By Kevin Fryling, news and media specialist, science, Indiana University Communications
A longstanding partnership between Indiana’s three top research universities recently got some high-profile exposure in the world of pharmaceutical chemistry through a story in PharmTech, a leading news source for professionals in the global pharmaceutical manufacturing drug-development community.
The story, “Precompetitive Research Spurs Innovation in Pharmaceutical Analysis,” published Nov. 15, highlights the Indiana Consortium for Analytical Sciences and Engineering, a joint venture between Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame that coordinates research activities in analytical chemistry across the three universities.
The center accomplishes its goals by leveraging relevant resources and expertise in analytical chemistry at each institution, as well as building new opportunities for collaboration with industry, government agencies, private research organizations and other academic institutions. The director of the consortium is Christopher Welch, whose appointment was announced in February.
Moreover, the PharmTech article previews the launch of a new center under the consortium whose principal point of contact at IU will be Lane Baker, the James L. Jackson Professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.
The Center for Bioanalytic Metrology, which has received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation, will focus the research capabilities of the faculty and students at IU, Purdue and Notre Dame on the “most pressing problems of industrial research relating to measurement science and instrumentation.” The center is expected to officially launch in fall 2019.
Excitingly, the article also reports that many major pharmaceutical companies — including Genentech, Agilent, Shimadzu, FLIR Systems, Sartorius, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Eli Lilly and Company — are already committed to membership, with others expected.
For more information, visit the Center for Bioanalytic Metrology’s website.