Rep. Lipinski Helps Spur Launch of New Department of Energy Office that Will Drive Innovation and Create Jobs (February 11, 2015)

Following extensive lobbying by Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today the launch of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) to help create new products, new companies, and new jobs out of the DOE’s research.  The office will work closely with America’s national laboratories, such as Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, and engage with industry to promote the commercialization of technology and strengthen the global competitiveness of U.S. industries based on scientific and technological innovations.

“Since I have been in Congress, I have been a strong proponent of finding new ways to promote American innovation,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “To this end, the creation of the Office of Technology Transitions has been a top priority.  The OTT represents a low-cost way to take laboratory discoveries made possible by government-funded research at national labs – such as the new battery technologies being developed at Argonne – and turn them into profit-making companies and high quality jobs that boost economic growth and American competitiveness.”

Congressman Lipinski was instrumental in working with the DOE to implement this program, speaking with Secretary Moniz personally about it early on in the Secretary’s tenure and highlighting the need for the program in hearings before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  The new office will be responsible for delivering a Technology Transfer Execution Plan to Congress and reporting annually on the Department’s technology transfer and partnership activities.

The Department of Energy spends more than $10 billion on research and development each year, conducted primarily at universities and federal laboratories.  This investment supports research that is creating the foundation for discovery and innovation, enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy, and is maintaining American nuclear security.