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Start-Up Companies Based on Berkeley Lab Technology

Since 1990, Berkeley Lab technology has formed the basis for over 30 start-ups, creating over 2,000 new jobs in these companies alone. These technologies include solar cells, genomics-related software, nanotechnology, drug development, x-ray imaging, materials sciences processing, biomolecular tagging, and energy-efficiency home improvements. The majority of these companies are located in California (see map on the right).






Fine tuning genetic traits in crops

2014 N/A


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Drug delivery combinations including "tunable" nano-carriers, engineered peptides and as appropriate, recombinant proteins

2013 N/A


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New omics platforms and solutions for precision medicine 2013 N/A
Seismos Reservoir identification and imaging


Cinder Biological Enzymes for biomass deconstruction




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Next generation technologies to monitor individual DNA damage for personalized and preventative health care

2013 N/A


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New materials and manufacturing processes for electrochomic devices including energy-saving, smart windows

2013 N/A


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Low cost, high throughput and high resolution chemical and biochemical analysis products used in food safety, industry process control, environmental monitoring and medical diagnosis, among others

2013 4


A DNA-based cell adhesion technology advancing live cellular analysis and enabling new biotech applications. 2012 N/A

Point Source Power

Biomass powered fuel cells. 2012 15

TeselaGen Biotechnology

Enabling Synthetic Biology Through Design Automation. 2012 6


Highly efficient, sustainable process to synthesize valuable industrial chemicals. 2011


Skin Scan Skin diagnosis by surface imaging techniques for medical, surgical and aesthetic uses. 2010 N/A

Alphabet Energy

Inexpensive waste heat recovery technology that uses thermoelectrics to generate electrical power in the range of microwatts to megawatts. 2010 20

Second Genome, Inc.

Analysis of over 50,000 bacterial and archaeal taxa in samples from any source to solve problems in human health, environmental damages assessment, bioremediation, recreational water quality, drinking water and food safety, and other applications. 2010 N/A



Non-surgical approach to normalizing skin appearance to counter the effects of the aging process or after reconstructive surgery. 2010 N/A


Microfluidic devices 2009 N/A

Siva Power (formerly Solexant)


Nanotech-enabled thin film photovoltaics 2008 40

View (formerly Soladigm)

Energy-saving architectural glass (electrochromic or "smart" glass) 2008 50

Dynamic Throughput

Nano-tech enabled screening of proteins, nucleic acids, and other biological molecules

2008 N/A

Seeo, Inc.

Lithium metal batteries for portable electronics and hybrid and electric vehicles.




Artery Therapeutics, Inc. Therapeutics for cardiovascular disease 2006 N/A

RSL Energy, Inc.

Full spectrum solar cells for the global renewable energy market.



SeeqPod, Inc. (ceased operations in 2009)

Exploratory search engine and relationship network technology.


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Interactive Supercomputing (Acquired by Microsoft in 2009)

Star-P, a software platform for automatic parallelization and interactive execution of desktop-developed technical applications on high-performance computer ("HPC") servers (Star-P was developed jointly with MIT and UCSB and licensed through MIT). 2004


Live Cell Assays (formerly VSOM, Inc.)

Visual Servoing Optical Microscopy for biological applications. 2002 2

Nanosys, Inc.

Development of products such as nanowires, nanotubes, nanodots (quantum dots), flexible electronics, lightweight and conformal solar cells, memory and novel nanostructured surface coatings based on high performance inorganic structures. more info 2002 100

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Application of glycomics (study of the information content of sugars) to drug discover and development. 2002 167

Nanomix, Inc.

New products made from nanoscale materials and components, including sensors and hydrogen storage systems to power fuel cells. more info 2001 40

Cargo Technology, Inc. (Acquired by Cold Pack System S.A.S., 2006)

Gas-filled panel insulated shipping containers. more info 2000 20

Xradia, Inc.

Nanofabrication of X-ray imaging technologies 2000 55

Syrrx, Inc. (Acquired by Takeda San Diego, 2005)

Structural proteomics (the process of generating protein structures from genetic information) for drug discovery.
1999 >100

Ariel Technologies, Inc. (Acquired by Intematix, Inc., 2003)

Scanning tip microwave near field microscopes
1998 5

Quantum Dot Corporation (Acquired by Invitrogen Corp.10/06/05, currently named Life Technologies)

Quantum dot fluorescent probes can label and measure biological systems, such as living cells. More info on Pix seminconductorprobe2, check out
1998 50

Aeroseal, LLC

A quick, inexpensive, aerosol-based duct-sealing system, which reduces heating and cooling energy up to 30%. more info 1997 20

Neomorphic Software, Inc. (Acquired by Affymetrix 10/30/00)

Genomic data analysis. Neural network software to predict DNA regulatory sites. 1997 22

Berkeley HeartLab, Inc.(Acquired by Celera, 2007, which was acquired by Quest Diagnostics Inc. in 2011.)

Advanced blood lipoprotein testing for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. more info 1997 394

Data Logic Division of Gene Logic Corp.

Genomic data management. Object-Protocol Model, a tool to facilitate management of complex scientific databases. 1997 40

WaterHealth International

Portable low-power water disinfection units. more info 1996 501

Symyx Technologies, Inc. (Acquired by Accelrys)

High-throughput materials discovery for the Life Sciences, Electronics, and Chemical industries through combinatorial chemistry, miniaturization, and parallel processing. more info 1995 700

Cutting Edge Products, Inc. (Ceased Operations 2003)

Ion deposition for tool hardening. 1991 NA

Morris Research, Inc.

High Tc superconductivity instrumentation. 1990 N/A

PolyPlus Battery Company

Polymeric organosulfur compound as the cathode in an environmentally friendly, high power-density, lithium polymer battery. 1990


* Year of license or current option with Berkeley Lab

** Full-time equivalent employees

Last updated: 06/12/2014