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With all your hard work, it’s important that you know your efforts aren’t going unnoticed. And they’re not! We have a lot of good news coming out lately.

Since August is Defense month, let’s start there. Some new CRADAs with DOD organizations include this one, between Berg Pharma and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), which seeks to identify biomarkers for prostate cancer. USU will provide the data, Berg the analysis. As well, a CRADA between mobile risk management company Fixmo, Inc. and the NSA has allowed the company to announce some new tools. We also have the smiling face of Connie Schmaljohn, a senior research scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), gracing The Washington Post for a profile.

In addition, Charles Brooks, a VP at Xerox, points out what government-industry collaborations are doing right, and the lessons learned from those successes, in a piece at Forbes. Brooks comes out strongly in their favor: "Strengthening the public/private partnership through open collaboration, best practices, and shared research and development will help accelerate the innovation we need to meet our challenges. It’s not a nice-to-have: It’s an imperative if you want to be competitive in the U.S. and abroad."

And there’s still a lot more going on! Argonne is being touted for an event it’s hosting next week for local small businesses, and Sandia is helping small businesses with a new "ready to sign" license that significantly shortens the technology transfer process. Nora Volkow, the director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has been nominated for a "Sammie Award," which honors "the inspiring and high impact accomplishments of talented and dedicated federal employees." The Washington Post profile on her nomination reports that "Researchers credit Volkow with helping to establish addiction as a topic worthy of scientific study."

That’s quite a few shout-outs to federal labs and their members...and the work of technology transfer.

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