FLC Northeast News - Spring 2009

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2009 FLC Award Winners Include Northeast Region Honorees

The Northeast Region has marked another successful year of technology transfer efforts by winning three 2009 FLC awards. The awards, which recognize outstanding technology transfer efforts from laboratories across the country, will be presented in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 7. Read more

Brookhaven Lab and BioSET, Inc., Patent a Synthetic Peptide That Enhances Bone Growth

Brookhaven Science Associates, the company that operates and manages Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and Biosurface Engineering Technologies, Inc. (BioSET) have been issued a U.S. patent on a synthetic peptide called B2A.

"About 250,000 Americans undergo lumbar spine fusion surgeries each year to treat lower back pain," said Tom Rouche, BioSET President and CEO. "We have developed a novel combination medical device, called AMPLEX, which incorporates B2A osteo-inductive growth factor with an ultra-high-grade ceramic bone substitute for use in this type of surgery. Preclinical studies have found that it is a safe and highly effective." Read more

NAES Lakehurst Honored for Environmental Efforts

In a ceremony held this past December in Princeton, the military leaders of the soon-to-be-formed Joint Base, which includes the Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst, McGuire Air Force Base (AFB) and Fort Dix, were presented with the New Jersey Governor's 2008 Environmental Excellence Award. Read more

Lobster Traps Going High Tech: Lobstermen Collaborate with NEFSC

New England lobstermen have gone high tech by adding to their lobster pots low-cost instruments that record bottom temperature and provide data that could help improve ocean circulation models in the Gulf of Maine. Environmental Monitors on Lobster Traps, or eMOLT, is a partnership involving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the Maine, Massachusetts, Downeast and Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen's Associations; the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation; and the Marine Science Department at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in Portland, Maine. Read more

New Catalyst Paves the Path for Ethanol-Powered Fuel Cells

A team of scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, has developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered fuel cells feasible. The highly efficient catalyst performs two crucial, and previously unreachable, steps needed to oxidize ethanol and produce clean energy in fuel cell reactions. The results were published online in the January 25, 2009, edition of Nature Materials. Read more

Newport Site of Northeast Spring Regional Meeting

The Northeast Region will hold its spring 2009 meeting, March 16-18, 2009, at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-day event, themed "Partnering for Success," will bring together federal laboratories, companies, and state and local economic development agencies to open dialogue with national and regional intermediaries and providers that support successful technology transfer through partnering. There will be presentations and discussions on different aspects of technology transfer partnerships, a technology poster session, and networking receptions.

Highlights and photos of the meeting will be featured in the summer 2009 issue of the FLC Northeast News.



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