WSU Office of Technology Commercialization Grantee

I take care of patients in the pediatric ICU, and that is one of the biggest motivations for the research I do in the lab.

- Patrick Hines, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

WSU Office of Technology Commercialization

Not only is the Maccabees Building in Midtown home to one of the best views in Detroit, it also houses one of the most interesting departments at Wayne State University: The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). OTC is responsible for protecting and commercializing the intellectual properties developed at Wayne State, a university with strong applied research programs in science, engineering, and medicine. OTC helps researchers and practitioners translate bedside and laboratory discoveries into products that can change lives.

NEI’s support has been instrumental in the growth of WSU’s Office of Technology Commercialization, which has leveraged NEI dollars to get more funding, provide more support to entrepreneurs, and accelerate the commercialization of discoveries into products.

Patrick Hines, M.D.

Children's Hospital of Michigan

Patrick Hines, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Hines spends half of his time treating sick children in the Intensive Care Unit of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He spends the rest of his time in the lab finding better ways to care for them.

His team has created an assay test that accurately shows the interaction between blood and the blood vessel wall. This allows them better predict a patient’s blood’s ability to clot and potential reactions to medications without actually exposing the patient to risk. They are helping take the guesswork out of medicine.

The WSU OTC is helping Dr. Hines and his team commercialize the technology developed in their lab. Dr. Hines believes that this kind of work couldn’t happen anywhere else, in part due to the amount of resources working together in Detroit.

Susil K. Putatunda, PhD

Danto Engineering Development Center

Susil K. Putatunda, PhD

In the bowels of the Danto Engineering Development Center at Wayne State University, Susil Putatundra and his team of students are doing something pretty cool. He and his students are developing a steel--fourth generation steel--that is both tougher and lighter than varieties currently available on the marketplace.

This new steel will directly affect lives around the globe. Its development reduces the costs of forging and shipping steel and produces fewer environmentally damaging pollutants than previous methods. This steel decreases the potential of structural failures in buildings and infrastructure and has a higher ballistic resistance, which has implications for protecting troops in conflicts abroad from improvised explosive devices.

WSU’s OTC is working diligently to get this steel to market so various industries--from construction to automotive to defense--can make use of it, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.