Contacts: Karen McNulty Walsh, (631) 344-8350 or Peter Genzer, (631) 344-3174

The following news release is being issued today by the U.S. Department of Energy. SynchroPET, the start-up company described below, has optioned technology for miniaturized PET scanners developed at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. For more information on this technology, see:, or contact Karen McNulty Walsh, 631 344-8350, DOE News Media Contact: (202) 586-4940

The companies participating in the challenge have signed option agreements allowing them to license valuable, cutting-edge technologies developed and patented by one of the U.S. Department of Energy's 17 national laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Thirty-six companies in total have signed these option agreements with the national laboratories under a streamlined, simplified application process. Learn more about DOE's America's Next Top Energy Innovator program HERE.

The Energy Department also announced today that it will be extending America's Next Top Energy Innovator through next year, which will continue to make it easier for startups to use inventions and technologies developed at DOE’s national laboratories to create new businesses, new products and new jobs for American workers. The Department will also offer another online competition in 2013.

America's Next Top Energy Innovator is part of the White House Startup America Initiative that celebrates its one year anniversary today. Startup America is a multiagency effort across the Obama Administration to promote high-growth entrepreneurship by expanding access to capital, cutting red tape, and accelerate innovation through agency action.

To learn more about the Obama Administration's Startup America Initiative, the program's one year anniversary and new steps the Obama Administration is taking to support job-creating small businesses, visit HERE.

To learn more about the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Summit, visit

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