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February 25 2022

COULD ROBOTS BE THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IN PEORIA?

Peoria city councilman Kiran Velpula said Pringle Robotics could be a game changer for Peoria in its efforts to attract new business to the area. Velpula, who is good friends with Sajja, encouraged him to locate his corporate offices here. “I don’t want to say that I am the reason behind it, but honestly, he wasn’t sure. He just floated the idea, and I took advantage of my position on the council. I told him this was an opportunity that he should look at.”

 

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August 9 2021

DARIN LAHOOD VISITED UICOM PEORIA WITH DR KIRAN VELPULA AND OTHER DOCTORS

Darin LaHood visited UICOM Peoria with Drs. Aiyer, Velpula & Tsung today to hear about their research. He said that all they are doing to better treat different types of cancer such as glioblastoma.


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August 3 2021

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ARE KEY TO GROWING PEORIA. HERE'S HOW THE CITY HOPES TO ATTRACT THEM

In Peoria, city leaders and groups like Young Professionals of Greater Peoria are working on plans to convince young people Peoria is the place to be.

Joshua Gunn, CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kelly Schneider, program manager for YPGP, believe Peoria is at a critical time in its need to attract young people to the city.


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June 23 2021

DR. KIRAN VELPULA SWORN IN AS PEORIA'S NEW AT-LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Dr. Kieran Velpula took the oath of office and formally filled the previously vacant At-Large council seat left by, now mayor, Dr. Rita Ali.

I am happy, I am excited, I am nervous, and I feel accountable and responsible,” Dr. Velpula said.

Velpula said out of the original 26 candidates who applied for the position, he’s grateful he made the cut. He said this feat wouldn’t be possible without the help of those who supported him.


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June 22 2021

PEORIA CITY COUNCIL PUT VOTE FOR DR.KIRAN VELPULA TO BE THE NEXT AT LARGE COUNCIL MEMBER ON AGENDA

According to Peoria Mayor Dr. Rita Ali, Council decided to put a vote to appoint Dr. Kiran Velpula to the vacant at large seat on the next city council agenda during a special meeting Saturday morning.

Velpula was one of three candidates being considered for the vacant position, along with James Kemper and Kim Armstrong.


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June 22 2021

AT-LARGE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE WANTS TO MAKE PEORIA INTO A BIOTECH HUB

Dr. Kiran Velpula is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria and a cancer researcher who has mentored more than 30 students.

His vision is to use his healthcare and education background to transform Peoria into a biotechnology hub. Velpula said he wants to give back to the community through the role.


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June 22 2021

PEORIA MEDICAL RESEARCHERS WORK TOWARD GLIOBLASTOMA CURE

“We are trying to understand how the cancer cells live and grow,” Velpula said, simplifying a fairly complicated endeavor.

“We are trying to identify what happens when you rub off the cancer’s energy leaving the healthy brain cells intact, and maybe that will be a better way to treat the glioblastoma.”

The partnership of a professor and a surgeon is uncommon but gives the advantage of additional perspective.


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