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World-changing technologies showcased at NNSA lab

Participants gathered last week in Los Alamos to see featured scientists' work and get the first shot at engaging in tech transfer opportunities. They also had an opportunity to network.

PuLMo, a miniature artificial lung, mimics the response of the human lung to drugs, toxins, and other agents. The public was invited to learn about PuLMo and other technologies developed at LANL.Last week NNSA’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) co-hosted DisrupTech, a community event aimed at connecting innovation from the lab to community members and industry leaders to encourage technology transfer.

The title comes from the world-changing technologies the lab’s scientists deliver, which have the potential to disrupt existing markets and create new ones. The Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos co-sponsored the event, which featured entrepreneurial-minded Los Alamos scientists with ideas for groundbreaking technology. These researchers presented their technologies to a private-sector panel in hopes of garnering support to bring the ideas to industry.

Pulak Nath and Jennifer Harris presented PuLMo, a breathing “lung” bioreactor. Youzuo Lin discussed employing big-data techniques to accurately locate and explore geothermal energy. Dylan Harp presented his research on technology to evaluate the reliability of predictive models on rare events. David Thompson showcased technology that could revolutionize high-time-resolution, low-light imaging. Scott Hsu discussed his work toward developing nuclear fusion as a safe, secure, economical and carbon-free form of electricity production.

The pair of Pulak Nath and Jennifer Harris, second from left and second from right, tied with Steve Hsu, right, for "Best Pitch" at DisrupTech. Nath and Harris presented PuLMo while Hsu discussed his work toward developing nuclear fusion.