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March 18, 2013

Bindley Bioscience Center plans Discovery Day to showcase research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Bindley Bioscience Center next week will provide a snapshot of the current research under way at the Discovery Park facility – from technology development to biological and nanotechnology materials.

Bindley's 2013 Discovery Symposium is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 26 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121. The public is invited to attend. Lunch will be served, but reservations are required by contacting Susan McCreery 765-496-6147, smccreer@purdue.edu.

"The goal of the symposium is to highlight the works of faculty members and research scientists as a testimony to the broad range of multidisciplinary activities at the center representing the various colleges across the Purdue campus," said Joseph Irudayaraj, deputy director for Bindley and a professor of agriculture and biological engineering.

The research encompasses technology development and biological and nanomaterials from conception to implementation to address problems in basic medical sciences, biotechnology, agriculture and human health, he said. Presentations are scheduled by:

* Maureen McCann, professor of biological sciences and director of Discovery Park's Energy Center.

* Bruce Cooper, director of the Metabolite Profiling Facility at Bindley.

* Maria Sepulveda, associate professor of ecology of Natural Systems.

* Lake Paul, director of the Biophysical Analysis Lab at Bindley.

* Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

* Jenna Rickus, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

* Aaron Taylor, director of the Purdue Bioscience Imaging Facility at Bindley.

* Paul Robinson, professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical sciences.

The $15 million Bindley Bioscience Center, which opened to Discovery Park researchers in October 2005, provides a unique infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research.

Laboratory space and high-end equipment is shared and available to support diverse projects ranging from cancer and other complex diseases to technology development and the creation of new feedstocks and catalysts for biofuels production.

An expert staff provides research consultation and technical support to enable rapid and effective technology implementation, feasibility studies and creation of pilot data in support of new project ideas. Research core support services operate in conjunction with original research projects.

Under way is a 29,000-square-foot expansion to Bindley that will house researchers to work on innovative animal models of disease, development of new therapeutics and in-vivo imaging.

Expected to open later this year, the $15 million Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Facility is funded through a federal stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133, pfiorini@purdue.edu

Sources: Joseph Irudayaraj, 765-494-0388, josephi@purdue.edu

Luanne Ludwig, Bindley operations manager, 765-494-2276, lml@purdue.edu