Legislators, students, faculty and staff came together for a collaborative event. Two leading Indiana universities were at the forefront of the program to launch a new life science initiative.
“There’s a very large increase in funding for the main agencies that fund science and research,” said IU President Michael McRobbie. “Clearly the investment that the alliance would make in facilities that would support our faculty will also enable us to attract a very significant amount from those agencies of that federal stimulus money. So those are the kinds of reasons [that] the more you invest in infrastructure, the more you invest in excellent faculty and researchers, the greater chance you have of attracting that money, and that money in turn generates new jobs.”
Purdue University is also working to make the Indiana Innovation alliance project a reality.
Dr. France A. Cordova is the president of Purdue University. “Those partnerships are very important and they show that we can work very well together and that our researchers want to do the work together. We have complimentary facilities and complimentary ideas for research partnerships. This takes that collaboration to a whole new level. It’s a much bigger partnership. It’s a partnership that includes investment and core facilities and [an] equipment partnership that includes start-up funds for us to propose together for external resources.”
The collaboration is expected to create more jobs in the life bio-science and health care sectors.