Burlingame R&D Facility


The 10,000 sq ft joint New Renaissance Institute and New Renaissance Technology and Intellectual Property (NRT&IP) facility in Burlingame CA provided closely-integrated interdisciplinary laboratory and library space to NRI research and development activities in 2012-2017.

NRI’s Burlingame Optics Laboratory continued NRI’s research in lensless light-field imaging, lensless microscopy and optical tomography, and Fractional Fourier Optics and supported new work supporting optical sensors for microfluidic systems, LED-based photochemical processors, and hybrid wavelength-selective light-emitting/light-sensing pixel elements for advances in imaging systems. Some of NRI’s lensless light-field imaging is being licensed by NRI’s third spinout company NoLens.

NRI’s Burlingame Microfluidics Systems Laboratory continued NRI’s microfluidics research in conduit-based bus and neighbor-chained microchannel fluidics and gas transport systems, reconfigurable microfluidic chemical processors, software authoring tools for configuration-definition and operating-process scripts, microfluidic valves and pumps, and product roadmaps for viable mass-produced reconfigurable microfluidic biochemical and chemical processors.

NRI’s Burlingame Biosensor and Chemical Sensor Laboratory began NRI’s work in advancing these types of sensors, particularly involving adapted LED technologies, printed electronics, bioFETS, adapted colorimetric methods, and other sensor approaches.

As an example of interdisciplinary work benefiting from the closely integrated R&D environment, a combination of NRI lensless microscopy and optical tomography technologies, NRI conduit-based bus and neighbor-chained microchannel fluidics and gas transport systems, NRI microfluidic sensors, and other technologies were used to develop NRI’s next-generation microplate technologies original conceived by Pooncharas Tipgunlakant while she was at NRI; this promising technology and related intellectual property is being licensed by start-up Advanced Microplate Technologies (AMT) which plans to further develop and productize this exciting technology area.

NRI’s Burlingame Biosignaling Network Modeling Group (not pictured) continued NRI’s large ongoing research and software development project in modeling systems for biochemical networks.

NRI’s Burlingame Environmental Science Group (not pictured) further developed NRI’s research in , particularly in the areas of groundwater modeling, urban watersheds, and natural attenuation.

NRI’s Burlingame User Interface Laboratory continued NRI’s research in timbre-based data sonification and supported several user interface design projects for several of the specialized laboratories. (The pleasant open areas and window light also hosted several temporary ‘visiting’ hardware projects.)

NRI’s Burlingame Mathematical Research and Stochastics Group undertook a number of mathematical and statistical research projects, including some pure-mathematics work that is to be published in a planned short book series. The Group also assisted with mathematical modeling for several specialized laboratories at the Burlingame facility and expanding the math background of workers and interns.

NRI’s Burlingame Electronics Laboratory and the topically-interspersed 20,000+ book NRI technical research library (seen in the background in many of the laboratory photographs) supported activities of all specialized laboratories at the Burlingame facility.