Today at Berkeley Lab

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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ETA’s Breunig Part of Start-up Accepted to Bay Area NSF I-Corps

A team including Hanna Breunig of the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division was accepted into the Bay Area regional NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps), a program designed to help start-ups conduct customer discovery. Torq3, the start-up team, is developing new configurations of the Halbach Array Electric Motor to make them more powerful and energy efficient. More>

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Could QB3’s Entrepreneurial Bent Work on Other UC Campuses?

A recently introduced Assembly bill would split $66 million over three years to help UC campuses and Berkeley Lab carry innovations into the marketplace. The bill is modeled after incubator programs like UC San Francisco-based QB3, which helped raise $600 million and generate $161 million in revenue between 2000 and 2014. More>

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Biosciences Researchers Participate in Lab-Corps Program Training

DOE’s EERE Lab-Corps program, which aims to accelerate the transfer of clean energy technologies from the national labs to the marketplace, has announced a second round of training for entrepreneurial teams at the national labs. The Biosciences Area has two teams of researchers participating in this round of training: team BioAlchemy and team Evodia. More>

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How Berkeley Lab Battery Spinoff Seeo Got Acquired

In 2003 Lab researchers Nitash Balsara and Hany Eitouni were developing an electroresponsive polymer that turned out to be not such a good artificial muscle, their original goal, but an excellent basis for a battery electrolyte—so good, in fact, that it was commercialized and recently acquired by Bosch. More>

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