Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Intellectual Property Update w/Ari Bai

​Ari Bai, a patent attorney with Polsinelli in St. Louis and Phoenix, will be presenting an update on intellectual property and the America Invents Act this Friday, October 3, 2014.  The seminar will begin at noon in the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center and should wrap up around 1:15 p.m.  A box lunch will be available for all preregistered attendees beginning at 11:30 a.m.  Please register by calling 618.453.6754, or emailing innovation@siu.edu.


Appointments are available for a one-on-one discussion with Mr. Bai.  Call the number above to schedule.

Medline Innovation Challenge

"This competition aims to find and reward the creators of innovative medical devices or healthcare-related services."  Read More.

Highland Gigabit Challenge

Business Plan Competition: Learn More

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thank you!

I just wanted to extend my regards to the faculty, students, administration and industry representatives who participated in the Innovation Expo on Tuesday, 9/23/14, in Edwardsville.  The goal of this type of event is to increase awareness of what's going on at the University, but also to make connections that could result in advancing collaboration in research and commercialization.  We know that many connections were made at the event, and if there is anything we can do to further assist, please let us know!  We will be posting presentations and and more photos in case you missed it, so please stay tuned.

Tech Mingle
SIU President Randy Dunn Kicks Off the Presentations

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If you're in the Metro East area this afternoon, dropy by SIUE for the Innovation Expo!

Head to Lot B for the Morris University Center conference rooms (upstairs). SIU's top faculty innovators as well as the student Mini Baja team and Robotics Club will be on hand.

Friday, September 19, 2014

One last reminder!

The SIU Innovation Expo is on Tuesday, 9/23, at SIU Edwardsville.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Carpool to the Innovation Expo

Good morning!  I've heard a couple of southern-Illinoisans mention that they are looking for someone to carpool to the Innovation Expo at SIU Edwardsville on next Tuesday, 9/23.  If you check on the registration page, you can see who's registered, and find a carpooler that way.  If you haven't registered and are looking for someone to drive up with, please register, so people can find you.  The event is free and open to the public, and with your registration the event coordinators at SIU will send you parking information so you know exactly where to go.

Friday, September 12, 2014

New patent for SIUE inventors

Congratulations to Drs. Mike Shaw and Brad Noble of SIU Edwardsville.  They received an issue notification for patent number 8,845,870 entitled "Digital Potentiostat Circuit and System."

These SIU inventors and many more will be at the SIU Innovation Expo on 9/23 and are looking for partners to manufacture and commercialize their inventions - register now to meet them!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Why work with SIU?


How about new strategic direction, competitive advantage, and revenue streams?  With the Innovation Expo coming up on September 23rd in Edwardsville, we thought we would take this opportunity to remind our readers: "Why work with SIU?"  Please read and share!

25 SIU Research Faculty Featured at Innovation Expo Sep. 23rd.

Read about the faculty participating in this year's Innovation Expo on the SIU Edwardsville campus on September 23rd.  Please register to attend and tell your friends!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reminder: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Reception Tomorrow

On Thursday, August 28 from 3:30 p.m.to 5:00 p.m. at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, there will be a reception and a briefing of innovation and entrepreneurship at Southern Illinois University and a summary of best practices from other select universities.  A flyer is attached providing additional details of this event.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

