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News Article | July 26, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

An agreement among WestGate Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation to pivot patented technologies developed for the U.S. Department of Defense has shown strong adaptability to serve other societal purposes in the public sector. "Purdue and Crane are already doing this through our previous agreement, but this new expanded collaboration called Purdue@WestGate takes our commercialization, startup creation activities and educational opportunities to Southern Indiana," said Dan Hasler, chief entrepreneurial officer of the Purdue Research Foundation. "With this new partnership, Purdue now has a physical presence in the WestGate Technology Park facility where we can offer unparalleled services for entrepreneurs, innovators and collaborators." The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization signed an agreement in 2014 with NSWC Crane to co-market available technologies including a technology transfer collaboration in 2015, 2016 award for its technology transfer partnership and a 2017 technology showcase. "Our ongoing relationship with Purdue has been beneficial for everyone involved," said Capt. Mark Oesterreich (O-strike), NSWC Crane's Commanding Officer. "Purdue's physical presence in the park should foster collaboration that will lead to support of both the region's and our innovation pipelines." Examples of Crane technologies being marketed through Purdue include a real-time vehicle damage detection system to identify damage to aircraft, commercial vehicles and space-based systems and a signal transmission surveillance system to help first responders and others pick up RF signals and identify locations needing assistance on a digital map. Click here to view other available technologies based on NSWC Crane research and marketed through Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization. "The state of Indiana is a hotbed of innovation, commercialization and startup creation and combining resources and talent from Purdue, Crane and Southern Indiana will help move these life-changing technologies to the public at an even faster rate," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. "We look forward to supporting even greater collaborations across the state that can build economic development and create more jobs for Hoosiers." The Purdue and WestGate agreement includes startup creation assistance from Purdue Foundry; increased tech transfer support from Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization; and company incubation space and amenities from WestGate@Crane Technology Park and Purdue Research Park. "The talent and opportunity is already well recognized in Southern Indiana, and we look forward to bringing the Purdue Foundry and its programming and networking opportunities to the area," said Greg Deason, senior vice president of Purdue Research Foundation and director of innovation and commercialization for the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Purdue University's Discovery Park. "Working with the WestGate Authority and Crane, we can expect a strong impact and expedient results from this collaboration." WestGate Authority covers the WestGate@Crane Technology Park, a certified tri-county technology park located in Greene, Daviess and Martin counties, which includes the Battery Innovation Center. WestGate is the only multi-county tech park in Indiana. "Purdue has several successful tech parks across Indiana and having them at WestGate is monumental for everyone in the area," said John Mensch, WestGate Authority president. "The whole region is excited for what this means in tech research and commercialization, economic growth and educational opportunities." Purdue Polytechnic Institute will provide classes for degree or continuing education and Purdue's Krannert School of Management will establish an NSF Midwest I-Corps™ Node. "The educational opportunities we plan to provide will complement the other initiatives and programs already being done or slated to begin," said Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. "We will focus on technology and innovation and include the location as part of the technology satellite programming we provide to nine other locations across Indiana." The just published Purdue Foundry and Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization Startup Guide: WestGate Edition is available for innovators and entrepreneurs in the area. The 26-page booklet provides information on technology transfer law and policy, types of licensing agreements, entrepreneurial considerations, securing funding and additional resources. Other partners with WestGate include the University of Southern Indiana's SwISTEM Resource Center, an equipment lending service located in the technology park, and Radius Indiana, a regional partnership encompassing eight counties in South Central Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington. "With this agreement, we are building on the hard work of many, many people throughout Southern Indiana and we all welcome Purdue to the area with its successful startup programs," said Becky Skillman, chairman of the board for Radius. "We look forward to the 'early wins' that will soon be generated from this collaboration." Many professionals, elected officials, business leaders, and civic figures have worked for the development of a technology park adjacent to NSA Crane Division and CAAA. WestGate@Crane Technology Park collaborates with numerous tenant, and a variety of organizations and businesses such as local and state economic development corporations, NSWC Crane Division, I-69 Innovation Corridor, Indiana Office of Defense Development, and WorkOne. WestGate@Crane Tech Park is the ideal location for business to grow and thrive due to its very strategic location. NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with focus areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's warfighter. The Warfare Center's research and development efforts support the Warfighter by providing capabilities and resources to advance technologies for the military. The mission of NSWC Crane is to provide acquisition engineering, in-service engineering and technical support for sensors, electronics, electronic warfare and special warfare weapons. 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. Purdue Research Foundation manages the office. For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at innovation@prf.org The Purdue Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization hub in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. Managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, the Purdue Foundry received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by 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.


