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Purdue leads collaboration initiative to boost innovation and tech transfer

By David Schwartz
Published: September 9th, 2015

In Indiana, a group of technology leaders are pooling resources to increase innovation, research grant awards, and tech transfer throughout the state. The Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization; Purdue Foundry and Purdue’s Discovery Park; WestGate Technology Park, a tri-county certified technology park; and the Battery Innovation Center are joining forces to apply for sponsored research grants that support the development of innovations for commercialization through collaboration and entrepreneurship.

“Purdue, WestGate and the state of Indiana have some of the greatest researchers in the world, and the innovations coming out of their work have improved the quality of life for millions around the world,” says Chad Pittman, vice president of the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization. “Since we already collaborate on several research projects, it makes sense that we would collectively take our efforts to the next level of development and move innovation through the commercialization process together,” Pittman says. “This collective focus is a great opportunity for all involved.”

Under the partnership, the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization will assist in managing and commercializing intellectual property for partnering organizations. A group of Purdue faculty members will provide supporting roles for WestGate and Battery Innovation Center researchers who aim to commercialize their technologies.

In turn, the two organizations will provide resources and space to accommodate partners in the enterprise, and the Battery Innovation Center plans to sponsor a project that will pair selected students with battery researchers to advance technologies in energy storage.

Beyond the partnership, Purdue plans to establish a full-time presence within WestGate and the Battery Innovation Center to assist in tech transfer and provide commercialization resources such as mentoring and fundraising.

“This partnership is a reflection of the strong collaborative environment within the state, region and among the research institutions in the state of Indiana,” says Duane Embree, executive director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development. “All of the partners have a deep bench of talented researchers and the resources to effectively move innovations to the public.

“We believe,” Embree adds, “that by combining these resources we can substantially increase the number, quality and speed in which discoveries are moved to the market through patents, start-ups and technology licensing deals.”

Source: Kurz Purdue Technology Center

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