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Mayor Hamilton Announces Signed Letter of Intent with Axia for Gigabit-class Broadband

Bloomington, Ind. – Mayor John Hamilton was joined by Axia CEO Art Price to announce the City and Axia have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop a city-wide, open-architecture Gigabit-class fiber optic broadband service in Bloomington. “I have spoken frequently about the importance of Gigabit-class fiber optic broadband for our city,” stated Mayor Hamilton. “Since January, I have worked with local and national experts to identify, attract and secure the right partner to provide that 21st century infrastructure. I am very pleased to announce today this major step forward for economic development and quality of life in Bloomington. From the beginning we have sought a partner to help us achieve three goals: A city-wide system: leaving no neighborhoods behind in the opportunity to access 21st century technology An open architecture: allowing either through community control or contractual provisions a system that encourages competition and open access so multiple providers can use the city-wide system A financially feasible system: protecting the city’s fiscal future “I believe with Axia we have found a partner committed to these same goals, willing to work with us to build and operate a future-oriented, competition-supporting system in our community,” said Mayor Hamilton. Axia has developed fiber optic communications infrastructure in Canada, the United States, France and Singapore. In Axia’s business model, fiber infrastructure is available to anyone and is shared across the full market. Axia offers reliable, scalable services delivered over high-performing, fiber networks that are designed to meet every need of their customers which include residents, businesses, carriers, and web service ecosystem providers. Axia is exclusively in the internet connectivity business and does no participate in the voice, video or mobility sectors. Major trends in the communications industry are driving the need for open access fiber networks, including demand for high-performing digital connectivity, the growing number and variety of network connected devices, growth in demand for wireless data services and growing use of video and other applications from leading web services providers. Axia will complete a detailed engineering analysis, projected by the end of March, to plan and design the build-out of the fiber network. With a positive conclusion to that step, Axia will conduct a no-deposit-required “expression of interest” campaign to determine the level of resident and business interest in the planned service. Upon reaching a 40% level of expressed interest, Axia will commence construction and operation of the network, which is expected to include an investment of tens of millions of dollars during a 24 to 36 month build-out for the entire city. As outlined in the LOI, the Gigabit-speed, fiber-to-the-premise network is designed explicitly to be an open system that...

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B-Start Kicks Off 2016 Program With Call for Applications

Bloomington, IN (August 24, 2016) – Bloomington’s startup pre-accelerator, B-Start, will open applications on August 29th. The program is open to all Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington students and includes mentorship, consultations with local experts, workshops, and a pitch competition. B-Start is designed to help students launch innovation-driven enterprises and engage in Bloomington’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) launched B-Start in 2015 with a successful inaugural cohort. Five of the original nine ventures are registered and remain in business, with three actively working on the startup. The winner of Demo Day, Critique, developed a cloud-based, online distance education platform that now has more than 30 clients. “The success of last year’s group sets the bar high for a new entrepreneurial cohort this fall” said Dana Palazzo, Vice President of the BEDC. “We look forward to helping these students develop solid businesses and put down roots in Bloomington.” B-Start was recently named a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA)’s Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation + Talent. B-Start staff will head to Roanoke, VA this October to present for a chance to win first place at the UEDA Annual Summit. To learn more about B-Start or to apply visit www.b-start.org. About B-Start B-Start is a pre-accelerator program of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) designed for high-growth, high-potential Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington student startups. B-Start participants are at the earliest stage of their business development and are coached through a rigorous comprehensive process of cohort activities and individualized mentorship over the course of the program to build a foundation for accelerating the growth of their startups. For more information, visit www.b-start.org. About the BEDC The BEDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. For more information, visit www.bloomingtonedc.com. Please follow and like...

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Translational Research Pilot Grant Program
Feb11

Translational Research Pilot Grant Program

To All IUB Faculty Members:   The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research is pleased to announce the second year of Translational Research Pilot Grants. This pilot grant program has been established to fund the completion of proof of concept projects that support the development of research projects with industry partners, the establishment of new companies, or strengthen patent applications based on IUB discoveries.   Eligible Projects   All projects in any discipline directly related to moving IUB research or scholarly activities closer to commercialization are eligible. Projects must be based on discoveries that have been submitted to the IURTC in the form of an Invention Disclosure (http://iurtc.iu.edu/forms/index.shtml). Project proposals may be submitted by any IUB faculty member. Project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered and can be used to support research in the Principal Investigators laboratory, or for purchased services from IU core facilities or external vendors.   Proposal Reviews   Pilot Grant applications will be assessed for their scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery, and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property.   Application Due Date   April 1, 2016 Funding will be available June 1, 2016   Instructions for applying can be accessed on the JCEB website: http://jcitr.indiana.edu/opportunities.shtml   We are available to meet with you to discuss potential projects and assist with the filing of the Invention Disclosure. We encourage you to take advantage of this new funding opportunity!   Regards, Keith   Keith R. Davis, Ph.D. Director The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research Simon Hall, Room 100A 212 S. Hawthorne Drive Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 Office: 812-856-4805 Email: keirdavi@indiana.eduJCITR   For more information, see Pilot Grant Program Description-2016 Please follow and like...

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Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow
Jan28

Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute has named its first Indiana Research Fellow. Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Director Raghu Mirmira will also serve as the institute’s interim scientific director. Mirmira is also a professor of pediatric diseases, director of IU’s Herman B. Wells Center’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Group and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program for M.D. and Ph.D. students. He earned his bachelor’s, M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. As part of his new role with IBRI, he will work with Chief Executive Officer David Broecker to recruit additional research scientists, set up research operations and begin project work. Broecker calls Mirmira a “unique and talented researcher with a track record of building nationally-recognized research centers.” The $360 million institute was launched in 2013, through a partnership among private sector companies, academic institutions and the state of Indiana. Funding has come from companies and organizations including Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), Dow AgroSciences, Lilly Endowment Inc., Roche Diagnostics and Indiana University Health. The state has targeted the planned 60-acre 16 Tech innovation district as a permanent location for the institute. To read more on this, visit Inside Indiana Business or the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute. Please follow and like...

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Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research announces new name, expanded mission
Nov20

Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research announces new name, expanded mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A monthslong effort to shift the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology’s mission is complete, as it now boasts a new name, a broader base of campus constituents and an updated website. The organization is now known as the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research, or JCITR. The new name was approved by the Indiana University Board of Trustees in October and recently made official by President Michael A. McRobbie, said Keith R. Davis, the center’s director. The move not only addressed a need to lessen confusion with its cross-campus counterpart, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Kelley School of Business. It also reflects an expanded mission to serve all schools, departments and disciplines throughout the Bloomington campus, rather than only those ventures related to biotechnology or other fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. Yet JCITR’s core directive is unchanged. It aims to boost the participation of faculty, researchers and students in translational research and the commercialization of research discoveries by working with industry partners and creating new companies. “Our new name truly captures the core focus of our mission to enhance innovation across the Bloomington campus and will provide an identity for our unique position within IU’s research community,” Davis said. “We hope faculty will come to recognize JCITR as the place where they can get hands-on assistance with building a translational research program and commercializing their discoveries.” Vice Provost for Research Rick Van Kooten said the move reinforces IU’s commitment through its Bicentennial Strategic Plan to build a prosperous and innovative Indiana, in part by establishing a culture of “building and making” statewide. “I am truly excited that the expertise of the Johnson Center is now broadening to encompass the entire Bloomington campus,” Van Kooten said. “Innovation and translational research are key drivers of research excellence. The skills and services offered through JCITR are invaluable to IU researchers, particularly as we move forward with our Grand Challenges program and a new Emerging Areas of Research program.” Members of JCITR’s staff, or “discovery team,” work to make it easy and efficient for faculty to bring their ideas or inventions to market while continuing to focus on their core strengths in basic research. Such duties include: Working with faculty to identify current and new research that can attract commercial contracts or be translated into products that may lead to the launch of Spin Up companies or startup ventures; Collaborating with the IU Research and Technology Corp. and Office of Research Administration to help faculty submit grant applications; Identifying industry partners and negotiating industry contracts in concert with...

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HealthLINC
Dec02

HealthLINC

HealthLINC HealthLINC is a not-for-profit corporation, which through its technology and business partnership with HealthBridge, supports health information technology (HIT) adoption, health information exchange (HIE), and innovative use of information for improved health care outcomes.  For well over a decade, HealthBridge has been recognized as one of the nation’s largest, most advanced, and most financially sustainable health information exchanges (HIE). Company Information Address 714 S. Rogers Street 4th Floor Bloomington, IN 47403 Phone (877) 331-5477 Website http://healthlinc.info/ codepeople-post-map require JavaScript Please follow and like...

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