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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 programs.

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 devices.

*National Advanced Driving Simulator and Simulation Center, an UI laboratory for driving and safety research nearing completion on the Oakdale Research Park.

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 transfer.

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 engineering.

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.

9/3/98