Science on Tap to feature Cook Biotech expert in tissue repair

October 25, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A lead researcher at Cook Biotech Inc. in West Lafayette will discuss how the Indiana hog industry is playing a key role in helping treat human disease at the next Purdue-sponsored Science on Tap in downtown Lafayette.

Jay Hodde, clinical affairs manager at Cook Biotech, will give the presentation, "From Pigs to People," at 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 28) in the upstairs of the Lafayette Brewing Company, 622 Main St. Hodde will discuss the variety of products marketed utilizing some of Cook Biotech's patented extracellular matrix technologies derived from pigs.

Cook Biotech, a West Lafayette life sciences company formed in 1995, has collaborated with the Indiana hog industry to develop its tissue-engineered technology into a range of medical products with more than 1 million patient treatments worldwide. The technology provides a framework for tissue repair and is helpful in treating conditions such as hernias and burns.

This Science on Tap event, sponsored by Discovery Park, Cook Biotech and the Purdue Research Park, is free and open to the public to those ages 21 or older.

The monthly program, organized by Purdue postdoctoral biomedical engineering researchers Kate Stuart and John Paderi, provides faculty from Purdue and members of the Greater Lafayette community the opportunity to share their research activities in an informal setting, touching on subjects and providing presentations that are designed to appeal to a more general audience. 

Writers:  Abby Gras, 765-496-3681,

                Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,                  

Sources:  Jay Hodde, 765-497-3355,

                   Kate Stuart, 765-496-1460,

                   John Paderi, 765-496-1460,