Activate 2017 was the second event we’ve held to bring together our broader stakeholder community and give them a chance to hear from our innovators and engage with their vision for future technology.
Cohort Three innovator Lauren Otto, founder of Laminera, was recently profiled by her alma mater Bethel University
Cyclotron Road alumni Etosha Cave, Kendra Kuhl, and Nicholas Flanders, cofounders of Opus 12, were recently highlighted in Rolling Stone's 2017 Future Issue
Cyclotron Road fellows David Bierman and Lauren Otto, and Nelumbo CEO and cofounder Liam Berryman were honored on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list for energy.
Brenna recently joined our team to lead Program Operations at Cyclotron Road. In this role, she will be working to manage and increase efficiency across our fellowship programs, including recruitment, selections, programming, and laboratory operations.
Based on Weitekamp's PhD research under Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs at Caltech and two-years of development supported by Cyclotron Road, COR Alpha is a 3d printing resin that aims to fill an unmet need for rugged polymers in the additive manufacturing market.
Working so closely with our innovators allows us to gain insight to the critical institutional, educational, and financial gaps they face between concept and first product. Over the coming months we will be working with several partners to pilot a number of new initiatives that are designed to address the most severe of these gaps.
Cyclotron Road innovators can now access the labs and expertise of UC Berkeley faculty in driving their scientific research toward commercial products. A newly created Visiting Entrepreneurial Research Fellows program will let entrepreneurial scientists and engineers do applied research on UC Berkeley’s Campus in collaboration with faculty, while retaining rights to commercialize the resulting inventions.
Feasible, led by Cyclotron Road innovators Andrew Hsieh and Barry Van Tassell, was recently awarded $1,800,000 by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy to continue development of their acoustic battery diagnostic technique.
Visolis, founded by Cyclotron Road alumnus Deepak Dugar, won $250,000 in NYSERDA's 76West Clean Energy Competition.
Cyclotron Road fellow Lauren Otto (Cohort 3) was recently profiled by the University of Minnesota, her PhD alma mater. Read an excerpt below or check out the full article here.
Lauren Otto earned her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering in spring 2017. Her dissertation was titled, “Engineering Materials and Characterization Methods for Mass-produced Plasmonic Devices” and her thesis advisor was Prof. Beth Stadler. Two weeks later, she received the Outstanding Poster Award at SPP8, the 8th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
On what motivated her doctoral research, Lauren says. “In 2014, I did an internship at HGST, now part of Western Digital Corporation, where I learned about some materials challenges HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology was facing. Around the same time, I learned about titanium nitride and saw it as a potential fix to the problem. However traditional deposition techniques were not compatible with HAMR technology. If a high-quality synthetic metal material could be generated using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) based technique, then that might prove to be a solution to the problem. This was the underlying motivation for my work, and the things I accomplished for my dissertation were stepping stones towards demonstrating this end application.”
Mateo recently joined our team as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Cyclotron Road. Prior to Cyclotron Road, Mateo was VP of Products and Programs for Tesla Energy at Tesla Motors.
Cohort Two innovator Zach Sun and his company Synvitrobio were featured in the May 6th issue of The Economist and Cohort One innovator Tom McDonald and chemist Zoey Herm of Mosaic Materials were featured in Nature.
Cuberg, led by Cohort Two innovator Richard Wang, and Mallinda, led by Cohort Two innovators Chris Kaffer and Philip Taynton, both have released videos of recent prototype demos.
Sepion Technologies, led by Cyclotron Road innovator Peter Frischmann (Cohort Two) was recently awarded a Phase II STTR award totaling $1,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, while Visolis Inc., let by alumnus Deepak Dugar (Cohort One), was recently awarded two Phase II SBIR awards, one from the U.S. Department of Energy and the other from the National Science Foundation.
Cyclotron Road Founding Director Ilan Gur delivered an inspirational keynote address on February 27th, 2017 at the annual ARPA-E Summit.
Opus 12, led by Cyclotron Road alumnae Etosha Cave and Kendra Kuhl, recently joined the Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program.
Our 2016 Annual Report captures the key outcomes of the Cyclotron Road Pilot, including our latest thinking about what Cyclotron Road is and why it matters, a detailed retrospective of what happened during the pilot, and some thoughts on where we go from here.