Purdue West Coast office leads symposium on research, commercialization efforts

October 28, 2011

James Caruthers, director of the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium, answers an audience question during a discovery and research panel discussion. Others panelists in the discussion, which focused on research in the fields of oncology, nanoscience/nanotechnology and electric vehicle battery manufacturing, included Deborah Knapp, director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program, and Gerhard Klimeck, director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology. (Photo/Jessica Brandi Lifland)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Purdue University took its message on moving research and innovation into the real world to Silicon Valley with a technology and entrepreneurship symposium on Friday (Oct. 28).
The event took place at Cisco Systems in San Jose.

Purdue President France A. Córdova opened the symposium with a discussion of "Discovery With Delivery: Strategic Vision." Other speakers included Keith Krach, chairman of Purdue Board of Trustees; John C. Boyle, director of engagement for the Purdue West Coast Partnership Center; and Kirk Cerny, president and CEO of the Purdue Alumni Association.

The second annual event focused on Purdue research in a variety of areas including field-deployable mass spectrometers for military actions and disaster response, social media applications that enhance learning, research insights into so-called "spontaneous cancers," and a biomaterial that helps joints heal and prevents disease.

Panel discussions featuring Purdue faculty members and administrators highlighted the university's research, entrepreneurship and commercialization efforts. A reception followed the symposium.

John Boyle

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At Purdue, we are committed to discovery with delivery - translating research and innovation into real-world solutions and technologies that address the grand challenges facing our world," Boyle said. "We're excited to bring to Silicon Valley this story about Purdue's groundbreaking research efforts and entrepreneurial startups in the areas of life sciences, green tech, information technology and homeland security."

The theme of the panel discussions and their participants included:

* Discovery and Research: Three professors reviewed their work in the fields of oncology, nanoscience/nanotechnology and electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

This panel, moderated by Purdue Vice President for Research Richard Buckius, included Deborah Knapp, director of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program; Gerhard Klimeck, director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology; and James Caruthers, director of the Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium.

* Delivery and Entrepreneurism: Purdue-based entrepreneurs, including faculty members and researchers advancing Purdue-driven research, discussed their challenges and accomplishments in forming startup companies at the Purdue Research Parks.

This discussion, moderated by Richard Cosier, director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Purdue's Discovery Park, included Kyle Bowen, director of Informatics for Information Technology at Purdue and co-founder of New Campus Tech Inc.; Darryl Dickerson and Eric Nauman, co-founders of BioRegeneration Technologies; and Dennis J. Barket Jr., co-founder of Griffin Analytical Technologies LLC.

The Purdue West Coast Partnership Center, funded by the Purdue Research Foundation and the Indiana Economic Development Corp., opened in October 2010 with a mission to link Purdue's expertise in engineering and technology with the West Coast's high-tech companies and entrepreneurs.

Purdue already has a strong tie to Silicon Valley and California with its more than 18,000 alumni living in the state. The Purdue West Coast Partnership Center offices are located at the NASA Research Park in Mountain View, Calif.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Source: John Boyle, 650-969-6948, jcboyle@prf.org

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