Voto — a small, handheld fuel cell that converts heat from a cook stove into chemical energy that charges a battery — has received the top prize from Proto Lab’s “Cool Ideas’ awards program. Craig Jacobson developed the technology during his tenure as a materials scientist at Berkeley Lab. It was licensed to his company Point Source Power. Proto Labs is a manufacturer of prototype and low-volume parts. More>
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R&D Magazine honored the top 100 new technologies of the year at its annual awards event Nov. 7 in Orlando. Eight Berkeley Lab technologies received 2013 R&D100 Awards. Accepting awards were, from left to right, Haijing Wang and Vik Bajaj for MSD’s OWL-MRI; Chin Guok for Computing Sciences OSCARS; Gao Liu for EETD’s Conducting Polymer Binder; Mauro Melli for MSD’s Campanile Probe; Guillermo Garcia for MSD’s Universal Smart Window Coating; and Seung-Wuk Lee for PBD’s Bacteriophage Power Generator. The researchers also accepted award plaques for PBD’s High-Throughput NIMS Screening and co-nominee Point Source Power’s Voto device. More>
“Commercializing Software IP,” a daylong conference on Wedensday, Nov. 13 at UC Berkeley’s International House, features expert panels discussing software and copyright-related technology transfer and business models in addition to a keynote address on “IT Meets Medical Technology,” tech showcase, and networking opportunities with developers, faculty, industry contacts, attorneys and VCs. To view the agenda and register go here. Online registration closes Nov. 8. The event is sponsored by UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab, UCSF, International Computer Science Institute, Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Licensing Executive Society’s Silicon Valley Chapter.
Most vacation videos are destined for the digital attic; often treasured, but seldom seen. Not so, the astonishing two-minute sequence shot by Berkeley Lab nanotechnologist Kedar Hippalgaonkar during a motorboat tour of a jaguar refuge in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands. He and his wife, Tech Transfer’s Parul Jain, hoped for a glimpse of the big cats. Instead they witnessed a rare daylight hunt by swimming jaguar, which creeps ashore, surprises, and kills a 120-pound caiman sunning on a spit of sand; all captured on digital camera. Posted last month on YouTube, the Berkeley Lab couple’s dramatic vacation video has 34 million hits — and counting. More>
Berkeley Lab is now vetting potential nominees for the 2014 R&D100 Awards, presented by R&D Magazine to its 100 top technologies of 2013. The competition seeks technologically significant inventions with compelling applications and benefits. To be eligible, nominees must have been first available for licensing or purchase in 2013. Ideal nominees are typically more developed technologies with concrete performance data and/or a prototype. Contact Suzanne Storar (x4306) by Friday, Nov. 1 with proposed nominees and questions about the competition. Go here for more information about the awards. Berkeley Lab’s past R&D 100 award winners are listed here.
The energy innovation pitch night event originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9, as part of the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative Energy Week has been postponed until Spring 2014. Entrepreneurs interested in preparing to submit an application for this event are encouraged to contact Bill Shelander or Melissa Summers for more information.
UC Berkeley Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances is hosting a free National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR funding workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 pm at Skydeck (2150 Shattuck Ave., Penthouse). Errol Arkilic, former NSF SBIR program manager and founding I-Corps program director, will give pointers on preparing SBIR proposals that resonate with reviewers along with tips for increasing chances for program success. Lab researchers and other UC Berkeley affiliates and community members are welcome to attend. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. More>
Deputy Director Horst Simon has announced the launch of the Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants for 2014. Providing funding of up to $100,000, the program aims to advance the commercialization of Lab inventions to achieve licensing. Proposals must focus on developing Lab inventions and be submitted by career, faculty, or career track scientists or engineers. All projects must address barriers to commercialization such as a prototype, demonstration, or competitive performance. A series of brown bag information sessions will be held at locations around the Lab. Call Shanshan Li (x5366) in the Tech Transfer Dept. for more information. Pictured is the concept of endothelial function and blood pressure cuff, which was funded in 2013.
Energy innovators with transformative technology concepts are encouraged to participate in the UltraLight Startups Future Energy pitch event on the UC Berkeley campus on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the CITRIS Auditorium (Sutarjda Dai Hall). The application deadline has been extended to Friday Sept. 20. This is a great opportunity to get investor feedback on your project and make valuable industry connections. The investor panel will include Nat Goldhaber (Claremont Creek Ventures), Debjit Mukerji (Siemens), Willem Rensink (Shell International Exploration & Production), and Abe Yokell (Rockport Capital).
The Fundacion Repsol Entrepreneurs Fund is open for call for proposals from international entrepreneurs and researchers who have established or plan to start a business commercializing innovative technologies for energy efficiency, energy storage, and new materials as well as processes for energy applications, management of energy distribution, and bioenergy production and conversion. The CFP will close on November 15, 2013. Past funded proposals ranged from $100,000 to $300,000 for up to two years. For more information about the fund and the CFP, please contact Shanshan Li at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit your proposal here.