To:           Purdue Community

From:       Dan Hasler, President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Purdue Research Foundation
                Al Rebar, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, Executive Director, Discovery Park

Date:        January 9, 2014

Re:           Faculty-led program to provide guidance for Purdue innovators, entrepreneurs

Purdue University is internationally recognized for its contributions to the global community. Inventions originating from Purdue innovators are being used in all 50 U.S. states and in nearly 100 countries. Supporting research and commercialization endeavors is a cornerstone to Purdue's mission.

To further help Purdue innovators commercialize their inventions, several faculty entrepreneurs and their respective colleges are collaborating with leaders from Purdue Research Foundation, Purdue Foundry and Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship through "Deliberate Innovation for Faculty."

Deliberate Innovation for Faculty, or DIFF, provides mentoring for Purdue innovators who have an interest in translating their inventions to the public through commercialization, collaboration or entrepreneurship.

Faculty who serve as Directors and Co-Founders of DIFF are J. Eric Dietz, College of Technology and Purdue Homeland Security Institute; Matthew Lynall, Krannert School of Management; Alyssa Panitch, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering; and Ernesto Marinero, School of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering. Greg Deason, vice president, Purdue Foundry; and Joe Pekny, interim director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, are Managers and Co-Founders of DIFF. Key features are outlined below.  

Deliberate Innovation for Faculty, DIFF

We are dedicated to moving Purdue's transformative innovations to the public where they can help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Visit Deliberate Innovation for Faculty ( for more information.