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Lumitron HyperVIEW x-ray systems are to be commercialized and manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art facility within University of California, Irvine (UCI) industrial research park
IRVINE, Calif., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumitron Technologies, Inc. has acquired the key licenses from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that will bring to market a new generation of advanced x-ray and gamma-ray systems.
Lumitron's game-changing HyperVIEW x-ray platform is set to revolutionize many fields of human endeavor including key aspects of the medical and security industries. Unlike existing commercial endeavors which have produced x-rays in essentially the same manner for more than 120 years, Lumitron's proprietary x-ray technology represents a generational leap in scientific innovation, according to UCI's Prof. Chris Barty, Lumitron's Chief Technical Officer and former CTO of LLNL's National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate, home of the world's largest laser system, the National Ignition Facility, and America's largest nuclear fusion project.
"Lumitron brings the precision and unique capabilities of billion-dollar-scale, particle-accelerator-based synchrotron x-ray light sources to the point of need in a form factor similar in size to a modern CT machine," says Prof. Barty, a world-renowned leader in the fields of laser science, x-ray and gamma-ray source development and novel photonics applications further explained. "Just as the laser has revolutionized the production and use of visible light in much of modern technology, the HyperVIEW has the potential to provide a transformational view into the human body and beyond."
"Existing clinical x-ray systems are generally limited to a resolution of just under 1mm. By contrast, the Lumitron HyperVIEW technology is capable of imaging objects up to 1000x smaller and of detection and analysis of the elemental and isotopic composition of the object. The HyperVIEW technology can also capture motion at the picosecond time-scale, that is 1000th of a billionth of a second."
According to Prof. Barty, the HyperVIEW technology presents the potential to create the first true Theranostics machine capable of both remarkable imaging detail and cellular level treatment, simultaneously. The implications for medical applications in particular are astounding.
Mr. Maurie Stang, Executive Chairman of Lumitron Technologies, Inc. said, "In today's world the acceleration of technology is unprecedented. Fields such as additive manufacturing, aerospace, security, mining, waste recycling and new composite materials sciences require non-destructive assessment and assay which can now be achieved by Lumitron's pure, Ultra-Bright Compton X-Ray source."
"In the medical field the HyperVIEW system has the potential to diagnose and treat many conditions including cancer substantially earlier and far more accurately than any current commercially available technology," he said. "The underlying, compact, high-flux, x-ray technology leverages more than USD$200 Million of research and development in advanced x-ray, laser and accelerator science that has been undertaken by the US Department of Energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University."
Lumitron has now established its global R&D and manufacturing facility within the industrial research park of the University of California, Irvine, home of the world-renowned Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. It has secured interest from research-based customers from around the world and is in collaboration with some of the world's leading manufacturers of current generation x-ray systems, having received very favorable feedback about the Lumitron platform providing an important and significant step change into the future.
Lumitron's potential has attracted several high-profile members to its board of directors including Steve Sargent, previous CEO of GE Australia, and a Director of Origin Energy; Dr. Paul Rosso, past President of 3M Europe and 3M Healthcare; Dr. Ron Shnier, a world-renowned radiologist and an advisory board of leading clinicians, physicists and business people. Lumitron is targeting a NASDAQ IPO and is in discussions with leading US brokers and institutions.
About Lumitron Technologies, Inc.
Based in Irvine, California, Lumitron Technologies, Inc. was established by its executive chairman, Mr. Maurie Stang, to develop and commercialize unique x‐ray systems that enable revolutionary new capabilities for high-fidelity imaging, ultra-low dose imaging and hyper-precision radiotherapy.
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Hadron Technologies, Inc. has signed an exclusive license for a Hybrid Microwave and Off-Gas Treatment System developed by the Savannah River National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's applied science laboratory, to manufacture and sell the SRNL-developed system.
This new form of hybrid microwave is capable of achieving extremely high temperatures by enabling materials that usually do not react to microwave energy to absorb it and rapidly heat up. Metals, which normally cannot be introduced into a microwave, not only can be treated, but they are actually used to help increase the temperature of the lower chamber, enabling faster degradation of waste materials.
Equipment using these technologies could be used to destroy a wide variety of substances ranging from medical wastes to harmful viruses and drugs such as methamphetamine, while still allowing for DNA analysis of the destroyed material.
This innovative microwave technology affords significant solutions within the commercial and government markets. "This is another good example of how laboratory innovation has changed our approach to problems," said Dr. Terry Michalske, Director of SRNL. SRNL puts science to work to support DOE and the nation in the areas of environmental stewardship, national security, and clean energy.
Every year, 60,000 people are diagnosed with brain aneurysms, weakened portions of arterial vessels that create sacs of high-pressure blood. Although small, aneurysms that burst can cause massive tissue damage, stroke, and death. Current treatments continue to carry associated risks that compromise their efficiency, such as base-clamping to seal and pinch off aneurysms—which fails to treat aneurysms with wider necks—and inserting expanding metal coils to clot and disintegrate sacs—which often unravel or become compressed, leading to the recurrence of blood flow.
