Fall 2010

Driving Economic Vitality

University Research and innovations lead to new products, businesses and jobs. The SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo – Fall 2010 in Carbondale on Friday, October 8 will feature university technologies available for commercialization. Read about the Speakers and Presentations.

If you are a member of the business and investment community, industry, an economic development organization, or academia, you should be at TIE-Fall 2010, where you can:

  • Network with potential collaborators, faculty inventors, entrepreneurs and investors
  • Learn about technology investment opportunities, new inventions, and the entrepreneurship process
  • Find potential sources of funding, technology advances and partners for your business or project

A big thanks goes out to all of the Sponsors for the SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo – Fall 2010.

Event Details

This event will feature technology presentations by inventors from SIUC, the SIUC School of Medicine and SIUE on AgTech, BioTech, CoalTech, Materials and more. Barry Moltz, entrepreneur and author, will provide the morning keynote address, and Ron Kirschner, founder and president of Heartland Angels, will provide the luncheon keynote address. The afternoon will feature a panel of new venture and investment experts, and networking. Throughout the day exhibits by speakers, sponsors, service providers, academia, and entrepreneurs will be on display in the common areas. The event will wrap up with an attendee and alumni reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Short Name SIUC TIE-F10
Date Friday, October 8, 2010
Time 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Building, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road (Map)
Attendance Fee $25 per person includes event program, lunch, hors d’oeuvres & beverages at reception
Website http://tie.siuc.edu/
Audience The event is for representatives from business, banking and investment, industry and academia.

Latest News

September 28, 2010
For more information: techtran@siu.edu, (618) 453-4556

Oct. 8 SIUC Expo features faculty inventors and venture capital experts

Carbondale, Ill. – Combining university inventions with the money and management expertise to build business and income is the aim of the Technology and Innovation Expo, Oct. 8 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Entrepreneurs, investors and business executives can learn about business start-up opportunities stemming from university research and gain insight into related early-stage investment issues.

Several university inventors will showcase patented or patent-pending technologies, as well as potential opportunities for investment to further their ventures. The inventions have potential as stand-alone products or as improvements to existing products and processes.

“Our scholars and researchers do an outstanding job of creating new knowledge and solving problems,” SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng said. “This event presents a great opportunity for them to learn more about commercializing their work, and for investors and business representatives to learn about the many benefits that research conducted on this campus can generate.”

One example is research done by SIUC faculty inventor David Lightfoot.

“Our methods could reduce soybean yield losses by $1 billion annually,” he said. “A company that uses our technologies will benefit via cost saving and efficiency improvements.”

Lightfoot is among the inventors of patented or patent-pending technology who will be speaking at the Expo.

Additionally, four seasoned investors will discuss the process and implications of investing in early stage technologies and companies during the program’s afternoon session. Panel members include the president and founder of Heartland Angles, Ron Kirschner; Illinois Ventures for Community Action CEO John Farrell; James M. Schultz, a partner in Open Prairie Ventures and Jesus Ponce de Leon of Girardeau Ventures, LLC.

Over the past decade, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, along with the SIU School of Medicine, has filed 113 patent applications, resulting in 39 issued patents and more than $3.8 million in royalties. University technology commercialization is a key part of the economic development efforts of the university and promotes research and development activities. The Technology and Innovation Expo works to facilitate growth in these activities.

The SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo — Fall 2010 is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center in Carbondale. Registration is $25 and includes a catered lunch and reception. Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Complete event details and registration via credit card is online at www.tie.siuc.edu.

TIE Presenter Aldwin Anterola in Southern Business Journal: SIUC professor gathers moss for anti-cancer drug

By Codell Rodriguez, The Southern
CARBONDALE — With a little bit of moss, Aldwin Anterola, hopes to make a more affordable anti-cancer drug.

The assistant professor in plant biology at SIUC is using moss to try and make a more cost effective way to produce the chemotherapy drug Taxol. He will discuss his research at the SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo on Oct. 8, at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Building.

Taxol is produced from the Pacific Yew tree, which Anterola is scarce and led to higher prices. He said there have been discoveries on how to make the drug from the tree’s clippings.

“Even with the advances it’s still expensive,” Anterola said.

Anterola transfers the abilities of the yew to the Physcomitrella patens moss to find an alternate production for the drug. Work on the ent-kaurene/kauranol synthase in the moss revealed that a biosynthetic machinery controlled by a single gene can be diverted to produce anticancer compounds.

