Take a Ride Now on Autonomous Shuttles Coming to Indy Next Month

2021-05-27T09:04:38-04:00May 27, 2021|

Recently, FOX59 Reporter Mike Sullivan took a ride in a new autonomous shuttle in downtown Indianapolis, which is part of a new service that kicks off in June. The pilot initiative is a partnership between CICP energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, May Mobility and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. It's all part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative that will bring the autonomous shuttle service to Indianapolis and Fishers, Ind. [WATCH] (Source: FOX59 and Energy Systems Network)

David Johnson: Indiana has everything to gain from Endless Frontier Act

2021-05-19T21:41:04-04:00May 17, 2021|

In a recent op-ed published in the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), David Johnson, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) talks about why Indiana has everything to gain from the Endless Frontier Act. The Act is visionary bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Indiana Senator Todd Young and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that would authorize the federal government to invest more than $9 billion in accelerating regional technology hubs throughout the country. [READ MORE] (Source: Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), CICP)  

TechPoint’s Mira Awards, Another Great Year for the “Best of Tech”

2021-05-05T13:41:03-04:00May 5, 2021|

The 22nd annual TechPoint Mira Awards once again highlighted the innovative work being done in the Indiana tech sector. The awards honored 112 nominees with 16 awards. This year, several of the winners were recognized for their ability to pivot their businesses during a pandemic. The Mira Awards is the state's largest and longest running technology awards program, recognizing the "Best of Tech" in Indiana. Recently, Inside INdiana Business featured several of the winners. Rising Entrepreneur Award and Startup of the Year – Yaw Aning, Co-founder and CEO, Malomo. TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier also talks about the importance of Aning's contributions to the tech sector.  [WATCH] Trailblazer Award – Justin Christian, CEO and Founder, BCforward [WATCH] Rising Tech City Award – City of Bloomington [WATCH] TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award – Dr. Carlotta Berry, Professor of Electrical and Computer [...]

IIB Perspectives: Renewed Focus on University Tech Transfer Drives Life Sciences Innovation

2021-04-19T12:01:35-04:00April 19, 2021|

By: Patty Martin, President and CEO, BioCrossroads Indiana universities and companies have played a vital role in the commercialization of insulin, the treatment of prostate cancer, and a reduction in cancer cases caused by the human papillomavirus, among many other therapeutics. Importantly, Hoosier state universities—Indiana University, Purdue University and Notre Dame—have made significant contributions to medical innovation over the past few decades. All of this, including the boost to Indiana’s economy from this wave of innovation, has been supported and enabled by a little-known law with an enormous impact, the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980. The Economist characterized the law, more commonly known as the Bayh-Dole Act, an eponymous shorthand referring to the two senators, Birch Bayh and Bob Dole, who co-authored the legislation, as “possibly the most inspired piece of legislation to be enacted in America [...]

Conexus Indiana J. Mark Howell: Pandemic Lessons Will Leave Us Stronger

2021-04-08T18:16:01-04:00April 5, 2021|

J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana A little over a year ago, Indiana’s advanced manufacturing and logistics companies were preparing for another banner year. A key contributor in Indiana’s 10 straight years of record economic expansion, the sector was growing, but also critically assessing itself to ensure it would be positioned to fuel the state’s economy well into the future. We know what happened next: As a result of the global pandemic, we all learned new definitions for the word “essential.” [READ MORE] (Sources: J. Mark Howell, president and CEO, Conexus Indiana, Inside INdiana Business)

IIB Perspectives: Indy Autonomous Challenge Takes Another Step in IMS History

2021-04-08T18:14:15-04:00April 5, 2021|

In spring 1909, four businessmen had a vision to build an automobile testing ground to support Indiana’s growing automotive industry. The goal was to provide a proving ground to test and improve cars, tires, driving surfaces and to promote Indianapolis as a leader in a newly developing industry. More than 112 years later, that mission continues with the Indy Autonomous Challenge. On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, on the same 2.5 miles that brought everyday commuters many important automotive features like the rear-view mirror and strong, durable tires, the Speedway will facilitate another collective step toward the future of transportation with the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race, held in conjunction with Energy Systems Network. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Energy Systems Network, Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

IIB: A New Model is Helping to Develop Workforce Development Strategies to Fill Talent Gaps

2021-04-05T16:44:54-04:00February 17, 2021|

In a recent Inside INdiana Business Perspectives article Jason Kloth, president and CEO of Ascend Indiana, and Claire Fiddian-Green, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, discuss a 21st century talent model that can be replicated by employers to help fill a shortage of in-demand skilled workers. The free online Talent Pipeline Replication Toolkit was developed by Ascend Indiana and funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. [READ MORE] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Ascend Indiana)  

IIB: EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana Launch Modern Apprenticeship

2021-04-05T16:50:33-04:00February 4, 2021|

On a recent episode of Inside INdiana Business, EmployIndy Chief Strategy Officer Marie Mackintosh and Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez spoke with Gerry Dick about an exciting opportunity for high school students to prepare for the workforce thanks to a new apprenticeship model launched by EmployIndy and Ascend Indiana. The organizations have started Modern Apprenticeship, a paid work-based learning experience that helps students earn a high school diploma, college credits and professional work experience. [WATCH] Read press release. [READ MORE]

WSJ: How Eli Lilly Developed a COVID Drug in the Pandemic’s Long Shadow

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00November 13, 2020|

A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article outlines the unusual and extraordinary steps one of CICP's board member companies Eli Lilly and Co. had to take to develop a new antibody-based drug for COVID-19 that has now been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The article states "What Lilly has gone through to get to this point reflects not only the common challenges all businesses face in the pandemic, but also unique ones that push drugmakers to the limit of their ability to operate." The WSJ article has been republished and can be found HERE.

Indiana to Accelerate R&D, Skills Training at New Smart Manufacturing Center in 16 Tech

2021-01-14T11:10:14-05:00October 30, 2020|

Indiana Economic Development Corporation Press Release INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2020) – Indiana will launch a new smart manufacturing hub next year to support the long-term growth of the state's manufacturing industry, which is a key driver of Indiana's economy. The new facility, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May under the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) initiative, will be home to GE Additive's state-of-the-art Binder Jet technology, allowing innovators, startups and manufacturers to advance research and development (R&D) and 21st century skills training in smart manufacturing. “Every day, Indiana manufacturers are developing safe, reliable and innovative products that help power the world,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “As new trends and technologies change the state of today’s manufacturing industry, Indiana is focused on partnering with forward-thinking organizations like GE Additive and advancing strategic initiatives to propel long-term growth [...]

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