Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Energetics Technology Center T4 Office Space Celebrates Inaugural Year
INDIAN HEAD, Md. – Just over a year ago, the NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division partnered with the community, local industry and academia to open the Energetics Technology Center’s Technology Transfer, Training and TechFire (T4) office space at the Black Box Theatre in Indian Head. Since it’s opening, the space is able to tout a number of accomplishments and successes.
The T4 program was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between the command and the ETC to enhance the goals of dual-use technology development, technology commercialization, diversification of the local economy and accelerating the growth of the local industry cluster focused on energetic material, surface warfare, undersea warfare and EOD technologies. The ETC is leasing the T4 office space through a Navy contract.
“Our direction from [NSWC IHEODTD Technical Director Ashley Johnson] was to get outside the gate into a place where we can do business with partners who don’t have access to get on base. The fact that we aren’t on base is a big deal,” said Dr. Chris Wilhelm, NSWC IHEODTD Office of Research and Technology Applications Lead.
In its first year, the T4 space hosted both current and potential industry partners, local colleges and even command organizations looking for a bit more flexibility in their meeting locations. The facility has a training room that can hold more than 20 people, a conference room and internet access. The space is also proving to be a popular with small business start-ups looking to leverage the knowledge and technologies available at NSWC IHEODTD for use in the private sector.
“Partnering with IHEODTD is a primary focus for ETC, and we are pleased our T4 space is providing a necessary link between the command and the community,” said Bob Kavetsky, ETC CEO.
The ETC is a 501 c3 organization focused on research and development based out of Indian Head that assists start-ups and entrepreneurs through mentoring and incubation, while also providing connections to experts in the field of technology.
“We’ve been working with a Maryland startup company interested in commercializing some of our EOD technologies for use by civilian public safety units,” Wilhelm said. “Bomb squads don’t have 200 scientists and engineers working for them, but we do. We patent a lot of those technologies to push into the commercial space, so it becomes available to the civilian population and first responder community.”
By utilizing that technology outside of military applications and providing uses to customers such as first responders, for example, the government can maximize research dollars by filling two niches instead of just one.
Wilhelm explains the command’s knowledge set of skilled system engineers – or product developers – can be shared with industry partners to facilitate economic development in Southern Maryland. In December 2017, the command signed its first license in six years and has already seen interest from current industry partners to explore other technologies for potential private use.
“One of the things we’re seeing is faster acquisition lead times using our industry and academic partners,” Wilhelm said. “Our knowledge base here is not only a benefit to private industry, but also allows industry to bring back improved products to federal government to aid the warfighter.”
The command’s Technology Transfer office not only works with start-up businesses to commercialize the government technology, but facilitates engagements with these fledgling businesses in communicating with state funding agencies such as the Maryland Technology Development Corporation and local real estate holders to establish a business spaces in the town of Indian Head.
Wilhelm credits the ETC with enabling the success of the T4 space, as they have a network of successful local entrepreneurs looking to bring their technologies to market.
“ETC facilitates those relationships and we put them in touch with our inventors to understand the technology and look in the community for industrious people who want to start a business or expand their current business,” Wilhelm said.
The T4 space is also attracting interest from academia. NSWC IHEODTD hosted a spring Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship course for College of Southern Maryland students in the space. The course allowed CSM students to take Navy-developed technologies and work with IHEODTD inventors to understand how those products can be adapted for use in private industry and resulted in a business plan for that technology.
The T4 initiative has received the support of the Maryland state government and Town of Indian Head. Both groups are instrumental in the development of these types of initiatives in Southern Maryland.
“We have entrepreneurs interested in starting businesses, we have academic partners, we have our community partners,” Wilhelm said. “With some care and nurturing along the way, it can be something that truly turns the corner in Southern Maryland for economic development, job growth and retention.”
This blossoming partnership between the command, the community and local educational institutions serves as an indicator that Southern Maryland leaders recognize the need for strong partnerships to come support the local economy, cut down acquisition time and costs, and enable industry to utilize DoD technological applications to provide the warfighter a better product, faster.
NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise – is the leader in ordnance, energetics and EOD solutions. The division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.
On this page is a list of technology value propositions that are ready to be commercialized that Energetics Technology Center has derived from U.S. Navy patents. Please click on an item to view the full document in pdf format.