SIU Innovation Expo is Sept. 23

The Saluki Times

August 15, 2014


CARBONDALE, Ill.  -- The upcoming 2014 SIU Innovation Expo will showcase the ideas and inventions of Southern Illinois University faculty and foster ties between them and the business and industry community. 
The Sept. 23 expo, “Making Better Megawatts, Mousetraps and Medicine,” is a system-wide event that will feature faculty from SIU campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville and the SIU School of Medicine.  The public session opens at 1:15 p.m. at the Morris University Center at SIU Edwardsville.  Two of the goals of the sixth annual expo, which is open to the public, is to encourage collaboration and strengthen ties between SIU inventors and business and industry partners. 
Following a welcome by SIU President Randy Dunn and keynote presentation by George B. Vermont, from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, about 25 faculty members from throughout the SIU system will display their research and innovations through posters, prototypes and other demonstrations and displays.  
The variety of work in the showcase ranges from managing lithium-ion batteries to new processes for using carbon dioxide, and from producing high value chemicals and fuels from coal and biomass to plant biotechnology.  Other expo highlights include a new antibiotic, identifying equine microbiomes (the microscopic organisms living on horses), alternative energies, and potential Parkinson’s disease treatments.  
“The expo will raise awareness of the important technological advances taking place at SIU Carbondale, SIU Edwardsville and the SIU School of Medicine.  It will also expedite growth of new businesses and licensing relationships throughout a wide region,” James Garvey, SIU Carbondale’s interim vice chancellor for research and graduate dean, said. 
Registration for the 2014 Innovation Expo is free.   
A complete list of participants and registration information is available at tie.siu.edu.   To make reservations, or for additional information, contact the SIU Edwardsville Small Business Development Center at 618/650-2929 or by email at sbdcedw@gmail.com
Event sponsors include various units within SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville, the School of Medicine, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, and Metro East area law firms Dentons, Husch Blackwell, and Polsinelli.

SIU Technology Licenced to Local Company

SIU is happy to announce the licensing of SIU inventor Dr. Aldwin Anterola's "Genedigo: A Plant Gene for the Production of Indigo."  The technology was licensed to Blueline Biotech, LLC, of DuQuoin, Illinois.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Will you be there?

We are very proud to be a local sponsor of this year's State Science and Technology Institute conference in Chicago on "Regional Prosperity Through Innovation" September 14th-16th, 2014. 

The conference is supported by a partnership between the ISTC, DCEO and a number of leading organizations in innovation community. The event will feature an opening reception at 1871 and a keynote by J.B. Pritzker. In addition, a number of Illinois representatives will be serving on panels including the Illinois session on the energy ecosystem. 

Please visit the SSTI conference website for online agenda, registration info, and more.

Friday, July 25, 2014

SIU School of Medicine Startup News

The startup company of SIU School of Medicine's Dr. Jeremy Turner, Otoscience Labs, just secured a $1.5 million Department of Defense grant.  They also opened up a new facility in Jacksonville, IL this past May.  Stay tuned for more news out of this SIU startup!

Friday, July 18, 2014

MDT Licenses SIU Dust Control Technology

Mineral Development Technologies (MDT) recently executed a license agreement for exclusive rights to SIU's patented technology entitled "Water sprays for dust control on mining machines." MDT was established in 2009 by SIU's Dr. Paul Chugh, Harrold Gurley, John Pulliam, and Bill Bell to manufacture and supply dust control and other mine production-related technologies to underground mining operations in the Midwest. For more information, visit SIU's Innovative Sprays webpage.

Monday, June 16, 2014


Jeff Myers, SIU's Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, has retired from SIU and has taken a position at Michigan State University. He worked at SIU for over 23 years, starting out as a Contracts and Post Awards Specialist.  He spearheaded the SIU Technology Transfer Office's patenting and license negotiation activities for nearly two decades, with many resulting issued patents and executed license agreement in his wake.  He has accomplished a lot of positive things for the faculty inventors and the University. We are grateful for the expertise and dedication he provided, and wish him all the best in his new endeavors!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Snaps! SIU student invited to speak in Lithuania

By MARC ANTHONY for the Journal Star
Posted May. 8, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated May 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

GOODFIELD — When your son is a 21-year-old chemistry major at Southern Illinois University whose laser videos have drawn more than 45 million views on YouTube, more than many popular TV shows, it’s only mildly surprising that he recently received an offer to speak at a technology conference in Lithuania.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DE: College of Business student revamps traditional recipes

Read more​...and we'll keep you posted on the Kickstarter campaign!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DE: Students aim to guide explorers’ paths

Read more​...And stay tuned to tomorrow's DE for more App stories!

Monday, April 14, 2014

More big news from Rovertown!

