Purdue radio technology licensed by the first Fort Wayne university startup

July 8, 2015  

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Wireless service providers and other high-tech companies could benefit from technology that has been discovered and developed at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and licensed to a subsidiary of Adaptive Micro-Ware Inc.

Adaptive RF Corp., which was formed to research and commercialize advanced radio technology products and services, has licensed intellectual property developed by Todor Cooklev, ITT associate professor of wireless communications and applied research, director of the Center for Wireless Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Cooklev will be CEO of Adaptive RF Corp. He said the technology addresses the increasingly congested radio spectrum, which the Federal Communications Commission oversees.

"This congestion requires monitoring of the radio spectrum," he said. "Now, cloud-based radios are promising to deliver lower capital expenses and operating expenses to wireless service providers."

The technology was licensed through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, which helped file a patent to protect the innovation. Bob Kniskern, president and CTO of Adaptive Micro-Ware, explained why the company licensed the technology and created Adaptive RF Corp.

"Todor's conceptual and technological approach aligned with our vision of next-generation radio platforms," he said. "Adaptive Micro-Ware's and Purdue's joint efforts on past and current SBIR projects further reinforced the synergies."

Jon A. Huard, partner, said there are several near-term steps to further develop Adaptive RF Corp.

"These steps include continued research and development efforts and deploying test platforms to evaluate performance and collect real-world results for initial services," he said. "We anticipate that early partners may include federal agencies and telecommunications research organizations in addition to existing network test partners. We will then refine the business model, which will include identifying specific funding needs."

Cooklev said the environment of innovation at IPFW could become stronger because of the licensing agreement with Adaptive RF Corp.

"This is the first startup in Fort Wayne that is licensing technology through the Purdue Research Foundation," he said. "This is an historic accomplishment by itself and it could encourage increased innovation and commercialization at IPFW."

Kniskern said the license agreement could strengthen future possibilities for economic growth in Fort Wayne and the state.

"Since Adaptive Micro-Ware was founded more than 30 years ago, it has been an industry leader in designing, developing and deploying advanced technologies for major companies in the defense, broadcast and telecommunications industries," he said. "This license agreement reflects a commitment from Adaptive to further high-tech economic growth opportunities in Fort Wayne and Indiana."

About Adaptive Micro-Ware Inc.

Adaptive Micro-Ware Inc. is a highly skilled product engineering group, developing electronic systems, embedded software and FPGA-based IP solutions for a wide variety of applications in defense, wireless communications, broadcast, cable, IPTV and high-performance computing markets. Adaptive's technical expertise helps companies gain competitive advantage by leveraging new technologies, reducing risk and getting break-through products to market first.

 About Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. Services provided by this office support the economic development initiatives of Purdue University and benefit the university's academic activities. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year from the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at foundry@prf.org

 Purdue Research Foundation contact: Steve Martin, 765-588-3342, sgmartin@prf.org 

Sources: Todor Cooklev, 260-481-0151, cooklevt@ipfw.edu 

Robert Kniskern, 260-489-0046, bobkni@adaptivemicro.com 

Jon A. Huard, 260-489-0046, j.huard@adaptivemicro.com 

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