Applying science to solve complex biomedical problems

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Sparking innovation through collaboration

The scientists and staff of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) are driven by a passion to turn their science into new treatments for patients.

Our institute was founded on the mission to improve the health of Hoosiers who were living with diabetes. While we are still on the ambitious path envisioned by our founders, we are taking what we’ve learned, building new capabilities and applying it to other diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

We are positioned with a unique interface to academia, industry and government research. This gives us the ability to explore opportunities with a broad spectrum of innovators and collaboration models.  It allows us to extend the reach of all researchers and create scientific possibilities that otherwise would not exist. It also helps us attract and retain researchers to strengthen the life sciences community and be the foundation of continual economic growth for the state.


To become a leading independent research institute in the discovery and development of innovative solutions to improve human health.


To build a world-class organization of researchers, innovators and business professionals that catalyze innovative research across the life sciences community.

Core Values

At the IBRI, we are guided by five core values:

  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration

Did you know?

  • 81% of new medicines are coming from outside pharmaceutical companies.
  • The majority of today's drug discovery originates at universities and academic centers.
  • More than 80% of the NIH's funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at universities, medical schools and other research institutions in every state and around the world.

It all comes down to enabling innovation to translate research into improved health outcomes for patients around the world.

Quick Facts

  • 68,000 square feet of lab, office and event space
  • 200 lab benches
  • 40+ full-time employees
  • 13 life sciences start-ups
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“The IBRI’s focus is on enhancing our integrated capabilities and adding depth to how we approach patient-informed translational science, both independently and through valued collaborations.”

Alan Palkowitz, PhD
CEO & President

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