Kirti Bhardwaj (left) is the winner of the 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Technology for SafeRad: Making Safer Radiation Therapy Accessible for Cancer. Ian Cummings (right) is the winner of the 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Presentation for ASSESS: A Rapid Full Structure Ultrasonic NDE Tool for the Aerospace Industry. Photo Courtesy LANL
LANL NEWS RELEASE
Cutting-edge technologies including more comfortable radiation therapy, ultrasonic aerospace testing, and advancements in hydrogen fuel cells were among 13 presentations to investors made by Laboratory scientists as part of the 2021 DisrupTECH event.
“The technology, medicine, and public-safety projects presented at DisrupTECH are compelling innovations and a great outcome of the Laboratory’s mission-focused work,” said Lab Director Thom Mason. “I look forward to widespread use of these innovations in New Mexico and beyond.”
A joint project between the Laboratory, the Feynman Center for Innovation, and the New Mexico Start-Up Factory, the 2021 DisrupTECH was a hybrid event both online and in person. More than 140 entrepreneurs, investors, industry partners, and regional leaders attended. The New Mexico Economic Development Department was also a sponsor.
The 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Technology went to Kirti Bhardwaj for SafeRad: Making Safer Radiation Therapy Accessible for Cancer, a breakthrough technology that minimizes the side effects of radiation treatments for cancer patients with a new technique eradicating cancer cells only, leaving healthy cells intact. Patients would not experience nausea, hair loss, or immunocompromisation. The 2021 DisrupTECH award for Best Presentation went to Ian Cummings for ASSESS: A Rapid Full Structure Ultrasonic NDE Tool for the Aerospace Industry, which is non-destructive and less-expensive than other methods.
Other technologies presented includedartificial intelligence pinpointing gas-pipeline weaknesses, advancements in hydrogen fuel cells, detection devices for planetary rovers, disease modeling, algae farming, and biodegradable plastics.
About the Feynman Center for Innovation
The Feynman Center for Innovation (FCI) facilitates pathways to technology commercialization and supports scientists and engineers in developing entrepreneurial skills. It is named for theoretical physicist Richard P. Feynman who worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos from 1941-1945 and was equally well known for his physics knowledge and as his compelling scientific presentations.
About New Mexico Start-Up Factory
Based in Albuquerque, the New Mexico Start-Up Factory matches scientists with entrepreneurs and supports them in developing viable business plans and avenues to commercialization.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.