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Sound Public Policy + World Class Science = Healthy Innovation Ecosystem

By Bart Peterson, JD, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications at Lilly

Bart PetersonI recently had a wonderful opportunity to address the National Health Research Forum, hosted by Research!America. As you may know, this important forum brings together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss pressing matters that affect the future of research and development in our country.

As I mentioned in my speech, from 2000-2007 I had the honor of serving as the mayor of Indianapolis.  Although Indianapolis has a solid economic base, I often wondered how other cities in my home state would fare in the headwinds of diverse economic challenges. Indiana is dotted with cities of fewer than 100,000 people all built up around manufacturing – cities that lost their manufacturing facilities to a shifting economy and an increasingly competitive global marketplace. What was going to be the future of these cities? Would they be on the map 50 years from now?

But that said, there were some Indiana cities of the same size that I never worried about at all. I didn’t worry about South Bend or West Lafayette or Bloomington. These are cities of 100,000 people or less, but they are home to the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Indiana University. Continue reading →

Federal sequestration hits home for university researchers

Excerpt of an article published by the South Bend Tribune on the devastating effects of mandatory federal budget cuts to university researchers, especially at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.

Professors at research institutions across the country are wondering which of their projects will be reduced in scope or eliminated as a result of the mandatory federal budget cuts known as sequestration, which took effect March 1.

Among those wondering and worrying are researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend.

Some already have gotten word that grants they sought won’t be funded because of the federal cuts.

Sequestration “isn’t like a cliff. It’s going to happen relatively slowly over a two- or three-year period,” said Robert Bernhard, Notre Dame’s vice president for research.

Notre Dame’s research expenditures from external sources in fiscal year 2012 were about $104 million, with $83 million coming from federal dollars. Continue reading →