By Tony Armstrong
Ask the average citizen about Silicon Valley, and they’ll probably reference Apple, Google, or Xerox. Ask them about the Hoosier State, and they will likely mention John Mellencamp, the Indy 500, and basketball.
It’s a perception problem, but it’s also an opportunity. Indiana University researchers have been quietly forging scientific and technological breakthroughs for decades—from cavity-fighting fluoride toothpaste to the cancer treatment that saved the life of cyclist Lance Armstrong. Now we’re putting that brainpower to work for Indiana.
In 2008, Indiana University launched Innovate Indiana to harness the immense intellectual resources of its faculty and researchers to create new economic opportunities throughout the state. Our goal is no less ambitious than the creation of Indiana’s own Silicon Valley—where the best and brightest minds come up with new, business-leading ideas in healthcare, technology, and the life sciences that bring new companies, new jobs, and new prosperity to our state.
This blog will detail our efforts leading Indiana’s growing innovation economy. In addition to the Innovate Indiana team—Bill, Tony, and David—we’ll also hear from IU researchers talking about their breakthroughs, Indiana entrepreneurs who are building new businesses, and others.
Join us as we help build Indiana’s innovation economy.