Students Research Faculty Patents Through New Program

IUPUI’s new Innovation-to-Enterprise Central program pairs business and engineering undergraduates to advance the commercialization of IUPUI faculty-patented inventions. Students were recently tasked with researching competitors’ devices, government regulation, and future funding opportunities for Dr. George Akingba’s modular arterio-venous shunt device. The device is designed to open and close a tube used in dialysis and may improve the durability of that tube.

This research will determine whether Dr. Akingba should pursue building a start-up to market the device, or license out his patent. The program’s collaboration between faculty and students offers students a practical application of their skill set in a divergent field, and faculty a chance to move their inventions to the next stage of business.