updated: 2/17/2009 8:58:20 AM

Innovation Alliance Day Set For Statehouse

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Purdue and Indiana universities are taking their hopes of funding the Indiana Innovation Alliance directly to state lawmakers. Both institutions will converge on the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday for Indiana Innovation Alliance Day. It is part of the 18th annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse visit. The universities are asking the 2009 General Assembly to create the alliance to help grow the state's bio- and life sciences industries. They are requesting funding of $35 million in each year of the upcoming two year state budget cycle.

Purdue Associate Provost for Engagement Vic Lechtenberg says the funding is crucial, but the university is making plans in case all the requested money is not allocated.

IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan agrees progress would be impeded if the initiative isn't fully funded, but he notes collaboration between the two universities has never been stronger.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue and Indiana universities are joining forces Tuesday (Feb. 17) for the 18th annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit and Indiana Innovation Alliance Day.
IU President Michael McRobbie and Purdue President France A. Córdova will make formal remarks during the event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event also will include exhibits showing collaborative research and partnerships between Purdue and IU and with Indiana businesses.

A three-minute video highlighting how the proposed alliance can grow jobs and advance the state's life science and bioscience economy also will make its debut at the event. The video, which includes industry and academic leaders from across the state, spells out how state funding could improve Indiana's top 10 U.S. ranking as a hotbed for growing jobs in the pharmaceutical, orthopedic and health-care sectors.

"This is global competition for leading opportunities in health-care and life sciences and all the jobs that come with them," says David Johnson, executive director of BioCrossroads, a public-private collaboration supporting the state's life science industries. "We're doing really well in that hunt, and we need to stay in it."

Purdue and IU are jointly asking the 2009 General Assembly to create the broad-based research alliance, which is designed to help grow Indiana's bio- and life-sciences industries, improve public health, and boost the number of physicians trained in Indiana.

IU and Purdue are proposing that the General Assembly create the Indiana Innovation Alliance by appropriating $35 million in each year of the upcoming 2009-2011 state biennial budget. The funding also would include $5 million each year to expand the capacity of the IU School of Medicine to educate physicians and expand Purdue's Healthcare Technical Assistance Program in Discovery Park to help the state's businesses become more efficient.

During Tuesday's rally, research collaborations and research-related business startups will be on display in the North Atrium of the Statehouse. Exhibits will feature collaborations by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, the IU School of Medicine and Purdue in areas such as nanotechnology, cancer care, analytic instrumentation, orthopedics and pharmaceuticals.

McRobbie and Córdova will speak from 1-2 p.m. in the North Atrium. Visits with legislators will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. Exhibits and research posters will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Atrium.

With its focus on research with applications in business, the Indiana Innovation Alliance would bring together a wide spectrum of businesses, government and universities to share research facilities and other resources to expand the state's capacity to support new and existing companies in the biology and health-related fields.

Victor L. Lechtenberg, Purdue's associate provost for engagement, and William B. Stephan, IU's vice president for engagement, are leading the alliance's efforts.

Source: Purdue University and Indiana University

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