Oak Ridge National Laboratory's technology transfer program supports a variety of commercialization activities.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Growth:
Operated by Technology 2020 in Oak Ridge to provide legal, marketing and other services for a start-up company that has a license or business partnership with the Laboratory or is founded by a former or current ORNL employee.
Contact: Bob Wilson,
Oak Ridge Science and Technology Park:
A planned, 40-acre, privately funded business park on the ORNL campus that will house a variety of organizations—start-ups, universities, corporations with research projects at ORNL and Laboratory contractors.
Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee,
UT-Battelle, as manager of ORNL, transfers rights to a patented technology or set of technologies to a private company in exchange for payments that can include up-front fees, royalties and equity.
Technology Transfer Director,
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement:
An agreement between ORNL and a company (or other non-federal participant) that allows collaboration, cost sharing and pooling of R&D results to bring a specific technology to the marketplace.
Sponsored Research Group Leader,
ORNL provides R&D or technical assistance to a company or government customer for a fee.
Frank Damiano, Sponsored Research Group Leader,
An agreement between the Laboratory and a private company, university, DOE laboratory or other federal agency that allows the customer to conduct research or solve a problem using the special instruments and equipment in the Laboratory's designated user facilities. ORNL personnel may be used in a support capacity to complete an experiment or provide routine maintenance and repair. If the research is proprietary, the user pays a fee. Use is free to a user if the research results are published in the open literature.
Bill Painter, Sponsored Research Manager User Facilities,
Technology Maturation Funds:
Funding supplied either by commercialization royalties or private sources, including UT-Battelle and Battelle, that is used to ready technology for license.
Casey Porto, Technology Transfer Director,
Funding directly aimed at ORNL technologies that includes a $150 million fund, Princeton, N.J-based Battelle Ventures and a companion fund, $35 million Innovation Valley Partners. Other local funds include the $12.5 million Southern Appalachian Fund and $30 million Meritus Ventures, both co-managed by Technology 2020.
Glenn Kline, Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners,
Grady Vanderhoofven, Technology 2020,
Available through the Innovation Valley Angel Network, facilitated by Technology 2020, that provides higher net-worth individuals an opportunity to invest in early-stage technology companies.
A regional economic development organization, based in Oak Ridge, that provides incubator space, business services and financial resources to technology-oriented companies in East Tennessee.