IU, Persistent Systems Create R&D Center

Bloomington, Ind. — April 1
Indiana University and Persistent Systems, an outsourced product development services company, have partnered to create a research and development center.

Located in the soon-to-be completed incubator on the IU Bloomington campus, the Persistent Indiana Research Center will further the development of informatics, specifically life sciences product life-cycle services, medical research, chemistry, bioinformatics and computer science.

By leveraging the university's many resources — including technical infrastructure and faculty informatics expertise — the Persistent Indiana Research Center will advance the creation of service offerings to help customers improve drug discovery and bioinformatics, cancer research and instrument diagnostics. Led by Persistent's strategic relationship manager of life sciences, Aditya Phatak, and School of Informatics Professor Ed Robertson, the center's initial project will focus on data management and analysis of biomedical data.

“Informatics is a bridge connecting IT to a particular field of study such as biology, chemistry and other disciplines,” said Anand Deshpande, president and CEO of Persistent Systems and an alumnus of the IU School of Informatics.

“As a technology services company, our teaming with the largest School of Informatics in the country demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the life sciences industry. We look forward to working with the students and faculty at Indiana University to more effectively serve private-sector customers, and help further academia's role in supporting the marketplace.”

The efforts of the center will bolster Persistent's growing life sciences domain expertise, which already includes 40 life sciences authorities and more than…



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