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Starting a Laboratory Relationship

Instead of spending countless funds for years on research and development, consider licensing National Laboratory Intellectual Property (IP) to accelerate technology development.

Contacting either laboratory will place you in contact with a Business Development or Licensing Executive to begin the exploratory process of discovering what a relationship might look like.

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Current New Mexico licensees of intellectual property from Los Alamos or Sandia national laboratories become eligible to receive up to $150,000 worth of technical assistance as no cost via the TRGR initiative. Assistance may include prototyping, proof-of-concept, field demonstrations, and technical validation, among other approved activities.

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If you license intellectual property from a national lab and you want to further refine that intellectual property for a particular use case, explore technology readiness assistance from national laboratories with TRGR.

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IP Available for Licensing

From Advanced Manufacturing to Sustainable Agriculture and Water expertise, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories host a myriad of licensable technologies. Below are six industry categories promoted by the State of New Mexico, which are illustrative of technical areas for licensing IP and TRGR assistance from Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories.

Intelligent Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Real-time analysis, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for optimized manufacturing and materials.

Space & Defense Technologies

Space & Defense Technologies

Research, development, and testing facilities for UAV/UAS’s, components, and related technologies.

Biosciences & Biotechnology

Biosciences & Biotechnology

Bioinformatics, structural biology, biochemistry, and biomanufacturing for new biotechnology applications.

Cyber Security & Networking

Cyber Security & Networking

Nationally recognized leadership in information security and networking science focusing on cyber security.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

World-class scientific capabilities for the development of energy sources with limited environmental impact.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Balancing protecting the environment while designing and building sustainable facilities for agriculture.

Licensing Technology from the National Labs

Explore the Los Alamos and Sandia websites for intellectual property for commercial opportunities. Licenses may be offered as exclusive or non-exclusive depending on the related technology and terms of agreement. Licensees with a presence in and paying gross-receipts tax in New Mexico are eligible for up to $150,000 in no-cost laboratory assistance through TRGR.

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How Others Leverage Licensed IP

Below are examples of how licensees of intellectual property originating from Los Alamos or Sandia national laboratories have leveraged that intellectual property to advance commercial readiness.

Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer

Flow cytometry dates back to a cell sorter built by Mack Fulwyler at Los Alamos in 1965. Several additional contributions to the technology have been made at the National Flow Cytometry Resource of Los Alamos National Laboratory. In the early 2000s Los Alamos contribution to the technology was the use of acoustic waves to precisely control the movement of cells in a sample, vastly improving the sensitivity, throughput and accuracy of flow cytometry-based assays.

In order to achieve commercial deployment, former Los Alamos researchers founded Acoustic Cytometry Systems (ACS) and exclusively licensed the technology. The ACS team secured seed funding and extended the technology to a commercial prototype stage. Subsequently, ACS was acquired by Life Technologies, a brand of Thermo Fisher Scientific (then Invitrogen), to further develop and deploy the next generation of the Attune® Acoustic Focusing Cytometer. This device is able to deliver a narrow core sample stream and highly uniform laser illumination for accurate cell analysis regardless of sample flow rate.

Accula™ Systems

While at Los Alamos, scientists Dr. Hong Cai and Dr. Robert Cary led projects focused on the development of nucleic acid-based assays for various applications. Dr. Cary invented a suite of technologies for this application, generically called the “DNA dipstick.” DNA diagnostic testing has diverse applications in markets including healthcare, agriculture, food safety, and forensics. Drs. Cai and Cary founded a biotechnology startup and licensed the Los Alamos technology to evaluate the technology for use in point-of-care diagnostics.

Mesa Biotech has developed the Accula™ System, an affordable, easy-to-use, point-of-care PCR-based testing platform for infectious disease diagnosis. The platform enables rapid, highly accurate testing at physician offices, pharmacies and other settings, providing results in 30 minutes. Beyond COVID-19 testing, Mesa Biotech's existing platform includes tests for flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and Strep A.

This year, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, completed the acquisition of Mesa Biotech, Inc. as an important part of the company’s strategy to expand the benefits of molecular diagnostics at the point of care.


A Sandia-developed technology licensed by BayoTech is being used to improve hydrogen production for alternative energy, making the affordable hydrogen economy a reality.

Energy consumption around the world is migrating to new alternatives due to the extensive environmental impact of current energy sources. Hydrogen, a promising alternative, is costly to produce, transport, store, and dispense, making it less commercially viable than conventional energy technologies. Originally developed by Sandia in collaboration with General Atomics and the French government to improve hydrogen production, a modified stream methane reformer is now being used by BayoTech to convert hydrogen with greatly improved efficiency.

BayoTech's systems enable on-site hydrogen production for a variety of consumers including the agricultural industry, the energy sector, and the hydrogen fuel sector. BayoTech is contributing to the New Mexico economy by providing new jobs and is partnering with Process Equipment & Service, Co., based in Farmington, New Mexico, to manufacture its reactor systems.