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Indianapolis, May 25, 2010 — BioCrossroads will be recognizing the individual who has made the most positive impact on the growth of the state’s life sciences sector at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.

The Life Sciences Champion of the Year award will be given to an entrepreneurial, research, corporate, medical, academic or philanthropic individual who has made particularly significant achievements in the development and promotion of Indiana’s life sciences sector.

Last year, Richard DiMarchi, Ph.D., the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University and Chief Scientific Officer of Marcadia Biotech, was recognized for his work bridging industry with academia, and bringing national attention to the life sciences efforts in Indiana.

Criteria for the award includes:

  • Must be a resident of Indiana
  • Must be an individual supporting Indiana’s life sciences growth via entrepreneurial, research, corporate, medical, academic or philanthropic work
  • Judging will be based on assessments of cumulative contribution, not specific achievements over the course of a year.

In honor of the award recipient, BioCrossroads will give grants to two teachers in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines to pursue professional development through the Indiana Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (I-STEM) Resource Network. The I-STEM Resource Network will select the teaching recipients.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16. Finalists will be selected in mid-September.

About BioCrossroads
BioCrossroads ( is Indiana’s initiative to grow, advance and invest in the life sciences, a public-private collaboration that supports the region’s research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development. BioCrossroads provides money and support to life sciences businesses, launches new life sciences enterprises (Indiana Health Information Exchange, Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities, BioCrossroadsLINX, and Datalys Center) expands collaboration and partnerships among Indiana’s life science institutions, promotes science education and markets Indiana’s life sciences industry.