January 23, 2017
The Department of Energy released a report earlier in January highlighting the accomplishments and capabilities of its national labs. Read DOE’s press release and access the complete report.
“Our National Lab system is an enduring science and technology powerhouse comprised of more than 20,000 scientists and engineers who deliver new discoveries and provide world-class technological capabilities,” said Ernest Moniz, outgoing Secretary of Energy. “This report makes clear that the state of our National Lab system is strong, and that it has become stronger in recent years. This report also provides a roadmap to continue supporting American leadership in science and technology in our labs and beyond.”
January 11, 2017
Berkeley Lab startup Whisker Labs, formerly Wattstick, has been acquired by Earth Networks, which will launch Whisker Lab’s home energy monitoring device. Whisker Labs was founded by Berkeley Lab researchers Oren Schetrit and Steve Lanzisera, who developed a device to more easily provide building submetering, enabling building owners to monitor energy demand. Read the startup’s story in Venture Beat’s profile.
January 3, 2017
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is seeking a partner who is willing to provide Berkeley Lab researchers and startups working on developing Berkeley Lab technology with access to a minimum of 1200 square feet of mostly contiguous lab and office space at no cost. The space must include wet lab space, constant and reliable HVAC, at least two fume hoods, appropriate safety equipment, and space suitable for office work. Berkeley Lab or a Berkeley Lab partner will be responsible for equipping the space, equipment training and maintenance, hazmat management, meeting other environmental health and safety requirements, and managing space logistics, although the space-provider may also be willing to provide these services at minimal cost. The space must be no more than a 30 minute drive during commute hours from Berkeley Lab’s central location at One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA, 94720. POC: Robin Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 16, 2016
Lygos, which applies synthetic biology to create high value chemicals, raised $13 million in Series A funding. OS Fund, IA Ventures, First Round Capital, Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, Fifty Years, Vast Ventures and various angel investors are among the participants. Lygos, spun out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory technology, was highlighted in a Dec. 27, 2016 New York Times article by Quentin Hardy on a new wave of clean tech companies.
The Department of Energy recently highlighted the lab-to-market success of Aeroseal, a startup based on a Berkekley Lab ductwork-sealing technology. The Ohio-based company has grown to operate in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, the Philippines, and Australia and has sealed ductwork in more than 100,000 houses and tens of millions of feet of commercial space. Aeroseal estimates it saves customers a total of $4.2 million annually in energy costs.
November 8, 2016
Berkeley Lab technologies enabling energy-saving roofs, next generation Li-S batteries, faster development of disease-fighting therapeutics, safer drinking water, and risk assessment for proposed carbon capture technologies each received 2016 R&D 100 Awards last week at a recognition event in Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Berkeley Lab has won 85 R&D 100 Awards.
R&D Magazine‘s R&D 100 Awards, established 54 years ago, recognize 100 technologies and services introduced in the previous year deemed most significant by an independent panel of judges. Berkeley Lab News Center provided descriptions of the winning technologies in its Nov. 8 coverage. The full list of winners is here: http://www.rd100conference.com/awards/winners-finalists/year/2016/.
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.