tech Commercialization Fund

Lab researchers may apply for Tech Maturation ($100 to $150k per award), or Cooperative Development ($250 to $750k per award). Letters of intent are due Dec. 22. Contact Shanshan Li (x5366), or Russell Carrington (x6439) if interested in applying. Go here for details and link to recorded webinar.

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Lab-to-Market Film Series: Conclusion…Seeing is Believing

Just in time for its final presentation to seasoned entrepreneur trainers, the Lab’s Ring Burner team creates a prototype to help advance industry interest. As the six weeks of DOE Lab-Corps winds down, the researchers find they’ve gained an understanding of what the market wants and needs, saving months of research that could take them on less certain paths to commercialization. Watch>

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BLIC: More Talk, More Impact

Learn how customer interviews can make research programs more impactful, grow funding, and move ideas forward — even if you’re not starting a company — at the next Berkeley Lab Innovation Corps (BLIC) event, Oct. 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Building 15-253. Todd Morrill, Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps Instructor, leads the discussion. Refreshments are included.

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Lab-to-Market Film Series: Episode 5…Dialing for Data

In Episode 5, the Lab’s Ring Burner team reaches out to contacts around the globe and along the potential value chain of its revolutionary technology to gather as much customer data as possible before DOE’s six-week entrepreneurial training program, Lab-Corps, draws to a close. Persistence pays off, and the team begins to zero in on potential business models and marketplaces.

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Vote Pro for Prototype Scaling

Creating, refining, and scaling prototypes is critical for lab-to-market technology transition, yet rarely funded. The Innovation and Partnerships Office is proposing a program with shared, low-cost, maker space for scientists and related, modest funding to address this need. Show your support by responding to this survey by Oct. 7. Go here for more information on the proposed program.

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SkyDeck Accelerator Encourages Proposals from Lab Researchers

SkyDeck — which combines Silicon Valley acceleration with University of California resources — gives startups the opportunity to launch and compete with industry leaders. SkyDeck has a large and active network of investors and hosts a Demo Day at the end of each session. To qualify, a team member must have a UCSF, UC Berkeley, or Berkeley Lab affiliation. Applications are due Sept. 23. More>

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Thermoelectrics: An Old, New Technology

About two-thirds of all energy produced is lost as heat. If thermoelectrics could recover five-percent of that, it could save millions of dollars. Alphabet Energy is producing the most efficient thermoelectric devices ever made for waste-heat recovery, using abundant, cheap and scalable materials. The company was co-founded in 2009 by Lab materials scientist Peidong Yang. More>

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Berkeley Lab’s OpenMSI Licensed to ImaBiotech

Two years ago, Lab researchers developed OpenMSI — the most advanced computational tool for analyzing and visualizing mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) data. Now, OpenMSI has been licensed to support ImaBiotech’s Multimaging™ technology in the field of pharmaceutical and cosmetic research and development. More>

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