Combining tech transfer at Y-12/Pantex

Basic RGBTech-transfer functions at the Y-12 and Pantex nuclear weapons plants have been combined into a single organization under Consolidated Nuclear Security, the federal contractor that last year took over management of the plants under a single contract.

According to CNS, the central office should help promote the overall growth of the program and leverage the resources at the two plants in Tennessee and Texas.“Although the core work at Pantex and Y‑12 is centered on weapon components, the two plants also offer broadly different technologies that can be used in other environments,” Jeremy Benton of the technology commercialization and partnerships organization said in a statement. “This provides new areas for potential intellectual property and an expansion of the patent portfolio, which, in turn, provides increased opportunity for partnerships with outside companies and organizations.”

Tech transfer chief Tom Berg said the contractor is trying to establish ties and partnerships with universities in Texas that are similar to a recent memorandum of understanding with the University of Tennessee.

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