IU scientists identify therapy with potential to eliminate dialysis need

Dr. Robert Bacallao of the School of Medicine points at a colorful image of a kidney on a computer while a student looks on.

Scientists at Indiana University have identified a therapy that could help reverse damage from acute kidney injury and eliminate the need for dialysis treatment in the future.

Acute kidney injury commonly occurs after either cardiac surgery or prolonged vascular surgery procedures, said lead researcher Dr. Robert L. Bacallao, associate professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine. It can also occur with blood loss from trauma, so it’s a frequent problem for the military.

portrait of Dr. Robert Bacallao
Dr. Robert Bacallao

“It’s almost like a classic cable-TV problem,” he said. “If you have a good cable running through your neighborhood, but then the last 10 feet going to your house doesn’t work, as far as you’re concerned, you have bad cable. That’s what we’re seeing in acute kidney injury: It’s that last little bit that seems to be affected, and this procedure repairs that.”

Bacallao is co-founder and chief scientific officer of Rene Medical, which was formed to commercialize the research just published. The company licensed it from the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and is a member of IURTC’s Spin Up entrepreneurial program.

“We have raised $100,000 in funding and have conducted a successful proof-of-concept study in a large animal model,” Bacallao said. “Our next steps include another large animal study refining our first-generation catheter and creating a proprietary device to perform the procedure reproducibly and safely.”

More information about the research and its commercialization is available online.

IURTC Outreach: Tony Armstrong selected for panel discussion hosted by Indianapolis Business Journal

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Tony Armstrong, President and CEO, Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.

Tony Armstrong, president and CEO of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., will participate in a panel discussion of industry experts about the life sciences Friday, April 28, in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Business Journal is hosting the Power Breakfast Series – Life Sciences event at the Marriott Indianapolis, 350 W. Maryland St. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the breakfast and discussion begin at 8 a.m.

Among topics to be discussed are:

  • Making funding more available for life sciences startups.
  • 2017 trends in the life sciences sector.
  • New developments with the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute.

Other scheduled panelists are Bill Knerr, Ernst & Young; Jan Lundberg, Lilly Research Laboratories; Anne Ruff, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman; Derek Small, Assembly Biosciences; and Joe Trebley, Monon Bioventures.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are available online. IBJ subscribers receive a 20 percent discount.

More than 120 education, industry leaders attend 2017 Education-to-Employment Convergence forum

Five people sit at the E2E panelist table

Subjects including quality of place, the advantages millennials bring to the workplace, what graduates care about when researching employers and others were discussed by panelists during the third annual Education-to-Employment Convergence April 20 in Indianapolis.

The Education-to-Employment Convergence is a statewide forum focused on ensuring a smooth education-to-employment transition for Indiana college students. At the lunchtime forum hosted at the IUPUI Campus Center, representatives from higher education, state government, workforce development and various industries learned, networked and shared best practices for producing more career-ready talent in Indiana.

Women and men at the E2E Convergence listen to the panelists

The event had more than 120 attendees from around the state, including leaders in the educational and industrial sectors. Jason Kloth of Ascend Indiana gave the keynote address. Panelists were Kloth; Liz Dunlap, IU Health; Jill Lehman, Ontario Systems; Jeff Rea, South Bend Regional Chamber; and Bill Stephan, Indiana University. The panel discussion was moderated by Naomi Pescovitz of WTHR.

Nasser Paydar, chancellor of IUPUI, welcomes attendees to the E2E Convergence

Congratulations to Subir Bandyopadhyay of Indiana University Northwest

 

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Subir Bandyopadhyay has been named the 2016-17 Distinguished Service Award winner at Indiana University Northwest.

We congratulate Subir Bandyopadhyay, professor in Indiana University Northwest’s Department of Marketing, on being the 2016-17 Distinguished Service Award winner. The award recognizes distinguished service by IU Northwest faculty and is designed to recognize substantive, significant and sustained activities across the academic career while a member of the IU community.

Bandyopadhyay also is the university’s representative on the IU Council for Regional Engagement and Economic Development. CREED representatives review proposals by IU entities for Regional Economic Development, or RED, Fund awards. His role as the IU Northwest representative on CREED is to promote economic development activities in the seven-county catchment area.

“I report salient economic development activities to the CREED meetings,” he said. “I also work with my colleagues to organize workshops and seminars to help small businesses and entrepreneurs with business-related issues. These initiatives are often supported by RED funds.”

Bandyopadhyay said small businesses generate more employment and growth than large businesses.

“One of the focal areas of CREED is to help promote small businesses and entrepreneurs,” he said. “For example, we organize workshops on critical business-related topics including social media marketing, digital marketing, business planning, marketing communication, and so on. These workshops offer vital skill sets to entrepreneurs to help them thrive in the business environment.”

Bandyopadhyay said he is honored that his service to IU, IU Northwest and the Northwest Indiana community during his 16-year tenure has been recognized at the university level.

“It inspires me to do even more than what I have accomplished so far,” he said. “I believe service is about giving back more than what you take. I will continue to serve with this belief in mind.”

Congratulations again, Subir!

IU-based startup The Bee Corp. publishes annual report on its social, environmental benefit

Ellie Symes, CEO of The Bee Corp., wears a beekeeper's hat and mask as she inspects a beehive's frame.

The Bee Corp., an agriculture technology startup founded by Indiana University alumni Ellie Symes, Simon Kuntz and Wyatt Wells, has published its 2016 benefit report to its website.

