NEW YORK, June 26 - IBM announced today that it had launched an initiative to recognize academic research institutions for their contributions to life sciences research, and had recognized Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University as the first two honorees in the program.
This program, the IBM Life Sciences Institutes of Innovation program, is global in scope
and involves providing the institutions with early access to IBM technologies, software, and technical support, as well as post-doctoral and research associate opportunities, assistance with external funding applications and the opportunity to take part in IBM's university award programs.
Universities and non-profit research institutions are eligible for the program if they: use IBM technologies in their research and have collaborations with IBM, are doing research in areas of "broad scientific interest" including genomic data analysis and management, proteomics, systems biology, and information-based medicine, IBM said. The institutions must also be "pioneers" in areas such as biological grid computing, autonomic computing, or high-performance computing, and must have affiliations with and support for the research from institutions such as pharmaceutical or biological companies, hospitals, or government research labs.
Indiana and Johns Hopkins were chosen because they are "using IBM technologies to push forward the frontiers of biomedical research," said Carol Kovac, general manager of IBM Life Sciences, in a statement. "The new Institutes of Innovation program honors their accomplishments with additional IBM resources and support to help them go even faster in their quest for new knowledge."