Perspectives: Life Sciences 

Indiana’s life sciences legacy - something to celebrate and to keep striving for more

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

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

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

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

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. 

IU School of Medicine publishes research breakthroughs in two priority areas

IU School of Medicine publishes research breakthroughs in two priority areas

IU School of Medicine researchers recently made news with significant scientific breakthroughs in two of the school’s research priority areas: triple negative breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. 

IBRI collaboration helps discover a new genetic disease

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

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

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. 

Indianapolis’ Relentless Pursuit of Collaborative Innovation

Indianapolis’ Relentless Pursuit of Collaborative Innovation

Some of the best innovations happen in the most unexpected places. Who would have thought a building that once housed beer kegs for the Indianapolis 500 would someday become the innovation center for advancements in regenerative medicine? 

Indiana - Home to Unparalleled Agbioscience Innovation + Talent

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

Accelerating Agbioscience Start-Ups in Indiana – It’s Happening Here

Accelerating Agbioscience Start-Ups in Indiana – It’s Happening Here

What does it mean when you hear that your food is being disrupted? Innovators and entrepreneurs often use the word “disruption” to connote their meaningful quest to bring new and better ideas to the marketplace.

Leveraging IoT for Medical Device Software

Leveraging IoT for Medical Device Software

When you hear or read the term IoT, what comes to mind – the Internet of Things, the Indiana Office of Technology, something else, or nothing at all? All these answers are, of course, correct, depending on your perspective.  

Enabling University Innovations through Partnerships

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. 

More Than Lipstick on a Pig

More Than Lipstick on a Pig

One of the largest impediments to capital formation in the biopharmaceutical industry is regulatory uncertainty. Our products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Impacting Indiana: How the state's research universities affect the lives of all Hoosiers

Impacting Indiana: How the state's research universities affect the lives of all Hoosiers

Earlier this month, BioCrossroads -- which advances the state's strengths in the life sciences sector -- made public a report titled "The Importance of Research Universities." 

Three Keys to Successful Innovation in Life Science

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

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

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. 

Innovate, Collaborate and Take Indiana to the Next Level

Innovate, Collaborate and Take Indiana to the Next Level

When I think about what makes Indiana so great, many things come to mind: our stellar business climate, our world-class life sciences industry, our cutting-edge technology scene, and our enviable agriculture sector.  

15 Years of Advancing the Life Sciences

15 Years of Advancing the Life Sciences

2017 marks BioCrossroads’ 15th year.  BioCrossroads was set up be a catalyst for the life sciences -- an organization that seized an opportunity to do more with the state’s life sciences corporate and academic assets and bolster tremendous growth to the sector.  

Indiana’s STEM success connects classrooms and careers

Indiana’s STEM success connects classrooms and careers

If you have listened to today’s weather report, checked your blood-sugar levels or sent a text on your smartphone, you have benefitted from the innovation and impact of STEM-related careers. 

The Growth of IoT in Agriculture

The Growth of IoT in Agriculture

One of the oldest human trades is farming. Since the dawn of civilization, a need for regular, stable food production has been a staple of society. Today, agriculture is responsible for over $130 billion of our gross GDP in America. 

A Call to Invest Locally

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

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

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

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."  

European Superstar Scientist is a Win for IBRI

European Superstar Scientist is a Win for IBRI

he Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) made news earlier this month with the hiring of the Institute’s Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer – Professor Rainer Fischer from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.  

Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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.  

New Leadership, New Challenges, Same Great Mission

New Leadership, New Challenges, Same Great Mission

Learning to do, doing to learn, learning to live, living to serve. The FFA motto gives members 12 short words to live by as they experience the leadership opportunities provided by  the national organization.  

Grand Challenges: Why Hoosiers Should Care

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

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. 

Want to Increase Your Company’s Visibility? Start at Home

Want to Increase Your Company’s Visibility? Start at Home

At a recent life sciences breakfast, I was in awe of the mix of people attending the event from various industry sectors: medicine, agriculture, academia, trade associations, investment, IT and marketing communication firms, among others.

Scientific Companies Battle Effective Online Communications

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. 

Dementia Patients: Film Honors the Memory of the Forgotten

Dementia Patients: Film Honors the Memory of the Forgotten

Last September, my parents planned a visit to come and meet their 2-month-old grandson. On the first day of their trip, my mother fell and broke her hip in three places and her arm at the shoulder joint. 

FFA Preps Students for STEM Careers with School-based Agricultural Education

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

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

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. 

Growing IT and Big Data in Agriculture

Growing IT and Big Data in Agriculture

Have you ever been inside the cab of a tractor or combine?  Today more technology exists in the cab of a tractor than in most offices. 

Your Science is Great, Now Talk About It

Your Science is Great, Now Talk About It

When I was in first grade, the game Telephone was a favorite activity. You may remember the game – where one person whispers a line or two to the next person and so on throughout the circle. 

The Power of People

The Power of People

It’s that time of year, when BioCrossroads’ professional team is gearing up for the annual Indiana Life Sciences Summit which takes place in October in downtown Indianapolis. 

How to Revive the Physician Innovator

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...