Principal Technology Commercialization and Licensing Associate
Computing Sciences, Energy Geosciences, and software for Biosciences (except JBEI), Earth & Environmental Sciences, Energy Sciences, Energy Technologies, and Physical Sciences
Sebastian is responsible for developing commercialization and licensing opportunities in areas of computing sciences such as computational research, scientific networking and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). His objective is to strengthen relationships between Berkeley Lab, industry and the community. His duties include negotiating technology pricing, licenses, and other intellectual property agreements.Sebastian has extensive commercialization and licensing experience. Previously, he worked at Dolby Labs, Macrovision and RealNetworks. He started his career at BP Exploration (business graduate intake). At Dolby Labs, he helped with the standards patent licensing pool for MPEG 4 AAC. Prior to this, he worked in the banking, multi-media & video game industries and was a founding member of a technology startup in Silicon Valley.
B.S. Honors Geology, City of London Polytechnic
Principal Technology Commercialization Associate
Biosciences (except JBEI) and Climate & Ecosystem Sciences
Peter works with researchers in areas such as therapeutic applications, diagnostics, and life science research tools & instrumentation. He is involved in assessing potential commercial value of early stage technology research in the biosciences field. He is responsible for identifying and developing relationships with corporate partners, future licensees, investors, and entrepreneurs interested in building startups around the Lab’s technology.He possesses extensive experience in life sciences which includes business development licensing, commercial planning, and alliance management. He specialized in advancing early stage startups in life science research, such as industrial biotechnology and technology to enable early drug discovery.
B.A., Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
M.B.A., Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley
Senior Technology Commercialization Associate
Energy Technologies and all battery technologies
Shanshan works with researchers in the areas of energy efficiency, energy storage, and renewable energy. She assesses technologies for commercial potential. She works closely with a licensing associate and patent attorneys to determine the appropriate patent protection for a disclosed invention, to develop competitive market analyses and strategies for commercialization, and to generate industry leads for licensing. She also coordinates relevant industry outreach. Additionally, she manages the lab’s participation in Cleantech to Market (C2M), a Haas School of Business course in which teams of business, science and engineering students evaluate the commercial potential of clean energy technologies.Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, she worked as a marketing consultant for international businesses, including Coca Cola. She initially joined the lab as a marketing specialist, developing marketing collateral and designing/developing the IPO’s first website.
B.A., Economics, Waseda University / Goddard College
M.B.A., Technology Management, San Francisco State University
Biosciences Strategic Industry Engagements and Entrepreneurship Lead
As Director of Commercialization for the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a DOE Lab-University consortium for developing cellulosic advanced biofuels, Robin develops and executes a strategic plan for technology transfer and partnerships. She has facilitated venture formation and negotiated partnership and licensing deals with dozens of companies, including Total Gas and Oil, Bridgestone, Abengoa, POET, COFCO, and FuturaGene. Robin also created the Lab’s Cleantech to Market (C2M) program, which was adopted by the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business as a formal course. C2M is a partnership between students, researchers, and energy professionals to translate clean tech research into market opportunities.Her work history includes extensive experience in conflict mediation and reporting on science, technology and the environment for The Christian Science Monitor.
B.A., Chemistry, minor in Philosophy, University of Virginia
M.S., Science, Technology, and Public Policy, George Washington University
Senior Technology Commercialization Associate
Energy Sciences and Physical Sciences
Gregg was born and raised in Pleasantville, NY. For undergraduate and graduate work, he attended The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, MD and received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. He also worked for JHU with The Instrument Development Group designing and building custom scientific instruments for nine years. In late 2008, he left JHU to start Flexure Engineering, an aerospace startup specializing in extreme environment engineering. With Gregg as President and Chief Engineer, Flexure began working with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to provide opto-mechanical and cryogenic engineering support for The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). This part time contract grew into providing several full time engineers for the integration and testing team of JWST. Flexure won a division-level award from GSFC for the work they completed for JWST. Flexure’s work with cryogenics lead to a spinoff called XTherm which, in 2013, licensed composite insulation technologies from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with the goal of commercialization. XTherm experienced funding challenges in late 2013 and Gregg moved to Sarasota, Florida to run a small automation company called Hilton Industries as General Manager. Hilton designs and builds capacitor winding machines for large companies such as GE and Siemens. Sarasota did not work well for the family and they moved back to the East Bay in February 2016. Upon arriving in California, Gregg started working as a Mechanical Engineer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). After spending four years designing particle accelerator hardware, in February 2020, he transitioned to the Intellectual Property Office and currently works as a Senior Technology Commercialization Associate.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University