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Indiana Health Industry Forum Announces Topic of Third Annual Summit: Focus on Cancer/Oncology

10/31/2008 12:38:38 PM

Indianapolis, IN (October 31, 2008) - The Indiana Health Industry Forum announced today that registration is open for a conference highlighting, “Emerging Trends and New Developments in Cancer Discovery, Diagnosis and Treatment”. The conference will be held December 1-2, 2008 at University Place Conference Center in Indianapolis.

The conference is presented by the Indiana Health Industry Forum with headline sponsorship by the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Mark R. Kelley with the IU Simon Cancer Center serves as the conference chairman. “This conference is intended to highlight Indiana-based achievements in cancer research, diagnostics and treatment.” says Kelley. “We hope this event will facilitate opportunities for networking, collaboration and partnering among researchers, companies, and care delivery organizations. It should help everyone develop a better understanding of the cancer care system and, importantly, build and strengthen the climate for translational research in Indiana”.

The conference features a poster display to emphasize the companies, organizations and universities that have developed unique approaches or support for cancer detection or treatment. The event will also offer a combination of presentations, panel discussions and networking including two keynote addresses with remarks from:

• Eric K. Rowinsky, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Executive Vice President ImClone Systems, Inc., and

• Douglas W. Blayney, M.D., Medical Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center; President- Elect, American Society of Clinical Oncology

“This is the third event in an on-going series that examines Indiana’s life sciences research strengths”, says Dan Peterson, IHIF Board Chairman and Vice President of Industry & Government Affairs for Cook Group Inc. “This year’s Cancer/Oncology Summit brings together a broad range of Indiana institutions, companies and individuals with a common interest in cancer research, diagnosis and treatment and fosters the collaboration and connections that help drive innovation”.

Registration is available on-line through the IHIF website at Additional support and sponsorship for this event is provided by Purdue University, Cabello & Associates, Barnes & Thornburg, University of Notre Dame Cancer Institute, BioCrossroads, Semafore Pharmaceuticals, DC Limited, St. Francis Hospital and ATAIN. The conference is also supported by an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Co.

About IHIF

The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is a not-for-profit, private sector organization with members that represent a private/public alliance of manufacturers, healthcare providers, suppliers, educational institutions, service providers and government officials. Its mission is to create an environment where Indiana is a premier location for the creation and growth of health industry enterprises. To learn more, please visit or contact IHIF at 317.278-9970.

About IU Simon Cancer Center

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is an Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health partnership. Located in Indianapolis, IU Simon Cancer Center serves as a regional and national referral center for state-of-the-art cancer treatment and is Indiana’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center that provides patient care. The partnership between IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health is dedicated to establishing a state-wide health care delivery system that is supported by the scientific resources and clinical expertise of the medical school. Its mission is to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of cancer throughout Indiana and the world with patient-centered care, acceleration of promising science and collaborative educational programs. For more information visit

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