LANL Holds Annual DistrupTech Showcase Thursday

LANL News:

Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory has teamed with the New Mexico Angels to kick off the Fourth Annual DisrupTech Showcase, which is a celebration of ‘disruptive technology’ created by the minds at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s festivities are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Tickets are $35 and will include access to a very unique networking opportunity, a full reception and, of course – the featured presentations of LANL’s most promising and emerging technologies.

DisrupTech, founded in 2014, has quickly built a reputation for being one of the most exciting technology focused events in New Mexico. It is known for showcasing technologies that have the potential to ‘disrupt’ existing markets or to potentially create new ones – hence the name. The Feynman Center at Los Alamos originally launched this event with the vision of celebrating the innovation and technology developments at Los Alamos National Laboratory while educating the community and providing professional development for research staff and post doctorial graduates.

“Los Alamos is in a unique position to develop technologies for commercial use that can change the world. DisrupTech gives us a great opportunity to share with the community our scientist’s best ideas and how these ideas can be applied to solve really hard problems,” said Division Leader Antonio Redondo of the Feynman Center. “It takes innovation and thinking outside the box to an entirely different level.”

Co-hosting this event for the fourth year in a row, the New Mexico Angels are proud to work with the scientists behind the latest scientific advancements in New Mexico. John Chavez, president of the New Mexico Angels and an active member of the Angels Mentorship Program, said, “DisrupTech has significantly advanced in popularity and creativity over the last four years. We have seen some of the most groundbreaking technologies emerge from Los Alamos National Labs and have had the pleasure of working with the inventors through our Mentorship Program. It is exciting to see all of their hard work come together to create a brilliant, cohesive and, most importantly, understandable platform to present their innovations to the community. It is truly an incredible honor to be a part of such a great, locally supported event.

This year’s technology showcase consisst of the following 11 presentations by today’s most promising scientists:

  • David Baumann presenting: Foldelate: A new approach for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning;
  • Ross Beattie presenting: Powering the Next Leap in Quantum Computing: New Rare-Earth Materials for Qubit Development;
  •  Yuxiang Chen presenting: NanoCluster Beacons: Fast Testing For Food Safety;
  • Karla Erickson presenting: Greening Nuclear Fuels;
  • Ramesh Jha presenting: Better Enzymes for a Sustainable World;
  • Laura Lilley presenting: Nuclear Antibiotics: Winning the War on Bugs;
  • David Mascarenas presenting: Augmented Reality for On-The Fly-Tracking of Prescription Drug Inventories;
  • Phong Nguyen presenting: Towards Intelligent Oil Wells;
  • Kannan Ramaiyan presenting: Cheap and Durable Sensors for Gas Monitoring;
  • Emilia Solomon presenting: NMJ-on-a-chip: Treating Neuromuscular Diseases; and
  • Gang Xie presenting: Microbiome Fingerprints: Fight Food Fraud.

Prominent events such as DisrupTech would not exist without the help of our sponsors. The New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a New Mexico based company that specializes in advancing laboratory technologies to market while providing resources for scientists to succeed through the commercialization process, is also a host of the event. As in 2017, EY and The State of New Mexico Economic Development Department have shown their support as Gold Sponsors.  EY is currently the commercialization partner of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The State of New Mexico Economic Development Department has developed programs and initiatives to support their mission to “enhance and leverage a competitive environment to create jobs, develop the tax base and provide incentives for business development.”

Additional Sponsors include: Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, New Mexico MEP, The Regional Development Corporation, TechNavigator, and Emera Technologies. 

For more information about DisrupTech or to purchase tickets, visit For more information about Los Alamos National Laboratory, visit For more information about the New Mexico Angels, visit

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the United State’s nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns. 

About The New Mexico Angels

The New Mexico Angels is a group of accredited angel investors focused on investing in early-stage companies.  They have invested over $20 million since 1999.  Their mission is to provide opportunities where members can obtain outstanding financial returns while accelerating companies to market leadership.  New Mexico Angel portfolio companies receive more than just funding – Investors advise and connect entrepreneurs to strategic partners to aid in their success.  The New Mexico Angels also host educational seminars throughout the year to teach the community about equity investing.

About The New Mexico Start-Up Factory

The New Mexico Start-Up Factory (NMSUF) is bringing laboratory technologies to market.  In our innovative model, we work with scientists looking to commercialize their innovation. Through the program, technologists are coached through validation of the technology and market, and are then paired with the right management team. A commercialization and business plan/model is formed and if all signs point to a good market opportunity and promising development, a company is formed. Companies and scientists that successfully complete the educational piece of the program are open to investment from the NMSUF Fund.

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