Far West


Far West Region

The Far West Region represents the following eight states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Far West Region is home to over 200 laboratory facilities with research and development (R&D) areas such as energy, aerospace and defense.

The mission of the FLC is to add value to the federal agencies, laboratories, and their partners to accomplish the rapid integration of research and development resources within the mainstream of the U.S. economy. Each Region actively conducts R&D activities seeking partnerships to transfer innovative technologies.

Thousands of groundbreaking technologies produced in Far West regional laboratories have been commercialized to progress various technology industries and grow the Region’s and our nation’s economy.

The Far West Region actively promotes regional tech transfer through its Lab Showcase, Member Connect, Industry and Tech Events, and so much more. Check out our professional development and networking events, as well as our regional award winners that demonstrate outstanding technology transfer programs.

Officers

David Nicholson
Far West Regional Coordinator

David Nicholson

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – Pacific West Area

Dave Nicholson is the Technology Transfer Coordinator for USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Pacific West Area. He has been in that position since 2004, and has been with the ARS since 2002 when he was hired as a Patent Advisor.

Prior to joining the ARS, Dave was the Intellectual Property Attache at the U.S. Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva Switzerland. Prior to that he was an Associate Solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He began his legal career as a Litigation Associate at a large law firm in New Orleans, specializing in medical malpractice defense and general business litigation. Dave is a Registered Patent Attorney and licensed to practice law in Louisiana. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and the University of Montana.

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Michelle Gonzalez
Far West Deputy Regional Coordinator

Michelle Gonzalez

Michelle Gonzalez is the manager of business development, technology transfer, and economic development for Sandia National Laboratories’ California site. She leads initiatives within the Energy and Homeland Security Portfolio and the Sandia Partnerships Organization. Michelle previously served as the business development lead for the Homeland Security Portfolio where she advanced Sandia’s Chem Bio Rad Nuc Defense and Homeland Infrastructure Security Resilience programs. Prior to that, she served in the Chief Research Office working to align and integrate Sandia’s University Partnership strategy and stand up the Academic Alliance program. A graduate of the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, Michelle joined Sandia in 2013 in Sandia’s Economic Development where she served as the program lead for the Sandia Science and Technology Park. Prior to her time at Sandia, she was a Lockheed Martin employee working for Technology Ventures Corporation whose mission was to commercialize technologies across the Department of Energy Complex.

News & Announcements

July 12, 2021
Congratulations to the 2021 FLC Far West Regional Award winners!
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January 28, 2021
2021 FLC Awards – Winners Announced
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November 03, 2020
Congratulations to the 2020 FLC Far West Regional Award winners!
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February 04, 2020
Securing radiological sources on the go
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Awards

2021
regional
ARS releases eight new dry-seed legumes for commercial use, including first-ever winter-hardy peas
Outstanding Commercialization
2021
regional
ARS technology makes studying tick-borne diseases less expensive and less dependent on live animals
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
NASA technology minimizes weather-related flight delays, reducing costs and environmental impacts
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
OpDefender security system from INL protects computer-controlled industrial networks from cyberattacks
Outstanding Technology Development
2021
regional
Public-private partnership including Berkeley Lab connects clean energy entrepreneurs with testing facilities
Outstanding Partnership
2020
regional
Delta Region Areawide Aquatic Weed Project (DRAAWP)
Outstanding Partnership
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Labs in Action

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Berkeley Lab's quantum dots create better, brighter displays
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Hops protect honey bees from the scourge of mites
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Light-analysis software explodes across industries
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