A hidden Innovation Park gem is operating 24/7 to bring life-saving alerts to a 33-county area.
Between social media, newspapers, and TV broadcasts, there is no shortage of weather-related information floating around. Providers boast top-notch technologies that ensure precise and timely data. But if the only way to stay ahead of the storm would be to constantly refresh an Internet browser, how often would we be blindsided? What if we stepped away from the screen for a moment too long, missing the memo on an upcoming tornado or flashflood?
Cue the National Weather Service (NWS). They’re responsible for the public advisories, watches, and warnings that are streamed with no initiative required on our part. They bring us information about imminent, potentially catastrophic weather conditions in time to stay off the road and seek shelter.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Dr. Andrew Patterson and his team are taking on a potentially silent killer that plagues nearly a third of Americans. His team is Heliome Biotech, and with a market that broad, the startup's potential impact is massive.
Patterson formed Heliome Biotech in the fall of 2015 with the goal of commercializing technology that combats non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NAFLD is often asymptomatic and goes undetected, but it can lead to more serious complications.
"Fatty liver disease is a growing problem," said Patterson, "so the applications of our technology are widespread." In NASH, the fatty liver becomes inflamed and damaged, with the possibility of progression into fibrosis, liver failure and cirrhosis, ultimately requiring transplantation.
President Barron Makes Appearance
Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, who had been touring the Technology Center earlier in the day, stopped by the luncheon and spoke briefly about Invent Penn State. He described the four-pronged initiative: incentivizing entrepreneurship for faculty and staff, garnering visibility through the creation of a branded Penn State platform to pull in angel investors and venture capitalists, creating an ecosystem across all Penn State campuses, and focusing on involving and energizing students.
Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins Eager to Collaborate with Penn State on Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins recently met with Dan Leri, Director of Innovation Park, and Nena Ellis Koschny, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications for Invent Penn State, to discuss potential plans for collaboration and how the county can support Innovation Park’s and Invent Penn State’s efforts to drive economic development.
“There is a lot of support in the community now for entrepreneurship, startups, and economic development,” Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins said. “Since my election two months and two weeks ago, the county has increased our economic development budget from $25,000 to $175,000 per year.”
You may be familiar with influenza, as you’ve likely suffered through it once or twice, but you may not know just how likely it is to get a false negative back from the swab test done at the doctor’s office. Therefore, early detection of a virus is crucial for the diagnosis and treatment of human infectious diseases.
Recent TechCelerator graduate—and winner of the $10,000 prize—Virolock Technologies may hold the key to a process that greatly improves the detection of viruses causing infectious diseases, like influenza, herpes, Zika Virus, Ebola, and hepatitis C, etc.