LIVERMORE, Calif. The Federal Laboratory Consortium has honored Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for success in transferring two new technologies to the commercial marketplace.

On May 10 the Consortium, a nationwide federal laboratory network focused on bringing lab technologies into the marketplace, presented Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer to the Livermore for:

PEREGRINE. Atechnology to improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer. PEREGRINE combines Livermore's expertise in nuclear physics with its proficiency in computer modeling to deliver a system that provides physicians a more accurate way to predict radiation dose during therapy. Doctors are thus better able to target tumors without damaging nearby healthy tissue.

PEREGRINE technology was licensed to NOMOS Corporation of Sewickley, PA, a firm recognized in the radiation therapy industry for introducing innovative advanced technologies into the marketplace.

The PEREGRINE award winners included Ralph Patterson and Sarita May, both members of the Laboratory's Physics Directorate at the time of the award; Jim Sommercorn of the Lab's Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization Office; and John Woolridge of the Laboratory Counsel's Office.

LaserShot PeeningSM. A technology designed to extend the life of critical metal parts, from aircraft engine fan blades to artificial knee and hip joints. The technique involves striking materials with intense shock waves generated by a laser beam, thereby inducing compressive stress that reduces metal failure and corrosion cracking. LaserShot peening will augment conventional shot peening, in which materials are bombarded with very tiny metal balls; the laser technique will be used in areas where greater depths of compressive stress are required to keep high value parts, such as jet engines, from failing.

The LaserShot Peening System is the subject of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Lawrence Livermore and Metal Improvement Co., Inc. (MIC) of Parnasus, N.J. A companion license agreement has transferred specific Livermore intellectual property rights associated with the system to MIC.

The Lasershot Peening System award winners included Lloyd Hackel and Ralph Jacobs of the Lab's Laser Programs Directorate, Curt Thiesen of the Lab's Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization Office, John Woolridge of the Laboratory Counsel's Office and Metal Improvement Co., Inc.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy.

May 17, 2000


Gordon Yano
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