Bloomington Innovation Conference brings together industry leaders, IU Bloomington researchers on April 6

Lab with Steve Boehm, science student in lab with professor

The third annual Bloomington Innovation Conference continues its mission to bring some of the best Indiana University research to the marketplace.

Researchers will highlight new and continuing innovation in the Indiana University Bloomington research community, and regional industry leaders will get early exposure to cutting-edge work that could potentially lead to commercial products and services.

The conference will be Thursday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frangipani Room in the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Nick Nikolaides of the University of Cincinnati will be the keynote  speaker. It is sponsored by the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research. Seating is limited; to reserve your seat, visit here.

More information about the conference is available here.

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Forbes: Indianapolis ranks high among American metropolitan areas in creating technology jobs

The Indianapolis skyline captured from the roof of The Tower residence hall, with the super moon, on Monday November 14, 2016.

According to a Forbes survey of American metropolitan areas, the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson area ranks #5 in the country in creating high-tech jobs.

In the Forbes article, which you can read here, the authors write, “Another surprising up and comer is Indianapolis in fifth place. The share of STEM jobs in the local economy, 5%, is close to the national average but STEM employment is up 18% since 2006. Tech employment has grown rapidly, with the job count at tech companies up an impressive 68% since 2006, led by 1,700% growth at Internet-based businesses and 8,100 new jobs in custom programming and systems design.”

A gallery that outlines the methodology to determine rankings and highlights the top 15 metropolitan areas is available here.

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IURTC Outreach: Jennifer Finefield to speak at March 21 panel discussion

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Jennifer Finefield, Senior Technology Manager, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation

Jennifer Finefield, senior technology manager at Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., will speak on a panel titled “How Secure Are Your Patents?”

The event will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the downtown Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, 11 S. Meridian Street. The event is sponsored by the Indiana Health Industry Forum, and it is open to the public.

Finefield said discussing patent legislation is important.

“Inventors, patent holders and licensees need to understand the current state of patent reform because changes can affect their patents and patent applications,” she said. “The changes can create openings for a patent to be challenged, which patent holders and licensees do not want.”

Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, it was issued 165 patents from domestic and international sources.

“My colleagues at IURTC and I are committed to creating the strongest patent applications possible on Indiana University intellectual property. It is the first step in the process to bring new products and processes to the market where they can affect people’s lives around the world,” Finefield said. “I’m excited to represent IURTC on this panel discussion about how the changing patent landscape affects licensing.”

IU doctors, Purdue University researchers collaborate to create embedding program

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Brittani Bungart is a MD/PhD student at the IU School of Medicine who is participating in The Walther Oncology Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Embedding Program. | PHOTO BY JOHN UNDERWOOD, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

The Oncological Sciences Center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park and Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center are collaborating to create a less invasive means of detecting prostate cancer.

The Walther Oncology Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Embedding Program places either a Purdue student or postdoctoral trainee studying the physical and chemical/sciences or engineering into the IU Simon Cancer Center; or an IU postdoctoral trainee or medical fellow/resident/junior faculty into a Purdue laboratory.

The program creates a more fluid exchange of knowledge between two disciplines that possess a unique skill set that can be put toward developing medical devices and treatments.

You can read more information about the embedding program and the work to create the prostate cancer detector here.

Students showcase entrepreneurial skills in 2017 JagStart competition

Four students, two women and two men, stand shoulder to shoulder, holding oversized checks. The students were named winners of the 2017 JagStart Business Pitch competition held at IUPUI.
Winning teams from the 2017 JagStart Elevator Pitch Competition

Entrepreneurship knows no bounds, least of all age or industrial/educational sector. The 2017 finalists in the JagStart Elevator Competition are proof.

JagStart, sponsored by the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, brought together 15 student entrepreneurial teams who pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges. The students came from a wide range of schools including business, engineering and technology, informatics and computing, and science.

Congratulations to Autumn Fox, a senior biology major at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Her pitch for “Ecopatch” won the competition. Fox received $2,500 for earning first prize.

Read about the winning projects and the students who pitched them during JagStart here.

Video: IU School of Medicine collaboration part of larger economic development groundswell in Evansville

headshot of Kirk White, Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships
Kirk White, Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships

Kirk White, Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, spoke to Inside Indiana Business about a collaboration among southern Indiana hospitals – including Evansville’s Deaconess Health System, Jasper’s Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, and Vincennes’ Good Samaritan Hospital – and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The minute-long video and an article can be watched here.

The article also references an increase in construction in the Evansville area, including the $70 million IU School of Medicine project.

 

In Their Own Words: IU-based medical software startup Digital Health Solutions LLC

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Dr. Stephen Downs, President, Digital Health Solutions LLC

Digital Health Solutions LLC, founded by Dr. Stephen Downs and Tammy Dugan of the Indiana University School of Medicine, is commercializing software that can help doctors improve quality of care for pediatric patients.

Downs and Dugan wrote about the software, called CHICA, and the company for TechPoint, whose mission is to promote and accelerate the growth of Indiana’s technology sector. In the article, they wrote, “The software has been the subject of dozens of clinical studies that consistently show improved adherence to clinical guidelines.”

Tammy Dugan, chief technology officer, Digital Health Solutions LLC
Tammy Dugan, chief technology officer, Digital Health Solutions LLC

You can read Steve and Tammy’s article about Digital Health Solutions, titled “New software company improving primary care of children,” here.

Congratulations to Digital Health Solutions on improving people’s lives!

IU, other universities receive NSF grant to aid women, other minority entrepreneurs

Indiana University, the University of Louisville, and Missouri University of Science and Technology were awarded a $225,000 grant for a pilot program called AWARE: ACCESS: Building Innovation Capacity through Diversity. The program will help women and other minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their successes in securing money to commercialize their inventions.

“We are thrilled to help Midwestern female and minority entrepreneurs become better equipped to compete for federal funding through this regional grant from the NSF,” said Padma Portonovo, program manager at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

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IURTC Outreach: Five to attend AUTM annual meeting, March 12-15

Personnel from Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. will visit Hollywood, Florida, from March 12-15 to attend the 2017 annual meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers. IURTC protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry.

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David Wilhite, Director of Technology Commercialization, Indianapolis

David Wilhite, Director of Technology Commercialization in Indianapolis, said the AUTM Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for IURTC to network with a variety of audiences.

“We network and learn from colleagues at other universities who do the same thing we do: evaluate, protect, market and license innovations discovered by university researchers. While each university is unique, it remains valuable to learn from one another, especially best practices that might be adapted and adopted for other settings,” he said.

“More industry licensing representatives have been attending the AUTM Annual Meeting as well. This means we can further strengthen relationships with potential licensees who may have an interest in an Indiana University-discovered invention.”

IURTC personnel who will attend the meeting are Wilhite; Marie Kerbeshian, Vice President of Technology Commercialization; Brion St Amour, General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property; and John Montgomery and Katherine Moynihan, technology managers. St Amour will be a panelist during a session titled “Patent Management from the Inside: A Dialog between Internal and External Patent Professionals.”

Have a terrific time at the AUTM Annual Meeting!