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Open the Door to Innovation

Learn How Federal Labs Can Benefit Your Business

Featuring Dr. Vanessa Chan, newly appointed Chief Commercialization Officer, DOE


(Recap) Thursday, January 28th at at 12:00pm PT / 1:00pm MT / 3:00pm ET


Open the Door to Innovation (Recap)

"Open the Door to Innovation” was the inaugural event of the Lab Innovation Networking Center's series designed to foster regional collaborations between national labs, industry, entrepreneurs, and investors.

The event featured:

  • The first public appearance of Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan, the Chief Commercialization Officer and Director, U. S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions (Starts at 2:00).

  • Marcos Gonzales Harsha, the Principal Deputy Director of the Office Technology Transitions, also gave a keynote address about how businesses can leverage federal labs (Starts at 41:44).

  • Representatives from each Bay Area Lab presented on why they want to work with businesses (Starts at 16:30)

    • Their scientists even presented a Reverse Pitch to "pitch" businesses on why they should work with their department (Starts at 01:08:44).

  • Jake Kramer, Managing Partner at FedTech, gave insight from an industry perspective as to how businesses have and can benefit from working with labs (Starts at 11:45).

  • A Fireside Chat moderated by Will Dickson, Director at FedTech, and Joe Pratt, the CEO of Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine provided direct insight as to how businesses can partner (Starts at 53:40)

  • A moderated Q&A allowed audience members to ask their questions directly to a panel of technology transfer officials (Starts at 1:39:11).


The Lab Innovation Networking Center event (powered by FedTech) was designed for businesses and industry leaders to learn how working with federal labs can benefit businesses. The Lab Innovation Networking Center is a resource where the private sector can engage researchers and technology transfer professionals - it is a front door to the four Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories in the San Francisco Bay Area (SLAC National Accelerator, Lawrence Berkeley, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories).


The Event Resource Guide is a one-page document that contains all of the direct links and access points to the federal labs and speakers you saw in the program.


The Lab Innovation Networking Center (LINC)

provides a front door to the four Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories in the San Francisco Bay Area, linking corporations, startups, and investors to DOE’s world-class research and unique facilities. SLAC National Accelerator, Lawrence Berkeley, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are part of

DOE’s 17-lab complex and roughly $12-billion dollar per year research and development portfolio.

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