Energetics Technology Center and the Rural Maryland Council are proud to be a sponsor for the 2018 Crab Pot Pitch Contest. Perhaps you’ve heard of the TV show Shark Tank. Well, the Crab Pot is just as intense! Entrepreneurs from all around give their finest pitches for a chance to win the new Tech Commercialization Award and a free year of business incubation. The Speed Round will be held April 12, 2018 at 6PM at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Finals will be held May 10, 2018 at 6PM at Calvert Marine Museum. The contest is hosted by Pax Space and S.M.I.T.
Visit the Crab Pot website for more.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Workshop — April 19th at the College of Southern MD, Laplata
Southern Maryland Entrepreneurs and Startups Offered Assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Proposal Writing
Contact John Millemaci
Telephone 301-645-6637 x709
Workshop Targets Entrepreneurs and Startups Seeking Technical Writing Assistance on SBIR Grant Proposals
Innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle to identify critical financial resources to start or launch their ventures. One solution involves a non-dilutive government funding source called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. This funding is available at specific times of the year through 11 federal agencies (www.sbir.gov) and is based on a highly competitive proposal process, encouraging U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development that is primed for commercialization.
To assist individuals seeking this funding opportunity, the Energetics Technology Center (ETC), in partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (http://rural.maryland.gov/), has designed a workshop to assist and prepare grant writers with their SBIR proposals. The workshop will also introduce individuals to resources available in the community which help entrepreneurs develop and move these technologies toward commercialization and product sales.
The program is open to all potential grant proposal writers. Guest speakers from the Department of Navy SBIR offices, the Southern Region Small Business Development Center, and an ETC Entrepreneur-in-Residence will provide information regarding grant writing best practices. The SBIR Workshop is scheduled for April 19 from 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. The program is free of charge, but registration is required.
For additional information or to register for the SBIR Workshop, go to:
Energetics Technology Center (ETC) provides research, engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients, as well as technology-based incubation and commercialization services through its TechFire® program. ETC, incorporated in 2006, is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities, has incubator facilities located in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County, MD.
Partnership and Licensing Opportunities Featured at the Navy Innovation Marketplace
Navy Technology Transfer Offices from Naval Air Warfare Centers and Indian Head collaborate to showcase photonics, firearms training and safety and sensor technologies at the Navy Innovation Marketplace on Feb. 7 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.
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Calling all corporate executives, capital providers, private equity groups, investment banks and anyone interested in new technologies from regional Navy labs.
Join Energetics Technology Center for the Navy Innovation Marketplace – an event featuring researchers and scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Centers – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD). The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.
This showcase will highlight U.S. Navy technologies currently available for license and/or partnerships. Technology groups represented include Photonics, Firearms Training and Safety and Sensors. The event will consist of technology pitches and presentations given by government researchers, inventors and scientists, all showcasing their innovative solutions to warfighter challenges while showing commercial applications for their designs.
“Researchers at NAWCAD generate groundbreaking inventions that not only benefit the warfighter, but often have commercial applications as well, improving the way we live, work and play on a daily basis,” stated Ms. Leslie Taylor, Executive Director, NAWCAD.
Mr. Ashley Johnson, Technical Director, IHEODTD added, “Technology transfer is the process by which these inventions are transformed into products in the marketplace, and we welcome investors and entrepreneurs who are interested in partnering with us through cooperative agreements or licensing.”
Keynote speakers for the event include TEDCO CEO George Davis. TEDCO helps transform innovative technology and life science businesses into high growth companies and provides entrepreneurs with capital, connections, and coaching. Davis will focus on tools for entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of these technologies from the federal labs.
The lunchtime keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Daitch, is the CEO and founder of Akonni Biosystems, a company that has grown through successful licensing of government technology. Dr. Daitch will provide insight to what is required of potential investors and how best to work through the technology readiness levels, ultimately leading to commercialization.
The program ends at 4:00 p.m. and all attendees are welcome and encouraged to tour St. Mary’s County’s new incubator, TechPort, at the regional airport complex. Tours and a reception will follow at TechPort.
Headquartered in St. Charles, Maryland, Energetics Technology Center provides research and engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients. ETC incorporated in 2006 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities in Southern Maryland. ETC’s focus is to engage in technology activities, which support the country’s future national security posture and the public interest.
The cost of the program is $25. Lunch is included. For more information and to register for the event, visit https://navyshowcase.eventbrite.com.