Today at Berkeley Lab

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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Lab Startup CinderBio Featured in Newsweek

Startup CinderBio, founded by Lab researchers Jill Fuss and Steven Yannone, recently appeared in Newsweek. Biodegradable CinderBio enzymes operate at higher temperatures and more acidic conditions than available enzymes used in biofuel production and industrial cleaning, achieving outcomes more efficiently and at a lower cost.

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Gut Instinct Leads Peninsula Company to $42 million

Second Genome — a company developing drugs that seize on changes to the bacterial playground in the gut, known as the microbiome — has snagged $42.6 million in venture capital funding. This funding provides a certain amount of validation for the five-year-old company, spun out of research by Berkeley Lab microbial ecology scientist Gary Andersen. More>

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Cleantech Open West Offers Startup Funding

Cleantech startups can apply for the opportunity to receive world-class, tailored mentoring from experienced business experts, access to a powerful network of influencers, hands-on training, and cash prizes. Applications due May 1. For details, eligibility requirements, and an application toolkit, go to Cleantech Open West’s website.

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