A home for innovation at the
“new ideas lab”
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a national security laboratory with a mission of providing science, technology,
and engineering solutions to some of the Nation’s greatest national security challenges. LLNL’s first director, Herbert York, set
the tone at the lab’s founding—it was to be the new ideas lab. He wrote: “Our working philosophy, which I set out at the very
beginning and which everyone readily accepted, called for always pushing at the technological extremes.”
LLNL’s legacy of innovation supports our technology transfer mission by applying the
unique expertise and capabilities created for our national security mission to enable
productive partnerships with academia and industry. The Laboratory partners with
top academic institutions around the world to advance the frontiers of science, and
it works with entrepreneurs, business incubators, and vibrant new companies to
bring disruptive technologies to the marketplace. By forging alliances with the high
technology sector, we help strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness and
develop the local economy in the Tri-Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
LLNL’s Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) helps bridge the gap between
businesses and national lab innovators. A central goal of the IPO organization is
to help Livermore’s scientists and engineers apply their expertise in high-energy-density and laser physics, high-performance computing, materials science,
life sciences, and clean energy technology, to the challenges of making new
technologies ready for the marketplace—challenges that entrepreneurs, startups,
and the rest of the private sector face every day.
Some of our technology transfer accomplishments include:
• Since 1978, LLNL has captured 155 R&D 100 Awards. Also called the “Oscars of
Invention,” R&D 100 Awards are a mark of excellence known to industry,
government, and academia as evidence of the highest level of innovation.
• LLNL employees and industrial partnerships have had an enormous
economic impact. Four companies started by LLNL scientists have a
combined market capitalization of more than $12.5B.
LLNL and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) began developing
the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) in 2010 to make external
collaborations easier for our potential partners. The campus provides a
more accessible venue to work side-by-side with our partners. Its major
focus is on providing a portal with LLNL that spawns and accelerates
collaborations and partnerships with industry, academia, and federal,
state, and local agencies. LVOC leverages this technological expertise and reaches out to industry to identify new economic
opportunities that are the ripest ground for collaboration to move these technologies into marketplace.
LVOC houses the new High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC), which collaborates with industry to
advance technological innovation through Livermore’s expertise in science, engineering and high-performance computing.
The Livermore Valley Site LabCorps program was also enabled by LVOC with a goal of accelerating the transfer of innovative
clean energy technologies from the Department of Energy’s national laboratories into the marketplace. This effort is a
collaboration between, LLNL, SNL, the i-GATE Innovation Hub, and the University of California at Davis Child Family Institute
for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Using LLNL’s computer modeling technology, truck
manufacturer Navistar gained 17% improved fuel
economy through simulations of vehicle geometry for
hood, engine, wheels, wheel wells, and door handles.
LLNL’s 3D printing technology can be
used to create graphene aerogels with
a highly ordered pore structure and thus
more predictable properties.
For more information: www.llnl.gov
Find out more and come and partner with us: https://ipo.llnl.gov/
Livermore Valley Open Campus: https://lvoc.org/
High Performance Computing Innovation Center: http://hpcinnovationcenter.llnl.gov/
Lawrence Livermore, where technical
innovation nurtures partnerships