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April 20, 2021

Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Enters into Partnerships With Regional Organizations in Maryland and Colorado

(WASHINGTON, DC - April 20, 2021) The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has entered into strategic partnerships with three organizations, based in Maryland and Colorado, dedicated to helping state and local small businesses succeed through collaborations with federal laboratories. These relationships, which involve federal funding for new innovations and or licensing of technologies developed by federal researchers, bring a regional focus to the FLC’s efforts to shepherd technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace – a vital process known as technology transfer. Technology transfer works to support new innovations which leads to job creation and economic growth that improves national security and benefits society.

The FLC recently signed a memorandum of understanding with each of these organizations:

  • The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), which helps businesses grow through collaboration with federal labs as well as the State of Maryland and Montgomery County.
  • The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), which works to connect federal laboratories with tech-based entrepreneurs and existing companies in Maryland.
  • CO-LABS, which educates Colorado businesses, educational organizations, and government officials about the value of working with federally-funded scientific laboratories.

“The FLC is a strong advocate for collaborations in which federal technology transfer can make a difference at regional levels—in fact, our prestigious National Awards program has a category just for state and local economic development,” said Paul Zielinski, FLC Executive Director. “These organizational partnerships with MCEDC, TEDCO, and CO-LABS really underscore the FLC’s commitment to state and local technology transfer.”

Learn more about the FLC’s organizational partners here.

About the FLC

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer is a formally chartered, nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that foster commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace. To learn more, visit www.federallabs.org.

Media contact: Carolina Olivieri, FLC Marketing Director (colivieri@federallabs.org); Tel. 202-390-1962.