Anterola said with the expenses patients build up from doctor’s visits and procedures, “the only thing that can be cut is the drugs.”

He said he began looking into the process because he knows a lot of people with cancer and because Taxol was discovered through public funding.

“I think we owe the public since taxpayer money led to discovering Taxol,” Anterola said. “We should do something about the cost of Taxol.”



TIE Presenter Paul Chugh in Sunday’s Southern Business Journal: New support for coal mines

By Codell Rodriguez, The Southern

CARBONDALE – Yoginder Chugh, professor in mining and mineral resources engineering, wants to make the coal mining experience a bit safer and healthier.

Chugh will be one of the presenters at the SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo on Oct. 8 at Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Building. The event includes presenters showing off the latest innovations being developed at SIU as well as speakers and networking sessions.

Chugh said he will present several innovations in coal mining including lightweight cribs to support the mine ceiling.

He said he and his team have been working on the cribs for the past two to two and a half years and managed to come up with a lightweight wooden crib design that can support much more than existing cribs.

To do this, he uses a design that includes added wooden pads to help support the beams that form the structure. However, he found that mines in India and China do not use wood, so he began working on a lightweight steel crib that can support more than its wooden counterpart and even weigh less.

The six-foot steel crib structure can hold at least 220 tons of pressure. At least, that’s the amount he reached using a pressure machine at the SIUC Coal Research Center in Carterville. He said it can probably hold more but that was as high as he could go without damaging the machine.

“We believe we can carry it to 400 tons,” Chugh said.

He said they are also working on a spray system that helps reduce the amount of coal dust inhaled by miners. The system uses an arrangement of different sprays on continuous miners reducing the inhalation by about 30 percent. The system uses an arrangement of spray systems to develop three lines of defense to cut down dust emissions around continuous miner face areas.

Chugh said he is also going to talk about a Rock Dust Scrubber that he said can remove more than 99.5 percent of dust being fed into it.

“I’m hoping it’s going to lead to something very good for the industry,” Chugh said.


TIE Presenter Luke Tolley in Sunday’s the Southern: DIABLA looks to improve medicine

By Codell Rodriguez, The Southern

CARBONDALE – Drugs react differently for different people and an invention out of SIUC determines how the medi-cines work.

Luke Tolley, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is the co-creator of Dynamic Isoelectric Anisotropy Binding Ligand Assay (DIABLA). The process uses high voltage to separate the proteins from each other in a capillary. Tolley said researchers look to see which proteins attach to the drug mole-cules.

Tolley will talk about DIABLA at the SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo Friday, Oct. 8, in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Building. Tolley said he will talk about recent data being researched through DIABLA, including a study on aminoanthracene, a common compound that can be found in cigarette smoke, damaging the pancreas of lab rats and leading to diabetes.

He said the process will also be used with re-searchers out of Norway working on cancer stem cells. He said they have drugs that can kill the cancerous cells but they don’t know how they work.

“It’s hard to make a compound more effective if you don’t know how it works,” Tolley said.

Tolley created DIABLA about four years ago with fellow chemistry and biochemistry professor, Matthew McCarroll. He said DIABLA is important because drugs do not act the same for everyone and some drugs have positive results but how they reach that result is a mystery.

“We’ve been using Ty-lenol for 50 years and we still don’t know how it works,” Tolley said.

He said an example of drugs working differently is BiDill, a drug for congestive heart failure that only works with African American patients. Another is Gleevec, a cancer fighting drug that will not work if certain mutations are present. Tolley said DIABLA could identify such variations and make it to where a patient would not have to go through taking a medicine that isn’t going to work for them.

“It wouldn’t solve every problem with drugs but it certainly could help in many applications,” Tolley said.

He said he has set up a company to use DIABLA commercially but being a full-time professor the process is rather slow. Tolley said he is looking forward to speaking at the expo because people should know exactly what SIUC researchers are capable of.

“We really do some great stuff here,” Tolley said.



Keynote Speakers Announced

Carbondale, Illinois – The SIUC Technology and Innovation Expo – Fall 2010 is scheduled for October 8. This event will feature two keynote speakers, as well as technology presentations by SIUC inventors with technology that is patented or patent pending, and available for license. The afternoon will feature a panel of new venture and investment experts, and networking.

The TIE F10 keynote speakers are recently confirmed. Barry Moltz, entrepreneur and author, is the morning keynote speaker. And Ron Kirschner, founder and president of Heartland Angels, is the luncheon keynote. Read More…