Selectees announced for Cohort 3 of Launchpad Program
The Argonne Commercialization Council (ACC) and the Technology Commercialization and Partnerships Division (TCP) are pleased to announce the selectees who will make up Cohort 3 of the Launchpad Program.
The researchers who will begin their participation in Cohort 3 of Launchpad at the start of FY19, and their respective topic areas, are:
- Dionysios Antonopoulos (BIO) – Engineering Complex Microbial Communities
- Patricia Ignacio-de Leon (AMD) – Nanostructured Marshmallow Gels as a Separation Platform
- Rajesh Sankaran (MCS) – Making Waggle a Sustainable Platform
- Jessica Trail and Matthew Wolf (DIS) – Applying Argonne’s Scientific Facilities, Programs, and Talent to the Disinformation Arms Race
- Yuepeng Zhang (AMD) – Programmatic Development and Deployment of a Nanofiber-Based Device Technology Platform to Strengthen Argonne’s Capabilities in Small Scale Hybrid Devices
- Yan (Joann) Zhou (ES) – Agent-Based, Machine-Learning-Enabled Modeling of the Evolution of Advanced Transportation Technologies and Fueling Infrastructure
Launchpad, which is designed for early- and mid-career researchers who have a vision for building a technology program, provides participants with resources, training and time to develop a growth strategy for their respective proposed programs. Resources include mentorship from a senior leader at Argonne and access to a dedicated support team (business development, marketing communications, etc.).
The ultimate goals of Launchpad are to:
- Help researchers develop skills that are critical to building partnerships and developing funding streams that enable maximum impact of science and engineering research.
- Help each researcher build a technology program that, within three to five years, can become a multi-million dollar program.
The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Launchpad as a complex-wide best practice in recent reviews (External Engagements Review and Annual Lab Plan).
Participants devote a portion (up to 50 percent) of their time to working closely with TCP and other lab operations functions, while spending the remainder of their time conducting their primary research. The portion of staff effort dedicated to program development is paid for by TCP.
Launchpad was started at the beginning of FY17 as an additional driver of new programs that grow Argonne’s research portfolio and sponsorship thereof. In addition to growing Argonne’s research portfolio and sponsorship streams, Launchpad also serves as a career development opportunity for future leaders of Argonne.
The researchers who make up Cohort 2 of Launchpad are in the final stages of their one-year program. The participants have developed their respective value propositions, identified target sponsors, developed marketing presentations to engage with these sponsors, and are in discussions with potential sponsors who have expressed interest in their work. The Cohort 2 members also have support from within Argonne for continuing to grow their respective programs following the end of their Launchpad assignments.
Researchers who took part in Cohort 1 have signed sponsored research agreements with new collaborators and, in some cases, their Launchpad projects have become central pillars of Argonne research initiatives.
For Cohort 3, the ACC and TCP received high-quality proposals from several qualified candidates and would like to acknowledge all who applied for their efforts in developing and submitting strong proposals. TCP is continuing discussions with those who were not selected for Cohort 3, with an eye toward supporting their pursuit of their ideas, as relevant.
If you have questions, please contact TCP’s John Harvey at ext. 2-3566.