Perspectives: Life Sciences
Indiana’s life sciences legacy - something to celebrate and to keep striving for more
Indiana's life sciences industry is uniquely collaborative and innovative. Much of this is due to a more than 100-year long history of life sciences entrepreneurs and innovation -- from Colonel Eli Lilly to Revra DePuy, who started DePuy Orthopedics by crafting the first fiber split; to Bill Cook who innovated catheters and other cardiac devices out of his apartment in the 1960s.
Local Scientists Make Connections Inside and Outside of the Lab
Five years ago, a brainstorming session among Eli Lilly and Company scientists and me turned in to Indy Science Connect, a group linking scientists in the academic and corporate communities. The group has monthly forums where hundreds of life sciences professionals regularly meet to share experiences and exchange business cards.
Indiana Must Navigate the Talent Valley of Death
The Valley of Death is a much-suffered phenomenon in the financing of early-stage, science-based startups: ideas too late for basic research funding but too early for venture or industrial financing. Less talked about, but just as real and painful, is the related Talent Valley of Death.
Taking the Lead in Implementation Science
As a geriatrician and neuroscientist, I am committed to protect the brain of every person including my own family. There is no health without a healthy brain. For example, Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative brain disorders take away a person’s ability to maintain independence, relationships and even enjoyment of life.
The Future of Animal Ag Tech – Leading in Indiana
Indiana is playing a leading role in the Ag Tech revolution. Three trends are among those driving that movement; increased focus on animal wellbeing, the emergence of new technologies that recognize sustainability as a business driver and the evolution of precision farming.
IBRI collaboration helps discover a new genetic disease
A collaborative research project led in part by the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) has resulted in the first description of a new monogenic disease, named, “DHPS Deficiency.” Our study identified the first human mutations in the deoxyhypusine synthase (DHPS) gene and described certain cellular effects that result from these mutations.
Research-Backed Policy Recommendations to Improve Healthcare Delivery
The mission of the Regenstrief Institute is to improve health and healthcare, locally, regionally, and around the world through innovation and applied research into a range of critical issues facing our healthcare system and the health of people and populations.
Indiana’s major research institutions impact our economy, talent, innovation and communities
From the state’s earliest beginnings, research universities have contributed significantly to Indiana’s society and economy. Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame have a powerful impact on our state with a combined 1.44 million living alumni, $1.3 billion in annual research expenditures, and resources that touch all 92 counties.
Indiana - Home to Unparalleled Agbioscience Innovation + Talent
The Indiana agbiosciences have been shining brightly these last few months. And, people are doing more than simply “taking notice” – they are joining our movement. Because I know the word is still a bit new to many, let me offer a brief refresh.
Creating Indiana's Own Brand of Innovation
The big picture for global agriculture is a challenging one. There will be 10 billion people on the planet in 2050, and not surprisingly all those people will want to eat. The amount of arable land available to farm is diminishing. The environment can't absorb the impact of increased chemical and mineral fertilizers, and fresh water is in short supply.
When technology and life sciences meet in Indiana, innovation can find a home
Our state has long been known as the Crossroads of America – a natural intersection, where east-west and north-south thoroughfares meet, and where ambitious businesspeople and innovative thinkers share ideas and discover new opportunities.
Indiana and Ag+Bio+Science: Listen to Our Story!
“True humility,” according to the Urban Dictionary, “is to see there is far greater than ourselves into who we can become, who others can become, and how much more we can do and be.” This definition perfectly describes the State of Indiana with regard to the power and potential we have to contribute to advancing Ag+Bio+Science.
Licensing: Another Channel to Commercialize IP
Sometimes commercializing university intellectual property takes the form of establishing startup companies. While startup creation and support should be encouraged, there are other -- and, depending on the situation, better -- channels to bring university faculty and staff inventions to market.
Changing Industry – Continuing Opportunities
As we reach the mid-point of 2018, there have been several significant, positive developments in Indiana’s life sciences industry, even during a time of uncertainty related to the current business environment and longer-term secular trends. Even with these headwinds, the need for life sciences workers continues to grow and Indiana remains a state with many career opportunities.
16 Tech: A Place and A Culture of Innovation
Standing under a tent on a cold late March morning on a parcel of land that will soon give rise to the first buildings at 16 Tech, I had the opportunity to share the news that 16 Tech received a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and signed a developer agreement.
Enabling University Innovations through Partnerships
Indiana is intellectually and geographically positioned to be the crossroads of American business. Just as important, our culture of collaboration among the state’s universities and with private-sector partners and foundations further enables that prospect.
