technology transfer

Join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Friday, July 24, to learn about the wide range of programs and resources available to support scientists and researchers. During this online event, we will discuss: The technology commercialization process Programs to build entrepreneurial skill sets and explore commercialization Access to Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, who have experience in science and technology start-ups Polsky Center staff focused on supporting scientists Additional ways to engage with Polsky programming The Polsky Center bridges the gap between knowledge and practice, idea and action, and…

Calling all Fermilab innovators! Last chance to enroll in cohort 2 of the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum!   For this eight-week short course, the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer has organized a program of instructors with experience in intellectual property and innovation at Fermilab as well as with the Energy I-Corps program through DOE.   The eight-week short course begins on July 9 and concludes on August 27. In the final module, students will learn about the resources available…

The Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer begins cohort 2 of the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum on July 9, and it will help new scientist-entrepreneurs think critically about what dynamic barriers exist to market entry, how they can adjust their customer hypotheses, and how their innovation can get a piece of the industry pie. Inventors typically think their invention can capture 90% of the total market, available everywhere and without competition. The inventor’s instinct is, “everyone should want this!” In…

From The Innovation Platform, June 2020: In this Q&A, Mauricio Suarez, Illinois Accelerator Research Center head and Fermilab deputy head of technology development and industry engagements, discusses the development of compact particle accelerators, using accelerators for the environment and in medicine, and commercializing technologies developed for high-energy physics.

Curtis Baffes disclosed his whiffletree flange sealing idea to the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer in 2017. A whiffletree is a mechanism that distributes force evenly through a system of linkages. Baffes has used whiffletrees to support large telescope optics that would otherwise warp under their own weight.

Anna Pla-Dalmau is a prolific inventor at Fermilab, with several patents to her name. These patents relate to extruded plastic scintillator, which is used in particle detectors. She has explored the extrusion of polystyrene pellets with dopants to yield high-quality scintillator. The extrusion line built at Fermilab continues to produce the material for research institutions around the world.

While “If you build it, they will come” works great for Hollywood movies about things like fields and dreams, they leave out a fundamental step when it comes to an inventor looking for their customers. When an inventor hits on a new idea for innovation, the first instinct to build on the idea, thoroughly design the product and then look for potential customers. The only problem is this instinct doesn’t work favorably in almost all cases. A better way would…

If you’ve wondered whether there was a way you could leverage your expertise and the lab’s resources to assist with a technological problem related to COVID-19, I have good news: The Department of Energy is now providing support for us to do just that. DOE has begun making funds available to national labs to help in the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program capitalizes on the labs’ vast expertise to provide support for short-term tech transfer activities that could help outside organizations dealing with challenging technical hurdles.

From DOE, June 4, 2020: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions has announced new resources for innovators to combat COVID-19 through its Lab Partnering Service and the COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program. These initiatives will allow America’s innovators to readily access vital resources and connect and partner with experts at DOE’s 17 national laboratories in the fight against the virus.