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8 August 2017

Salstrom to steer Purdue@WestGate

Jason Salstrom will direct the Purdue@WestGate initiative to boost tech transfer and spinout generation.

Author: Thierry Heles, editor

Jason Salstrom (pictured), who previously led technology commercialisation efforts at University of Southern Indiana, has joined Purdue@WestGate, Purdue University’s outlet at the technology park WestGate Technology Park.

Salstrom will be in charge of all programs and activities conducted by the university’s entrepreneurship hub Purdue Foundry and the institution’s TTO Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization at the technology park.

He is set to increase technology transfer activities in partnership with WestGate Authority, Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation.

Salstrom is also set to launch a variety of offerings provided by Purdue Foundry, such as a monthly networking event for entrepreneurs and a weekly pitch event where founders can get feedback from peers and potential partners as well as an incubator program dubbed Firestarter.

His appointment follows Purdue Research Foundation signing a partnership agreement with WestGate Authority and NSWC Crane in July to license patented technologies developed for the US Department of Defense to the private sector.

Salstrom said that “bringing Purdue and its award-winning entrepreneurial and startup programs to Purdue@WestGate will provide a tremendous impetus for Southern Indiana today and for generations to come.

He added: “I plan to focus on generating collaborative outreach and client development to not only help in tech transfer activities but support startups during the critical first three years after creation.”

– Image courtesy of Purdue University

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