Christina LomasniCo-founder and former CEO of high-tech metal startup Modumetal, has joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a government-supported research center located in eastern Washington.
As director of technology deployment and outreach, Lomasni will help take PNNL’s research out of the lab and into the real world, commercializing intellectual property developed by world-leading scientists and engineers in a $1.2 billion organization.
PNNL aims to help America tackle some of the most challenging issues related to sustainable energy, national energy, and scientific discovery.
“It’s awesome,” Lomasni said of PNNL and its innovation prowess. “Like, holy mackerel. How many times in life do you get to see an effect like this?”
Lomasni certainly has the right feel for the role.
In 2007 he founded Modumetal, a Seattle startup that developed an innovative metal fabrication process as a way of offering better performance at an affordable cost than conventional steel. As CEO, he helped build important early partnerships with corporate partners such as Chevron and BP.
Lomasni also founded Isotron, which worked with government agencies on environmental remediation techniques (modumetal spun out from Isotron). She was also previously a project manager at Boeing.
The University of Washington-trained physicist and longtime entrepreneur left Modumetal last year after he was terminated by the board after a 13-year run.
She returned to UW during the pandemic and completed her master’s degree in physics. Lomasni also spent some time consulting with startups.
When the opportunity came to join PNNL, she knew it was the right next step, especially “as .” Energy represents a potential threat to mankind.”
“This is an organization that’s going to change the grid as we know it,” Lomasni said.
PNNL was created to help the country reduce its oil dependence, Lomasni noted. And now its focus is on building technology and materials that will power the next generation of energy. Pressuring global needs for new solutions.
Lomasni said she wants to help PNNL create more effective ways to engage with industry, not only at the end of the technology transfer process, but even earlier – for example, by using industry partners to find out what Techniques have to be given priority.
PNNL was formed in 1965 and employs more than 5,000 employees. It reported $1.24 billion in annual spending for the most recent fiscal year. About 200 companies have their PNNL roots. The organization is operated by the Battelle for Science Office of the US Department of Energy.
Lomasney is now based in Richland, Wash., where PNNL is headquartered, but it still has a home in Seattle. In addition to her new role at PNNL, she is also working with Washington State University on building an entrepreneurship program.
Lomasni recently started an innovation and industrialization workshop called Jackworks (formerly known as ElWorks), but is putting that project on hiatus for now.
Meanwhile, Modumetal continues to operate under the new leadership. Lomasni had previously stated that she would not leave the company, and that her dismissal was the decision of the board.
Lomasni, who is still a shareholder in the company, told GeekWire last week that she wants to see Modumetal succeed. “I hope the company will be wildly successful,” she said.
The company raised $14 million in 2019 and a new SEC filings Turns out it recently pulled in additional funding. We have contacted Modemetal for more information.