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November 27, 2023 | Tom Ballard

“Chain Reaction Innovations” earns Chicago Innovation Award

The event is the largest annual celebration of new products, services, and organizations across industries and sectors in the Midwest.

Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI),” the entrepreneurship program at Argonne National Laboratory, has earned a 2023 Chicago Innovation Award.

The awards program honors organizations that demonstrate a commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the betterment of communities. In addition, the program recognizes organizations that are solving unmet needs, creating jobs, and generating new funding in the Chicago metro area. It is the largest annual celebration of new products, services, and organizations across industries and sectors in the Midwest.

Like “Innovation Crossroads,” its sibling operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CRI is a Department of Energy Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP) node that enables scientists and engineers to collaborate with Argonne staff researchers to transform innovative ideas into practical, marketable technologies. CRI offers a nurturing ecosystem, which includes access to cutting-edge research facilities, expert mentorship, business training, and essential resources to develop revolutionary solutions.

“We’re thrilled that CRI is being recognized for its scientific leadership in fast-tracking transformative innovations to market,” said Argonne Director Paul Kearns. “With the help of supportive mentors and cutting-edge facilities, our CRI entrepreneurs are accelerating the science that drives U.S. prosperity and security.”


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