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mentioned earlier, with money from the IRS and the technical expertise of DoE. “While these partnerships should be seamless and invisible to the public,” she said, “getting those agencies to work together that quickly, meeting deadlines on both programs, was pretty remarkable.”

Dr. Wessner encouraged the DoE to make more use of the SBIR program. Although the DoE had led the government in working with small companies that responded to SBIR solicitations, he encouraged DoE to do additional solicitations for firms wishing to use technology that was already in DoE labs. “That can act as a catalyst for licensing and adopting the technologies,” he said. “So a program you already have at DoE can be an even greater asset.”

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