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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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Innovation Grant Program Attracts Millions in Follow-On Funding

Awardees of Tech Transfer’s 2012 Innovation Grants have generated over $9.4M, about 23 times the amount of the initial grants and generating $3.8M for sponsored research at the Lab. Two startups were formed — Heliotrope Technologies and Newomics — and others are poised for multiple non-exclusive licenses.

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@techLBNL Tweeting #startup News, Resources and Lab #innovations

The Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (formerly Technology Transfer) is now on Twitter. Tweets from @techLBNL provide information and opportunities for the Lab’s entrepreneurial researcher community plus news from Berkeley Lab spin outs, such as @TeselaGen and @alphabetenergy, as they move technologies to the marketplace.The social media outlet also aims to reach industry contacts and funding sources with news of Berkeley Lab innovations available for licensing or collaborative research. Staff are invited to follow.

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Entrepreneurial Pitfalls Topic of April 25 SkyDeck Event

Greg Beattie of Veritas Law presents “What You Need to Know About Equity (and more!) as an Entrepreneur: Five Pitfalls to Avoid” at SkyDeck Berkeley (2150 Shattuck Ave., Penthouse floor), on Friday, April 25, 4 to 5 pm. Networking follows from 5 to 6 pm. This free event is hosted by the UC Berkeley Office of intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances and SkyDeck Berkeley, a startup accelerator. For details and registration, go here.

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Cleantech Open Hosts ‘Year of the Battery’ Talk on April 23

Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups, is hosting a dinner presentation on “The Year of the Battery: Taking Batteries From Bottleneck to Breakthrough” on Wednesday, April 23, in Fremont. The event, which will focus on battery innovation challenges, initiatives, and financing models, includes Berkeley Lab researcher Venkat Srinivasan, who heads the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Go here for more information and to register.

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Tech Transfer Gets New Leader, New Name

It has a new name and a new leader. What was once known as the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Office at Berkeley Lab will now be known as the Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO). And leading the new effort will be Elsie Quaite-Randall, the Lab’s new Chief Technology Transfer Officer. Quaite-Randall comes to Berkeley Lab after seven years as Executive Director for the Industry Liaison Office at McMaster University in Canada. More>

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Webinar Tomorrow on Keys to Competitive Cleantech Open Application

Rex Northen, Cleantech Open’s executive director, will introduce the organization’s 2014 U.S. Accelerator program and offer tips on submitting a competitive application in a March 25, 10 to 11 a.m., free webinar and Q&A session. Register here for the webinar. Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Since 2006, it has awarded over six million dollars in cash and services to help support companies such as Berkeley Lab startup Alphabet Energy. April 1 is early bird deadline for accelerator applications. Go here for application details.

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ARPA-E Leader to Speak on Innovation Funding on March 26

Acting Director Cheryl Martin of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (APRA-E)] will present the agency’s approach to catalyzing energy research Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. Martin will also discuss innovation ecosystems — entrepreneurs and resources focused on bringing new technologies to the world — and how crucial these ecosystems are for moving research to the marketplace and attracting development funding. ARPA-E advances early stage, high impact energy technologies. Berkeley Lab ARPA-E funded projects include smart window startup Heliotrope and energy modeler RAPMOD, among others.

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New Genomics Incubator Launched; Application Period Open

Applications are now being accepted for the Illumina Accelerator Program, a business accelerator focused on advancing innovation for the genomics industry. The inaugural session begins August 1. Invited participants will receive technology and business guidance, financial support, instrument access, and accelerator lab space. Go here for the application form, due May 16, and FAQs.

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