Tech Transfer Center a Smart Step Toward Boosting New Mexico’s Economy

The new Center for Collaboration and Commercialization will be a central location for lab scientists and researchers to meet and work with private investors, entrepreneurs, the state’s research universities and others.

by Albuquerque Journal, McClatchy News Service / October 9, 2014
The new Center for Collaboration and Commercialization will be at the Sandia Science and Technology Park (pictured), just east of Kirtland Air Force Base. Flickr/Sandia Labs

Sandia National Laboratories’ researchers not only think outside the box, they are moving tech transfer research activities outside the box.

Lab executives last week announced plans to consolidate efforts to see that some of the amazing science and research developed at the labs is taken to market.

The new Center for Collaboration and Commercialization will be at the Sandia Science and Technology Park, just east of Kirtland Air Force Base. It will be known as C3 and will be a central location for lab scientists and researchers to meet and work with private investors, entrepreneurs, the state’s research universities and others. Much of the lab’s tech transfer work now is done behind the fence in the lab’s Department of Energy facilities on the base.

The C3 consolidation will ratchet up the lab’s tech transfer efforts, which focus on helping scientists think about how their work can be commercialized and reaching out to investors and entrepreneurs about technology that is available for commercialization and streamlining the licensing process.

“A key component for businesses to get started is gaining access to lab ideas and scientists, and this really allows for that,” said John Freisinger, head of Technology Ventures Corp., which works to facilitate tech transfer at Sandia and other national laboratories.

If performance follows concept, this will be an important step in pushing local government-funded research to help build a much-needed vibrant private economy in New Mexico – in addition to the many beneficiaries of transfer products worldwide.

©2014 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.)