In 2004, however, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and UC Davis were awarded a five-year Bioengineering Research Partnership Grant to investigate polymers as a mechanism for treating the risks of aneurysms. The study, led by principal investigator Dr. Duncan Maitland, focused on shape memory polymers (SMP), smart materials that undergo physical and molecularly structural metamorphoses between deformed and permanent states in response to changing temperatures. An SMP is first shaped at a high threshold temperature to achieve a desired permanent shape. After removal from the high-temperature environment, the SMP is again molded to a desired temporary shape. When subjected to stimulus temperatures above or below its transition threshold temperature, the SMP reconfigures its structure from the temporary form to the permanent form and vice versa. Temperature-dependent metamorphosis makes SMPs excellent candidates for medical devices because they can be compact during operational delivery and expand to functional forms with body temperature.
These polymers showed immense promise as memory foam–coated, metal coils with extremely low density, enabling them to undergo substantial changes in volume—up to 100 times that of its compressed volume—and be easily delivered via arterial micro-catheter. SMPs can fill aneurysms with only 1–2 foams and with 1000 times less expansion force than the traditional metal coils that resulted in 70% of aneurysm volume being unfilled.
In January of 2008, Maitland continued developing SMPs for this application at Texas A&M University (TAMU). That September, TAMU and LLNS reached an inter-institutional agreement to begin commercialization. A year later in June of 2009, Maitland founded Shape Memorial Medical Inc. (formerly DEP Shape Memory Therapeutics) as a medical device company that commercializes SMP-based innovations and, as CEO, secured initial capital from Texas Emerging Technologies Fund and Research Valley Angel Fund as well as millions of dollars in technology development funds from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and LLNL. An exclusive licensing agreement between LLNS and Shape Memory Medical was finalized in July of 2010, leading to 12 issued patents, 15 pending patents, and regulatory path launch dates in European and United States markets in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Shape memory polymers are already a disrupting technology within the greater medical market and promise to have continued impact in the cerebral aneurysm market. With material costs as low as $10 per pound and operational time and complexity cut by 50% when compared to similar alternatives, SMPs will redefine the $700 million detachable coil market (average 16% CAGR) and $1.5 billion neurovascular market (20% CAGR) as the preferred material and treatment option for mitigating aneurysm risk.
In some parts of the developing world, people may live in homes without electricity or toilets or running water but yet they own cell phones. To charge those phones, they may have to walk for miles to reach a town charging station—and possibly even have to leave their phones overnight. Now a startup company spun off technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a simple, inexpensive way to provide electricity to the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t get it reliably.Point Source Power’s innovative device is based on a solid oxide fuel cell that is powered by burning charcoal, wood or other types of biomass—even cow dung—the types of fuel that many in the developing world use for cooking. The fuel cell sits in the fire and is attached to circuitry in a handle that is charged as the fuel cell heats up to temperatures of 700 to 800 degrees Celsius. The handle, which contains an LED bulb, can then be detached and used for lighting or to charge a phone.
Huge parabolic mirrors catching the sun's rays could crisscross America's deserts soon, thanks to a breakthrough that may greatly lower the cost of solar power.
A small solar company has teamed with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop massive curved sheets of metal that have the potential to be 30 percent less expensive than today's best collectors of concentrated solar power.
The SkyTrough Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Collectors will be longer than football fields and look like fun-house mirrors, but could be the game-changers in solar energy's bid to out-muscle gas and coal in providing electricity for America's homes.
The breakthrough recently was honored by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 technical innovations of the year, and by the Federal Laboratory Consortium with a 2009 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.
Solar power has been nipping at the heels of fossil fuels for decades, but hasn't yet found a way to be cost-competitive on a large scale.
For more NREL success stories visit http://www.nrel.gov/technologytransfer/succes_stories.html
NREL has joined forces with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a plug-and-play technology that will result in newly connected solar generation being automatically "discovered" and configured by the main generation control system. NREL will perform a review of communications protocols to identify important protocols that the plug-and-play solar microgrid controller must be compatible with. CSIRO will also collaborate with multinational engineering firm ABB on the project.
NREL will perform prototype testing of the microgrid controller in the ESIF to test the hardware's ability to manage the output power of a diesel generator in the presence of a load bank and solar simulator. The effort ultimately aims to simplify the integration, accelerate the deployment, and lower the cost of solar energy in hybrid distributed generation applications using this new plug-and-play solar technology.
For more NREL success stories visit http://www.nrel.gov/technologytransfer/success_stories.html
An introduction facilitated by the EERE's Energy Innovation Portal has led to the formation of a Colorado start-up company. Syed Reza, now a co-founder of Nexus BioEnergy, originally used the Techportal to search out promising biogas technologies. In a message sent through the portal, Syed contacted Jeremy Nelson, Director of Licensing & Business Development for CSU Ventures, which acts as the university technology transfer office for Colorado State. After several months of discussions with Prof. Sybil Sharvelle and her graduate student, Lucas Loetcher, the inventors of a low water use anaerobic digester technology specially developed for the concentrated animal feeding operations in the arid west, the three decided to found a company to commercialize this technology.