West Lafayette, IN, July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Recent graduates from Purdue University have started a company to further develop and bring to market their SoyFoliate innovation, a soy microbead technology that could offer an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic microbeads that have been banned in the United States. Samuel Lewis, Steve Ferris and Alison Switzer, recent Doctor of Pharmacy graduates from Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, and Ryan Pendergast, a graduate from the School of Mechanical Engineering, founded the company, SoyFoliate. SoyFoliate’s product aims to fill a need in the personal care market for alternative microbead technology. Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles commonly used in personal care products for exfoliating. In 2015, the Obama administration signed a bill restricting conventional plastic microbeads because of their harmful effects on the environment. "Soy has several biodegradable and hydrophilic properties that make it a great substitute to plastic microbeads. Plastic beads do not absorb water, and soy can over time,” Lewis said. “To mitigate the problem we mixed our beads with small amounts of oil to prevent water from saturating the beads and decreasing their rigid properties.” Lewis said the team started a company in order to efficiently bring the product to market. “We’ve spent the last year conducting market research, working with industry professionals and experts in the field and getting feedback, which has all been positive,” he said. “We plan to be the first ones to market an alternative product used in a huge variety of personal care products.” SoyFoliate plans to move forward with prototyping, stability testing and business development. “We’re working on a prototype to test for shelf stability as well as ensuring it’s safe for the environment, features that will make it a consumer preferred option on the market,” Lewis said. “We are excited to update our technology with a new formulation that should offer more stability and biodegradability.” SoyFoliate aims to license the technology to personal care companies. “Our environmentally friendly soy microbeads are a highly marketable alternative to use in personal care products,” Lewis said. “We look forward to developing a finalized formulation and product and partnering with both producers and companies who will want to use it in their products.” Technology used by SoyFoliate is licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. The company is a member of the Purdue startup class of 2017. SoyFoliate’s technology received $20,000 from the 2016 Soy Innovation Competition. The company works closely with the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurial accelerator located in Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. “We’ve been working with the Purdue Foundry to build a viable product,” Lewis said. “Since we’re working toward a sublicensing business strategy, the Purdue Foundry has been essential in helping us make contact with industry personnel.” SoyFoliate’s founders are seeking more resources to accomplish their goals. “The biggest thing for us would be lab space,” Switzer said. “We need to figure out how to outsource a centralized space even if it’s through general lab space or through a partner with our company. This will help us take those next steps to creating a great product.” 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 Foundry is an entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator in Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship whose professionals help Purdue innovators create startups. Managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, the Purdue Foundry was named a top recipient at the 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Designation and Awards Program by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities 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. 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.


Patent
Technology Commercialization Office | Date: 2017-07-05

A collagen-based therapeutic delivery device includes an insoluble synthetic collagen-fibril matrix comprising a polymerization product of soluble oligomeric collagen or a polymerization product of a mixture of soluble oligomeric collagen with one or more type of non-oligomeric soluble collagen molecules, such as, for example, soluble telocollagen and/or soluble atelocollagen, and an active agent dispersed throughout the collagen-fibril matrix or within a portion of the collagen-fibril matrix. A pre-matrix composition includes an aqueous solution including soluble collagen-fibril building blocks and an active agent in the aqueous solution. The soluble collagen-fibril building blocks include soluble oligomeric collagen or a mixture of soluble oligomeric collagen with non-oligomeric soluble collagen molecules. The building blocks are operable to self-assemble into a macromolecular synthetic collagen-fibril matrix in the absence of an exogenous cross-linking agent. Methods of making and using the pre-matrix composition and the device are also provided.


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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