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UI Oakdale campus hosts Technology Expo Sept. 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Oakdale Research Campus will
be the site for a Technology Expo from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 featuring
the latest advances from more than 20 high-tech companies and UI research
The Oakdale Technology Expo, part of the City of Coralville's 125th
Anniversary Celebration, features displays and presentations highlighting
the technological developments from companies and programs at Oakdale.
Sponsors include the UI Oakdale Research Park (ORP), the UI Technology
Innovation Center (TIC), the UI Research Foundation, the City of Coralville,
and the Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be presentations in the Oakdale Hall
Auditorium on Old Hospital Road by four Oakdale companies and centers:
*Breakthrough to Literacy, Inc., a leading developer of interactive
reading programs for children.
*EnzyMed, Inc., a growing drug discovery company.
*UroSurge, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of urological medical
*National Advanced Driving Simulator and Simulation Center, an UI laboratory
for driving and safety research nearing completion on the Oakdale Research
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a reception for the business community,
exhibitors and the general public to view the displays and discuss the
innovations at Oakdale.
At the Expo visitors can speak with representatives of high-tech companies
and research programs, find out about career opportunities and research
programs, and discover why technology companies need close relationships
with research universities. Exhibitors will also have prototypes and hands-on
displays to illustrate their products and research.
At a photo display visitors can also learn about Oakdale's history,
ranging from its development from the state tuberculosis treatment facility
in the early 1900s to its development as a center for research and technology
The TIC is a business incubator designed to assist new technology-based
business ventures and to encourage those companies to establish relationships
with the university.
"Both Oakdale and the City of Coralville have changed dramatically
since the founding of the TB hospital more than 90 years ago," said
W. Bruce Wheaton, who directs three UI tech transfer programs at Oakdale
(UI Research Foundation, the TIC, and ORP.)
The rate of change is increasing, he adds. "It's striking to note
how much Oakdale has changed in the years since we established the TIC
in 1984. We've been fortunate to have steadfast partners like the City
of Coralville, which has been with us at every step of the way."
"Without question, the companies and research programs at Oakdale
are vital to our city's future, but it's important as well to remember
that areas like Oakdale have an interesting history as well as bright future,"
said Kelly Hayworth, Coralville City Administrator.
TIC companies presenting displays include: Oakdale Systems, software
development; the Patient Education Institute, patient education software;
Breakthrough to Literacy, educational reading software; American Matrix
Technologies Corp., spray-on ceramic coatings; Caviforce/Solltech, dynamic
image analysis; the Police Law Institute, instructional materials; EnzyMed,
Inc., drug discovery; Optimal Electronics; optimization of software development
for printed circuit boards; Sustainable Science International, thermo-mechanical
engineering; Compu-Terra, Inc.; environmental engineering and software
development; and Adaptive Computer Systems, adaptive computer equipment.
Exhibitors also include four ORP companies: CASDI, computer-aided design
software development, UroSurge Inc. urological medical devices; Neural
Applications Corp., neural net software; and Stanley Consultants, environmental
Oakdale-sited UI research and health centers with displays at the Expo
include: the National Advanced Driving Simulator and Simulation Center,
the Center for Biocatalysis and Engineering, Center for Advanced Drug Development,
the UI Hygienic Laboratory, the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the TIC, ORP, and the UI
Research Foundation, which oversees procurement of patents and commercial
licensing of UI inventions.
The Expo is free and open to the public. There is free parking immediately
east of Oakdale Hall at the Oakdale campus, which is also served by the
UI Cambus and mid-day van from the main UI campus. The City of Coralville
will also have shuttle service for senior citizens from downtown Coralville.
The Oakdale campus is located on Oakdale Boulevard north of Interstate
80 on Highway 965 in Coralville. The Oakdale Hall Auditorium is located
on Old Hospital Road.
For more information, call (319) 335-4063.