The technology is highly efficient compared to conventional biogas plants with 2-5X lower construction cost, and low operating costs. Furthermore, while conventional biogas plants rarely handle material with >40% solids loading, the CSU technology handles wastes that are as high as 80% solids. In contrast to conventional composting technologies, which result in loss of energy and nutrients from the biomass, the CSU technology produces energy and also recovers valuable nutrients in a product that is nutritionally superior to compost and is highly attractive for organic farming. The system is modular, which provides several benefits:
- It is simple to expand and easily adjusts to variable demand.
- Conditions within each reactor are optimized for each step in the digestion process.
- Additional sources of waste (e.g., food waste, low solids waste) may be straightforwardly integrated into the system.
Nexus BioEnergy is currently seeking strategic partners and early capital investment to demonstrate the technology in a small scale pilot facility. More information, including contact info, can be found at the company's website.
Hybrid car sales have taken off in recent years, with a fuel-sipping combination of electric- and gas-powered technologies that simultaneously deliver energy efficiency, low emissions, and strong performance. The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)—which played a pivotal role in putting hybrids on the road—has applied a similar strategy to its talent base and partnerships, bringing together the best minds from the worlds of research and industry.
NREL's Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center (THSC) provides just one example of how NREL partners with industry to address some of the toughest energy efficiency challenges. NREL's work with individual companies—from startups to established corporations—includes full collaboration, technical assistance, deployment guidance, research facility use, and technology licensing. The lab has also attracted national-caliber experts to its staff from the commercial sector, while continuing to bank on the intellectual capital of its research veterans.
For instance, THSC Director Chris Gearhart and Vehicle Technologies Laboratory Program Manager John Farrell joined NREL in 2013 after three collective decades in the automotive and fuels industries.
"We recruited Chris and John because we knew they could effectively steer our transportation team even further along in meeting the Energy Department's goals and the NREL mission," said Associate Lab Director for Mechanical and Thermal Systems Engineering Barbara Goodman. "Their ability to provide industry perspectives was essential for maintaining our relevance."
Gearhart led research and development (R&D) teams at Ford Motor Company for more than 16 years, as well as playing pivotal roles in product development, safety research, and quality assurance programs. Farrell came to NREL after 15 years at the ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research Lab, where he held R&D, technical, strategic planning, and program management positions, leading collaborations with Toyota, Caterpillar, and Ford.
"Even in my Ford days, reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas production was my mantra," said Gearhart, who championed the company's fuel cell system, stack, and hydrogen storage research efforts. "Being able to focus 100% on sustainable transportation solutions was the logical next step."
Farrell might have spent most of his career in private industry, but he also draws on considerable experience working with Sandia, Oak Ridge, and Argonne national labs on Energy Department projects. He carried this spirit of public-private partnership with him to NREL.
"The government, automakers, component manufacturers—they're all our partners," Farrell said. "We're an Energy Department lab, responsible for moving forward energy-efficient solutions with the potential for significant market impact. That means our work must deliver the greatest possible energy savings, while being informed by private-sector realities."
For more NREL success stories visit http://www.nrel.gov/technologytransfer/success_stories.html
NREL is partnering with solar inverter manufacturer Solectria at the ESIF to develop 500- and 750-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) inverters with advanced features that can support the electric grid.
The ESIF’s utility-scale power hardware allows Solectria to test its inverters using simulated utility grid and solar PV emulation so researchers can see the impact of the inverter’s advanced features on power reliability and quality. The?ESIF’s grid simulator allows researchers to subject the solar inverter to practical abnormal grid conditions, and the solar PV simulator allows re-creation of solar variations due to weather. This unique testing capability allows Solectria to test its inverter’s controls and functionality at full power—and determine how its integration supports and impacts the grid under a variety of conditions.
This work supports the development of PV inverters that can provide bulk system support to utilities under fault conditions—which will ultimately allow for increased penetration of solar on the grid.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in developing the technology that has led companies such as DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels.
Combined, the three facilities are a huge step toward meeting the Department's goals of producing clean energy from the non-food parts of plants, creating good American jobs, mitigating greenhouse gases, and boosting America's energy security.
- POET's Project Liberty opened last September in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and is projected to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
- Abengoa's Biomass of Kansas facility in Hugoton, Kansas, opened last October and has an estimated annual bioethanol production capacity of 25 million gallons.
- DuPont's facility in Nevada, Iowa, will open in 2015 and is designed to produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
All three companies turned to NREL for the lab's biofuels expertise—POET for pretreatment, Abengoa for compositional analysis, and DuPont for several crucial steps in the process.
Fore more NREL success stories visit http://www.nrel.gov/technologytransfer/success_stories.html