Faculty Fellow for Entrepreneurship

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Jessica Huber Purdue University speech, language, and hearing sciences professor Jessica Huber is the 2012-13 faculty entrepreneur-in-residence at Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Huber has developed the "Entrepreneurial Ambassadors," a group of faculty from a variety of Purdue departments and units who can serve as resources for faculty on entrepreneurship. She also will host a series of discussion meetings on common issues faced by faculty who are working toward commercialization with their research.

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Dino Franco Felluga is associate professor of English and is one of the faculty members involved in the Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy in 2012-13. He is working on creating mechanisms that make possible the self-funding of humanities projects, particularly in the area of scholarly publication. He is currently working on creating an iPad app for his encyclopedic project about 19th-century Britain, BRANCH at branchcollective.org. 765-494-3770.

Ephraim Fischbach is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His interests include theoretical elementary particle and nuclear physics, general relativity and astrophysics. He is co-founder, along with Jere Jenkins, of SNARE (Solar Neutrino Advanced Research and Engineering), a company formed to study the possibility of predicting solar storms via neutrino physics. His work was featured in an episode of "Through the Wormhole" with Morgan Freeman on July 13, 2011. 765-494-5506. http://www.physics.purdue.edu/people/faculty/ephraim.shtml

Kevin Hannon is an associate professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Kevin’s main emphasis is the development and delivery of interactive, Web-based educational applications that are optimized for mobile devices and tablets. These efforts have generated a startup company (ActiveLesson) and commercial products that hit the market in August 2012. See more about ActiveLesson at http://activelessonhq.com. 765-494-5949. http://www.vet.purdue.edu/directory/person.php?id=153

Sherry Voytik-Harbin received an honors BS degree in chemistry from Indiana University. With interests in biomedical engineering, she pursued an MS degree in electrical engineering and PhD in physiology and pharmacology at Purdue University while performing interdisciplinary research within the Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center. At present, she serves as an associate professor with joint appointments within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Basic Medical Sciences at Purdue University. Voytik-Harbin’s research interests focus on the design and synthesis of bioinspired biomaterials and polymeric matrices to predictively guide cell fate and tissue morphogenesis in vivo and in vitro. Voytik-Harbin has an extensive history of translational research related to tissue-derived extracellular matrices, which has resulted in numerous issued patents and a number of FDA-approved medical products that are used clinically for treatment of both human and veterinary patients. 765-496-6128. https://engineering.purdue.edu/BME/People/viewPersonById?resource_id=11108

Catherine Hill is an associate professor of entomology. Dr. Hill’s main area of research is the discovery and development of new and safer insecticides to control insect pests of humans and agriculture. Catherine is a Fellow and Scholar of the Purdue Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. Dr. Hill is developing a spin-out company to commercialize her research and bring new insect control products to market for customers in both the developed and developing world. 765-496-6157. http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/entm/pages/hillca.aspx

Jessica Huber is an associate professor in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department and the Faculty Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue. Jessica’s main area of research is the development and testing of behavioral therapies to improve the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She is currently bringing a wearable device, the SpeechVive, to market to improve speech in these individuals. See more about the SpeechVive at www.speechvive.com. 765 494-3796. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~jhuber/MainContent/home.html

Joseph Irudayaraj is a professor of biological engineering and deputy director of Bindley Bioscience Center. He has degrees in agricultural engineering, computer sciences and biological engineering. He has published over 200 refereed journal articles in areas covering nanotechnology and biosensors, primarily addressing diagnostics, drug delivery and numerical analysis.

The primary focus of his group is on single cell technology development for the detection and quantification of epigenetic modifications, transcripts, and phosphorylation with an ultimate goal to detect cancers in its earliest possible stage. He serves in the nanotechnology for medicine and biological instrumentation development review panels for the NIH, NSF and DOD, among other national and international review panels. He also is a co-leader of the Drug Discovery and Molecular Sensing Program of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. 765-494-0388. https://engineering.purdue.edu/ABE/AboutUs/NewsAndEvents/Spotlights/dr-joseph-irudayaraj-named-bindley-bioscience-center-deputy-director

Peter T. Kissinger is the founder and chairman emeritus of Bioanalytical Systems, Inc., which he led from 1974-2007, and is professor of chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Prof. Kissinger’s academic research has involved the development of liquid chromatography techniques, and in vivo methodology for drug metabolism and the neurosciences. He has published more than 240 scientific papers and is a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2005, he became the chairman of Prosolia, which markets mass spectrometry innovations for life science, industrial and homeland security applications. In 2007, he and Candice Kissinger founded Phlebotics, Inc., a medical device company focused on diagnostic information for intensive care medicine. 765-494-5200. https://www.chem.purdue.edu/people/faculty/faculty.asp?itemID=40

Eric Matson is an associate professor in the Computer and Information Technology department at Purdue University. The core of Eric’s research is in the area of autonomous robots and systems for solving real-world problems in areas of first response, infrastructure and agriculture. He is currently developing a set of robotic technologies in the area of firefighting and first response with the idea of increasing safety of first response personnel. 765-494-8259. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~ematson/

Alyssa Panitch is a professor of biomedical engineering. Alyssa's main area of research is the design and development of molecular therapeutics to improve tissue healing and regeneration. Technologies from her laboratory have been spun out into three startup companies. 765-496-1313. https://engineering.purdue.edu/BME/People/viewPersonById?resource_id=22313

