October 11, 2016
Berkeley Lab startup Lygos won the Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year award at the Bio-Based Live conference in San Francisco for its technology to produce malonic acid from sugars derived from non-food biomass. The Lygos process, demonstrated in 2015 at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Unit (ABPDU), offers a cleaner alternative to the current approach of deriving malonic acid from petroleum products. In March 2016, Lygos was awarded a DOE Small Business Voucher to continue scaling up its technology at the ABPDU.
October 4, 2016
Technology Commercialization Associate Peter Bluford of Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office discussed the lab-to-market process for science innovations with two scientists — Dr. Ureshnie Govender of of South Africa and Dr. Angeline Akelo Kasina of Kenya — who visited Berkeley Lab last month as part of the State Department’s TechWomen international exchange program. An article on the scientists’ visit to Berkeley Lab and the TechWomen program appeared Sept. 30 in the Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences News.
August 31, 2016
MiTeGen LLC has launched the Sentinel™ Real-time Intensity Monitoring Beamstop System for X-ray beamlines based on a beamstop technology licensed from Berkeley Lab earlier this year. The device improves data collection from X-ray scattering experiments conducted by researchers seeking potential treatments for cancer, AIDS, Ebola, and other diseases.
Earlier this summer, the Compact Dynamic Beamstop developed by researchers at the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology and licensed by MiTeGen was named a finalist in the 2016 R&D 100 Awards along with six other Berkeley Lab technologies and one multi-lab collaborative effort.
August 25, 2016
Eight cleantech businesses have been awarded small business vouchers ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 to access the unique expertise and facilities available at Berkeley Lab in Round 2 of DOE’s Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program. The program is designed to speed entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.
“Partnerships with entrepreneurs and small business are a key part of Berkeley Lab’s mission,” said Elsie Quaite-Randall, Berkeley Lab’s Chief Technology Transfer Officer. “Through collaborations such as the SBV pilot, Berkeley Lab can not only have economic impact in the clean energy sector, it will help small businesses succeed.”
Nationwide, $8M was distributed to a total of 43 small cleantech businesses in this round of funding. DOE will kick off Round 3 of the SBV program in October 2016.
August 5, 2016
Seven Berkeley Lab technologies from researchers in Computing Sciences, Energy Technologies, Biosciences and Materials Sciences plus one multi-lab nomination including LBNL have been named as 2016 R&D 100 Award finalists. Winners will be announced in November. The R&D 100 Awards are given by R&D Magazine to its top 100 new technologies for the year.
June 28, 2016
An app developed at Berkeley Lab to help car consumers evaluate green vehicle choices based on individual driving styles and routes was the focus of a June 20 article in Popular Science titled “Which Electric Car is Right for You?” Researcher Sam Saxena expects the app to be in potential car buyers’ hands in 2017, thanks to a partnership with the EPA and DOE. Last year, Saxena and Energy Technology Area teammates Nihar Shar and Dana Hansen advanced ideas for distributing the app through DOE’s Lab-Corps program for customer discovery. A six-part video series captured the team’s Lab-Corps experience and outcomes.