Vol. 1, October 2009 - Technology Transfer


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Stephen J. Luecke
Mayor of South Bend


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.” Read more ...

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. Read more ...

Phil Damico leads the Business Growth Initiative, a joint program of the City of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Click here to contact Phil regarding help with your expansion efforts or for assistance with public incentives.


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. Read more ...


Get a glimpse of the future: Ignition Park

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

“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.
For more details, click here.

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.


Innovation Park is now open!

South Bend is marking an important milestone in its emergence as a vital center of technological research and development.

Innovation Park at Notre Dame is officially open as of Oct. 23, serving as a launch pad for new research-based start-ups in the area.
Innovation Park President and CEO David Brenner took a few moments to answer some key questions about what lies ahead for this vital new stimulator of business growth. More info here ...

Plan will increase Innovation Park, Ignition Park ties

The South Bend Redevelopment Commission approved a contract that will visibly strengthen a seamless relationship between its two state-certified technology parks while developing a formal business plan for Ignition Park. More info here …

In other Ignition Park news...

About half of a $360,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stimulus grant will be applied to soil removal on property in the Ignition Park area, south of the former South Bend Stamping Plant site, on former railroad property.

In addition, a plan that will keep assets of the Studebaker Autoparts Sales Corp. (SASCO) in South Bend will prompt the Redevelopment Commission to consider an agreement to terminate the lease of a facility at 410 W. Sample St., allowing the relocation of the auto parts.

The Commission also will consider acquiring additional property at the northeast corner of the 140-area development area for Ignition Park, the portion of South Bend's dual-site state-certified technology park located in the former Studebaker corridor.

The entire property may be available for new development as early as 2011. Visit Ignition Park for more information.


Notre Dame’s new clean room will be a boon to high-tech researchers

A state-of-the-art “clean room” will be a key part of the new, nearly $70 million Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering on the University of Notre Dame Campus. 

The 9,000-square-foot clean room, a feature of the hall’s Center for Nano Science and Technology, has a sophisticated filtration system that makes air 20,000 times more pure than natural air. “This is about as good as they come,” said Robert Dunn, managing director of Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery at Notre Dame.  

He said the new clean room will significantly minimize the risk for contamination of the tiny nanoscale devices – some smaller than an atom – that Notre Dame and industry scientists will be designing.

Dunn said the clean room will be dedicated in January 2010 and fully operational by September 2010.

Eddy Street Commons takes shape

The retail scene is beginning to take shape at South Bend’s Eddy Street Commons, the $215 million mixed-use, urban project next to the University of Notre Dame.

Hot Box Pizza and the Chipotle Mexican Grill opened their doors in late September. And in early October, Outpost Sports -- which will feature Northface and Ugg brands, as well as bike sales and rentals -- Hammes Bookstore & Café, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Anytime Fitness began operation.

Eddy Street Commons officials say the Nicholas J. Salon and Spa is projected to open in December 2009 and Old National Bank is scheduled to open in January 2010. 

Also open now in the Eddy Street Commons is the high-end Foundry lofts and apartments, which already have more than 60 residents. Parking is available in the complex’s 1,281-car parking garage.

Construction began in September on a 135-room limited service hotel, which is expected to open in fall 2010. Nearby, work continues on new “Champions Way” City Homes along Angela Boulevard, east of Duey Street.

When finished, the Commons will include 90,000 square feet of retail space, 266 apartments, 49 condos, 20 courtyard townhomes, 60 flats, 62 city homes, nearly 400 hotel rooms and 82,000 square feet of office space.

Royal Adhesives expands facility

Royal Adhesives and Sealants will soon begin production at its new $4.3 million manufacturing and warehouse center on West Washington Street in South Bend.
Ted Clark, the company’s chief executive officer, said the firm plans to hire up to 28 new workers – 16 hourly and 12 salaried positions – as manufacturing ramps up during 2010. He said the company is now moving equipment into the center, which covers approximately 30,000 square feet. Royal Adhesives received incentives from the City of South Bend to assist with the expansion.

Brown Mackie campus moves

The South Bend campus of Brown Mackie College has moved to a new – and significantly larger – location on nine acres off Douglas Road in South Bend. The old and crowded building that housed the college was on Jefferson Boulevard close to downtown South Bend.

The new building covers 46,000 square feet and includes six computer labs, more multimedia classrooms, a bigger library, a modern veterinary technology training facility and other features. To accommodate future growth, it also has plenty of room to expand.

Enrollment at Brown Mackie College now stands at nearly 1,100 students.  The for-profit school offers a range of associate and bachelor’s degrees in the computer technology, health sciences, accounting, business and other fields.
For more information, click here.

Fortis Plastics consolidates function at South Bend's corporate center

Fortis Plastics LLC, a diversified custom molding supplier for the appliance, furniture, building products, industrial, automotive and medical device industries, has consolidated its management functions in South Bend.

Joe Mallak, Fortis’ CEO, said the company made the move because it will permit the company “to continue growing and allow us to reach its potential for continued success.” In addition, Fortis also has moved production from two facilities based in Elkhart to South Bend.