Brandi Wampler | September 14, 2019
Powering everything from the development of new drugs and medical devices to the detection of dangerous chemicals, measurement science is a multibillion-dollar industry that is key to both U.S. and international economies. With a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Purdue University have formed a new center that will work to solve ongoing and emerging industry-relevant challenges in measurement science.
“Industry is not looking for instruments that create more data, but solutions to improve the decision-making process,” said Paul Bohn, center director, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the director of Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics. “We are bringing together the research expertise of three of the best analytical programs in the country and focusing it on delivering solutions that advance industry capabilities and competitiveness.”
The new Center for Bioanalytic Metrology (CBM) will team with companies and institutions from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, energy and analytical instrumentation sectors to deliver best-in-class molecular measurement tools and expertise. The CBM will combine new measurement techniques with the latest advances in artificial intelligence while also tackling problems such as detecting chemicals at low quantities and creating tools that can be used outside traditional laboratory settings.
“The CBM, as a collaboration with Purdue University, Indiana University and its industrial affiliates, represents a prototype of the future of applied University research,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research at Notre Dame and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. “Notre Dame has been building the capacity to do such research and we are excited, on behalf of our faculty and students, to have the opportunity to expand the scope of our bioanalytical research through this National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.”
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