The foundation has been poured for the first new building, and public infrastructure work is underway at the 16 Tech Innovation District. While construction on the physical development continues, the partnerships, connections and collaborations that will fuel the innovation district are also in full gear as demonstrated by the work of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI).
The IBRI will occupy 68,000 square feet of lab and office space in the first building at 16 Tech. An applied research institute, IBRI collaborates with life sciences, tech and engineering partners to deliver important answers to metabolic disease, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, poor nutrition, and related health data analytics. The research institute's work is important for improving human health and demonstrates the power of collaboration.
Case in point: The IBRI collaborated with Indianapolis tech company MavenSphere to develop a digital biomarker platform that collects data directly from smartphones to improve patient outcomes while still protecting their privacy. This system is supporting multiple research areas at Indiana University School of Medicine and a chronic disease study at Stamford Health in Connecticut. “DigiBio Tech” is growing, and more uses for it are being explored every day.
Another example is the collaboration among the IBRI, Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diabetes Care and Regenstrief Institute to analyze electronic health records to better understand type 2 diabetes (T2D) and other resulting diseases. Published in the international science journal,
this work showed that a predictive data model can identify which T2D patients will develop kidney disease within three years. This has huge potential to improve clinical care and patients’ lives.
We’re excited that IBRI is bringing its model of collaboration and innovation to 16 Tech as an example for the entrepreneurs, researchers and companies across the tech, engineering, advanced manufacturing and life sciences industries that will also call 16 Tech home.
if you would like to learn more about the community of creative thinkers and doers that 16 Tech is building.
-Bob Coy, President and CEO
16 Tech Community Corporation