Concussion detection device developed by IU optometry professors recently featured in TV segment aired on Evansville’s WFIE-14News

Posted on February 5th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday




A portable device being developed by Indiana University optometry professors Nicholas Port and Steven Hitzeman to quickly detect concussion symptoms in athletes was featured this week on Evansville’s NBC affiliate, WFIE-14News.

To measure concussion symptoms, Port and Hitzeman devised a system that includes eye-tracking goggles within a shoebox-sized device and a balance platform based on technology in Nintendo’s Wii gaming system.

By comparing an athlete’s baseline numbers recorded during the preseason with similar tests after a high-impact blow in a practice or game, athletic trainers can quickly determine whether the athlete suffered a concussion and should be withheld from competition. With the aid of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., such a device has considerable commercial potential as well.

To view the segment, click here.

Indiana University technologies, startups highlighted at Feb. 4 “Technology Transfer Luncheon” hosted by Venture Club of Indiana

Posted on February 5th, 2016 | By Steve Martin

The Technology Transfer Luncheon hosted by the Venture Club of Indiana on February 4 highlighted startups based on Indiana University discoveries, leadership from the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation, and new licensable technologies discovered throughout the Indiana University campus system.

Here are photos from the event.

CEO Eric Messner of Anagin speaks to luncheon attendees.

CEO Eric Messner of Anagin speaks to luncheon attendees.


Panelists - including Joe Trebley, a consultant to IURTC - speak about technology transfer.

Panelists – including Joe Trebley, a consultant to IURTC – speak about technology transfer.

Ben Pidgeon, president of the Venture Club of Indiana, addresses the attendees.

Ben Pidgeon, president of the Venture Club of Indiana, addresses the attendees.

IU Bloomington inventors invited to submit abstracts for Innovation Conference

Posted on February 4th, 2016 | By Steve Martin
Keith R. Davis

Keith R. Davis

Researchers across all academic disciplines at Indiana University Bloomington are invited to submit abstracts about projects that have the potential for commercial applications. The deadline for submission is March 4.

Selected abstracts will be accepted for the second annual Bloomington Innovation Conference on March 31, organized by the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research.

Submissions from all academic areas will be considered. They may describe recently completed work or the results of work in progress. Submission requirements are:

  • Must be sent in PDF format to
  • Must include an abstract of no more than 500 words.
  • May include a draft of the poster, either in portrait or landscape format, no larger than 36″ by 46″.
  • Must include the researcher’s name, university affiliation, email address and phone number.

Questions about the process of submitting an abstract can be directed to or 812-855-3133.

Authors will be notified by March 21 if their abstract has been accepted to be displayed. Authors whose abstracts are chosen are responsible for costs associated with the preparation and presentation of the abstract and poster. They must attend the March 31 conference, which will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union, Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington.

Keith Davis, director of the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research, believes researchers will benefit by attending the conference.

“Presenters will have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their work through discussions with attendees from both the Bloomington campus and regional industry partners,” he said. “We see this conference as a key activity of the JCITR and hope we can foster more industry-academic collaborations in Bloomington.”

Scheduled conference speakers include Michael Hiles, vice president for research and development and chief scientific officer, Cook Biotech Inc.; Maria J. Blanco, director, discovery chemistry research & technologies, Eli Lilly & Co.; Adam Zlotnick, professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and co-founder, Assembly Biosciences; and IU innovators who received funding through the JCITR Translational Re search Pilot Grant Program.


Indiana Economic Development Association spring conference set for March 2-3 in Indy

Posted on February 4th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday


Economic development officials from throughout Indiana will gather March 2-3 at the Indiana Economic Development Association’s spring conference to be held at The Alexander Hotel at 333 S. Delaware St. in Indianapolis.

Founded in 1968, IEDA has more than 400 members and seeks to provide continuity toward a statewide community development effort. Topics covered at the spring conference will include advanced manufacturing and logistics job readiness in Indiana, a legislative session review and workforce readiness. A workshop on public relations also will be held March 2.

IEDA’s summer conference is planned for June 21-22 at Muncie’s Horizon Convention Center, with its annual conference set for Dec. 1-2, again at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis.

For registration or additional information about the spring conference, read here.

IU, Purdue to showcase startups, technologies at Venture Club of Indiana luncheon on Feb. 4

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 | By Steve Martin


Members of the Venture Club of Indiana and the general public will meet leaders of five high-tech startups based on university research during a luncheon Thursday, Feb. 4.

The Technology Transfer Luncheon will take place 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., and the lunch program starts at noon. The luncheon is $45; registration is available online.

The startups, which are seeking capital and talent, are:

  • AccuPS, which provides high-definition 3-D man-machine interaction solutions. CEO Byunghoo Jung will represent the company.
  • Anagin LLC, which develops novel therapeutics to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. CEO Eric Messner will represent the company.
  • Mimir LLC, which optimizes computer science education and technical recruiting. Founder Prahasith Veluvolu will represent the company.
  • SpeechVive Inc., which can improve a patient’s speech clarity. CEO Steve Mogensen will represent the company.
  • Spero Energy Inc., which develops cost-competitive processes to convert non-food biomass into high-value chemicals and renewable fuels. Founder and president Mahdi Abu-Omar will represent the company.

Following the luncheon, the Venture Club of Indiana will host experts from Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, who will discuss the role of technology commercialization at Indiana University’s and Purdue University’s campus systems. Joe Trebley, a consultant to IURTC, and Brooke Beier, assistant director of business development at PRF, will also share information about technologies available to license or option.

The afternoon workshop is $15 plus tax; registration is available online.