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Last modified: Monday, August 21, 2006

New workshops and online resources are designed for Indiana life science and healthcare companies

Aug. 23, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is launching a new workshop series and Web site to assist the state's healthcare and life science industries with learning best practices and new ways to collaborate.

The Indiana LifeSC Initiative is being led by Larry Davidson, a business economist who previously has helped the state create a better climate for global trade by Hoosier companies.

The first workshop in the Indiana LifeSC Collaboration Series will take place Sept. 22 at IU Bloomington, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other workshops will take place around the state and are being planned in connection with established companies such as Cook Inc. and Zimmer Inc. The workshops are free of charge, but registration is required.

Joseph D'Cruz, professor of strategic management and the Murray B. Koffler Chair in pharmacy management in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural workshop at IU Bloomington.

Also planned for this first workshop is a panel discussion of life science clusters, featuring Linda Heitzman, director, life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Dr. John R. Hayes, chairman of the Indiana Health Industry Forum; and Timothy B. Folta, associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. J. Mike Brooks, president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Health Industry Forum, will moderate.

Other conferences will include programs about commercialization of life science products on Nov. 17 at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, combination products in life science industries at Cook Inc. on Feb. 2 and research and development management on May 18 in Warsaw, Ind.

Registration can be done online at or by contacting Roxie Glaze at 812-855-9210 or

The school recently launched a related Web site at It includes research studies by Kelley faculty and MBA students and professionals about various segments of the life science industries and the challenges being presented. The site also offers details about seven new awards programs for research by faculty, doctoral students and undergraduates and about how companies can benefit from internships with Kelley MBA students.

Davidson said the workshops and Web site are part of a comprehensive effort by the Kelley School to help Indiana life science and biomedical companies to succeed in a competitive global environment.

"University professors and scientists may not see a strong link between their everyday activities and what these life science companies do, " Davidson said. "More and more, I hear the message that especially when it comes to life science companies, that it takes an environment of cooperation between business and universities for them to succeed. We've created a four-part conference series for this academic year that's meant to be a device to share ideas and network across these communities."

Other partners in the Indiana LifeSC Initiative include BioCrossroads, Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership, Cook, Indiana Economic Development Corp., the Indiana Health Industry Forum, Indy Partnership, the IU Center for International Business Education and Research, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the IU College of Arts and Sciences, IU Research and Technology Corp., Kelley-Indianapolis' Evening MBA Discovery, Innovation and Ventures Enterprise, Lange Advisors, the Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Economic Development Corp. and Zimmer.