Innovation Center to host Technology Showcase

October 4th, 2013

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Innovation Center to host Technology Showcase

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:07 am, Fri Oct 4, 2013.

By Doug LeDuc
dleduc@kpcmedia.com

Brian Emerick is a great believer in the commercial potential of technology developed at university research centers in Indiana.

The president and chief executive officer of Columbia City-based Micropulse Inc. had attended one of the annual Fort Wayne Technology Showcase events at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center where he saw a presentation on a nanotube coating technology for titanium that improves the attachment of implants.

“We ended up entering into a licensing deal and forming a company around it,” he said. The result is Nanovis, which has its headquarters at the OrthoVation Center Micropulse operates for startup companies in the medical-device industry.

Emerick said he would be attending the Oct. 9 Technology Showcase at the NIIC, but seven years after licensing its technology, he is still busy helping Nanovis commercialize a portfolio of promising nanostructured products including proprietary medical devices, which interface better with everything from bone to cardiovascular cells.

“It’s one of our incubator companies, one of them that we really are supporting and have a lot of things going on with, so I don’t want to start too many things at one time,” he said.

But Emerick said he would recommend the showcase to other entrepreneurs for the valuable glimpse it provides into research under way at Indiana University, Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“We in the business world need to know what universities are doing and universities need to understand what industry is looking to commercialize, and what industry’s appetite is for new technology,” he said.

Sean Ryan, the director of university engagement at the NIIC, said bringing representatives of the university research community together for networking with the area’s business and investment communities is an important part of the annual event.

“What we’re really trying to do is make a compact, convenient program where businesses interested in developing technologies and people with the universities … who are interested in commercializing technologies get to know one another,” he said.

The universities manage their technology available for commercialization through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and the Indiana University Research & Technology Corp. The Purdue Research Foundation also manages technology with commercialization potential for IPFW.

“What I’d like to do is really draw these organizations closer to our businesses here so when something comes out in the future of interest … our universities and businesses already know each other,” Ryan said.

Small businesses or private-sector research-and-development departments also can partner with universities to compete for research grants, and there are other opportunities to leverage university research and technical assistance and to hire students with special expertise, he said. “It’s more broad than trying to move patents into the commercial arena via licensing agreements.”

Ryan said presentations are selected for the annual Technology Showcase based on their alignment with northeast Indiana’s key industrial clusters and likelihood of attracting the interest of area businesses, investors and entrepreneurs.

The showcase will include six 15-minute presentations, with three from each university organization.

One of the presentations will focus on a new medical technology; two will explain new renewable energy technologies; and three will share information on new biomedical engineering technologies.

The showcase will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Cole Training Room at the Innovation Center, 3201 Stellhorn Road. It is free for technology specialists, entrepreneurs, investors and business and community leaders, but seating is limited and an RSVP is requested.

Register for the event by contacting Ryan at ryans@ipfw.edu. More information on technologies available from the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization is available at www.otc-prf.org/otc. For information about Indiana University Research & Technology, go to iurtc.iu.edu.

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