FSU to offer ‘Sneak Peek’ of new inventions and technology

Non-addictive drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. New algorithms to improve traffic flow and congestion. Biocompatible materials that can grow and repair human tissue. Fast and easy-to-use test kits designed to prevent food fraud.

These are just a few of the exciting research products that will be on display during Florida State University’s sixth annual Sneak Peek, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the FSU Turnbull Conference Center.

Directly supporting one of FSU’s core research missions, the Sneak Peek event highlights the university’s role as an economic development catalyst by showcasing research that has moved, or is in the process of moving, from the lab to the marketplace. This research can be the basis for the development of new business entities and ultimately the creation of new job opportunities to fuel the growth of the economy.

“FSU’s mission as a research university is to produce new knowledge, make new discoveries and transform this information into things that can save lives and make the world a better place,” said Vice President for Research Gary K. Ostrander. “This transformation of knowledge is often referred to as technology transfer, or commercialization, and FSU has some exciting inventions to preview this year that are heading to the marketplace.”

More than 40 booths will be on display featuring products that have, or are in the process of, making the lab-to-market transition. In addition, economic development experts will be on hand to help up-and-coming inventors find a commercial home for their research.

Although the Sneak Peek features a large contingent of research-to-market inventions, it also provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate FSU’s strong connection to the humanities, and the amazing types of creative activity that take place based on that connection. Some highlights of creative activity on display at this year’s event include a full display of various FSU Master Craftsmen Studio works of art, a series of student-produced short films, a jazz trio and live glassblowing demonstrations by the Master Craftsmen Studio’s new glassblowing van.

“As our researchers labor away in their labs, our choreographers work on new routines, our artists construct new sculptures and our filmmakers shoot potential blockbusters, we want the local community and our closest supporters to get a special preview of the exciting things they have in store for us,” Ostrander said. “Things that could one day soon solve a major problem we are facing, inspire us to reach new creative heights, or simply provide us with a convenience that makes our lives just a little bit easier.”

The event is free and open to anyone with a passion for research, creativity and the growth and prosperity of their community through economic development. Attendees are asked to RSVP by visiting the Sneak Peek registration website.