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Craig Stewart

Last modified: Monday, September 22, 2003

Media advisory: IU to be dedicated as one of IBM's "Institutes of Innovation"

EDITORS: On Thursday (Sept. 25) at 3:30 p.m., Indiana University will be formally recognized by IBM as a charter member of the company's Life Sciences Institutes of Innovation program. The ceremony will take place at Wrubel Computing Center, 2711 E. 10th Street, Bloomington.

Michael McRobbie, IU vice president for information technology and CIO and vice president for research, will accept a plaque on behalf of IU from James Coffin, vice president of sales for IBM's Life Sciences Business Unit. The plaque commemorates IU's status as one of IBM's two new Institutes of Innovation (Johns Hopkins University is the other). Mark Elliott , IBM General Manager, Global ISV Solutions Sales and an IU alumnus, will also be on hand for the dedication ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to end at 5 p.m.

Demonstrations at the dedication ceremony will include the most up-to-date versions of the software being developed by IU Bloomington physicist James Glazier and IUB chemist Peter Ortoleva, the results of 3-D cell modeling efforts, and the Centralized Life Sciences Database Service, developed jointly by IU and IBM. This powerful new system is already in use at the IU School of Medicine, and it is helping transform the way researchers investigate the origins of disease. It enables researchers to access a wealth of collective knowledge about genes and proteins in their search to understand and combat the sources of disease and dysfunction. This project is led by Andrew D. Arenson, principal INGEN data specialist for University Information Technology Services.

For information about the IBM Life Sciences Institutes of Innovation program, see: