(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) The Southern Illinois University system, which for decades has provided a fertile environment for the development of major technologies, will showcase current research and inventions March 30 when the system presents the Technology and Innovation Expo on the SIU Edwardsville campus. Faculty inventors in the fields of biochemistry, engineering, medicine and pharmacy from SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville and the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield will combine forces to showcase the latest research under way on the three campuses.
The Expo also will focus on opportunities for potential partners to help make this cutting-edge research a commercial reality. Scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. that Tuesday in SIUE's Morris University Center, the event will feature presentations by SIU faculty inventors who have technology to license. The event promises to bring together academics, entrepreneurs and business people to increase awareness of available technologies that can lead to new products and innovations in a networking environment. "American universities have carried much of the responsibility for technology transfer from the laboratory to the commercialization of ideas and inventions," said SIU President Glenn Poshard. "The SIU system is proud to have played a major role in this endeavor over many years. The SIU Technology and Innovation Expo allows the campuses to display our efforts in this process," he said.
Faculty inventors will present throughout the day, including SIU School of Medicine's William Halford, PhD, who will talk about the latest progress of his work in herpes vaccine. Inventors from SIU Carbondale will reveal the latest research in biofuels and advanced materials startup companies that have resulted from university research. SIU Edwardsville's featured inventions range from new drugs for treatment of Alzheimer's to magnetic refrigeration, a promising energy technology. Keynote talks will be given by successful industry collaborators James Bashkin, chemistry director/co-founder of NanoVir, and Matt Kulig, serial entrepreneur and currently COO for Aisle411.com
Also featured at the Expo in the afternoon will be a panel of experts discussing "Ideas to Markets: Successful Technology Commercialization." Panel members from industry, university administration, inventors and investors will provide insight into the technology commercialization process. Throughout the day exhibits and poster presentations by speakers, SIU faculty, students, and event sponsors will be on display in the common areas. The event will include lunch and a catered reception for attendees. Registration is required and tickets are $25 per person.
Event information-including the Expo agenda, speakers, sponsorship opportunities and registration-is available online: techtransfer.siuc.edu/tie/s10, or by calling (618) 650-2166.
Sponsors for the event include Ameren Economic Development, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, Madison County Community Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, the Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board, and Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. The event is being organized by the SIUC Technology Transfer Program, the SIU School of Medicine, the SIUE Graduate School, the SIUE Southwestern Entrepreneurship Center and SIUE's University Park, a research park on the campus.