Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has joined the OrthoWorx University Advisory Board. The board was recently formed to better connect Indiana's medical device industry with the state's higher education institutions. News Release
June 26, 2014
WARWAW, Ind. — OrthoWorx announced today that Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has joined the OrthoWorx University Industry Advisory Board, which was recently formed to better connect the technology and talent needs of Indiana’s orthopedic medical device industry with the assets and capabilities represented by Indiana’s higher education institutions.
“IPFW and Chancellor Vicky Carwein have been great partners to OrthoWorx as we’ve developed the concept and rationale for forming the Advisory Board,” said Sheryl Conley, President and CEO of OrthoWorx. “IPFW has many strengths and assets that can be more fully
leveraged by the orthopedic industry—its engineering programs, its MBA program, its computer science programs, including the data visualization center, and many others. We look forward to helping IPFW better connect to the orthopedic industry cluster and enabling each party to benefit from greater collaboration.”
Colleges and universities that have joined OrthoWorx as part of the University Industry Advisory Board include the following: Indiana University; University of Notre Dame; Ivy Tech Community College; Grace College (a founding OrthoWorx member); Manchester University; Trine University; and Purdue University. Discussions regarding membership are still underway with Ball State University, Rose-Hulman University, Valparaiso University and Indiana Tech.
“The medical device industry is very important to our region’s economy and we are eager to engage through OrthoWorx to establish structured mechanisms to learn about and respond to the changing needs of the companies,” said Carwein. “IPFW has placed a great many graduates in the industry, but we know the connections can be deeper and more systematic. We were pleased to participate in the recent UIAB Members Conference and look forward to even greater opportunities for IPFW to expand internship, co-op and project opportunities for our students and to working with the industry to meet needs for curricula and programming.”
According to Conley, the Members Conference had more than 160 participants, with a good balance between university and industry members. “This was the start of a two-way education process which will play out across many areas,” she said, “but one area we believe we can impact very quickly is getting more students and professors directly engaged with the orthopedic industry, and with IPFW’s programs and proximity, we would expect that they will be a significant player in that effort.”
The Indiana medical device industry is the largest component of the overall life sciences economy in Indiana. OrthoWorx was formed in 2009 to improve the environment for success for an industry cluster based in Warsaw, Indiana that accounts for approximately 13,000 direct and
indirect jobs, and contributes more than $3 billion in value annually to the Indiana economy.
Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment for the Orthopedics Capital Foundation, the OrthoWorx (www.orthoworxindiana.com ) initiatives feature communitybased
strategic collaborations with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.