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News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., March 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- About 250 people packed the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center for the recent Purdue Technology Showcase that featured dozens of pioneering innovations. The technology ranged from medical devices including a hands-free crutch design and an advanced wheelchair that converts to a walker, to analytical tools including an application that can interpret gang graffiti for law enforcement officials. The event featured 37 Purdue University innovators describing their innovations in four minutes or less before international company representatives, investors and entrepreneurs. They also had booth spaces where they could present their technologies to interested attendees in a more private fashion. All  technologies presented are available for licensing through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. “This event is allowing investors and business officials a chance to see just some examples of the wealth of Purdue-affiliated, novel technologies available for licensing,” said Brooke Beier, assistant director of the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, who organized the event. “It’s our goal to match these technologies with the appropriate corporate experts to make sure they can one day be made available to benefit the general public.” Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of agricultural biological engineering, promoted his continuous cell concentration device that could make it possible to easily screen food or liquid samples for pathogens at food processing facilities. “This event gives researchers an opportunity to translate their technologies and meet investors and possible partners for such technologies in a very efficient way,” Ladisch said. “It’s very important to us because we’re working with the FDA, and this gives us another platform to let people know about the important technology.” Leaders from Nanovis, a Columbia City, Indiana-based life sciences company, were among the many attendees. The company develops implant systems that reduce fixation-related complications and infections for medical patients. “Long ago at a showcase like this we came upon the innovation, which we used to found Nanovis,” said company CEO Matt Hedrick. “These types of showcases give entrepreneurs and other business leaders a convenient look at the innovations coming out of Purdue University.” Anyone interested in learning more about any of the innovations listed below that are available for licensing through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization should call 765-588-3470 or email innovation@prf.org A video of the presenting innovators is linked below following the innovators’ names: * Ed Delp, Click to view video: Improved Automatic Recognition and Interpretation of Gang Graffiti and Tattoos * William Graves and Kris Miller, Click to view video: Novel Wheelchair with Built-In Seat Lift and Integrated Walker * Rebecca Kramer and Michelle Yuen, Click to view video: System for Printing High-Deformation Sensors into Substrates * Hyowon Lee, Click to view video: Implantable Catheter for the Prevention of Cellular Occlusion * Herman Sintim c/o Joe Kasper, Click to view video: Therapeutic for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and other Cancers * Benxin Wu and Zheng Kang, Laser-Based Fabrication of Metal Nanocomposites onto Substrates The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org.


News Article | February 8, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

West Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A high-definition mobile virtual reality 3-D motion-tracking technology for fast, accurate and easy-to-use 3-D user interface can advance to the next level thanks to $100,000 in funding from investors. AccuPS LLC, a Purdue-affiliated startup, has developed the AeroWand™, an add-on 3-D motion-tracking controller that provides a way for mobile virtual reality (VR) users to interact in the VR space. The technology includes a head-tracking device, hand controller and transmitting antenna that plug into the user’s smartphone to enable the tracking signals. “A good analogy to what we are doing is providing a mouse to PC owners – without a mouse you can just see and watch, however with a mouse you are able to engage, take action and the overall experience is more exciting, useable and fun. That’s what the AeroWand aims to do,” said Byunghoo Jung, CEO and founder of AccuPS. “The benefit of our technology is that there is minimal set up with no wires or cameras to install. The device has a low-cost, inbuilt microprocessor that can locally compute the elegant and smart algorithms we developed, and it is very simple and easy to use.” Jung said the startup is pleased with the success of the first round of investment funding. “We’re very excited to receive these funds because it represents a vote of confidence from investors who are saying they believe in our product and its potential for success,” he said. “We had a lot of great interest in our product and the money we received motivates and inspires us to continue producing an elegant, high-tech product because we know it has the potential to provide a unique, exciting experience to mobile VR users.” AccuPS recently started a second round of investment funding, after beginning the first phase in spring 2016. The investments will put the group one closer to realization of the product. “With the money we raise our first priority is to make a commercial grade prototype that meets all the required and best proponent specs,” Jung said. “This will helps us present an actual product to potential customers so they can see how it actually works and line us up for potential partnerships or additional investments in the future.” AccuPS previously received a NSF STTR grant for $225,000. The company also received a $20,000 Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund Black Award in 2015. Technology used by AccuPS has been licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. The company is located in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette. AccuPS is a tech startup providing high definition 3D interaction solutions. The first product, AeroWand, is a 3D controller for virtual reality (VR) applications. The easy-to-use yet powerful 3D controller will make VR available to everyone at a low cost. The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires property; protects Purdue's intellectual property; and promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue. The foundation manages the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Park and Purdue Technology Centers. The foundation received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org.


