This handbook is written for individuals who have a strong command of a given technological innovation and expertise in its underlying scientific principles, but have had limited exposure to the key concepts and skills needed to commercialize a science-based product.
Our sincere thanks to The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for supporting this Cyclotron Road project.
A New Mechanism to Fund Hardtech Innovation
A white paper funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Cyclotron Road and similar programs provide science-entrepreneurs vital resources to turn research into first prototypes. But in order to make these startups attractive investments to industry and financiers, a new, data-driven approach is needed.
We launched Cyclotron Road in 2014 to support world-leading scientists as they move a transformative technology concept toward a first product. So how are we doing? Our 2018 Impact Report takes a deep dive into some of the key progress indicators we're tracking and the impact we are making for our fellows. The bottom line: our support is enabling a new path for the development of an innovator and their idea that would otherwise not exist.
An innovator I know—let’s call him Tom—had trained for a decade at some of the world’s top research institutions to become an expert in materials science and engineering. He’d developed a new manufacturing technique for semiconductors with the potential to enable next-generation power conversion devices for lighting, EVs, renewable power, and defense applications. After demonstrating promising results and gathering enthusiastic feedback from industry experts, he was ready to take his technology to market. But how?
BUILDING A HOME FOR HARD SCIENCE INNOVATORS: A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE CYCLOTRON ROAD PILOT
2016 Annual Report
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.
Ilan Gur and Sebastien Lounis Greentech Media October 2nd, 2015
But what about technologies that aren’t so lean? Hard technologies ... require much more time and capital per learning cycle, a lesson the venture capital community has learned the hard way over the last decade. In response, we’ve seen VC investment into early-stage advanced energy technology startups plummet. Yet these are the very technologies that we’ll need to reshape the physical infrastructure of our energy system for a sustainable future.
A New Pathway for Hard Technologies: Supporting Energy Innovators at Cyclotron Road
2015 Annual Report
In our 2015 Annual Report, we present Cyclotron Road's core principles and our approach to addressing the science-to-product gap that pervades the R&D enterprise. The report is based on background research and 30 in-depth interviews with experts and leaders in the energy innovation ecosystem conducted by Cyclotron Road team member Nicole Systrom.
Sebastien Lounis and Varun Mehra Scientific American, Plugged In February 27th, 2015
Now, 30 years later, we live in a ubiquitously connected society, thanks in large part to technologies and ideas developed at Bell Labs. We also face a looming societal and technological challenge in global climate change. This brings us to the question: without the limitless funds of a natural monopoly, can we create a high-impact innovation machine aimed at solving the challenges of the 21st century? And can we bring together today’s best minds in a “sacred mission” to build the technological solutions our society needs?