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.
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.
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.
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.