WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories for receiving a combined total of five 2011 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer. The highly prestigious award honors scientists and research organizations that successfully advance their technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.
“The ability to commercialize products that result from the outstanding science and research happening across our enterprise is clear evidence that our nation’s investment in nuclear security is providing the tools to tackle a broad range of global challenges,” said Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “I thank the Federal Laboratory Consortium for recognizing these highly skilled scientists, and congratulate all of this year’s recipients for their role in advancing science and discovery in America.”
FLC recognized researchers at Livermore for developing an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) with PCR Module, a compact device that will help identify new marine organisms and improve instruments for space exploration. Livermore was also recognized for developing the UWB Intracranial Hematoma Detector, and ultrawideband based medical diagnostic device that can help first responders more quickly identify life-threatening health conditions in emergency situations, that demand a rapid response thus improving a victim’s chance of survival.
Los Alamos was recognized for supporting the development of Adaptive Radio Technology for Satellite Communications, a radio communications system prototype for use on miniature satellites, as well as the Genie Pro (GENetic Imagery Exploitation). LANL’s Genie Pro software technology is a general purpose, interactive, adaptive tool for automatically labeling regions and find¬ing objects (areas of interest) in image data.
Sandia National Laboratories was recognized for developing a water disruptor, a device that shoots a blade of water to disable deadly improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Sandia licensed the patent-pending technology to a small minority-owned business, TEAM Technologies Inc. The tool was invented for an NNSA sponsor. Soldiers who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq field-tested the device during training at the federal laboratory and suggested improvements while the product was being developed.
FLC is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The FLC was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide. Today, more than 250 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies are FLC members.
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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.