The Bee Corp. is a benefit corporation, which is a legal entity that allows business leaders to pursue socially and environmentally beneficial causes without violating fiduciary responsibilities.

As part of the commitment these companies take to pursue higher levels of purpose, accountability and transparency, benefit corporations publish an annual benefit report to highlight their achievements and challenges in creating a social benefit.

Among the highlights of The Bee Corp.’s benefit report are:

  • Supporting Beekeepers: “Our company benefits beekeepers by applying technology to improve beekeeping methods and reduce hive loss in order to ensure the practice can be passed down to future generations.”
  • Safeguarding Food Security: “Our company benefits society and the environment by protecting food security through restoring sustainable honeybee populations to fortify our agriculture production system.”
  • 2016 Initiatives:
    • Develop a model to begin preventing hive losses in 2017.
    • Formulate partnerships with companies dedicated to pollinators.
    • Secure pollinator-friendly hive sites to conduct 2017 research and development.
    • Build supply chain with companies that encourage sustainable practices.
    • Minimize the carbon footprint generated through business activities.
  • 2017 Goals:
    • Expand data collection and analysis from hives across the globe.
    • Translate hive data into actionable information to prevent hive loss.
    • Improve beekeepers’ response time for replacing a non-laying queen.
    • Minimize fuel consumption for hive management.

The complete benefit report is available on The Bee Corp’s website.

In 2017, the company was featured on the websites of R&D magazine, Agriculture.com, Xconomy.com, and Inside Indiana Business, among others. Its founders won the 2015-16 Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology Competition hosted by Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing and Kelley School of Business. A video about the company also is available online.

beehive's queen is surrounded by worker bees

Speakers at E2E Convergence to highlight industry, education know-how for workplace development

Photo of the IUPUI Campus Center at night.

A diverse group of speakers has been announced for the Education-to-Employment Convergence event taking place April 20 on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. This annual statewide forum focuses on ensuring a smooth education-to-employment transition for Indiana college students.

The speakers will provide insight regarding workplace-development programs around Indiana. Representatives from higher education, state government, workforce development and various industries are invited to learn, network and share best practices for producing more career-ready talent in Indiana.

The scheduled speakers for the third annual Education-to-Employment Convergence are:

* Liz Dunlap, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, IU Health.

* Jason Kloth, president and CEO, Ascend Indiana.

* Jill Lehman, vice president of administration and chief people officer, Ontario Systems.

* Nasser H. Paydar, chancellor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

* Naomi Pescovitz, anchor and reporter, WTHR.

* Jeff Rea, president and CEO, South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce.

* Bill Stephan, vice president for engagement, Indiana University.

Parking will be available onsite at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The event will be held in Room 450 and begins with lunch and networking at 11:30 a.m. Kloth, the keynote speaker, is scheduled to address attendees at 12:05 p.m. The complete agenda and a registration form are available online.

Education-to-Employment forum takes center stage during interview on ‘Inside Indiana Business’

Joe Carley and Bill Stephan sit at a large desk opposite of Gerry Dick. A sign "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" hangs on the front of the desk. All three wear dark suit jackets and ties. A screen in the background shots a photo from a previous Education-to-Employment Convergence event.
Joe Carley and Bill Stephan of Indiana University speak with Gerry Dick of “Inside Indiana Business” about the Education-to-Employment Convergence forum to be held on the IUPUI campus April 20.

Bill Stephan, Indiana University vice president for engagement, and Joe Carley, Indiana University associate director for economic development, appeared on “Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick” to speak about the April 20 Education-to-Employment Convergence forum at the IUPUI Campus Center.

You can watch the five-minute interview online.

More information about the E2E event, including a link to make your reservation, is available online.

IU students, faculty and the public invited to April 19 presentation by AOL co-founder Steve Case

Portrait of Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC
Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC

Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, will speak at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business April 19 at 6 p.m.

His presentation, “The Changing Landscape of Entrepreneurship,” will take place in Room 2075 of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, 1309 E. 10th St.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Donald F. Kuratko, executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

“We’re thrilled to provide our students with this opportunity to meet and learn from someone so passionate about finding new pathways to success,” said Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and the executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Kelley School.

More information about the event is available online.

Bill Stephan, Joe Carley to appear on Inside Indiana Business TV

Joe Carley and Bill Stephan sit at a large desk opposite of Gerry Dick. A sign "Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick" hangs on the front of the desk. All three wear dark suit jackets and ties. A screen in the background shots a photo from a previous Education-to-Employment Convergence event.
Joe Carley and Bill Stephan of Indiana University speak with Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business about the Education-to-Employment Convergence forum to be held on the IUPUI campus April 20.

Bill Stephan, Indiana University vice president for engagement, and Joe Carley, Indiana University associate director for economic development, will appear on “Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick” this week.

They will talk about the Education-to-Employment Convergence forum, which will take place April 20 at the IUPUI Campus Center.

WFYI, the PBS station in Indianapolis, will broadcast the interview Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. WTIU, the PBS station in Bloomington, will broadcast it Saturday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. The complete listing of “Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick” broadcast times is available here.

A news release about the Education-to-Employment Convergence forum is available here, including a form for education and industry leaders to RSVP for the event.

Photo of the IUPUI Campus Center at night.

The Combine celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in Bloomington

Nearly 20 entrepreneurs and innovators from around the state have come together for The Combine, a two-day event at the Monroe Convention Center in Bloomington.

Innovate Indiana is one of the sponsors of the event, and we send best wishes to all attendees and speakers!