Purdue Engineering hosts inaugural Indiana Life Sciences Manufacturing Summit
The Indiana Life Sciences Manufacturing 2022 Summit, organized by the Purdue Advanced Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals Alliance, was held March 11 in Indianapolis to promote life sciences manufacturing, research, education and business development throughout Indiana. The event was organized in partnership with the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute. The full agenda and recordings from the event are available.
This inaugural event, held in Indianapolis, convened representatives from industry, academia, state and local governments, and other relevant organizations. Speakers from Purdue included: Mung Chiang, executive vice president for strategic initiatives and the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering; Alina Alexeenko, associate dean for undergraduate education and professor in the schools of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering; and Theresa Mayer, executive vice president for research and partnerships.
Bradley Chambers, secretary of commerce for the State of Indiana and CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) joined Chiang for a Fireside Chat.
CEO of Catalent John Chiminski (MSEE '87) was the keynote speaker. The event was attended by representatives from over 80 companies and organizations, including the City of Fishers, Indiana, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, Eli Lilly and Company, IEDC, Indiana University, Ascend Indiana, Lannett Company Inc., Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Elanco, Indiana Workforce Development, BioCrossroads, Corteva Agriscience, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, and Scioto Biosciences and Monon Bioventures.
Attendees discussed trends, challenges and opportunities, how to forge global solutions with regional sources, and the type of workforce development is needed to keep up with onshoring and emerging technologies. Special attention was given to the innovation ecosystem as a critical part of a strong network of stakeholders interested in a long-term strategy to increase Indiana life sciences competitiveness.
The event on March 11 was the inaugural summit, with the next planned for March 9, 2023.
The Advanced Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals Alliance (AMP) seeks to organize people, resources and partners in the context of advanced manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. The alliance leverages the collective strength and individual expertise of each for the purpose of crafting innovative business models to attract large-scale funding with the capacity to facilitate advanced research and foster workforce development for the benefit of the state and nation. AMP is co-led by Alexeenko; Eric Munson, Dane O. Kildsig Chair in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Department Head, and Garth Simpson, professor of Chemistry, associate dean for research and partnerships, College of Science.