Fermilab wins Technology Transfer Working Group Best in Class Award

After years of steadily expanding the laboratory’s patent portfolio and working to take accelerator-based technologies beyond the laboratory, I’m thrilled to report that the Fermilab has won the best-in-class DOE Technology Transfer Working Group Award in the Single-Purpose Labs, Plants and Facilities category. As the winner in this new category, Fermilab is the first to earn peer recognition for our efforts to “transform the culture of the laboratory to embrace entrepreneurship and commercialization as an integral part of the laboratory’s scientific mission.” My thanks and kudos go to the dynamite staff in the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer and at IARC at Fermilab for the well-earned recognition:

Timothy Meyer, head of technology engagements
Cherri J Schmidt, head of the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer
Mauricio Suarez, head of IARC at Fermilab
Charles Cooper
Ram Dhuley
Michael Geelhoed
Slavica Grdanovska
Robert Kephart (retired)
Thomas K Kroc
Laura J Rogas
Aaron Sauers
Jayakar (Charles) Thangaraj
Stephany Unruh

Fermilab has won the best-in-class DOE Technology Transfer Working Group Award in the Single-Purpose Labs, Plants and Facilities category.

The award recognizes sustained contributions that have resulted in significant impact of a laboratory technology in the private sector from patents, patent applications, copyrights and licenses.

As we noted in our submission, the IARC and OPTT staff have plenty to be proud of. We:

  • Expanded our patent portfolio from six active patents in 2013 to 32 active patents and another 24 patents pending in 2019.
  • Executed our first commercial license in more than a decade.
  • Grown active Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs) and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) from only 13 to over 50 per year.
  • Helped develop and pioneer the use of the International Basic Science CRADA.
  • Secured several million dollars in new funding from other programs within DOE, the National Nuclear Security Administration and other agencies to explore new applications and advance the development of one of our core technologies, the Compact SRF Accelerator.
  • Were the first at a single-program lab to send a team to Energy I-Corps.

Our group continues to build on the work that led to this success, doing everything we can to take your inventions and technological innovations to the world.

Cherri J Schmidt is the head of the Fermilab Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer.