Last modified: Wednesday, October 25, 2006
IU brings spirited life sciences, technology talent to Tech Summit 9, Oct. 31
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Oct. 25, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University scientists and some of the university's latest life sciences research and technological advances will be in the limelight at Techpoint's Indiana Tech Summit 9, Oct. 31, at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.
The day-long event includes a pooling of the talent and technology from IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. University scientists will discuss and display their work alongside experts from other universities, and public and private industries and organizations.
A panel discussion led by JT. Forbes, IU executive director for state relations, will focus on life sciences, advanced technologies and partnerships in research and discovery. Jake Chen, assistant professor at the IUPUI's School of Informatics, and Fred Regnier, Purdue's John H. Law Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will discuss their collaborative work as it relates to a recent $7 million National Cancer Institute grant received by IU and Purdue. Joining them is Stephen Naylor, chairman and CEO of Predictive Physiology and Medicine Inc., whose private firm is collaborating on the project.
The NCI collaboration includes scientists from Indianapolis, West Lafayette and Bloomington, who are studying different proteins -- a science known as proteomics -- that could play key roles in certain cancers. Their work could lead to improved therapeutic drug treatments for cancer patients.
Other panelists sharing research activities are Robert L. Bacallao, of the O'Brien Center for Advanced Renal Microscopic Analysis at the IU School of Medicine; and Julie C. Stout, of the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab at IU Bloomington.
IU and IUPUI also will have a prominent place in Tech Summit 9's exhibit area, including programs engaged in technology, workforce and economic development, and community outreach from both campuses. Students and researchers will demonstrate their work throughout the day. IU's exhibit also will feature IRV -- Indiana's Robotic Vehicle.
Marlon Pierce, assistant director of the Community Grids Lab, will be on hand for IU's Pervasive Technology Labs to demonstrate the Advanced Molecule Search Engine. Rick Mullen, a director and chief scientist at the PTL, will demonstrate Common Instrument Middleware Architecture, a Web services-based approach used in life sciences investigations.
Other units participating in the statewide gathering include the IU College of Arts and Sciences, IUPUI School of Science, IUPUI Solution Center, the IU Research and Technology Corporation, and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
To learn more about IU's comprehensive Life Sciences Strategic Plan, go to www.lifesciences.iu.edu.
Indiana Technology Summit 9 is the only statewide technology event that provides unique opportunities to network, listen and learn how technology impacts the state economy, report Techpoint officials. More information about the event is at www.techpoint.org/summit.
Founded in December 2002, Techpoint is Indiana's only statewide technology trade group representing approximately 400 corporate members, including publicly-traded companies, private businesses, colleges and research universities, and local economic development organizations. Indiana University is a sustaining member of Techpoint.