INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 15, 2014 — Today at the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) Annual Conference in Chicago, BioCrossroads was honored with the Excellence in Technology-based Economic Development (TBED) award in the category Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries.
Each year, SSTI, a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation, recognizes initiatives that greatly impact state and regional economies through a national competition showcasing effective and innovative approaches to building tech-based economies.
It’s an honor to be recognized by such a prominent organization,” said David L. Johnson, president and CEO of BioCrossroads. “SSTI has been the champion and ‘seal of approval’ for technology-based economic development efforts across America for many years, and has helped policy makers and community and corporate leaders to understand what it takes to drive successful regional economic transformation. As such, SSTI’s work has showcased some of the most successful technology-and science-based clusters in the U.S. today, and we are proud to be recognized as a part of this distinguished network.”
SSTI also conducts research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourages cooperation among and between state and federal programs.
“The strength of BioCrossroads is its emphasis on the collaboration among its corporate, academic and philanthropic assets of its life sciences community,” said Dan Berglund, SSTI president & CEO. “BioCrossroads has been able to truly build private-public support for its initiatives, with the majority of its funding coming from private sources.”
“Even back in the early 2000’s, there was little doubt that Indiana had a remarkably broad and deep base of life sciences companies and research assets, but there was a threat to industry growth, and even maintaining what was here. Most of our companies and universities were carrying out ground-breaking research and pursuing medical innovations on their own, and no one had focused on how to bring the players and the pieces together to advance one of Indiana’s truly signature sectors to ensure its continued strength and promote its rightful prospects for national prominence,” continued Johnson. “The industry needed a connection point to build a long-term and lasting coalition to bring new ideas to life and grow the existing community. Thanks to the work of several individuals and organizations, BioCrossroads was established to make that happen.”
Johnson points to the efforts of then-CEO of Eli Lilly and Company Sidney Taurel and John Lechleiter, Ph.D., who was executive vice president of pharmaceutical product/corporate development of Lilly, at the time, as well as Mayor Bart Peterson; Melina Kennedy, then-director of economic development for the city of Indianapolis; Anne Shane, the project leader for the initiative; Central Indiana Corporate Partnership; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Indiana University; Purdue University; and the Indiana Health Industry Forum for organizing the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative in 2002, an initiative which became BioCrossroads the following year.
Over the past 12 years, BioCrossroads has served as a catalyst for growth within Indiana’s life sciences industry in both direct and indirect activities that have made the state a national leader.
- Directly raised nearly one-third of a billion dollars (and counting) of market capital and philanthropic funding to identify and pursue promising new Indiana life sciences opportunities;
- Organized two life sciences venture capital funds – the Indiana Future Fund ($73 million) and the INext Fund ($58 million) – and organized and actively managed the Indiana Seed Fund ($6 million) and Indiana Enterprise Fund ($2 million); currently manage the Indiana Seed Fund II ($8.5 million);
- Formed nine new sustainable enterprises to advance signature Indiana life sciences strengths (and resulting so far in a collective total of more than 100 new jobs); and
- Supported more than 300 start-up companies and collaborations by connecting them with industry partners, providing basic business planning guidance, advising on patent and IP strategies, opening connections to sources for further commercial development, and linking with additional funding sources.
Since its inception in 1996, SSTI has developed a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology. This network has resulted in unique access to information. SSTI uses this access to assist states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs.
BioCrossroads (www.biocrossroads.com) advances Indiana’s signature strengths in the life sciences by connecting with corporate, academic and philanthropic partners; facilitating investments in promising start ups and building new enterprises; and educating through conferences, reports and market development knowledge. The initiative supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development and has formed several new nonprofit organizations, including Indiana Health Information Exchange, Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities, BioCrossroadsLINX, OrthoWorx, and Datalys Center.