Curriculum Changes to Meet Client Needs

March 18 2019

Purdue Foundry has traditionally offered its keystone curriculum as two separate program offerings: Firestarter & Introduction to Customer Discovery. To keep up with demand and enhance client experience, content from both have been combined into one updated 9-week cohort session within Firestarter.

A new program offering has also been added. In addition to Firestarter, Purdue Foundry will now offer graduated Firestarter clients a series of open classroom times for devoted work on their Business Model Canvas.


Vibronix's Multi-modal intraoperative imaging tool based on ultrasound and photoacoustic tomography (PAT) that provides: High sensitivity in cancer detection & Short procedure time

Keeping your Entrepreneurship Principles Amidst Success

March 18 2019

Wiley Medical Device & Sensors recently published a research article by Vibronix Inc. For this 2014 Purdue Foundry Client, this is a business milestone success. As they point peers and clients in the direction of the article, we took time to ask how they keep their entrepreneurship roots amidst their current company success:

Q&A with Rui Li, Ph.D., VP of Operations, Vibronix Inc.


Inaugural Startup Career Fair: Hosted by the Purdue Student Entrepreneur Council at the Anvil on February 28th

Starting a Career at a Startup Company.

March 11 2019

“It takes a really good work ethic and a love for ambiguity. It’s for people who don’t want to be just another cog,” Jimmye Ahn, Director of People Operations at Crafty, explained when asked what it takes to work at a startup.

Crafty was one of the over 30 startup companies showed up to the inaugural startup career fair late February to capitalize on the draw Purdue talent has to working for startup culture rather than a more established company culture.


A new Purdue University technique to analyze proteins expressed on cancer cells shows promise in more rapidly detecting these cell types in patients.

Cancer testing method is sensitive enough to detect cancer cells in very early stages, short amount of time.

February 20 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The days – or even weeks – spent waiting for the results of a cancer-screening test can feel like an eternity. Especially when early diagnosis and quick action are tied to better outcomes.

Now, a new technique to analyze proteins expressed on cancer cells shows promise in more rapidly detecting these cell types.

“Pathogen or cancer cell identification often relies on culturing a sample, which can take several days,” said Darci Trader, an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology in Purdue University’s College of Pharmacy, who led the research team. “We have recently developed a method to screen one-bead-one-compound libraries against biological targets such as proteins or antibodies.”


believes the Purdue screening method could be developed into a rapid, sensitive technique to identify cancer cells in patient blood samples. This could expedite cancer diagnosis and lead to better patient outcomes.

The novel screening technique is featured in the Jan. 24


of ACS Combinatorial Science. “We are invested in this technology because of our passion to develop better screening techniques for a wide variety of diseases,” Trader said. “Cancer, in particular, has touched the lives of many of our friends and families, so being able to contribute to better detection methods is very special to us.”


Superfund sites, such as the Gowanus Canal in New York City, have been identified by the EPA as being polluted by highly dangerous wastes. A Purdue water and soil analysis technology may help improve cleanup and monitoring at contaminated Superfund sites a

Purdue water, soil analysis technology may help improve cleanup and monitoring at contaminated Superfund sites across the U.S.

February 20 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – At least 53 million Americans, including about 18 percent of the nation’s children, live less than three miles from a Superfund site, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Congress created the Superfund program in 1980 to pay for the cleanup of sites identified by the EPA as polluted by highly dangerous wastes.

There are currently more than 1,300 such waste sites across the U.S. The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) reports that more than 80 percent of these sites and more than 3,000 similarly hazardous Department of Defense sites contain chlorinated solvents. Those solvents are chemicals that were used widely in the past in industrial cleaning and manufacturing operations and pose a significant contamination threat to groundwater supplies.

A Purdue University team, led by Joe Sinfield, an associate professor in Purdue’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering, and involving former Purdue researcher Chike Monwuba, has developed a new method to detect the presence of these hazardous solvents in water and soil. The method offers the potential to enhance monitoring operations and improve the efficiency of remediation efforts.

“Our method is accurate, quick and can detect very low concentrations of the target contaminants,” said Sinfield, who also serves as the director of Purdue’s College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program.


Socio is a Purdue University student startup that has now expanded its statewide presence.

Purdue student startups expand to statewide presence

February 20 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Networking is a cornerstone to entrepreneurial success,

and continuing to expand and grow such networks can expand and grow a business, and two Purdue University student startups are taking advantage of such opportunities across the state of Indiana.

Socio Labs Inc. and Mimir, two software companies that each began as Purdue student startups, are expanding to Indianapolis.

“The university is a great environment to spark creative ideas and turn them into successful business ventures that are vital to our global competitiveness,” said Yarkin Sakucoglu, CEO of Socio, a software company that began as a Purdue student startup. “We are very excited to be part of the growing startup and tech ecosystem and provide hundreds of jobs to fellow Hoosiers here in Indianapolis.”


Innovative bio-based air filter could transform air filtration, possibly reduce airborne allergens indoors

February 14 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The World Health Organization estimates that 90 percent of people breathe polluted air, which causes 7 million premature deaths each year. That’s why Ongenia LLC, a Purdue-affiliated startup, is developing a bio-material alternative to standard heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units’ air filters.

Typical HVAC units control heat and air supply as well as ventilation in indoor spaces to achieve the desired room temperature and humidity. The units also include filters of polyester or fiberglass that remove large particles out of the air. Common air pollutants include dust, smoke and dirt, which can affect both indoor and outdoor air quality.


More nutritious, better tasting, non-GMO ‘orange corn’ launches in US markets

February 06 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – “Orange corn,” a more nutritious, naturally selected variety of corn is now available in the U.S. markets through Purdue-affiliated startup NutraMaize LLC.


Refillable’ technology could provide enough energy to drive an electric car up to 3,000 miles

February 07 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new type of electric vehicle power using “refillable” technology has taken another giant leap in advancing alternative energy with testing that shows it could provide enough energy to run a car for about 3,000 miles.


AI technology addresses parts accuracy, a major manufacturing challenge in 3D printing for $7.3 billion industry

February 07 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Imagine using machine learning to ensure that the pieces of an aircraft fit together more precisely, and can be assembled with less testing and time. That is one of the uses behind new technology being developed by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Southern California.



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