The Center for Bioanalytic Metrology announced the launch of 15 new research projects to be carried out in 2023 by 17 faculty members and their students across the campuses of the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University and Indiana University. The projects were chosen by, funded by, and will be carried out in close collaboration with CBM’s Industry Advisory Board, which is comprised of AbbVie, Agilent, Corteva Agriscience, ExxonMobil, Evonik, Genentech, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Lilly, Merck, Moderna, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Sartorius and Takeda.
CBM, a National Science Foundation-sponsored Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, is a joint venture that focuses the innovative problem-solving capabilities of faculty and students on the key measurement science concerns of industry members. The funded projects emerged from a yearlong process in which industry members defined urgent needs and faculty members proposed potential solutions.
The fifteen new projects launched by the center span a wide range of topics including developing sensors for detection of impurities during biopharmaceutical manufacturing - or for hazardous chemicals within manufacturing facilities, applicatioin of chemical structure based machine learning to improved predictive tools and new approaches for cell-based drug screening.. Several projects are focusing on improved analytical tools for supporting commercialization of cell and gene therapy products and new approaches to chemical imaging using mass spectrometry, Raman and other techniques.
“We’re very pleased to see how the center continues to adapt to the ever-changing measurement science needs of our industry members” commented Notre Dame professor and Center Director Paul Bohn. “The CBM is building important collaborative bridges between academia and industry. We are familiarizing our faculty and students with the key problems and unmet needs of industry in the measurement science arena, while tackling challenging problems with significant ‘real world’ importance.” Stephen Jacobson, Indiana University Site Director, added, “CBM continues to evolve and develop since our launch in 2019. The group has developed a productive and friendly atmosphere that is mutually benefitting industry and university participants alike.”
“Our students are loving the CBM”, noted Garth Simpson, Purdue University Site Director. “We have now generated some spectacular science in collaboration with our industry partners and have placed numerous graduating Ph.D. students with experience on CBM projects into really great positions in industry. The students feel that working closely with industry scientists gives them a better sense of what to look for in a career outside of academia.”
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