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Last modified: Monday, February 21, 2011

IU, Purdue to hold free technology showcase in Evansville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 21, 2011

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Innovative new technologies patented through leading-edge public university research will be featured at a free business conference on Feb. 25.

During the 2011 Southwest Indiana Technology Showcase, Purdue University and Indiana University will present technologies that were developed through university research and have high commercialization potential through both existing and new start-up businesses. The technologies being discussed are patented and ready to be licensed.

For example, George Akingba, a vascular surgeon and biomedical engineer at the IU School of Medicine, and Jason Clark, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering at Purdue, have designed an implantable microsensor to directly measure pleural pressure of the lungs, enabling an evidence-based approach to weaning patients from mechanical ventilation. Many more technologies also will be showcased.

"Building off of the success of last year's inaugural event, the technology showcase represents another way in which IU and Purdue are collaborating to extend key technology-based resources and expertise across the state," said David Gard, executive director of the IU Office for Engagement.

Zane Mitchell, head of the engineering department at the University of Southern Indiana, will give an update on technology innovation at USI during the event.

The showcase will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Aztar Executive Conference Center in Evansville. It is open to entrepreneurs, investors and financiers, business and community leaders, and technology specialists. Registration is required and can be accessed at http://www.innovate.indiana.edu/programs/tech-showcase.shtml.

Event sponsors include the Purdue University Office of Engagement and the Indiana University Office of Engagement, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation, and Purdue Research Foundation.

For more information, contact David Sobotka, director of regional engagement for both Purdue and IU in Evansville and southwest Indiana, at 812-459-4484 or dsobotka@purdue.edu.