June 16 and 17, 2009
Rationale: We bring a series of assets of great value to this endeavor. Purdue has been an international leader in analytical chemistry and instrument development for at least three decades. The strength of our engineering program and the Birck Nanotechnology Center are another set of powerful assets. Participation of other nationally ranked analytical chemistry and engineering programs in the region are additional assets. Miniaturization through integration of electronic, microfluidic, chemical, and biological components in a single device will be a major theme in the next generation of life science instrumentation. We are proposing to build on this rich regional tradition by developing CAID, located at Purdue, and staffed predominantly with Purdue faculty along with leaders in life science instrumentation from other regional institutions.
Objectives: The major objectives of the Center are to 1) develop a new generation of analytical instrumentation for life science and point-of-need applications in medicine, industry, and public safety; 2). build a portfolio of intellectual property that can be used to stimulate regional industrial growth; 3) expand participation in the Center as it evolves to include scientists from Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, Notre Dame, and the University of Illinois, on both a temporary and permanent basis; 4) elevate the quality and competitiveness of research regionally by partnering with research scientists, clinicians, and companies in the application of advanced instrumentation to their problems; 5) educate and mentor young scientists and engineers in building high tech industry in the Midwest; and 6) stimulate regional high tech industrial growth through the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and by involving companies in the development process.
Impact: The Center is expected to impact Purdue and the region by 1) developing tools critically needed to maintain national competitiveness in life science research, health care, and associated life science industries, 2) vigorously pursuing commercialization of these tools in the region, and 3) training individuals who will build and run this new high tech industry.