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February 5, 2016

Purdue startup receives funding to accelerate innovation to treat MS pain

The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has awarded Neuro Vigor a $20,000 "Black Award" to accelerate commercialization of its drug therapy for pain in multiple sclerosis. Neuro Vigor's co-founder and chief scientist is Riyi Shi, professor of biomedical engineering and neurosciences. Shi has discovered a drug that can reduce a powerful neuro-toxin in the body, which has significant promise as a novel therapy for neuro-degenerative disease and injury.
February 1, 2016

Wang named finalist in InnovateHER Challenge

Pu Wang, a post doctoral researcher at the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a finalist in the 2016 InnovateHER Business Challenge by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Wang is co-founder of Vibronix Inc. with Ji-Xin Cheng, professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry. Wang was selected for his MarginPAT innovation; MarginPAT is an intraoperative assessment of breast tumor margin using a photo acoustic/ultrasound imaging system. The system provides a shorter procedure time, allowing a surgeon to clear cancer residue after removing a tumor from a breast cancer patient, which reduces the chance for a second surgery.
February 1, 2016

3 Purdue professors to be inducted into medical and biological engineering elite

Three Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering professors have been named fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), pending induction.
The organization recognized Pedro Irazoqui, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, associate head of biomedical engineering, and director of the Center for Implantable Devices; Zheng Ouyang, professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and chemistry; and Ann Rundell, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering.
January 19, 2016

Claridge receives NSF CAREER grant

Shelley Claridge, assistant professor of chemistry and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for her work titled, 'Standing, Lying, and Sitting: Restructuring Intermolecular Forces in Molecular Monolayers and Freshman Chemistry.'
January 19, 2016

Stephanie Thiede wins Pfizer Society of Toxicology Travel Award

A senior in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University has won a 2016 Pfizer Society of Toxicology (SOT) Undergraduate Student Travel Award. The organization recognized Stephanie N. Thiede as an outstanding undergraduate who will be presenting research in the field of toxicology at the society’s annual meeting. She will be formally honored by SOT at the awards ceremony during the Society’s 55th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 13–17, 2016.
December 16, 2015

3 Purdue University professors elected as fellows of National Academy of Inventors

Three professors at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The organization recognized Charles A. Bouman, the Showalter Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering; Alyssa Panitch, vice provost for faculty affairs and the Leslie A. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Sherry L. Harbin, a professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical sciences.
December 10, 2015

Staff members honored for excellence

Congratulations to the 2015 Engineering Staff Awards of Excellence recipients and nominees. Eight Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering staff members were recognized for excellent service to the Purdue University College of Engineering in three award categories: administrative/professional customer service, leadership, and teamwork.
December 8, 2015

Symic secures $25 million in Series A-2 financing to advance clinical-stage biotherapeutics platform

Symic, a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company developing multiple compounds that target and affect the extracellular matrix (ECM), today announced that it has secured $25 million in a Series A-2 financing to advance the company's pipeline, including its lead candidates SB-030 and SB-061. The financing was led by Lilly Ventures and includes the participation by all existing major investors, as well as several new investors. This new funding brings the total capital raised by Symic to over $43 million since being founded in 2012.
November 24, 2015

New pain mechanisms revealed for neurotoxin in spinal cord injury

A toxin released by the body in response to spinal cord injuries increases pain by causing a proliferation of channels containing pain sensors, new research shows, and this hypersensitivity also extends to peripheral nerves in the limbs far from the injury site. Findings could point to a new route for treating pain in people with spinal cord injuries, said Riyi Shi (pronounced Ree Shee), a professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
November 24, 2015

Integrating a flipped lecture into a laboratory course

The flipped classroom model allows for active student learning by 'reversing' the traditional classroom structure. The content traditionally delivered inside the classroom (i.e. lectures) is recorded and provided to students online, while the in-class time is dedicated to identifying knowledge gaps and problem-solving.
November 20, 2015

Wireless sensor enables study of traumatic brain injury

A new system that uses a wireless implant has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
"Blast-induced traumatic brain injury, already one of the most significant wounds throughout Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, has become increasingly prevalent," said Riyi Shi, a professor in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. "About 167,000 blast-induced traumatic brain injury cases have been documented during both deployments alone."
November 20, 2015

Purdue preeminent teams tackling head trauma, 'label-free imaging,' advanced materials

Purdue University's College of Engineering has named three preeminent teams to focus on research ranging from medical imaging and head trauma to advanced composite materials. Two of the teams have Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering connections. One team is led by Ji-Xin Cheng, professor in Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemistry and scientific director of the Label-free Imaging lab at Purdue's Discovery Park. The second team is led by Thomas M. Talavage, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering and a founding co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility.
November 19, 2015

Purdue-related startup creates smart camera tech that could automate cars, home, security settings

A startup that licenses Purdue University technology has created a deep-learning camera and hardware package that can be taught to recognize objects or perform tasks that could be used in security, automotive, industrial and defense applications. Eugenio Culurciello, associate professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and co-founder of TeraDeep, said deep-learning technology is inspired by the human brain.
November 17, 2015

Purdue-based startup could make high-quality scientific and industrial imaging systems less expensive

A Purdue innovation that could help improve efficiency and lower the costs of selective scientific imaging equipment is being commercialized by High Performance Imaging LLC. Charles Bouman, a professor in Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Purdue's Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a co-founder of High Performance Imaging, said that the company's technology can be of great value in advanced scientific imaging by reducing cost and increasing access.
November 17, 2015

Catalina Abad wins Leonard Wood Scholarship

Catalina Abad, a Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering junior, is the recipient of the Leonard Wood Scholarship for academic merit and life-changing experiences brought about by Purdue's Co-Op program. Abad had a co-op at Cook Medical.
November 17, 2015

Three Purdue women exemplars of startup success

Three women with Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering connections--Jessica Huber, professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences; Alyssa Panitch, the Leslie E. Geddes Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Sherry Harbin, professor of biomedical engineering, serve as role models and mentors for faculty and student researchers who seek to transition their ideas into commercial products.
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