University of Notre Dame and Indiana Biosciences Research Institute partner to address health concerns

Author: Brandi Klingerman

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The University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) have signed a strategic alliance agreement to encourage collaborations between Notre Dame and IBRI researchers. The alliance will enable both organizations to work together on research covering significant health issues in Indiana and around the world.

“We are very excited to have this new partnership with the IBRI in place,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. “We believe that partnerships with organizations like the IBRI with significant ties to industry, universities, government and local communities will be an important pathway for research in the future, and we are pleased to be able to give Notre Dame faculty and students access to the IBRI resources and networks.” 

The alliance will allow researchers from each institution to share resources, including equipment and space, within each other’s facilities through new collaborations. Additionally, faculty of Notre Dame and employees of IBRI may receive joint or adjunct appointments within the partner institution as needed to support various projects.

“We are delighted to have this strategic alliance with the University of Notre Dame, one of the preeminent research universities in the world,” said Rainer Fischer, the IBRI’s chief executive officer and chief scientific and innovation officer. “This partnership enables the IBRI and Notre Dame to collaborate on research and technology licensing to boost Indiana’s economy and help patients around the world. It is another great example of why the IBRI was created to foster research collaboration between industry and academia.”

The IBRI is an independent, nonprofit applied research institute dedicated to translating scientific discovery into improved outcomes. Its goal is to build a world-class organization that works collaboratively with companies and universities on interrelated health issues to provide better results for patients.

In 2017, the IBRI opened a satellite location at Notre Dame’s Innovation Park in an effort to extend their relationship with the University’s faculty and students. To learn more about the IBRI, their partners and projects, visit

Contact: Brandi Klingerman, research communications specialist, Notre Dame Research,, 574-631-8183; @UNDResearch

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at on Dec. 5.