2012-13 Scientific Focus: 

Advanced Energy Technologies & Systems 

The commercialization of advanced energy technologies presents unique, evolving challenges to both the scientist and the entrepreneur. Unlike biomedical science, where the path to market - while very complex - is often fairly clear, the commercialization of advanced energy technologies involves a broad range of dynamic and market fluidity, including:

Customer Definition - the customer and value chain for electrical energy technologies (e.g., consumers, utilities, transmission operators and independent service operators) varies by application, region and business model. As such, some technologies must go forward with multiple/parallel customer models.

Regulatory Landscape - while some regulation and certification regimes exist (and others are emerging) many key aspects of the path-to-market are subject to the strategic needs (and discretion) of players in the market.

Market Forces - many advanced energy technologies (e.g., renewables) are still in early stage development and manufacturing and will require significant leaps in manufacturing and deployment before they are cost competitive with legacy energy systems (e.g., coal). As such, the total economic model for a given technology may be dependent on subsidies (e.g., the Federal Production Tax Credit), regulatory requirements (e.g., State Renewable Portfolio Standards) and market adjustment schemes (e.g., cap and trade). As these and other forces wax and wane, the tax of commercializing technologies requires contingent and iterative business strategies.

Innovation: Integration and Systems - technologically, few scientific innovations will result in a fully integrated product. The commercialization of advanced energy technologies requires a particularly strong focus on value chain, component product development and interdisciplinary approaches to designing and engineering a complete product and business model.










2009-10 Scientific Focus: Genomics and Genetic Diagnostics

2011-12 Scientific Focus: Neuromodulation and Nerve Stimulation Technologies

2012-13 Scientific Focus - Advanced Energy Technologies & Systems

2013-14 Scientific Focus - Neuro Device Platform Technology Innovation

2014-15 Scientific Focus - Advanced Applications in Networked Neuro Devices

Fusion Disciplines







Science - the state of knowing; knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding.