MiTeGen, a provider of tools for X-ray diffraction, crystallography, and protein crystallization to researchers worldwide, licensed diode beamstops for real time measurement of X-ray beam intensity, a technology developed by Diane Bryant and Simon Morton at the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology at Berkeley Lab.
“The work done by the team at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has resulted in a great tool for monitoring X-ray diffraction experiments,” said Robert Newman, CEO of MiTeGen. “We here at MiTeGen are very excited to bring this enabling technology to the marketplace and help push research forward.”
MiTeGen will commercialize an improved beamstop that will enhance X-ray beamlines used for research in potentially life-enhancing and lifesaving discoveries in material, medical, and biological sciences. The Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office managed the technology licensing process.
“MiTeGen’s implementation plans demonstrate the importance of industry partnerships to achieving Berkeley Lab’s mission of delivering science solutions to the world,” said Elsie Quaite-Randall, the lab’s Chief Technology Transfer Officer. “Technology licensing, as in the case of MiTeGen, along with collaborative research, industry consortia, and other partnership models, are crucial to launching innovative discoveries into the marketplace where they can benefit society.”
To read MiTeGen’s press release, go here.
The invention of the diode beamstop extends the Berkeley Center for Structural Biology’s reputation for building innovative instruments. Researchers at the center also developed the compact variable collimator, which won a 2012 R&D 100 Award.