INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Purdue professor touts football helmet technology

2013-01-30T12:21:00Z 2013-01-30T16:37:03Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Purdue professor touts football helmet technologyGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
January 30, 2013 12:21 pm  • 

A Purdue University professor has patented a new football helmet liner that he says reduces G-force to a player's brain by 50 percent. Eric Nauman says reducing impact to the brain would be a "huge leap forward" for equipment that has remained mostly unchanged for decades. He says current helmets were designed to prevent skull fractures, not concussions or long-term brain damage. Co-researcher Tom Talavage says the team hopes to commercialize the technology for professional and youth players.

 

House Committee Advances Mass Transit Bill

A bill calling for a referendum in two counties to approve funding for the expansion of mass transit in central Indiana is moving forward. The House Roads and Transportation Committee passed House Bill 1011, which now heads to the Ways and Means Committee.

 

Endocyte Tackling Prostate Cancer

West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. (Nasdaq: ECYT) is advancing the development of a potential prostate cancer treatment. The company says an imaging agent achieved key objectives in a study and based on those findings it plans to file an investigational new drug application by the end of the year.

 

Hicks: Fears 'Confirmed' by Economic Report

A Ball State University economist says the U.S. Commerce Department's announcement that the nation's gross domestic product shrank last quarter confirms his prediction that the economy could "screech to a halt." Center for Business and Economic Research Director Michael Hicks says expected spending cuts will create additional "downward pressure."

 

Falls of The Ohio in Home Stretch of Fundraising

A southeast Indiana landmark is seeking $1.7 million by the end of the year to fund renovation efforts. The Falls of the Ohio Foundation's Crossroads Campaign has raised nearly $4 million since it began in 2006. The group is aiming to add more elements to the park's natural history exhibits.

 

Bill Aims to Create Financial Literacy Program

An Indiana Senate committee will consider a bill this afternoon calling for mandatory financial literacy education for students in grades six through 12. The proposal includes a plan to provide support from the Financial Literacy Grant Fund to help schools implement the initiative.

 

Mall Debuts 'Plug-in Ecosystem' Charger

A shopping center in Carmel has unveiled a "clean tech" charging station for plug-in cars. Clay Terrace operator Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE: SPG) is partnering with several companies and organizations to develop and implement the technology that combines solar power and a battery system to charge vehicles.

 

Community Health Teaming up With Walgreens

A Walgreen Co. subsidiary has formed a clinical partnership with Indianapolis-based Community Health Network. The agreement, which aims to improve medical access, involves increased coordination between the health services provider and Take Care Clinics.

 

IPL Deal Calls For Technology Upgrades

Indianapolis Power & Light has agreed to extend a network management agreement with Landis + Gyr. The deal is expected to allow IPL to upgrade its advanced metering network for modern smart grid applications.

 

Ivy Tech Corporate College Names Associate VP

Ivy Tech Corporate College has hired Tim Harris as associate vice president of sales and marketing. He is a former Indiana state representative and most recently served as chief of staff for Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-3).

 

IU Tech Research Center Names Interim Director

The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education has named Steve Wallace interim executive director. He takes over for Matt Davy, who is moving to the private sector.

 

WellPoint Touts 2012 Giving

Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. says it committed more than $47 million in community grants, programs and projects in 2012. The total includes $25 million in grants for health improvement initiatives from the WellPoint Foundation.

 

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