January 17, 2001.
On this day, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and IUPUI's Indiana University School of Medicine dean Craig Brater announced a $105 million gift to fund the Indiana Genomics Initiative (INGEN), a broad effort to spur biomedical innovation involving medicine, biology, chemistry, and informatics. Faculty, staff, and student researchers from IUPUI and IU-Bloomington campuses would be participants. The grant was the largest in IU's history to date.
Additional grants from Lilly Endowment of $50 million in 2003 and $60 million in 2009 further expanded the research. Part of the aim was to develop Indiana's life-sciences economy and leverage additional research funds from other sources. Several start-up companies and dozens of patents and other products have been the result.
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