Companies test drive PNNL technologies with exploratory licenses

Companies test drive PNNL technologies with exploratory licenses

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is offering U.S. companies a chance to test-drive lab-developed technologies through a new commercialization option.

The agreement, known as an exploratory license, gives companies six months to test a technology before deciding whether to purchase a full license and try to create a product using the technology.

The PNNL is the first national laboratory to offer this option. Typically, a technology transfer license agreement can take months to negotiate and cost  tens of thousands of dollars. The new exploratory license agreements will cost companies $1,000, are finalized in less than a week and do not require any negotiation.

So far three exploratory licenses have been issued, one of which went to ITN Energy Systems for a PNNL technology that improves efficiency in batteries that store renewable energy and support the power grid's operations.

"The exploratory license opens the door and allows us to get our hands on PNNL technology," ITN Chief Science Officer Brian Berland said. "We can evaluate and try to integrate it with our existing technology before committing to a traditional license. This rapid form of tech transfer helps us iterate faster, allowing us to get products to market sooner and more cost efficiently."

More information on PNNL’s exploratory licenses can be found here.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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