Posts by Tom Ballard

IU Ventures focused on three major programs

IU Ventures, formerly known as the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation, has three programs designed to foster connections to support, invest in and grow innovative new enterprises with IU affiliations. They are the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund, The Quarry, and the IU Angel Network. Learn more about them here.

Patrick Hunt says Lirio has “grown quite a bit”

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “We’ve grown quite a bit,” Patrick Hunt, Chief Strategy Officer at Lirio, says of the West Knoxville company that specializes in hyper-personalized communications to influence individual’s decisions and actions. To illustrate the point, he cites a staff level that is approaching 50 employees

Electro-Active Technologies executes two licenses for inventions jointly patented by ORNL and UT

One of the start-ups in Cohort 3 of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) “Innovation Crossroads” program has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the company’s Co-Founders. Electro-Active Technologies Inc. was launched by Abhijeet Borole, who spent more than 20 years at ORNL, and Alex Lewis who, as

Leader of Apple’s Machine Learning + Accessibility Research Group added to “36|86” program

With a little more than a week before its annual “36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival” begins, Launch Tennessee has announced the addition of  another interesting speaker. He is Jeffrey P. Bigham, the leader of the Machine Learning + Accessibility Research Group at Apple. His research is focused on intelligent systems designed to

Craig Blue elected to “SME College of Fellows”

One of the very key players in the development of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s international reputation in advanced manufacturing is Craig Blue. The Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs at the lab was one of six scientists just elected to the 2019 “SME College of Fellows.” SME is the

NC Biotech Center awards more than $2 million in grants, loans in last quarter

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 22 grants and loans totaling $2,050,778 to universities, bioscience companies and other organizations in the fourth quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its fiscal year. The awards will support life science research and technology commercialization throughout North Carolina. The funding will also help universities