The NIST-wide Technology Maturation Accelerator Program (TMAP) for 2021 has just occurred, bringing with it a variety of innovations to the forefront of the NIST spotlight. TMAP was designed to provide a platform for NIST researchers to pitch cutting-edge technologies to venture capitalists and business experts, with the winners to receive funding to accelerate their projects toward the market. This year’s event came with a variety of NIST researchers from multiple NIST labs presenting projects that covered a spectrum of technical fields. There were eight NIST presenters who each had ten minutes to pitch the commercial opportunities of their technologies, and they were:
There were four TMAP judges this year who each came with a wealth of knowledge and work experience in getting emerging technologies to market. The judges were:
There were four presenters selected to receive funding and they are:
Gopman, Daniel (MML) – “Ultrahigh Density in Memory Compute Chips using Advanced Magnetic Memory Devices”
Ferraiolo, David (ITL) - “Fine-grained Data Sharing Infrastructure”
Marino, John (MML) – “RNA-based N-terminal Amino Acid Binding (rNAAB) Reagents for use in Next-Generation Protein Sequencing Devices”
Douglass, Kevin (PML) – “Vacuum-Fixed Length Optical Cavity”
TMAP has once again provided an opportunity for the public and private sector to come together to highlight the importance of NIST research while seeking out potential commercial opportunities. Through collaborative efforts with businesses, NIST can lay the groundwork for technologies and inventions to achieve commercialization, propelling innovations to market to drive the economy.