Trine University and Trine innovation 1 will assist two northeast Indiana small businesses with product development through a $50,000 grant provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The IEDC’s Innovation Voucher Program provides grants to eligible small businesses to purchase research services.
The services can be purchased from an Indiana higher education institution or other authorized research provider. The university says the grant will fund work-study opportunities for students conducting research as well as use of specialized equipment on campus.
“This is a great example of leveraging Trine’s network and resources to impact our regional economy by advancing technology, while also incorporating real-world experiences into our undergraduate engineering programs,” said Jason Blume, executive director of Trine innovation 1.
According to the university, a team of Trine innovation 1 staff and Trine biomedical and electrical engineering students will work with Apollo Dynamics, which is based in northeast Indiana, to develop a prototype of its Sentry medical device. The medical device is designed “to analyze tissue movement beneath the skin during physical activity in order to prevent injuries such as ACL tears and Achilles tendon ruptures.”
“We are very excited and honored to have the world-class engineering team at Trine University assisting us in this project,” said Brent Bedford, chief executive officer of Perpetual Industries Inc. “Trine innovation 1 will provide unparalleled expertise to help us finalize our WindSilo design, allowing us to bring this very innovative green energy product to market.”
Trine says another team will work with Auburn-based Perpetual Industries to finalize and refine the design of its proprietary vertical axis wind turbine, The WindSilo. The turbine is designed to allow for faster spin speeds and greater energy output.