Joe Pekny is a professor of chemical engineering, faculty director of Engineering Entrepreneurship, and liaison to the Purdue West Coast Partnership Center. He founded the Engineering Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) when he was head of industrial engineering from which the Silicon Valley Boiler Innovation Group (SV BIG) evolved. The ETF functions as an advisory group and SV BIG is developing a mentorship system for Purdue companies. He was a founding director of Discovery Park and the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. He leads the Cancer Care Engineering Project with Marietta Harrison and Pat Loehrer of IU School of Medicine. He is developing projects with Missile Defense Agency with Dan DeLaurentis and others; the United States Military Academy with Eric Dietz, Gabriela Weaver and others; and is developing a project with many others to evolve a Deliberate Innovation System at Purdue University by coalescing the many entrepreneurial subsystems on campus. He founded and advises Advanced Process Combinatorics, Inc. — a Purdue Research Park company. His research interests are in algorithm engineering for combinatorial optimization applications and in devising the best possible system for translating research into practical impact. See more about Advanced Process Combinatorics, Inc., at www.combination.com. 765-494-7901. https://engineering.purdue.edu/ChE/People/ptProfile?id=12436

Rodolfo Pinal is associate professor in industrial and physical pharmacy. Rodolfo’s main area of research is on methods for improving the bioavailability of drugs. His latest research focuses on a platform technology for manufacturing the next generation of pharmaceuticals: 3D IP (3D Integrated Pharmaceuticals). With this technology, dosage forms are assembled according to a pre-established blueprint, from prefabricated working parts. Such parts are made from functional layers, enabling the adoption of the advanced manufacturing methods from the electronics industry. A pilot scale, Web-based manufacturing setup is currently under development. 765-496-6247. http://www.ipph.purdue.edu/faculty/?uid=pinal

Karthik Ramani is the Donald W. Feddersen Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering with a courtesy appointment in electrical and computer engineering. His main interests are in gesture-based computing to create shapes in natural ways, geometric computing, design and cyber-learning. He has in the past founded VizSeek/Imaginestics (the world’s first commercial shape-based search engine) and currently co-founded a startup ZeroUI. (At the core of ZeroUI’s technology is a natural user interface [NUI] driven 3D shape creation framework.) He has won both the research excellence award in the College of Engineering as well as the commercialization award at Purdue University, and the only Purdue faculty to win both. He also is serving on the NSF advisory committee for small business innovation research as a part of the division of industrial innovation and partnerships. 765-494-5725. https://engineering.purdue.edu/Herrick/People/ptProfile?id=12331

Fred Regnier is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University who has co-founded six companies; BioSeparations (1985-88) taught courses to big Pharma; PerSeptive Biosystems (1990-98) manufactured scientific instruments and was acquired by Applied Biosystems; BG Medicine (2000-present) sells clinical diagnostic tests; Quadraspec (2002-08) developed and sold companion animal blood tests and was acquired by Antech; Perfinity Bioscience (2010-present) manufactures process analytical technology for biopharmaceutical manufacturing; and Novilytic (2011-present) develops and sells clinical tests. Collectively the first four of these companies created 700 jobs and ~$500M in shareholder value, while the last two are small startups in West Lafayette who are struggling to become cash positive. 765-494-3878. http://www.chem.purdue.edu/people/faculty/faculty.asp?itemID=56

J. Paul Robinson is the SVM Professor of Cytomics and professor of biomedical engineering. He has been involved with advanced detection and analysis technologies for cell analysis and diagnostics and had developed and licensed patents in this arena to several companies. He is most interested in translation of tools into real-world applications that improve the lives of people. He formed a not-for-profit “Cytometry for Life” with the goal of supporting low-cost diagnostics for resource limited countries. 765-494-0757. http://www.cyto.purdue.edu/flowcyt/staffpgs/robinson.htm

Justin Seipel is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Justin's research focus is on the biomechanics of human motion and related robot technology. Discoveries from his lab have led to one current entrepreneurial venture. 765-494-3376. https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/People/ptProfile?id=58037

Kara Stewart is an assistant professor in the animal science department with a majority extension appointment. Kara focuses on applied research to improve reproductive efficiency in beef cattle and swine. She also investigates new reproductive technologies and semen physiology. She is currently investigating an assay that identifies a maturational marker on sperm cells for its utilization as a marker for fertility. 765-494-6199. https://ag.purdue.edu/ansc/Pages/Profile.aspx?strAlias=stewa140

John Turek is a professor in the Dept. of Basic Medical Sciences. He is a past Entrepreneur Leadership Academy Fellow (2011-12) and Scholar (2013-14). His current research is focused on the medical applications of Biodynamic Imaging (BDI) with a focus on de-risking drug discovery and personalized therapy selection for cancer patients. John is co-founder and executive vice president of Animated Dynamics, Inc. (Anidyn; www.anidyn.com), located in the Kurz Purdue Technology Center. 765-494-5854. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~turekj/index.html.

Steve Wereley is a professor of mechanical engineering and Fellow of the Entrepreneurship Leadership Academy. He founded Microfluidics Innovations four years ago and has since received SBIRs, matching grants from IEDC and other investment to support the company. Wereley is currently evaluating strategies for founding a business based on his continuing work assessing the size and environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 765-494-5624. http://www.physics.purdue.edu/colloq/abstract.php?id=319

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