Published: November 15, 2021
RICHLAND, Wash.—Christina Lomasney, a veteran entrepreneur with experience in technology innovation and commercialization, has been named director of Technology Deployment and Outreach at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Lomasney has two decades of experience bringing advanced materials and environmental remediation innovations to U.S. and global markets. A physicist with a deep background in materials science and electrochemistry, Lomasney was named one of the World’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs by Fortune in 2015.
At PNNL, Lomasney will partner with the business community to commercialize intellectual property developed by PNNL's scientists and engineers. She also will lead PNNL's industry engagement activities and manage affiliations with state, regional and national technology-based business associations. In this role, Lomasney will create new start-up and entrepreneurship initiatives and capabilities that are designed to boost job creation, create new markets for ideas and products, and maximize the impact of federal science investments.
“To move technologies into the marketplace, we need strategic partners who will further develop innovations into a commercial-ready product or solution and, ultimately, increase U.S. competitiveness and create new jobs,” said Tony Peurrung, PNNL’s deputy director for science and technology. “To date, Christina has spent her career turning innovative technology into thriving new businesses. We want to tap that expertise and look for innovative pathways to bring our intellectual property—which spans nearly every U.S. market—to industry.”
In 2007, Lomasney founded Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based company that develops and commercializes a novel class of nanostructured materials that resist corrosion better than steel. While at Modumetal, Lomasney raised more than $100 million in equity and non-equity funding and created partnerships with several Fortune 500 companies. She served as the company’s president and CEO until 2020.
Her first start-up, Isotron Corp., developed technologies for use in large-scale decontamination and environmental restoration projects. The company’s customers included the U.S. military, and its technologies were used to decontaminate commercial and industrial sites after the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan.
Lomasney serves by gubernatorial appointment on the board for JCDREAM, the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials. JCDREAM was created to support collaborative academic and industry programs to secure supply chains for critical materials in Washington state.
Lomasney serves as a board member of the Association of Washington Business Institute, as a fellow with the Unreasonable Group, and a mentor on IP strategy with the Founders Institute. She also is an Entrepreneur in Residence with Washington State University Tri-Cities and previously was a board member for the Science and Engineering Business Association and a commissioner on the Washington Economic Development Commission.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Washington in Seattle.
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Published: November 15, 2021