Three Keys to Successful Innovation in Life Science
When you think of scientific innovation, what image comes to mind? Is it a bunch white coats and goggles staring through microscopes in a lab? That’s not exactly how innovation happens. Not in life science, and I would argue not in any industry. To foster an environment where innovation can flourish, leaders need to focus on three things: 1. Attract the right talent 2. Create the right environment 3. Employ the right approach to leadership and management Being a life sc...
Summit to Celebrate Our Scientific Community
In just a few days BioCrossroads will host its 14th Indiana Life Sciences Summit, a two-day conference with speeches and presentations from global thought-leaders, a celebration of Indiana’s vibrant and collaborative life sciences community. It’s not only a great way to hear perspectives from global thought leaders who will be discussing the capital markets, innovation, medical/clinical data sciences and global health, but also a great place to start produc...
Inside Indiana’s Own Eclipse: It Is Happening Here
In recent weeks, we have witnessed a nation captivated by widespread solar eclipse fever. Frenzied family members Googling for special glasses, friends driving miles for a prime location, my children amazing me with their facts on geometrical astronomy.
A Call to Invest Locally
In a February 20 Wall Street Journal online article titled "How to Get Venture Capital to Places Left Behind," Steve Case -- the co-founder of AOL and chief executive of investment firm Revolution LLC -- spoke about the importance of encouraging and developing startups across the United States, not just in California, Massachusetts and New York.
Global Mindset Equals Indiana Bioscience Workforce Success
Recently I was asked for advice by a discouraged job-seeker as she continued hitting dead ends. In talking with this talented young woman and learning more about her background, I encouraged her to highlight that she had lived outside the United States for several years.
Eight Great Places to Connect in Indiana Healthcare, HIT and STEM
Thanks to medical device companies, pharmaceuticals and a burgeoning healthcare technology scene, the life sciences and healthcare are alive and well in Indiana. More broadly, STEM is always top of mind for the health of the state’s economy as well.
The Indiana Life Sciences Ecosystem – The Last 10 Years and the Next Decade
It’s been ten years since the Indiana University Kelley School of Business began our Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences. And, we celebrated it at our November event, "The Indiana Life Sciences Ecosystem – The Last 10 Years and the Next 10."
Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Indiana has long benefited from a tradition of talented leaders who have turned innovations into thriving enterprises — even dating back more than 100 years to the days of Colonel Eli Lilly of Eli and Lilly and Company and Revra Depuy of DePuy Orthopaedics who changed the face of the life sciences and healthcare industries with their discoveries and inventions.
Grand Challenges: Why Hoosiers Should Care
Recently, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced the first of five initiatives to be funded through Indiana University’s new Grand Challenges Program. It was more than three years ago that President Obama challenged universities to pursue “Grand Challenges for the 21st Century.”
Hacking, Developing, and Engineering for Regulated Software
How would you characterize your software development style – hacker, developer, engineer, or computer scientist? Of course, the vast majority of readers of this article will not have a “software development style” and, other than trying to forget the struggles from a past “intro to computing” course, this question may not seem relevant to you.
Scientific Companies Battle Effective Online Communications
For companies operating in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, the pressure to grow and build their online presence is escalating. The need to realign their marketing initiatives to better meet the needs of the consumer is at an all-time high.
FFA Preps Students for STEM Careers with School-based Agricultural Education
As FFA evolved over the course of its nearly 90-year history, a critical need arose in agriculture: the importance of attracting young men and women to careers related to science, business, engineering and math (STEM). Today, the organization is prepared to be the conduit to STEM careers by supplying FFA members who will be the next plant pathologists, ranchers, veterinarians, consumers and civic leaders.
Food Innovation Center to Cook Up Success in Northeast Indiana
When the facts are reviewed, including data sets, census statistics, FDA publications, USDA reports, interviews, and surveys, the possibility of a Food Innovation Center for Northeast Indiana, specifically one proposed in Bluffton, Indiana, is clearly needed in the region for continued economic growth.
The Ultimate Gift: Selfless tissue donors advance breast cancer research at IU
Based in Indianapolis, the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center is the only normal breast tissue bio-repository of its kind in the world. As such, it is uniquely positioned to characterize the molecular and genetic basis of normal breast development and compare it to the different types of breast cancer.
How to Revive the Physician Innovator
If biomedical science and clinical medicine are to advance, it is vital that we cultivate physicians' capacity for innovation. Yet there are many features of contemporary medical education that fail to nurture – and in some cases positively undercut – the capacity to innovate...