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February 27, 2017

Purdue technology showcase highlights leading-edge technologies ready to license

Ladisch showcase Michael Ladisch, Purdue University distinguished professor of agricultural biological engineering, discusses his pathogen detection innovation at the Purdue Technology Showcase. About 250 people attended the showcase that featured dozens of pioneering innovations available for licensing through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. (Purdue Research Foundation photo/Curt Slyder) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  – About 250 people packed the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center for the recent Purdue Technology Showcase that featured dozens of pioneering innovations. The technology ranged from medical devices including a hands-free crutch design and an advanced wheelchair that converts to a walker, to analytical tools including an application that can interpret gang graffiti for law enforcement officials.

The event featured 37 Purdue University innovators describing their innovations in four minutes or less before international company representatives, investors and entrepreneurs. They also had booth spaces where they could present their technologies to interested attendees in a more private fashion. All  technologies presented are available for licensing through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

“This event is allowing investors and business officials a chance to see just some examples of the wealth of Purdue-affiliated, novel technologies available for licensing,” said Brooke Beier, assistant director of the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, who organized the event. “It’s our goal to match these technologies with the appropriate corporate experts to make sure they can one day be made available to benefit the general public.”

Michael Ladisch, distinguished professor of agricultural biological engineering, promoted his continuous cell concentration device that could make it possible to easily screen food or liquid samples for pathogens at food processing facilities.

“This event gives researchers an opportunity to translate their technologies and meet investors and possible partners for such technologies in a very efficient way,” Ladisch said. “It’s very important to us because we’re working with the FDA, and this gives us another platform to let people know about the important technology.”

Leaders from Nanovis, a Columbia City, Indiana-based life sciences company, were among the many attendees. The company develops implant systems that reduce fixation-related complications and infections for medical patients.

 “Long ago at a showcase like this we came upon the innovation, which we used to found Nanovis,” said company CEO Matt Hedrick. “These types of showcases give entrepreneurs and other business leaders a convenient look at the innovations coming out of Purdue University.”

Anyone interested in learning more about any of the innovations listed below that are available for licensing through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization should call 765-588-3470 or email

A video of the presenting innovators is linked below following the innovators’ names:

* Brett Adams, Nikko Sadural, Andrew Fan and Junyan Lim, Click to view video: Clutch Crutch – A New Crutch Design

* Reynaldo Barreto, Click to view video: Degradation of Water Contaminants with Continuous Photoreactor

* Miko Cakmak, Click to view video: Continuous Lypophilization Roll to Roll Manufacturing and Metrology System

* David Cappelleri, Click to view video: Surgical Tool for Minimally Invasive Lumbar Disectomy

* Jean Chmielewski, Click to view video: Designer Collagen Fibers for Tissue Engineering Applications

* Katherine Clayton, Click to view video: Biosensor for Detecting Viscosity Changes

* Jason Davis, Click to view video: Adjustable Ergonomic Hand Grip

* Ed Delp, Click to view video: Improved Automatic Recognition and Interpretation of Gang Graffiti and Tattoos

* James Garrison, Click to view video: Remote Sensing of Subsurface Soil Moisture

* William Graves and Kris Miller, Click to view video: Novel Wheelchair with Built-In Seat Lift and Integrated Walker

* Joseph Irudayaraj, Click to view video: Highly Sensitive Lateral Flow Strips for Cervical Cancer Screening

* Byunghoo Jung, Click to view video: Diaper-Embedded Transponder for Monitoring Urinary Tract Infection

* Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Click to view video: Protein Purification Using Tagged Proteins

* Rebecca Kramer and Michelle Yuen, Click to view video: System for Printing High-Deformation Sensors into Substrates

* Michael Ladisch, Click to view video: Food Pathogen Detection

* Chi Hwan Lee, Click to view video: Human-Like Smart Electronic gloves for Prosthetic Robotic Controls

* Hyowon Lee, Click to view video: Implantable Catheter for the Prevention of Cellular Occlusion

* Jacqueline Linnes, Click to view video: Ultrasensitive Paper-Based Diagnostics

* Bharat Mankani, Click to view video: Photon Level Chemical Classification Using Digital Compressive Detection

* Scott Massey, William Hutzel and Jan Lugowski; Click to view video: Biowall for Residential Applications

* Eric Nauman, Bioresorbable Metals for Orthopedic Applications

* Eric Nauman, Novel Scaffold for Soft Tissue Repair

* Justus Ndukaife, Click to view video: Hybrid Electroplasmonic Device for Particle Manipulation

* Jiqin Ni and Alexey Heber, Click to view video: On-Site Computer System for Air Quality Research

* Valentina Pirro, Click to view video: Morphologically Friendly Tissue Imaging

* Jeff Rhoads and Emre Gunduz, Click to view video: 3-D Digital Printing of Highly Viscous Materials

* Ken Sandhage and Greg Itskos, Click to view video: Toughened Ceramic Composite Components for High-Temperature Systems

* Alexey Shashurin, Click to view video: Cold Plasma Using DC Voltage

* Herman Sintim c/o Joe Kasper, Click to view video: Therapeutic for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and other Cancers

* Dalton Snyder, Click to view video: Quadrupole Ion Trap AC Frequency Scanning

* Lia Stanciu, Click to view video: Biosensor for Identifying and Controlling Insect-Borne Viral Diseases

* Shruthi Suresh, Click to view video: Multifunctional Wrist Orthotic

* Jeffrey Titus, Click to view video: Radiation Hardened by Design Power Structures

* Linda Wang, Hoon Choi and David Harvey; Click to view video: Efficient Rare Earth Element Recovery

* Justin Weibel, Click to view video: Impedance-Based Gas Detector Microchannels

* John Wilker, Click to view video: Novel Adhesives

* Benxin Wu and Zheng Kang, Laser-Based Fabrication of Metal Nanocomposites onto Substrates

About Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the U.S. 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 2016 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Innovation from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at For more information on licensing a Purdue innovation, contact the Office of Technology Commercialization at

Writer: Curt Slyder, 765-588-3342,

Sources: Brooke Beier, 765-588-3464,

Michael Ladisch, 765-494-7022,

Matt Hedrick, 877-907-6266 ext. 2901,

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