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A research team from Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley appeared on Capitol Hill Thurs., Feb. 27, to share RAPMOD -- a backpack-mounted system for quickly mapping building energy use and identifying ways to reduce it -- at a reception hosted by The Center for Clean Energy Innovation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. The event followed the annual Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. held by ARPA-E, the federal Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The agency, part of the Department of Energy, funds the backpack project along with other lab research. Read more here.
Indian company Luminous Water Technologies has licensed ECAR, an arsenic remediation technology developed by Berkeley Lab researcher Ashok Gadgil. The company will offer it for treating arsenic-contaminated groundwater in villages throughout India and Bangladesh. Read more here.
Royalty checks were presented to 126 Berkeley Lab inventors in the Lab's annual royalties ceremony, Feb. 19.The event highlighted the broad range of licensed Berkeley Lab technologies, software and published books now in the marketplace. Among them: a charge-coupled device licensed by both Digirad, for use in medical imaging, and Hamamatsu, for telescopes; process equipment incorporated by Veeco into devices for coating read/write heads; a low NOx emission burner technology used in industrial heaters sold by Maxon; quantum dots used as probes for biomedical assays by Life Technologies; and a robotics technology licensed by Takeda California for use in drug discovery. In addition, over 30 startups including Seeo, Aeroseal, Berkeley HeartLab and TeselaGen were founded on Berkeley Lab technologies.
Berkeley Lab startup Exogen Biotechnology raised over $50,000 in crowdfunding within ten days of launching its citizen science campaign on Indiegogo. The startup has developed a new test to measure DNA breaks, thought to be a key indicator for overall health conditions. Read more here.
Berkeley Lab startup Nanosys reached a milestone this fall by manufacturing enough material for its Quantum-Dot Enhancement Film™ (QDEF) to move forward with plans to produce televisions, computers, tablets and smart phones with more vivid color and lower power consumption than competitors. QDEF already enables the newly released Kindle Fire HDX7's high color accuracy.TVs utilizing QDEF technology were demonstrated at the 2013 CE Week consumer electronics show. Nanosys’ Milpitas plant is capable of producing enough quantum dots to build 5 million big-screen TVs annually.
Berkeley Lab Tech Transfer offers entrepreneurial and commercialization assistance to researchers interested in moving their technology to market. Learn more here.