Tech Transfer in the News
- 12.3.2009. Berkeley Lab Start-up, Solexant, Gears up for Solar Cells Production.
- 11.18.2009. Berkeley Lab Technology Wins People's Choice Award at Cleantech Open Alphabet Energy was named one of the two runners-up out of 70 companies competing at this year's Cleantech Open, known as the "Academy Awards of Clean Technoloy." The Berkeley-based company was also voted as the People’s Choice business competition winner by audience members at an awards ceremony in San Francisco. Alphabet Energy hopes to produce modules that will turn waste heat into electricity using silicon nanowires developed in Dr. Peidong Yang’s lab. Other scientists who worked on the technology are Arun Majumdar, Renkun Chen and Allon Hochbaum. Read more here.
07.20.2009. Berkeley Lab Wins Four 2009 R&D 100 Award
Four of R&D Magazine’s prestigious R&D 100 Awards for 2009 have gone to researchers at the Berkeley Lab. The 2009 award designees are: EMGeo ElectroMagnetic Geological Mapper, Nanocrystal Solar Cells, NEXUS® DLC-X Coating System with Pulsed Filtered Cathodic Arc Technology, and the TEAM Electron Microscope Stage. Read more here.
- 06.24.09. Microsoft Licenses Berkeley Lab's Home Energy Saver Code for Its Energy Management Software
Microsoft Corporation has launched a web-based home energy management service, Hohm, which uses the energy models in the Home Energy Saver, developed by Berkeley Lab. "Microsoft’s licensing of the Home Energy Saver will bring important capabilities of our home energy-efficiency software technology to an even broader user base than it currently has," said Evan Mills, with the Environmental Energy Technologies Division who serves as team leader for the Home Energy Saver project. Read more here.
- 06.23.09. Novartis Licenses Technology For Breast Cancer Diagnosis
It took Silicon Valley start-up, Solexant, only three months to transfer the nanocrystal solar cell technology from Berkeley Lab. The company is now raising its Series C round of funding for its commercial modules production. The semiconductor nanocrystal technology was also this year's R&D 100 Award winner. Read more here.
Berkeley Lab executed an exclusive license agreement with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics for patent-pending technology "SATB1: A Determinant of Morphogenesis and Tumor Metastasis." The SATB1 technology, developed by lead inventor Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu in the Life Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab, showed that SATB1 protein can be down-regulated to prevent a tumor cell from becoming malignant, rendering it to be an effective prognostic and diagnostic marker for detecting aggressive cancer cells. Go here for a description of the technology.
- 05.11.09. Students from the Cleantech to Market Program Deliver Another Success
Even if your solar cell materials are dirt cheap, how efficient do they have to be to compete on the market? Why might isopentanol be a better biofuel than ethanol or butanol ? What are the technical, economic, and policy drivers that influence innovation in a mature industry like boilers? These are questions posed and answered by interdisciplinary student teams at the give-and-take Cleantech to Market (C2M) workshop held on April 29 on campus. Read more here.
- 02.24.09 Lab Scientists Receive Over $1 Million in Licensing Royalties
More than $1 million in royalties was distributed to 119 scientists and authors at Berkeley Lab for inventions and software that was licensed to industry and publishers in 2008. The researchers received their checks at a special ceremony on Feb. 11. Among the technologies that received licensing were robotics for nanovolume protein crystallography, highly sensitive room temperature semiconductor radiation detectors, and energy efficient fume hoods. The licensing deals will bring approximately $2 million to the Lab to fund research and development. Read more here.
Students Test Clean Energy By Degrees. Lab, Campus Collaborate on Clean Tech Licensing Effort Berkeley Lab is partnering with the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) at UC Berkeley to engage graduate business, policy, law, and science students in efforts to move the Lab’s clean technology to the marketplace. The program will also match students with energy policy and analysis projects. The effort will culminate in a market analysis based on individual technologies and a VIP reception with energy notables. For more information, go here and article in Financial Times.