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.


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!

Dr. Mark Kelley recognized by the American Health Council

headshot of Mark Kelley, Indiana University School of Medicine and Apexian Pharmaceuticals
Mark Kelley, Indiana University School of Medicine and Apexian Pharmaceuticals

We congratulate Dr. Mark Kelley of Apexian Pharmaceuticals and the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has been named to the American Health Council’s Education Board.

Dr. Kelley is the Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research/Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Medicine. As part of the Education Board at the American Health Council, he will share his knowledge and expertise on Redox Signaling Biology, DNA repair and Cancer Drug Development.

Dr. Kelley is the Chief Scientific Officer at Apexian Pharmaceuticals, which licenses technology through the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.

You can read more about Dr. Kelley and the American Health Council here.

Insights e-newsletter now available

The Insights e-newsletter from Innovate Indiana is now available.

Read more about innovation and economic development at Indiana University’s campus system here.

Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative winners announced

Two projects have been selected for Indiana University’s Regional Campus Grand Challenges Initiative. The program focuses on regional campus faculty who are uniquely suited to engage in promising multi-disciplinary efforts to address complex challenges that face Indiana communities.

The selected projects address one of the two applied research areas: Making Indiana Healthier, to leverage the connections between health care education on IU’s regional campuses and the communities they serve in order to promote a healthier Indiana and gain a deeper understanding of Indiana’s health care challenges; or Making Indiana Smarter, to emphasize the centrality of education in sustaining our democracy and creating economic opportunity for all.

“The regional campuses are committed to engaging with their communities and regions to address the very real challenges they face together as residents,” said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. “Health and education are areas in which campus faculty have invaluable expertise that can make a difference in the lives of Hoosiers.”


Celebrating International Women’s Day: Women Inventors at IU

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re sharing the stories of three women inventors in Indiana University’s campus system whose research has been or soon will be commercialized.

Bonnie Blazer-Yost, Professor, Department of  Biology, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis

Bonnie Blazer-Yost works in her laboratory at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis
Bonnie Blazer-Yost, IUPUI

Blazer-Yost is conducting research on treatments for polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. Between one in 400 and one in 1,000 people suffer from autosomal PKD, the most commonly inherited form. While healthy adult kidneys are fist-sized and weigh less than a pound, polycystic kidneys can weigh 20 to 30 pounds and grow as big as a football before renal failure occurs. She is leading clinical trials to determine if a diabetes drug could treat PKD. More about Blazer-Yost and her research is available here.

Dawn Neumann, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine

Headshot of Dawn Neumann as she sits in front of a computer screen.
Dawn Neumann, IU School of Medicine

Neumann founded a startup company called EmotEd, launched through the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.’s Spin Up program. Neumann is developing a therapeutic software package known as Emotion Builder. It employs reality-based videos, quizzes, slide presentations, and surveys to help patients better manage and eventually reduce the emotional deficits that often accompany brain trauma. More about Neumann and EmotEd is available here.

Yvonne Lai, Senior Scientist, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

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Yvonne Lai, IU Bloomington

Lai is co-founder of Anagin, a company developing effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. By developing drugs that block the target mechanism of PTSD within the brain without triggering other mechanisms that cause crippling side effects, Anagin aims to revolutionize how the disorder is treated. The company is also pursuing a treatment to reduce the functional deficits experienced after a person suffers a traumatic brain injury. More about Yvonne Lai and Anagin co-founder Anantha Shekhar is available here.

Thank you to these women inventors whose work could one day help people not only across Indiana, but perhaps the country and the world.


New IU Kokomo computer science degree helps fill job growth demand

Two male students in a computer laboratory watch a female teacher point at a computer screen.

Indiana University Kokomo will offer a computer science degree beginning this fall semester – allowing students access to a high-paying, fast-growing career field in the state and across the country.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved the four-year degree, which will help fill some of the gap for computer science graduates in every sector, from manufacturing to banking, from agriculture to health care.

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Christian Chauret, Professor of Microbiology and Dean,
School of Sciences, IU Kokomo

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said there are not enough people earning computer science degrees to fill the jobs available.

“We strongly believe there is a need for a computer science degree in our region,” he said. “The technological field is the wave of the future, and computer science specialists will have plenty of jobs. This degree helps us fulfill the demand.”

He noted that Forbes designated Indianapolis as one of the top 10 metro areas for technology growth. Jobs available to computer science graduates, including software developer, computer programmer, computer and information systems manager, and network and computer systems administrator, are among the Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs. This list of the 50 fastest growing, high-wage jobs of tomorrow, published by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, is based on expected demand and wages in 2022.


IU Bloomington researchers invited to apply for $25,000 translational research project grants


Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington can further develop translational research projects with grants as high as $25,000 from the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research.

The Translational Research Pilot Grant Program funds the completion of proof-of-concept projects that will support the development of translational research projects with industry partners, the establishment of new companies or the strengthening of patent applications. The deadline to apply for this third round of annual funding is April 1. Funding will be made available June 1.

Individual project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be assessed on scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property. Materials must be submitted in Microsoft Word and Excel documents to the Johnson Center at Contact Johanna E. Salazar, assistant director, at 812-855-3133 or for more information.

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Keith R. Davis, Director, Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research

Keith R. Davis, director of the Johnson Center, said the Translational Research Pilot Grant Program continues to grow.

“In 2015, we received five applications, followed by 10 applications in 2016. Since the program’s inception in 2015, JCITR has awarded more than $311,000 to 13 teams of researchers,” he said. “Researchers at IU Bloomington are addressing nationwide and worldwide challenges with their work. These grants could help extend their impact even further to the marketplace and the general public.”

Representatives of all teams that received grants will speak at the third annual Bloomington Innovation Conference on April 6. It will be held in the Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union, Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington.

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Education to Employment (E2E) Convergence, April 20 in Indianapolis

advertisement for E2E Convergence event April 20 in Indianapolis. The image shows two business people, a woman and a man standing near a railing and looking over papers.  Text reads: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:30 am-2 pm. IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202. Parking available on site.Representatives of the higher education, industrial, nonprofit, government, and economic and workplace development sectors will benefit by attending the third annual Education-to-Employment (E2E) Convergence on Thursday, April 20 on the Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis campus.

The E2E Convergence is a statewide forum focused on how Indiana can build a stronger workforce by developing and retaining college graduates. It brings together all those with a stake in the successful integration of college graduates into Indiana’s workforce to identify opportunities to promote career awareness and skills development.

Currently scheduled speakers include:

  • Liz Dunlap, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, IU Health
  • Jason Kloth, President and CEO, Ascend Indiana
  • Naomi Pescovitz, Anchor and Reporter, WTHR

A reservation form for the E2E Convergence is available here.