Cheryl Fragiadakis, head of the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management group, winds down her 28-year Lab career at a retirement reception Thursday, June 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the cafeteria dining hall. For more on her accomplishments, go here. For gift donation or off-site guest access, contact Heidi Clark (x6462) or Deb Troxell (x7026)
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Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded in the Collegiate Inventors Competition, open to graduate and undergraduate students. Finalists will convene in Washington DC to have their ideas evaluated by distinguished judges, such as the 2012 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. Accepted entries include reduced-to-practice ideas or working prototypes and must be the work of a student or student team. Go here for requirements. Entry deadline is June 14.
A webinar that provides an overview of and recent changes to the DOE’s SBIR and STTR programs will be held on Monday, May 20. The webinar is geared for contributors, reviewers, inventors, or collaborators. Among the items to be discussed are: the increased statutory emphasis on commercialization outcomes for these programs, the new web-based PAMS system in the Office of Science for submitting application reviews, the new SBIR initiative to incorporate DOE Labs tech transfer opportunities into SBIR/STTR solicitations, and the new statutory changes that relate to small business. Registration required.
After 28 years at the Lab, Cheryl Fragiadakis, head of the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property group, has announced her retirement, effective June 27. She has headed this group (formerly the Tech Transfer Department) since 1992, the longest serving tech transfer director of all multiprogram DOE or NNSA labs. She started at the Lab in 1985 in what was then called the Energy and Environment Division, after working for Exxon. Go here for more on Fragiadakis’s accomplishments, and here for a profile of her that appeared in the September 2003 issue of the View.
A software technique developed by Valeri Korneev of the Earth Sciences Division provided the basis for a startup, Seismos, which recently won the Energy and Cleantech track of UC Berkeley’s Start-Up competition. Seismos is a technology-enabled services company that detects and interprets changes in underground oil and gas reservoirs in real-time with unparalleled sensitivity. More>
In some parts of the developing world, people may live in homes without electricity or toilets or running water but yet they own cell phones. To charge those phones, they may have to walk for miles to reach a town charging station—and possibly even have to leave their phones overnight. Now a startup company spun off technology developed at Berkeley Lab has created a simple, inexpensive way to provide electricity to the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t get it reliably. More>
Cleantech Open is accepting applications to their annual U.S. Accelerator and Competition from entrepreneurs and inventors from all 50 states. The Cleantech Open invites you to become part of a network of more than 700 early stage companies who have raised more than $800 million in funding. The deadline to apply is May 1. Go here for more information, and here for key dates and fees.
The future of synthetic biology is now. Berkeley Lab’s Jay Keasling was on-hand to witness a microbial-based version of the front-line antimalarial drug artemisinin officially become available to patients worldwide. Twelve years ago, Keasling used synthetic biology to engineer microbes to inexpensively and sustainably produce the critical chemical component of artemisinin, a drug that represents a lifesaver for the nearly 300 million people in developing nations who contract malaria each year. The microbial version of artemisinin is being produced by the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi using a no-profit, no-loss production model to maintain a low price for those who most need it. More>
SkyDeck | Berkeley, a research-technology university accelerator, is accepting applications for its next startup acceleration program. All entrepreneurs affiliated with UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, and UCSF are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is April 19. SkyDeck will host info-sessions with current SkyDeck entrepreneurs tomorrow, April 12, and April 19 at 4 p.m. (2150 Shattuck Ave., penthouse floor) Refreshments will be provided. More>
Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) presents “Who Owns Your Invention,” an expert panel discussion focusing on patent rights, ownership and royalty distribution for technologies developed at UC Berkeley and the Lab. The event — Wednesday, April 10, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. — includes lunch for those who RSVP. Location TBD. The annual UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Roundtable, a popular networking event connecting graduate students and postdocs with successful entrepreneurs, will be held Tuesday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., at The Hub in San Francisco. Go here for tickets. For more information, contact Kirsten Berzon.