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

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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.


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

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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.”