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Jetta Wong: Tech Transfer at DOE National Labs Key to Economic Improvement

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Jetta Wong
Jetta Wong

Jetta Wong, acting director of the Energy Department’s new office of technology transitions, has said DOE’s technology transfer efforts work to commercialize platforms that emerge from national laboratories in an effort to generate jobs and improve the economy.

Wong made the remarks at a Sandia National Laboratories-hosted roundtable discussion held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sandia National Labs reported Thursday.

“Tech transfer is a mission of the DOE and all our national labs… [and] a complementary mission that enhances what we do to meet our security, energy and environment missions,” she said.

Wong also discussed how the new office works to promote the national labs’ portfolio of research and development initiatives and manages the $20 million Energy Technology Commercialization Fund to bring to market energy-focused technologies.

“The office is trying to make the handoff of early-stage science more effective by making the department’s work with the private sector more streamlined, so they can help commercialize technologies,” she said.

She also cited the role of DOE’s national laboratories in the advancement of science and technology efforts across the country.

Other participants in the roundtable discussion include Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); Jill Hruby, Sandia National Labs president and director; Rob Leland, vice president and chief technology officer at Sandia; and Carol Burns, deputy principal associate director for science, technology and engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Executives from Abbott Medical Optics, Aquila, Flow Science, HT MicroAnalytical, mPower Technology and UbiQD also participated in the event.

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