Leaders of the new State of California Innovation Hubs, or iHubs, were in Livermore last week for a visit that included stops at Livermore Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories/CA. The iHub leaders were joined by representatives from Gov. Schwarzenegger's Office of Economic Development.
The iHubs were instituted this year by Schwarzenegger in an effort to improve the state's national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development and job creation around specific research clusters. The iHubs will leverage assets such as research parks, technology incubators, universities and federal laboratories to provide an innovation platform for startup companies, economic development organizations, business groups, and venture capitalists.
While at LLNL, the iHub visitors toured the National Ignition Facility, met with leaders of the Industrial Partnerships Office, got a closeup look at the Lab's hydrogen car, and visited with Laboratory researchers during an informal poster session in the Terascale Simulation Facility.