Through the Partnerships Development Team (PDT), strategic outreach efforts are targeting companies and other institutions without any prior JGI collaborations. The PDT is comprised of Director Nigel Mouncey, Chief Informatics Officer Kjiersten Fagnan, User Program Deputy Susannah Tringe, DNA Synthesis Science Program Head Yasuo Yoshikuni, Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach David Gilbert, and Robin Johnston, the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) Director of Commercialization, Biosciences Strategic Industry Engagements and Entrepreneurship Lead. The PDT will draw the expertise of Genomics Technologies Deputy Len Pennacchio, as needed. The PDT will enable industry engagement through three primary routes: the Community Science Program call as well as less-explored mechanisms of Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), see below. The Business Development Team works closely with Berkeley Lab’s Intellectual Property Office to facilitate these new interactions. To set up a call or meeting to discuss partnering opportunities, contact Debbie Wendt.
Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs)
SPPs enable research funded by an Industry partner to perform a defined scope of work using JGI’s unique facilities, equipment, and personnel. Sponsor may elect to obtain the entire right, title, and interest to any intellectual property generated under the agreement.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
CRADAs enable research jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Lab and one or more partners for shared benefit. Industry partners can retain rights to their own inventions and have the first right to license Lab inventions generated through the CRADA.
For additional information about these partnering mechanisms, visit Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnership Office (IPO) and read the Guide to Partnering with DOE’s National Laboratories.