The head of Rose-Hulman Ventures says 2016 was a record year for a partnership with the Indiana University Research Technology Corp. It involves Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students developing prototypes for researchers at the IURTC. RHIT Vice President of Corporate Engagement Elizabeth Hagerman says students get "something tangible" from the collaboration and IURTC Senior Technology Manager Jennifer Finefield says researchers benefit because discoveries often can’t move forward without a prototype.

During an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Hagerman says each school brings something to the table. "I think we look forward to continuing the relationship," she said. "Obviously, the researchers at IU are going to continue to have these ideas that need further development. This is such a great showcase of the strengths of two very different institutions, so we look forward to further opportunities."

The partnership yielded eight project last year, the most since it began in 2010.

Projects include:

  • A device to make skin biopsies more uniform and efficient.
  • A lower-cost alternative to prefilled saline bottles used in emergency rooms.
  • A device to improve the safety of skin grafting.
  • A noninvasive device to monitor nerve activity in the heart.
  • Cloud-based peer-feedback software for educators.
  • A device to standardize the force directly applied to soft tissue during massage.
  • A device that transmits vibrations to reduce biofilm formations on prosthetics.
  • A conical motor that minimizes the air gap in an electric DC motor.

Read more about the collaboration.

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