New Emphasis On Industry Partnerships At Los Alamos

David Pesiri

By DAVID PESIRI, Division Leader
Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation
Los Alamos National Laboratory

We believe innovation is the key to addressing many challenges facing the Nation today. On all levels, Los Alamos National Laboratory is being asked to move the needle on issues of domestic and global security, advancing the scientific enterprise on energy concerns, and effective leveraging of the latest technologies and capabilities to bolster US industry and, ultimately, the US economy.

This is our charge by the public trust, a duty to both country and the world community. To create significant impact demands a new way of thinking about how the Lab engages industry in partnership to produce phenomenal outcomes. The Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation is leading the change from traditional technology transfer to a robust form of innovation engineering, where our community of business professionals creates collaborations that meet the needs of the Lab and our partners, create significant value and impact for the Nation, and that change the world.

About David Pesiri

David Pesiri is currently the Division Leader of the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His main objectives include forming strategic partnerships, promoting collaborations to enhance innovation, developing technologies for technology spinouts and promoting regional economic development.

A recognized expert in technology assessment, valuation and validation, Pesiri supports efforts towards agreement, partnership and commercialization activities, including CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreements), license agreements and equity deals. Since his return to the Lab in 2005 after an entrepreneurial career in the private sector, Pesiri has led business interactions with industry partners, interfaced with legal counsel on contractual matters, and engaged lines and programs on work plans and performance measures.

Prior to 2005, Pesiri was co-founder and president of SDC Materials, a successful nanomaterials discovery company in Tempe, Ariz. He also served as managing partner of the Essex Technology Group, LLC, a leading nanotechnology consulting firm in Aliso Viejo, Calif. In addition to founding or co-founding several successful technology and manufacturing startup companies, Pesiri was a senior scientist at Technanogy, LLC where he focused on nanomaterials scale up, manufacturing and application development as well as nanopowder dispersion technology. He also served as a principal at Technanogy Materials Development, a product-based nanomaterials producer in Santa Ana, Calif.

Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Pesiri was a technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he focused on nanomaterials, catalysis and separations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.