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Better Batteries From Berkeley Lab’s Work With Industry

Private industry can more easily take advantage of Lab resources via CalCharge, a unique public-private partnership uniting California’s battery technology companies with academic and government resources. Venkat Srinivasan will discuss next-generation batteries at the AAAS conference on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. More>

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Blue Current Promises Safe Lithium Batteries

Battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication. His startup is called Blue Current. More>

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Innovation & Partnerships Office Now Offers Market Research

Lab researchers can access Lux market research reports for use in grant applications, presentations, and commercialization plans through the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s subscription. Contact Bill Shelander (x4810) to request a report. More>

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Sign Up for Lab-Corps and Other IPO Updates

As one of its lab-to-market support services, the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) will manage Lab entrepreneurial research teams’ participation in DOE’s new Lab-Corps program. The application process opens in early 2015. E-mail ipo@lbl.gov to sign up for Lab-Corps and other program updates. More>

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Beat The Holiday NDA and MTA Rush

Sharing research information or materials soon? Submit Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) requests by Friday, Dec. 12, to get the process started before shutdown. Otherwise, requests will be handled in 2015. Send requests to Cindy Chang (x2306).

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DOE’s Lab-Corps Program Helps Labs Accelerate Tech to Market

The $2.3 million pilot program will accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies the National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower researchers to successfully transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector. More>

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Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants

By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, JBEI’s Henrik Scheller and Dominique Loqué, have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. More>

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IPO/EETD Collaboration Featured in Innovation Magazine

The combined efforts of the Innovation and Partnerships Office and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division to commercialize the Rapid Building Energy Modeler (RAPMOD) and develop a new prototype for demonstration were highlighted in the fourth quarter issue of Innovation Magazine. More>

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Lab Licenses Boron Nitride Nanotube Technology

Nearly 20 years ago Alex Zettl synthesized this never-seen-before material, the strongest, lightest, most thermally conducting, and most chemically resistant fiber known to exist. Now a startup has licensed this technology with the aim of manufacturing boron nitride nanotubes for commercial use. More>

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Lab Launches New ‘M37′ Program to Accelerate Energy Innovation

The Lab has hired Ilan Gur, most recently a program manager at ARPA-E, to launch a new program as part of the Lab’s strategy for accelerating the transfer of science and technology to the public. To learn more about M37 and to see a schedule of upcoming seminars, click here.

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