Connecting science to community

IBRI and Browning teams volunteering at Gleaners
IBRI and Browning people presenting Goodwill vouchers to Flanner House
People on bikes at the JDRF ride

At the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), we are guided by five core values — teamwork, integrity, innovation, inclusion and collaboration. It’s our commitment to collaboration that leads us to work within our community to help improve Hoosier health, foster entrepreneurship and educate STEM leaders.

JDRF One Walk

Each year, we join Team BETA Watch Out at the end of October for the JDRF One Walk. Team BETA Watch Out is made up of families, scientists and health care workers from the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, IU Health and Riley Hospital for Children. In two years, Team BETA Watch Out walked more than 1,600 miles and raised more than $40,000.

AXIS Mentoring Program

AXIS is a mentoring program focused on developing Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurial talent. With the support of the Innovation Offices of Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, and 16 Tech, IBRI, and BioCrossroads, AXIS is creating an inclusive community of highly experienced mentors and promising entrepreneurs.

Project STEM

Every summer, we welcome five high school students from neighborhood schools as part of Project STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which is an eight-week research experience in a full spectrum of STEM-related disciplines. Project STEM is part of our collaboration with 16 Tech, BioCrossroads and Indiana CTSI.


On World Diabetes Day, which is Nov. 14, we partner with Browning Investments to volunteer or raise funds for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners fights hunger by distributing food to hungry Hoosiers throughout the state. In one year alone, we sorted 12,772 pounds of food for 10,643 meals.

Goodwill and Flanner House

We recently accepted a challenge from the Browning Investments team to see who could bring in the most donations to Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana. Together, Browning and the IBRI donated 108 13-gallon bags of clothing and household items, which led to more than $500 in Goodwill vouchers we could share with clients at the Flanner House.