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Leveraging National Lab Capabilities for COVID-19 and Beyond : A LES Houston Chapter Webinar
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NEW DATE/TIME - LES Webinar hosted by the Houston Chapter: Leveraging National Lab Capabilities for COVID-19 and Beyond

 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2020
When: July 21, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Susan Houchins

Online registration is available until: 7/21/2020
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LES Webinar hosted by Houston Chapter - NEW DATE/TIME

Leveraging National Lab Capabilities for COVID-19 and Beyond

Program Description

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories have historically housed some of the most talented researchers and technical capabilities, to work on the most important issues of the day. The COVID-19 era has proven to be no exception. The DOE laboratories are working to provide solutions to an array of technological needs and challenges at a pace not seen since World War II, with the goal of developing mature technologies for deployment into the public sphere.
There is a myth that all research at the labs is performed under a shroud of secrecy. In reality, the labs house “user facilities” and encourage industry collaborations with an expressly stated technology transfer mission that aims to improve US industrial competitiveness.

The process for companies to work with the DOE laboratories can be confusing for those interested in potential collaborations and licensing of technologies. Some of this complexity is due to the different organizations or consortiums that are responsible for the management of each lab. To facilitate working with the DOE laboratories on COVID-19 research, many, if not all of the labs have actively taken steps to streamline their processes to move their technologies into the marketplace. These steps include laboratory-directed research and development in targeted areas of critical national need, identifying existing mature technologies and potential industry partners for those technologies with the greatest potential to impact COVID-19, and creating special contracting and license agreements to provide incentives for companies to engage with the laboratories for development and commercialization of technologies specific to the COVID-19 effort. 

On this webinar we will have representatives from three of the Department of Energy National Laboratories: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), who will address how each has taken steps to facilitate collaboration on COVID-19 research. If your organization has ever wanted access to the impressive scientific and technical capabilities at our DOE laboratories, this webinar will provide the tips and tricks for expediting this process (COVID-19 related research or not), whether it is collaborative research or licensing of existing technologies.


What you will learn:

Gain knowledge about the US DOE National Labs and their Missions
Learn ways to leverage the capabilities of the US DOE Labs
Understand what the labs are doing to address COVID-19, and how to do quick agreements with them to commercialize these technologies


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Central
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Mountain
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Pacific


Members: Free

(LESI Members please contact membership@les.org for a code)

Nonmembers: $69.00

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Louise Levien, Director-LES Board, Retired Exxon Mobil

Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP Louise has recently retired from a career that included a diverse series of assignments at Exxon and ExxonMobil in Upstream Research. During her career she has performed research in Petrophysics, Geologic Modeling, and Visualization, supervised diverse research programs and held several assignments in Planning and Analysis. After working with IP from the scientific side of ExxonMobil for many years, Louise joined the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company’s Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing group in 2007. She was responsible for IP processes, the intellectual property aspects of agreements, and licensing transactions impacting ExxonMobil's upstream business. She holds a ScB degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University and MS and PhD degrees in Geochemistry from Stony Brook University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and co-inventor on two patents.


Kannan Krishnaswami, Commercialization Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kannan Krishnaswami is a Technology Commercialization Manager located in the Richland office.  In this role, Kannan stewards a portfolio of national and homeland security technologies that includes sensors, cybersecurity, and data analytical innovations.  He is responsible for identifying and capturing intellectual property, its development and demonstration, and ultimately leading to its transfer to industry for productization and implementation to enhance the security of our nation and its critical assets. Kannan joined PNNL in 2004 as research scientist working on infrared remote sensing technologies for nuclear nonproliferation applications and subsequently transitioned to managing the internal research investments portfolio for the National Security Directorate before becoming Commercialization Manager.  He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle.   

Annemarie Meike, Business Development Executive, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Annemarie Meike is a Business Development Executive having responsibility for commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios for energy, environment, sensors, wireless technologies and nanomaterials at LLNL since 2000. Named by Intellectual Assets Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists, she negotiates business partnerships, and coaches and facilitates successful start-up companies, several of which have received prestigious R&D 100 awards. She also has engaged in business development and technical audits in the former Soviet Union, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. State Department. Annemarie has been recognized for excellence in technology licensing and the development of working partnerships by Santa Clara University, LLNL and the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). Annemarie joined LLNL in 1989 to design, build and manage a multi-disciplinary scientific program predicting the ultra-long-term degradation of materials, which she directed for 10 years. She was co-founder and organizing chair of the International Alloy Conferences, and sits on an Advisory Board of a National Science Foundation International Materials Institute. Annemarie holds a Ph.D. in Geology with an emphasis in Materials from University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University. Annemarie has traveled widely, including research as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Australian National University and teaching secondary school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She has owned and directed two start-up companies, one in the U.S. and one in Australia. She is a member of several technical professional societies, and has held key leadership and founding roles in the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA & Canada and the LES Foundation. She previously served as Director of the LES Foundation International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition.

Matthew Garrett, Commercialization Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Matt Garrett is a Commercialization Manager in the Technology Transfer Office at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which is operated and managed by UT-Battelle LLC.

Matt manages the intellectual property portfolio and commercial licensing of technologies originating from ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, National Security Sciences Directorate, and Energy and Transportation Science Division. Before his arrival to the Technology Transfer Office, Matt served as deputy director of the Center for Technical Intelligence Studies and Research at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he managed a research portfolio related to electro-optical remote sensing and infrared hyperspectral imaging.

Matt also served as a senior scientist/program manager with Nomadics, Inc. While with the company, he participated in the development and manufacturing of handheld and robot-mounted explosives detection platforms, leveraging amplifying fluorescent polymer technology licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as a visiting scientist in the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies. The detection platform was named one of the US Army’s Top 10 Inventions of 2005, which led to its eventual acquisition by ICx Technologies and FLIR Systems.

Matt has over 15 years’ experience as a research and development scientist at federal laboratories and both small and large technology-based businesses in a variety of research areas related to defense and homeland security–related applications. Matt received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Florida State University and a master’s degree in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.


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