Named after its famed address, Cyclotron Road is an entrepreneurial technology fellowship program embedded at the Berkeley Lab. The program connects talented scientists and engineers, eager to commercialize their innovations, with the resources and guidance they need to quickly and strategically transition new applications from lab to market. Fellows receive unique access to Berkeley Lab facilities and instruments, typically unavailable to early-stage tech startups. Cyclotron Road fellows have attracted more than $50 million in early-stage funding from private investors, DOE programs, and other sources, and are launching initial products. Two other national labs have adopted similar programs, and Cyclotron Road inspired a similar program in Canada, aimed at supporting women in the cleantech sector.
Leveraging Federal Resources
The DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs ask select DOE National Labs to pool a portion of their R&D funding. Small businesses compete for these funds, and winners retain the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.
Patents and Agreements Dashboard
NASA’s Technology Transfer Program’s motto is “Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth.” The program takes the entirety of NASA’s patent portfolio and software collection, sorted into 15 categories spanning robotics to manufacturing, and assesses each for maturity and commercial potential. Each technology is available for licensing by businesses towards creating solutions for health, communications, transportation, public safety, and more. Its Analytics Dashboard shows the patents and software user agreements arising from each NASA field center, and its Spinoff website highlights examples of successful tech transfers.
UC Business Education
Both LLNL and Sandia California are partners in the National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy hosted by the UC Davis School of Management. The Academy is intended for employees of DOE National Labs, to train them in the entrepreneurial process and provide a springboard for moving technologies out of federal labs and into the world. The Academy is taught by industry investors and entrepreneurs, UC Davis faculty, and research and innovation directors from National Labs.
NASA Ames and Nissan North America have partnered to research and test self-driving capabilities for automobiles. NASA Ames will assist in design, development, testing and assessment of Nissan autonomous vehicles, including utilizing the NASA Ames campus for testing. Lessons learned from integration, testing, and demonstrations will enable better planning for the development and commercialization of autonomous vehicles.
A nonprofit organization created to strengthen the startup community in the Tri-Valley, i-GATE is supported by LLNL and Sandia California. Located in Livermore, i-GATE serves as a gathering place for tech startups, innovators, and investors to brainstorm technology development, commercialization, and new research.
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