On Friday, February 25, IU presented four innovative new technologies in Evansville at the 2011 Southwest Indiana Technology Showcase. The free event is held annually by Indiana University and Purdue University to present technologies developed through university research that have strong commercialization potential. Over 100 people attended and participated in the showcase, including entrepreneurs, investors, students, and local leaders from business and government.
The four IU technologies presented at the event have been patented and are available for licensing by startups and established companies:
Implantable Pressure Sensor for Optimizing Ventilator Support and Weaning
Dr. George Akingba, a vascular surgeon and biomedical engineer at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Dr. Jason Clark, an engineering professor at Purdue University, have designed a novel, implantable pressure microsensor to directly measure pleural pressure of the lungs, enabling an evidence-based approach to weaning patients from mechanical ventilation which is not possible using current technology.
Integration of ICU Data in Interactive Visual Format for Enhanced Critical Care Evaluation and Treatment
Dr. Anthony Faiola, director of human-computer interaction at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, has developed Medical Information Visualization Assistant (MIVA). MIVA consolidates large amounts of essential patient data into a visual and interactive format, allowing physicians and nurses to streamline workflow, while expiating critical care treatment. Devices monitoring patients’ vitals, such as blood pressure, heart rate, and other measures are integrated with MIVA and displayed on a large touch-screen within the ICU.
Electro-Wetting Lens for Concentrating Solar Energy
Dr. Afshin Izadian, an assistant professor of electrical engineering technology at IUPUI, has developed a passive, stationary solar concentrator for use on electric generating Photo Voltaic (PV) modules. When installed on a PV module, the device will increase the electricity generated in low level, diffuse light situations by as much as 75%. In turn, this will dramatically increase the number of worldwide locations where PV technology can be practically and cost effectively applied.
Solution-Based Layer-by-Layer Nanoassembly of Thin Film Solar Cells
Dr. Mangilal Agarwal, associate director of research development, and his colleagues at IUPUI have developed a novel technology that improves the manufacturability of thin film solar cells, such as CIGS, by using a self-limiting layer-by-layer deposition process. This process will enable solar cell plating over large irregular surfaces in a cost-effective manner.
The IU technologies presented at the event have been patented and are available for licensing by startups and established companies. Additional information on IU technologies can be accessed through contacting the IU Research and Technology Corporation.