Technology Transfer


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Tech Transfer is the key to South Bend’s new economy

When you consider things that have profoundly impacted your life, chances are “technology transfer” doesn’t come to mind.

Life-saving medicines, electronics, and even some foods on your kitchen table would still be just ideas if it weren’t for technology transfer—the process of taking discoveries from research labs and turning them into products that change our lives for the better.

“Technology transfer is the process of moving information, materials, skills, know-how, and inventions from the laboratory to the public,” says Richard Cox, director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. “At Notre Dame, we help University researchers identify market applications for their new technologies, and then protect, market, and license the rights to their new inventions to companies that will turn them into new products and services for the marketplace.”

Technology Transfer, teamwork and transformation

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Teamwork is often a buzzword used in business, and many times gets overused.

However, if the city of South Bend, and our community at large, are to capitalize on the nanoelectronics and technology-based business ventures destined for our community, teamwork will be the essential ingredient for success. Economic development is a three-legged stool, with workforce development, business development, and education all coming together.

Technology transfer is the ultimate teamwork concept at work, playing a vital role in all aspects of economic development. What is technology transfer? Typically, it involves transferring scientific research discoveries from university research labs to the marketplace through licenses, patents and commercialization.

Corporate profile: Heraeus Kulzer

It has been a little more than two years ago since Heraeus Kulzer, a leading provider of aesthetic veneers and other dental products, was nearing a decision about consolidating two of its plants.

One was in Westchester County, north of New York City. The other was in South Bend at the former Bayer Dental Lab facilities, which Heraeus Kulzer purchased about 20 years ago.

Heraeus Kulzer, a division of the privately held German precious metals and materials company known as Heraeus, has local annual sales of around $100 million. It is also a major supporter of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, which provides dental services to children in the United States who are underserved.

For Christopher Holden, who has been president and CEO of Heraeus Kulzer for nearly four years, the decision to consolidate the company’s headquarters in Indiana was relatively easy.

“We have deep manufacturing roots here in South Bend,” Holden said. “And there are certain logistical advantages being near the center of the country.

Get a glimpse of the future: Ignition Park

Ignition Park is a technology park under development in South Bend. For an architectural fly-through or visit for more information.


South Bend named Indiana’s green community of the year

The City of South Bend has been named 2009 Green Community of the Year by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. South Bend, which won the large city designation as Green Community of the Year, also was designated an IACT Green Community for the second consecutive year.

“Innovation” exhibitions to feature Rickey artwork

South Bend is celebrating the creations of native son George Rickey, whose kinetic art combines art and engineering in moveable pieces of stainless steel. The works of Rickey, the son of a Singer Sewing Machine mechanical engineer, highlight the city’s heritage of innovation and its high-tech future.

Five large-scale kinetic sculptures are now on display on the “Rickey Trail” through the downtown business district and are part of the “Innovation” exhibitions, events and educational outreach programs.

Thirteen Rickey sculptures are part of a permanent exhibit at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art. In addition, the South Bend Museum of Art is showing 77 Rickey paintings, drawings and sculptures through Jan. 10.
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City of South Bend drawing winner!

Congratulations to Damien Coleman of Sprint in South Bend, who won a pair of tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Boston College football game in a drawing among visitors to the City of South Bend’s display at the annual Chamber Business Expo, held at Century Center in September.