By Ramsey Cox
Udall said his bill — tentatively being called the Technology Transfer Invention, Innovation, and Implementation Act — would facilitate public-private partnerships at the federal and state levels.
Udall’s bill would create an Office of Advanced Research Tech Transfer and Innovation in Energy within the DOE to measure progress at national labs, an Entrepreneurs in Energy Corps to invest in innovative research and business projects, and would elevate the “tech transfer” priority at the department.
Udall said he was inspired to draft the legislation after attending a workshop at Santa Fe Community College in his home state where he spoke with entrepreneurs, investors, educators and scientists about the need for continued U.S. growth in the tech industry.
“My legislation builds on the conversations we had here at Santa Fe Community College and works to address some of the key challenges in the Department of Energy's tech transfer process," Udall said.