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Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2008

IU scientists, leaders to highlight life sciences at State House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 11, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University scientists and leaders will gather to promote Indiana's life sciences research and support IU's 2008 legislative agenda at the Indiana State House on Wednesday, Feb. 13, as part of the annual State House Visit and Life Sciences Day.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson will offer remarks during the event sponsored by Hoosiers for Higher Education (HHE) at 1 p.m. in the North Atrium of the State House before an expected 400 guests.

The program presents an opportunity to share with legislators, college students and the public the value life sciences research and business bring to Indiana. As part of the day's activities, several of IU's leading scientists will demonstrate their progress in life sciences research from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the South Atrium. Life sciences research could have an impact on new treatments for life-threatening conditions such as cancer, Parkinson's Disease and diabetes. (A full list of faculty participants can be found at http://www.gov.indiana.edu/hhe/statehouse.shtml)

McRobbie at Life Sciences Day 2007

McRobbie at Life Sciences Day

Through the Indiana Life Sciences Initiative, IU hopes to bring $2.4 billion to the Hoosier economy; create 2,500 new life sciences research jobs at IU and stimulate an additional 11,500 new jobs for Hoosiers; attract or create at least 100 Indiana-based life sciences companies; produce new intellectual property; and produce new medical treatments that will improve the health of Hoosiers. IU will continue to build on life sciences research activities by aligning the eight regional medical education centers to prevent a doctor shortage and strengthen regional life sciences industries.

"Life sciences are critical for the Indiana economy, and are a top priority for Indiana University," said IU School of Medicine Dean and Vice President for Life Sciences Dr. Craig Brater. "In partnership with the state and collaborating with our colleagues at Purdue and Notre Dame, we will expand the research enterprise that is vital to creating new life sciences businesses and jobs, and the best health care, for Hoosiers."

In 2006, IU announced its comprehensive Life Sciences Strategic Plan that aligns all existing and new initiatives. The plan outlines how Indiana University can position itself as one of the nation's top research centers in six areas of the life sciences, including analytical chemistry, cancer biology, diabetes and metabolic disorders, neuroscience, organic chemistry, and model systems in biological research. More information on the Indiana Life Sciences Initiative can be found at http://lifesciences.iu.edu/.

HHE is a grassroots advocacy organization that is sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and works in conjunction with the IU Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations. Members of HHE are encouraged to advocate to public officials the importance of supporting funding and policies that will ensure IU's continued success as a premiere international teaching and research institution.