Indianapolis, Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., and INDIANAPOLIS – Environmental Concrete Products, a startup based on a Purdue University innovation, recently announced that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label on a technology that can be used to protect and prolong the life of new and existing concrete used on roads and other infrastructure. The product, Fluid iSoylator™, is now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. “Hardened concrete sustains damage when fluids on the surface are absorbed into its network of pores, similar to those in a sponge,” said Paul Imbrock, founder and president of Environmental Concrete Products LLC. “The technology we’ve licensed is a hydrophobic sealant that could prevent potentially damaging fluid from entering concrete pores. Fluid iSoylator is derived from soybean oil and is safe to handle and apply. Its physical properties also make it possible to be adapted for other potential uses, including a combination paint-and-sealing product.” Third-party verification for a product's biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products. “'The USDA BioPreffered certification validates Fluid iSoylator as a safe, sustainable alternative for protecting concrete infrastructure,” Imbrock said. “This achievement also confirms the commitment of Environmental Concrete Products to preserve infrastructure while promoting agriculture.” The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product's biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change. Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts. "We applaud Environmental Concrete Products for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label," said Kate Lewis of the USDA BioPreferred Program. "Products from Environmental Concrete Products are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities and decreases our reliance on petroleum." The technology was licensed to Environmental Concrete Products through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. A video about Environmental Concrete Products is available at https://youtu.be/qx2GFde0fAk. According to a USDA report released in 2015, biobased products contributed $369 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013 and support, directly and indirectly, 4 million jobs. The same report found that biobased products also displace approximately 300 million gallons of petroleum per year in the nation, which is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road. The increased production of renewable chemicals and biobased products contributes to the development and expansion of the U.S. bioeconomy - where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials. Environmental Concrete Products licenses Purdue technology and was included in the Purdue Startup Class of 2015. ECP's primary product is a soy-based concrete sealant which has been used throughout the United States on concrete of all types. The product is now offered on The Home Depot's website and can be shipped for free throughout the U.S. As ECP continues to grow, Fluid iSoylator has also been approved for use by state transportation departments. More information can be found at www.EnvironmentalConcreteProducts.com. The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology-transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org. About the USDA BioPreferred Program and Certified Biobased Product label The BioPreferred Program is a USDA-led initiative that assists the development and expansion of markets for biobased products. The BioPreferred Program is transforming the marketplace for biobased products through two initiatives: mandatory purchasing requirements for Federal Agencies and Federal contractors and voluntary product certification and labeling. Biobased products span a diverse range of applications, such as lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals and bioplastics. The USDA Certified Biobased Product label communicates a product's biobased content. Expressed as a percentage, biobased content is the ratio of non-fossil organic carbon (new organic carbon) to total organic carbon in a product. New organic carbon is derived from recently-created materials. The total organic carbon in a product consists of new organic carbon and old organic carbon that originates from fossil carbon materials, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas. Approximately 2,800 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label as of August 2016. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product label please visit www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2013-11-29

Various systems and methods may benefit from determination of environmental signatures in recordings. For example, such signatures may aid forensic analysis and alignment of media recordings, such as alignment of audio or video recordings. A method can include reading data representative of sensed light in a visual track of a video recording. The method can also include extracting an electric network frequency signal from the data representative of sensed light.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2014-11-25

A formulation for coating surfaces, for example gloves, with a tacky film comprises a hydrophobically modified biopolymer, where the hydrophobic modifications of the biopolymer correspond to between 1 and 90% of available functional groups, a plasticizer, and a volatile solvent. The formulation quickly dries into a tacky film that provides an enhanced friction of the surface.


A hemostatic putty for treatment of a variety of wounds topographies, including but not limited to highly three dimensional wounds, for example gunshot wounds and impalements, is disclosed. The putty is comprised of a matrix polymer weakly crosslinked or not crosslinked such that a viscoelastic matrix is formed. The viscoelastic nature of the putty is tunable by the composition and enables the putty to conform to a variety of wound topographies. Likewise, a hemostatic polymer, for example chitosan or hydrophobically modified chitosan, is included in this matrix to impart hemostatic properties and tissue adhesive on the putty. The hemostatic polymers disclosed prevent microbial infection and are suitable for oxygen transfer required during normal wound metabolism.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office, Childrens National Medical Center and The United States Of America | Date: 2013-10-17

The present invention relates to a biosensor capable of measuring the total concentration of one or a plurality of amino acids with the use of a reagentless system comprising an electrode modified by hydrogel that comprises at least one enzyme that oxidizes at least one substrate that is at least one amino acid. In some embodiments, the biosensor comprises a hydrogel comprising alginate. In some embodiments, the biosensor comprises use of a thermophilic bacterial metabolic enzyme immobilized or attached to the hydrogel.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2011-05-04

A directive optical device includes an optically active material which may be a light emitting material or a light collecting material. A partially reflective grating is disposed proximate to the optically active material.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2015-01-28

The present invention is directed to a hybrid high voltage aqueous electrolyte battery that combines Ni/Mg_(2)NiH_(4 )and Mg-ion rechargeable battery chemistries. The hybrid aqueous electrolyte battery can be used for plug-in hybrid electrical vehicles and electric vehicles.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2011-07-26

A system and method for visually displaying and analyzing public health data for geospatial and/or time variations, including the collection of symptom data coupled with geographic and time data, filtering the symptom data based upon a selected time period and geographic range, and creating a visual result based upon statistical modeling including power transform and/or data normalization. According to at least one embodiment, the system for visually displaying and analyzing includes selecting and performing at least one aberration detection method such as applying CUSUM analysis, quantile measures, and/or bootstrapping analysis, and displaying the result to a user via a visual analytics arrangement.

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