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  • Maximizing the local economic impact of federal R&D

    Federally funded research and development (R&D) is a hallmark of the U.S. economy. Two-thirds of the most influential technologies of the last 50 years were supported by federal R&D at national laboratories and universities.1 Smartphones, autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine and other transformational innovations owe key technical components to public R&D. Moreover, this federal commitment does more than produce new products. By fostering innovation, it translates into productivity growth, the most important mechanism for ensuring economic growth and broadly shared prosperity. In Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab are working with the University of Chicago to further the mission of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in its efforts to develop new research-based startups in the city. Read More

  • Leaders address future of Argonne National Laboratory

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bill Foster and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz address the future of facilities like Argonne National Laboratory during an event Dec. 20, 2016 at the University of Chicago. The video tape of the Chain Reaction Innovations press conference to announce its first cohort can be viewed here. Read More

  • Congressional funding is key to questions about Argonne's future

    Dignitaries spoke at The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Hyde Park to announce the first participants in a new program to embed entrepreneurs at a national laboratory. Speakers included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Read More

  • Rick Perry 'very intent on doing a good job'

    Moniz made his remarks about Perry at an event where Argonne announced the first class of entrepreneurs who would "embed" at the laboratory to advance their energy ideas. That means they will work with mentors at the labs and have access to lab equipment, for two years. The program will cover their salaries, benefits, use of laboratory equipment and office space. The Chain Reaction Innovations program is the first of its type in the Midwest and similar to an earlier program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The four selected entrepreneurs are developing new designs for fuel cells and jet engines and aiming to harness nuclear waste and wastewater for new clean energy applications. Moniz said innovation was the "secret sauce" to address climate change and enhance nuclear security. Read More

  • Meet the 4 Clean-Tech Innovations that will Drive Manufacturing Efficiency Gains

    Strategic partnerships with government agencies and NGOs can help businesses drive efficiency — and develop innovations that can improve other companies’ environmental and economic performance at the same time. Case in point: a program that embeds innovators in a national laboratory where they will develop environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient technologies that drive manufacturing growth. The first four innovators to participate in the Chain Reaction Innovations program were announced yesterday at an event with US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-III) at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These four were selected from more than 100 entrepreneurs and startups from 22 states that applied to participate in the first cohort based at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory. The program is funded through the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Read More

  • Ernest Moniz, Sen. Dick Durbin Name 1st Cohort of Argonne Lab Entrepreneurship Program

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) have announced the names of the initial members and mentor partners of an embedded entrepreneurship program based at the Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • New initiative connects entrepreneurs with leading Illinois energy lab

    A new initiative at Argonne National Laboratory seeks to accelerate energy innovation by embedding promising young entrepreneurs in one of the nation’s foremost national laboratories. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) targets technology’s so-called “Valley of Death,” where smart scientific ideas in energy or other fields fail to translate to real-world results. Many times, the inability to go from lab bench to factory floor is the result of a lack of money, materials, time, business acumen or experience. With CRI, Argonne will give five early-stage energy innovators access to all of those coveted assets. Read More

  • U.S. energy secretary makes plea for Argonne

    "You want to institutionalize something, show value-added," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today in Chicago to announce a mentorship program at the southwest suburban lab for young entrepreneurs. Moniz went on to tout politically embraceable benefits of Argonne's work, including computing research "central to the cancer moon shot," and drew laughter when he told the first five fellows in the Chain Reactions Innovations program, "You're going to create fabulous export markets for the United States." Read More

  • Indiana Entrepreneur Named to Clean Energy Program

    A Purdue University entrepreneur is one of five chosen for the Argonne National Laboratory's new Chain Reaction Innovations program. A panel of judges selected Ian Hamilton, chief executive officer of Atlas Energy Systems, to take part in the initiative, which aims to accelerate the development of sustainable energy technologies. Read More

  • Innovators join first entrepreneurial program at Argonne National Laboratory

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurial program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced its inaugural group of entrepreneurs and mentor partners, including the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Read More

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  • CRI project aims to fill critical computing needs

    Research team from Chain Reaction Innovations Cohort 2 harnesses Center for Nanoscale Materials power to explore emerging materials for energy-efficient computing.   The demand for computing power continues to accelerate with each passing year as consumers grow ever more reliant on smart phones and the … Read More

  • Mesodyne Awarded a Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

    Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D Mesodyne, Inc has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,362 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a scalable photonic crystal fabrication process for mesoscale … Read More

  • Cohort 3 Final Pitch Competition

    February 7, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Building 240 View Replay Through an annual call, four to six teams are selected to join Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), a two-year program for innovators focused on energy and science technologies. Read More

  • Argonne OutLoud: Innovation, Argonne and the Evolving Energy Economy

    John Carlisle, director of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program at Argonne, provides an overview of changes in the energy economy and a glimpse into how Argonne is creating new solutions to address these changes – and new opportunities for scientists to connect with innovation. Read More

  • Innovation on display during Chain Reaction Innovations’ Demo Day

    For 18 months entrepreneurs in the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI), an early stage entrepreneurship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, have been honing technologies that promote energy efficiency and a more sustainable future. Funded by the Advanced … Read More