SIU faculty earn honors for patent work, The Saluki Times

Several Southern Illinois University Carbondale faculty members received honors at the recent Interdisciplinary Research Forum for receiving patents for their work within the past year.  Read more​.

App contest highlights student innovation, The Saluki Times

Southern Illinois University Carbondale students showed their innovation and creativity in creating special software applications at the 2014 Saluki App Competition.   Read More​.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FINAL RESULTS: 2014 Saluki App Competition

Here are the results:

First Place Blue Category (judged):

Tie for first:
SI Trails - $300

Runner up
Gym Pals - $150

First Place Maroon Category (judged):
UniverCity - $300

Popular vote:

Third: SI Trails - $50

Honorable Mention

We are very proud of the 2014 teams!  It was great to see the students in action yesterday talking up their apps.  

We have two businesses now at SIU composed of students making apps, both the first place winners of the Blue Category for 2014.  The vote of the three judges was an exact tie!

Many thanks to our judges:
  • John Ahrens - SIU Director of Enterprise Applications
  • Lauren Siegert - Online Director for The Southern Illinoisan
  • Tom Harness - Owner of Harness TechED (formerly with Orderbolt)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Two more days to vote in the 2014 Saluki App Competition

Everyone gets a vote! Support your SIU students and please tell your friends too.

Go to: http://siu.launcht.com

Monday, March 31, 2014


Everyone gets a vote in the Saluki App Competition!!  http://siu.launcht.com

Friday, March 28, 2014

VOTING STARTS MONDAY: Saluki App Competition

The game is on, and everyone gets a vote! 

We have a great group of teams competing for the 2014 Saluki App Competition titles.  Get in there and vote at http://siu.launcht.com, CONFIRM YOUR VOTE in the follow-up email, and share with your friends!   

Help support your SIU students!!:)

Voting is open from March 31-April 6, 2014.  Winners will be announced at the SIU Research Forum at the Student Center at 3:00 p.m.

"I am personally very impressed by the students who step up and compete.  The teams should be really proud of the quality of their submissions."
--Amy McMorrow Hunter, SIU Technology Transfer, Competition Sponsor/Supporter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flashback: Tips for Aspiring App Developers!

One year ago today, app developer Mike Philip of Rovertown offered expert advice for app developers.  Worth another read!!:) 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Saluki App Competition Deadline Extended and Prizes Doubled

Visit http://siu.launcht.com for more information and to enter.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Saluki App Competition - Deadline Approaching!

Friday, March 21st is the deadline for submissions to the Saluki App Competition.  A help session is scheduled next week:
Tuesday, March 18
11:30 a.m. -  1:30 p.m.
Woody Hall, C227
Email reach@siu.edu in advance and we'll order you a sandwich for lunch!  In the meantime, here are some FAQs (from http://siu.launcht.com):

How do I know for sure if my idea is unique?
Does the competition require that I submit a completed and operational App?
  • No, as long as you can describe it well, have an image to show what it will look like, and a video to show what it will do, you should be OK!  Of course, you may have an advantage over competitors if you can demonstrate a working App.;)  Read the Guidelines for information about submission requirements.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Today: Saluki App Competition Help Session

Join in, and tell your friends too!:)
When: Today, Wednesday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Room 160 in the Student Services Building, across the hall from the CURCA office.
What: Saluki App Competition help session; get your questions answered! 
More information: Download Flyer (PDF).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

No Coffee Talk Today

Tech Tran Coffee Talk for today is cancelled.  Please be careful on the icy roads and sidewalks!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New SIU Patent Issued

Congratulations to SIU inventor Dr. Paul Chugh on his new U.S. patent #8,632,133, issued January 21, 2014: Water Sprays for Dust Control on Mining Machines. The work has been supported by the Illinois Clean Coal Institute.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Report: Most startup businesses come from Chicago schools

Read more: http://thesouthern.com/news/report-most-startup-businesses-come-from-chicago-schools/article_c7114fd2-914d-11e3-838f-0019bb2963f4.html

Friday, February 7, 2014

Your IP Fix: SIU law professor testifies on copyright

Read more: http://www.dailyegyptian.com/law-professor-testifies-on-copyright/

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tech Tran Coffee Talk on Tuesday at Morris Library

Questions about your idea or invention and how SIU may be able to help? Wondering about the Saluki App Competition?

