Innovation and Partnerships Office

WEF Names Second Genome a 2017 Technology Pioneer

The World Economic Forum has named Berkeley Lab startup Second Genome one of its Technology Pioneers for 2017.  WEF’s Technology Pioneers are early stage companies anticipated to have a significant effect on business and society. Second Genome, based in South San Francisco, applies its proprietary microbiome platform to drug discovery and development. The startup’s current focus is […]

IPO Publishes FY16 Annual Report

Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office (IPO) has released its first annual report highlighting technology transfer accomplishments and key IPO activities for FY16. The annual report is available online, as a pdf, or in print to share with Lab staff and potential industry partners. Contact ipo@lbl.gov for hard copies. IPO’s guide to industry partnerships, published last […]

Small Businesses to Access Berkeley Lab Expertise and Resources

The Department of Energy (DOE) selected 38 small businesses to access scientific expertise and technical resources available at DOE national labs and take steps to advance their energy-related products for the marketplace. DOE’s Small Business Voucher (SBV) pilot program makes this collaboration possible, creating 114 partnerships between U. S. small businesses and the national labs in […]

Startup Partners with Berkeley Lab for Waste Heat Recovery Technology

Energy Technology Area researchers Vi Rapp and Ravi Prasher are partnering with Alphabet Energy, a startup founded on Berkeley Lab technology, to develop a cost-effective  thermoelectric waste heat recovery system. The project, funded by a $2M grant from the California Energy Commission, seeks to reduce both energy use and pollutant emissions from industrial facilities such […]

DOE Report Details National Lab System

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 […]

Energy Monitoring Startup Acquired

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 […]

Seeking No-cost Wet Lab and Office Space in the Berkeley, CA Area

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 […]

Berkeley Lab Startups in the News

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 […]

Five 2016 R&D100 Awards for Berkeley Lab Technologies

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 […]

Bio-Based Innovation Award Goes To Lygos

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 […]