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Berkeley Lab's UV Waterworks technology to purify water for drinking using ultraviolet light was awarded an Honorable Mention in the US Patent and Trademark Office's 2013 Patents for Humanity competition. Go here for details on the award. The technology was licensed by WaterHealth International, a company recently in the news for adding municipal water centers across Bangalore while continuing to provide clean, affordable drinking water to five million people daily in rural India.
Nanosys, a Berkeley Lab startup, has expanded into a new 60,000 square foot production facility, in Milpitas, California, with the capacity to produce enough quantum dots to build more than five million big-screen quantum dot televisions per year. The expansion will add over 50 manufacturing jobs in the region. For more details, go here. The company's Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF) creates richer color displays for televisions and other devices while consuming less energy.
Berkeley Lab Tech Transfer kicked off its LaunchPad program in December. The program offers entrepreneurial and commercialization assistance to researchers interested in moving their technology to market. Learn more here.