Millions of people in the United States—and many more around the world—have suffered vision loss or blindness as a result of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of the chronic disease. Some didn’t even know they had diabetes when the vision loss occurred.
Early detection of the condition can lead to effective treatment. Professor Ann Elsner, a leading expert in retinal imaging, and her team, which includes IU senior scientist Benno Petrig and optical engineer Matt Muller, wanted to make diagnosis more affordable Together, they developed a low-cost laser-scanning digital camera that is easy to use and cheaper to build and started their own company, Aeon Imaging, LLC
“Too many people are going blind because their diabetic retinopathy isn’t discovered soon enough for effective treatment. This project is eventually about putting our health dollars where they count.”
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, IU School of Medicine, Director of the Center for AIDS Research, IUPUI
Professor Johnny He has made a wealth of important contributions in the treatment of HIV and AIDS during his 15+ years in the field. He and his co-researchers have:
- Created an HIV reporter virus system used to detect virus infection and screen for anti-HIV therapeutics
- Identified how HIV adversely affects host cells, causes brain damage, and gains access into the brain
- Created a small rodent animal model to study HIV-brain interaction
- Created a brain-specific and inducible HIV Tat transgenic mouse model
- Identified a host protein called Sam68 as an indispensable host factor for HIV replication
I have enjoyed the total academic freedom that I have as an independent researcher. Our faculty is always open to work with and help each other.”
From TechJounal South: A scant 1 percent of startups create 40 percent of all new jobs, according to a World Economic Forum study.
The WEF suggests that governments who want to spark growth via entrepreneurship should find out what makes the top companies successful rather than trying to “replicate Silicon Valley.”
The report, conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and Endeavor Global, said the purpsoe of the report is to provide insight on how to foster successful entrepreneurship and improve economic growth, prosperity and quality of life.
Writing on his blog Startup Professional Musings, Martin Zwilling observes that, although every start-up is unique, certain common mistakes can lead to legal complications that jeopardize the long-term success of the business. Don’t be afraid to consult legal counsel if any of these raise qualms for you:
From Tech Transfer Tactics: Writing on Both Sides of the Table, VC Mark Suster points out that “you manage what you measure.” Start-ups are constantly under pressure and have many distractions, so it’s invaluable to have a set of metrics that are key drivers of success. Make the goals widely available and share your most important goals with your board. “Transparency of goals drives performance because it creates a commitment and a sense of urgency,” Suster says.
Most companies have some measurements, but Suster argues they often measure the wrong things and with the wrong yardstick — either too high-level or too detailed. Here are some measurements he recommends, using a web-based business to illustrate:
From the IU Center for Health Policy Website: In 2007, Indiana University established the IU Center for Health Policy (CHP), a collaborative, multidisciplinary research center within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU Public Policy Institute. Eric Wright serves as director of the CHP. Our research addresses a number of critical health issues including healthcare for vulnerable populations, healthcare reform, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and mental health services, obesity, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
Vice President for Research Jorge José, the James H. Rudy Professor of Physics and Professor of Integrative and Cellular Physiology, IU School of Medicine, recently released the 2010 Annual Report on Research and Creative Activity at Indiana University. Read about the innovative break throughs from the IURTC this past year, starting on page 36.
Dr. Rodney Perkins, M.D. ’61, 2011 IUSM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, is an internationally known otologic surgeon who has founded and developed multiple successful medical device companies. Dr. Perkins will share his journey and enlighten us on how creativity can best be used to improve patient care. Details below:
Friday, May 20, 2011
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
IU Medical School
Research 4 – Room 101
1044 W. Walnut Street – Indianapolis
To register for this seminar, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 274-8828.
The mission of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is to advance our knowledge and understanding of the brain and behavior through research and training programs that apply the latest innovations in biomedical discovery with the central goal of informing ongoing and future treatment of neurological and mental disorders through outstanding science.