About 500 people registered to participate in the event, which offered face time with lab scientists and engineers displaying some of the latest inventions available for licensing under Sandia's technology transfer program.
Participants viewed poster displays, watched software demonstrations and attended panel discussions about how best to work with Sandia to move technology to market.
Sandia launched the showcase last year to raise awareness and interest in the lab's marketable technology and to create networking opportunities among Sandia personnel and investors, entrepreneurs and others, said
"It's important to connect with people and allow them to see the latest technologies," Atherton told the Journal . "Developing direct relations and building trust is a big part of technology transfer. This event helps with that."
The lab showcased more than three-dozen products, processes and software in the areas of bioscience, computing and information, energy and climate, and nanodevices and microsystems.
The event highlighted some select "hot technologies" with high commercial potential, such as a handheld biosensor that analyzes disease in cells in seconds. There also was a new "enhanced oil recovery" process that helps select the most effective fluids to crack open shale and other rock formations that encase oil-and-gas deposits by determining the right chemistry for specific geologic conditions.
The showcase reflects more vigorous outreach efforts by Sandia in recent years to accelerate technology transfer. Apart from the annual event, the lab has approved measures to streamline commercialization contracts, such as a new "ready-to-sign" licensing program that allows businesses to acquire rights to select technology in as little as an hour, said Sandia licensing executive
"We're working to make the whole process easier, and to make the public more aware of available technologies," Westervelt said. "With 1,400-plus patents available for licensing, it can be daunting for entrepreneurs, so we're trying to simplify everything."
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