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Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005

Media advisory

BioCrossroads and Indiana University host forum for entrepreneurs, investors

Sept. 1, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Some of Indiana's best life sciences ideas will be auditioned before a national group of venture capitalists on Wednesday (Sept. 7) in an effort to attract support for the Bloomington area's most promising projects and initiatives. The event, called the Indiana Future Fund Entrepreneurial Forum, will be hosted by BioCrossroads, Indiana University Bloomington and the IU Foundation.

Representatives of the $53 million Indiana METACyt Initiative, the School of Informatics, Pervasive Technology Labs, the IU Cyclotron Facility, the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute, Predictive Physiology and Medicine Inc., and Cook Pharmica Inc. will describe their latest work to potential investors.

Two more entrepreneurial forums will be organized in 2005 by BioCrossroads and the Indiana Future Fund's professional management firm, Credit Suisse First Boston.

Indiana Future Fund Entrepreneurial Forum

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Showers Building, 401 N. Morton St., Room 200, Bloomington

1:30 p.m. Welcome (Adam W. Herbert, President, Indiana University)
1:40 p.m. Indiana University overview (Michael A. McRobbie, Vice President, Indiana University)

Overview of academic activities related to life sciences at IU Bloomington
2 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences/METACyt overview
2:30 p.m. School of Informatics research initiatives overview

Overview of specific area initiatives/concentrations
2:45 p.m. Pervasive Technology Labs
3 p.m. IU Cyclotron Facility
3:15 p.m. Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute
3:30 p.m. Predictive Physiology and Medicine Inc.
3:45 p.m. Cook Pharmica
4 p.m. Reception

Attendees will include BioCrossroads President and CEO David Johnson, IU President Adam W. Herbert, IU Vice President for Research and Information Technology Michael A. McRobbie, state and national venture capital firms, local and state political leaders, and local business leaders.

Media interested in attending this event or in speaking with Indiana Future Fund venture capitalists should contact Jenny Siminski, BioCrossroads, at 317-635-9175 (office), 317-213-5466 (cell) or

For information about Indiana University's participation in the event, contact Larry MacIntyre at 812-856-1172 or, or Susan Williams at 812-855-8773 or