This Tuesday, February 4, we (the Tech Transfer team) will be hosting the monthly Tech Tran Coffee talk at Morris Library.  We will try to sit directly in front of Delyte's towards the front windows. If you have anything you would like to talk to us about, please join us between 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Hope to see you then!

SIU Technology Transfer Program: http://techtransfer.siu.edu
SIU Tech Tran on Facebook
SIU Tech Tran on Twitter

Jeff Myers, Senior Technology Transfer Specialist, (618) 453-4511 
Amy McMorrow Hunter, Technology Transfer Specialist (618) 453-4556 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Woody Hall C-218-219 | Mail Code 4709 
900 S. Normal Ave. | Carbondale, Illinois 62901 

Saluki App Competition open for submissions MONDAY!

(This information is from the competition website: http://siu.launcht.com.)

The Saluki App Competition will take place from February-April 2014!  Get your APPS on!!

Read the Guidelines so you know the ropes! The basics:
  • You can compete as an individual or a team (at least half must be currently enrolled SIU students).
  • You need to complete the online submission and present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Forum on April 7. 
  • Cash prizes will be awarded! 
Again: see Guidelines:).Here is the timeline:
Open for submissions: February 3, 2014
Submission deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014
Online/Public voting: March 24-April 6, 2014
Winners announced: Monday, April 7, 2014
You can also read about last year's Saluki App Competition on SIU's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem website.

Market research expert at Student Innovation Incubator every Monday

Every Monday, the Student Innovation Incubator will be hosting SIU’s new social sciences librarian, Jordan Forbes, for two hours of research “questions and answers” every Monday at 2:30 p.m.   Ms. Forbes has recently joined the Morris Library staff and is working hard to become a market/business research resource to the University community.  She will be available every Monday from January 27, 2014 through May 5, 2014, with the exception of spring break.

Way to go robotics masters!

Local teens earn top spots at robotics competition

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fwd: 2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Accepting Entries




present the




Polsinelli Innovation Competition   

Entries Due July 25, 2014

Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) are pleased to invite you to participate in the Polsinelli Innovation Competition.  The competition, now in its sixth year, is being held on October 23, 2014, during the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program, which will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology, clean technology innovation, products and services.  


The Polsinelli Innovation Competition was created to help emerging and venture ready clean tech companies gain visibility and make connections. It also provides a showcase for developers of new technologies that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which: 
  • Promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources;
  • Reduce negative ecological impact; and 
  • Provide superior performance at lower costs.  
Competition entries may include, but are not limited to, the areas of renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community, green building, food and agriculture, advanced manufacturing and distribution, water products, services and technologies, and logistics.  
Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and clean tech business executives.  All finalists will receive recognition in program materials and the Global Midwest Alliance website, and will be eligible to attend the October 23 program free of charge.  Additional finalists' representatives will also be eligible to attend at a reduced registration rate.  
The top five competition finalists will have an opportunity to present their technology during the program on October 23 to an audience of early stage investors, entrepreneurs, clean tech-focused venture capitalists and financiers, and corporate R&D and business development executives.    
Criteria for Entry  
  • Applicants must be focused in the clean tech space as described above.  
  • Applicants must have a sound business plan.  
  • Ideally, applicants will have completed an initial or angel round of funding.  
  • Companies presenting and/or sponsoring the October 23 Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program are not eligible to participate.   


Last day to receive entries is July 25 (midnight CST).  Finalists will be notified of acceptance by August 29, 2014.

