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Earth Week Speaker Event

Friday, April 22, 2016
3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Annenberg 105
Accelerating Innovation: Physical Science Startups at Cyclotron Road
Raymond Weitekamp, polySpectra project lead, Cyclotron Road Accelerator , PhD in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology,

President Obama's recent announcement of "Mission Innovation" at COP21 in Paris solidified a multi-national commitment to innovate our way to sustainable energy utilization. If accelerated innovation is  going to be a critical component of addressing climate change, we need new models for translating  technology from the lab to the marketplace. Raymond Weitekamp, lead for the polySpectra project at the Cyclotron Road Accelerator and PhD in Chemistry from Caltech, will share his experiences as part of the first  cohort of entrepreneurs at Cyclotron Road, an incubator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for  early-stage startups in energy and advanced manufacturing. Specifically, he will discuss the implications  of leveraging business-model-agnostic resources to dramatically change the trajectory of early-stage  ventures. Finally, Raymond will give an update on his startup polySpectra, which is developing functional  materials chemistry from Caltech towards applications in energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing.

Students, staff, and faculty are all welcome.

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