International electric power leader SEL to build 100,000-sq-foot facility, create up to 300 new jobs in Purdue Discovery Park

April 19 2018

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)announces plans to build a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research in the Purdue Discovery Park District designed to support up to 300 new high-tech jobs.

In addition, Purdue alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III, and his wife, Beatriz Schweitzer, will donate funds to support the pipeline of innovation at Purdue, with $1.5 million going to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering or ECE to endow a professorship, and another $1.5 million to support the school’s power and energy systems research area.


Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane enters cooperative research and development agreement with Purdue@WestGate

April 19 2018

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Purdue Research Foundation at Purdue@WestGate aimed at connecting the division’s unique, leading-edge technical skills and technology with private Indiana companies.

“This CRADA is yet another unique resource for new technology ventures in the state,” said Jason Salstrom, director for Purdue@WestGate. “This CRADA complements the award-winning programming taking place at WestGate by providing access to NSWC Crane’s extraordinary technology resources.”

Salstrom said the CRADA will connect small businesses to Crane’s numerous labs, equipment and expert workforce and will help companies in solving commercial technology challenges.


Purdue, Browning announce second major project for Discovery Park District, unveil 30-year master plan

April 16 2018

A master plan for the $1 billion Discovery Park District unveiled today (Monday) outlines a 30-year commitment to transform the west side of the Purdue University campus into a mixed-use gateway for intellectual discourse and commercial partnerships.

Purdue Research Foundation and Indianapolis-based Browning Investments LLC are partnering on the long-term project to build a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural and community activities.

“We are building off the State Street Redevelopment Project and the outstanding research that is conducted in Discovery Park. We recognize that the Discovery Park District is the next step in the evolution of Purdue University as the place to go for intellectual challenge and innovation advancement,” said Dan Hasler, Purdue Research Foundation chief entrepreneurial officer. “The district will provide the necessary amenities to bring current and future leaders of academics and business together. It is a long-term commitment and we are being very careful with each step of the process to make sure it is done right, because the Discovery Park District will be the front door to Purdue University for generations to come.”


Microscopic oxygen bubbles could help improve cancer therapeutics and accelerate wound healing

April 12 2018

A Purdue University-patented technology shows promise in using microscopic bubbles filled with oxygen to help with various medical treatments, including improving cancer therapeutics and helping wounds heal faster.

Samara Biotech LLC, a Purdue startup, has developed an easy-to-use method to inject oxygen “nanobubbles” intravenously so they can be targeted precisely at wounds or cancerous tumors. The bubbles do not actually do the therapies, but enhance other therapies, such as improving chemotherapeutics or radiation efficacy, said Pushpak Bhandari, Samara Biotech founder.

“It’s an oxygen delivery system at its core that can be applied toward many diseased states,” Bhandari said “Oxygen is critical in almost every biological process, so this helps in a variety of ways.”


LA-based venture fund to support Purdue research, technologies, startups

April 11 2018

Los Angeles-based Kairos Ventures and Purdue Research Foundation today announced a partnership to bring substantial venture funding support to Purdue University research, technologies and startups with high commercial potential.

The collaboration provides additional leverage for Purdue’s startup ecosystem and supports investments in companies commercializing Purdue’s intellectual property.

“The Kairos partnership with Purdue opens a whole new door for technologies and startups coming out of Purdue. We anticipate that this multi-million dollar collaboration will provide another strong avenue to move Purdue’s life-changing innovations to the marketplace through successful commercialization,” said Dan Hasler, Purdue’s chief entrepreneurial officer. “The funding could be used in a number of ways from pre-commercialization research projects to early-stage investments to Series A investments in companies.”


Mapping arteries could help avoid complications and improve outcomes in oral surgeries

April 10 2018

A Purdue University-affiliated startup has devised a way to map arteries in the roof of a person’s mouth to help avoid complications and improve outcomes in oral surgery.

Starfish Engineering LLC has developed a method using light to image arteries and lesions through the tissue in the roof of the mouth. Surgeons working in the area of the mouth use the greater palatine artery as a landmark and need to know where it is to avoid damaging it or its surrounding nerves. But studies have shown that there can be a discrepancy of up to 4 millimeters between where surgeons believe the artery is and where it actually is, a disparity that can cause a variety of surgical complications and injuries.

A potential serious complication is hemorrhage. Significant bleeding can occur if the greater palatine artery is severed, especially if the artery retracts into the bony canal making it difficult to access. Most surgeons, therefore, justifiably avoid involving the entire range of possible locations of the greater palatine artery and surrounding area in the surgical field. However, due to significant individual variation, landmarks only provide a rough estimate of the actual location in a given patient. At present there is no available device to accurately identify the location of the foramen and artery in an individual patient in real time during surgery, and is therefore an unmet clinical need.


NIH awards MR-Link $228,325 to advance development of its magnetic resonance-compatible bio-recording system

April 05 2018

A Purdue University-affiliated startup that is developing an affordable device to allow researchers and medical professionals to conduct MRI scans with increased efficiency, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

MR-Link LLC of West Lafayette has secured the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant of $228,325. The goal of the program is to use federal funds to support scientific excellence and increase private sector commercialization of technological innovation.


New liquid modeling technique predicts chemical reactions and lowers drug development costs

April 05 2018

A Purdue-affiliated company is developing a way to reduce drug development costs by more accurately and efficiently modeling molecules and chemical reactions in liquid solutions. This will allow chemists to better understand process details of molecule synthesis.

QUAIL Modeling LLC, an acronym for Quantum Applications in Liquids, was co-founded by Tillmann Kubis, research assistant professor in Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Network for Computational Nanotechnology and Purdue Center for Predictive Materials and Devices, and James Charles, a Ph.D. student in the same department.

The software was developed out of a need to better understand how molecules react in liquids.


Purdue Polytechnic launches cybersecurity courses for NSWC Crane, defense industry, public

April 05 2018

This summer, Purdue Polytechnic Institute will provide two cybersecurity courses at WestGate@Crane Technology Park as the first certification opportunities in the CareerMakers series as part of the Purdue@WestGate educational programming.

“The CareerMakers program offers courses around industry needs,” said Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan, associate director in Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s Workforce Engagement Department. “Protecting our national cybersecurity is a top priority for Crane Naval and its contractors, and bringing our West Lafayette academic programming to Purdue@WestGate will not only provide participants with the expertise they need and also provide the critical certification in cybersecurity required by these experts.”

Through assessment interviews and focus groups, Naval Surface Warfare Centers’ Crane Division, or NSWC Crane, articulated security as the largest training need with cybersecurity being a top priority within that category.


Startup that launched bicycle sharing program at Purdue in 2017 is expanding to campuses around the country

April 05 2018

A startup that launched a dockless bicycle sharing business at Purdue University and West Lafayette in October is expanding to other universities and cities.

The University of Kansas and New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, have signed contracts with VeoRide Inc., which allows riders to use a smartphone to locate a nearby bike and unlock it.

“We believe bike shares have the power to transform a community, not just by addressing their transportation needs, but also by providing an opportunity to connect with others and be active,” said Candice Xie, VeoRide’s business development vice president.

VeoRide also expects to add several more universities and cities in the coming weeks. Since its bike sharing program began in October at Purdue and West Lafayette, VeoRide bikes have been ridden more than 15,400 times.

VeoRide will initially make 180 KU-branded bikes available at designated bike parking areas across the campus in Lawrence, Kansas.



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