The Polsinelli Innovation Competition will be held on October 23, in conjunction with the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program.  
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is presented by the Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network.  For more information, visit the Polsinelli Innovation Competition Web page or e-mail innovationcompetition@globalmidwestalliance.org. 
About Our Sponsors
Serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals, our attorneys build enduring relationships by providing legal counsel informed by business insight to help clients achieve their objectives. This commitment to understanding our clients' businesses has helped us become the fastest growing law firm in the U.S. for the past five years, according to the leading legal business and law firm publication, The American Lawyer.  Our more than 700 attorneys in 18 cities work with clients nationally to address the challenges of their roles in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation. More information about the firm can be found online at www.polsinelli.com

Midwest Research University Network  
The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is a commercialization collaborative focused on fostering the formation and growth of high tech start-ups in the Midwest. MRUN members include individuals engaged in venture formation at universities and research institutions, investors, entrepreneurs and those who help them.  All are either in, or interested in, the Midwest. The MRUN community helps members make connections informally to solve common problems in start-up business development including, angel and seed-stage financing, placement of management talent and opportunities for collaboration.  MRUN is built around the idea that working together regionally in new business formation can accomplish more than working independently locally.  For more information: http://www.mrun.us.



Global Midwest Alliance currently has a limited number of event sponsorships available for the 2014 Clean Technology Program on October 23, 2014. This is an excellent marketing opportunity that provides access and engagement with top decision makers, industry experts, and corporate executives in a variety of clean technology industry sectors.


Sponsoring an Alliance event is a great way to maximize your marketing investment. Your company will receive prime positioning on Alliance industry promotions throughout the year and premier exposure at the event itself.


Aligning your company with the Global Midwest Alliance Clean Tech Innovation, Growth & Globalization event will enhance your brand recognition and give you the opportunity to network with leaders in the manufacturing industry.  For more information on sponsorships and other opportunities, contact Gail Longmore at 312.286.0688 or  glongmore@globalmidwestalliance.org.


Global Midwest Alliance is the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. The Alliance facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders to provide access to global business opportunities to the Midwest and realize economic value from existing world-class assets in the Midwest. The Alliance focuses on programs and platforms that help high growth companies develop and expand markets for businesses based in the Midwest, encourage and assist international business activities in the region, and integrate business, financial and scientific resources for successful commercialization of technology in the Midwest.  For more information, visit www.globalmidwestalliance.org

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Illinois Universities' Tech Transfer Performance Unveiled

The article below explains the process and challenges of university tech transfer, and provides an overview of Illinois university rankings on a number of measures. Illinois scores above average on number and quality of patents, and below average on number of licenses.

Via the Chicago Tribune:
Illinois Innovation Index: Dynamism in IllinoisTracking technology development at universities and research institutions from inception to commercialization

Note the mention of the Saluki Concept Fund as an example of an infrastructure component in place to boost tech transfer.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Information is Power

Research is a big part of what we do at SIU Technology Transfer.  For example, before we file a patent or pursue a particular intellectual property strategic path, we need to know the competitive landscape as in-depth as possible.  We scour the internet, Google Scholar, the USPTO website, ask experts, and more to put together our background information.

I would suggest anyone interested in pursuing their own inventions or business would benefit by having a strong understanding of what it takes to search through the information that's available, find that which is most important and most credible, and put it towards a strategic path.  We posted one method we use here to help people get started.  Now, Morris Library is giving you another option.

Prepare for your future research through an 8 week, one credit course offered online and in-person at Morris Library.  After taking CI 199:  "Introduction to Library Research," available through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, you will be able to find, evaluate, and use information efficiently.  Enroll today or, for more information, contact Christina Heady at cheady@lib.siu.edu

Monday, January 13, 2014

3D Printer Demo - Tomorrow at Morris Library

This coming Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Morris Library will be having a demonstration of our new 3D Printer.  Stop by and try the open source/free software, watch the Makerbot Replicator 2 printer in action, and learn how you can turn your ideas into objects.  Demonstrations will be going on all day between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the first floor Rotunda of Morris Library.
I (AMY) will be there!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Tomorrow's First Tuesday Coffee Talk: Cancelled

Happy New Year!  Unfortunately, due to inclement weather in the region, we will not be doing coffee talk tomorrow (1/7/14) as usual.  Stay warm, and we hope to see you soon!  Cheers--SIU Tech Transfer