|[January 30, 2013]
Innovation Fund Boosts Commercialization of Purdue Technologies
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --(Business Wire)--
Purdue University (News - Alert) innovations in research areas including personal
health monitoring, advanced diabetes treatment and energy-efficient
metal sheet processing, received more than $260,000 in the most recent
round of awards through the Trask Innovation Fund.
Research Foundation-managed Trask
Innovation Fund is a technology development program to assist
faculty who have disclosed a discovery to the Purdue
Office of Technology Commercialization.
Innovation Fund provides critical financial support to Purdue
researchers who have patented a technology but need to develop a
prototype or finalize research data that supports the discovery's move
to the public," said Joseph B. Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer
and COO of the Purdue Research Foundation.
The 10-member Trask Innovation Advisory Council is composed of external
business executives and representatives from the Purdue
Research Foundation, Purdue
University Office of the Vice President for Research and Purdue
"The process is competitive and the recipients must demonstrate how the
discovery will meet a public need, how soon the technology can be
commercialized, and how the Trask funds will help the researcher advance
its development," said Richard O. Buckius, Purdue's vice president for
research and co-director of the Trask Advisory Council.
Project managers from the Purdue
Office of Technology Commercialization collaborate with Purdue
researchers to move their discoveries through the patent and
"One of our primary goals is to encourage and support the development of
new products that have commercial potential," said Elizabeth Hart-Wells,
assistant vice president of the Purdue Office of Technology
Commercialization and co-director of the Trask Advisory Council. "Each
of our project managers is specialized in a specific discipline, and
they work directly with researchers to protect Purdue's intellectual
property, and to translate and ultimately license a new technology to
appropriate industry partners."
The researchers, projects and award amounts for this round of Trask
* Paul Collodi, professor, and Ten-Tsao Wong, research associate, both
in the Purdue Department of Animal Sciences, "Large-scale Production of
Infertile Fish for Aquaculture and the Pet Industry," $44,233. The
innovation could improve production of large aquaculture operations by
preventing the release of farmed fish into the environment and the
spread of invasive species. The funding will focus on how well the
innovation can be applied to large-scale commercial hatchery operations.
* Edward J. Delp, professor in the Purdue School of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, and Carol Boushey, University of Hawaii Cancer
Center, "TADA Commercialization," $32,944. The product could help
individuals collect nutritional consumption data through the mobile
phone tool "Technology Assisted Dietary Assessment" or TADA. The
innovation enables users to take photos of food and receive estimates of
the nutrient content through their mobile phone.
* Alyssa Panitch, associate head and professor in the School of
Biomedical Engineering, "Development of Proteoglycans for Treatment of
Osteoarthritis," $45,203. The project is designed to suppress arthritic
cartilage loss as a treatment for osteoarthritis.
* Y. Charlie Hu, professor in the School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, "Critical Prototype Development of Eprof: Fine-Grained
Smartphone," $50,000. The innovation could enable the development of
energy-efficient apps for energy-constrained mobile devices such as
* Jenna L. Rickus, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural
and Biological Engineering, "In Vivo Assessment of Biosilica Coated
Cells," $50,000. The innovation could improve therapies for diseases
such as Type 1 diabetes by improving the outcomes of islet
transplantation and providing new methods for testing drug therapies for
use by the pharmaceutical industry.
* Kevin P. Trumble, professor in the School of Materials Engineering;
Srinivasan Chandrasekar, professor, School of Industrial Engineering;
and Mert Efe, post-doctoral fellow, School of Materials Engineering.
"Scale-up of LSEM: A Low-cost and Energy-efficient Manufacturing Process
for Metal Sheets and Strips," $37,950. Large Strain Extrusion Machining
(LSEM) is a patented manufacturing process capable of producing metal
strips of industry standard thicknesses and lengths in a single step
that reduces initial capital investments by up to 60 percent and reduces
production costs by 20 percent over current technologies. The project
will develop a prototype of the innovation and collect commercially
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