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  • OSF kicks off innovation work with DPI


    Through its partnership with Discovery Partners Institute, OSF HealthCare hosted 70 students and faculty from across the University of Illinois System at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center to learn more about OSF and the challenges of delivering affordable healthcare to all.

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  • U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC


    New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth.

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  • Data science center, Research Park expansion among IIN priorities in Urbana


    Building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science and expanding an award-winning Research Park are top priorities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the U of I System develops a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth.

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  • Business incubator joins UIS, becomes first IIN hub


    Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois at Springfield and was established as the first downstate hub of the new Illinois Innovation Network.

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  • Sanders named interim director of DPI


    Bill Sanders, department head of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's nationally ranked electrical and computer engineering department, was named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute on Aug. 24.

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  • DPI-backed teams to compete in startup pitch competition


    The Discovery Partners Institute is sponsoring five teams of student entrepreneurs from across the University of Illinois System in the Final Four Business Pitch at Chicago entrepreneurship center 1871 on Aug. 31.

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  • Program connects key Chicago leaders, Israeli entrepreneurs


    The Discovery Partners Institute wrapped up its first international program on Tuesday as the IDEAS Immersion event in Chicago connected entrepreneurs from Tel Aviv University – Israel’s largest university and DPI’s first international partner – with leading Chicago investors, business founders and corporate executives over the two-week program.

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  • Progress and new partners for Discovery Partners Institute Announced


    At a press conference today, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were joined by other public officials and U of I leaders for a progress report on the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) initiative announced last October.

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  • State budget includes $500 million for U of I-led research center


    The statewide Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) and its primary hub, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), got a major boost when $500 million in funding support approved by the General Assembly in the fiscal 2019 state budget was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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  • Travel grants available to support collaboration with international partners


    The Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation (VPEDI) provided travel support to encourage the development of new or the strengthening of existing faculty and college collaborations with Israel and Mexico. VPEDI is offering up to 15 travel grants to further the mission of VPEDI, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), and the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN).

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  • U of I System will lead a new research institute


    The University of Illinois System will lead a new research institute that will be developed in downtown Chicago where world-class researchers will work side-by-side with students and businesses to foster next-generation innovation and workforce development. Plans for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) were outlined by Gov. Rauner and President Tim Killeen at an event this week at the proposed site for the institute.

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  • State funding proposed for new, U of I-led research center

    A proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner would provide $500 million in state funding to match private donations for a new statewide research enterprise led by the University of Illinois System that is being developed to accelerate innovation, job creation and economic growth.

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