4 Engineering innovators receive Trask funding to advance their technologies

Four Engineering innovators received Trask Innovation funding to help their labs commercialize their innovations.
Photo of James Caruthers   Photo of Young L. Kim   Photo of Pavlos Vlachos   Photo of Yoon yeo
(l to r) James Caruthers, Young L. Kim, Pavlos Vlachos, & Yoon Yeo

The Engineering researchers who received Trask funding this round are:

  • James Caruthers, the Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Professor of Chemical Engineering, "Composite board binder systems from rice lignin" (track: physical sciences)
  • Young L. Kim, associate professor of biomedical engineering, "Scalable production and deposition of luminescent silk microparticles for ‘on-dose’ medicine authentication" (track: life science)
  • Pavlos Vlachos, professor of mechanical engineering, "Automated analysis for improved heart health" (track: life science)
  • Yoon Yeo, professor of industrial and physical pharmacy and biomedical engineering, "Abxtal for cancer immunotherapy" (track: commercialization)

The fund is a development program established to support projects that advance the commercial value of Purdue intellectual property. The fund makes awards twice a year to aid faculty and staff with their patented innovations that are being commercialized through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization.

There are three Trask Innovation Fund tracks: Innovation Sparks for Life Science; Innovation Sparks for Physical Sciences; and Commercialization Partner Spark.

“Researchers submitted a lot of technologies worthy of OTC’s investment to create solutions through the Purdue commercialization ecosystem and Purdue’s growing Discovery Park District,” said Abhijit Karve, director of business development for the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization.

Source: Purude Research Foundation News