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Nist: Federal R&d Boosts Industry

By Information Week

May 3, 2010

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) annual Summary Report on Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer details innovations developed by federal labs and private-sector organizations. Eleven federal agencies have laboratory operations that engage in research and development work with organizations in industry, academia, the nonprofit sector, and state and local governments on improvement projects.

Collaboration between federal laboratories and other organizations was on the rise and resulted in technology that benefited various business sectors, according to the report. NIST developed software called Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES), which includes environmental and economical performance data for more than 230 construction projects and is designed to reduce complex technical content about building materials. Another project involved researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Research Service, which designed the BeadChip, a chip that examines cattle's genetic makeup to create higher quality beef and dairy products.

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