Justin Markel and Quinton Lasko are obsessed with feet and legs, technology and helping people improve their mobility. The combination led the duo to an invention designed to help athletes, although it has applications far beyond sports.
The intent is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem, filled with services and amenities that would make it easy for Purdue graduates and faculty to pursue their careers or start businesses in West Lafayette.
Much of the research at the hub—located at Purdue's Research Park—will be done in partnership with government agencies, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, and private-sector companies.
The university will hire 10 faculty members and team with the state and major health systems on what it calls a comprehensive plan to understand and deal with addictions, which are costing Indiana more than $1 billion a year.