Inside Indiana Business Television Interview With Don Brown

Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick highlights Don Brown’s $30 million gift to establish the Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the University of Indiana School of Medicine.   In the Business of Health segment, Barbara Lewis talks with Don about the gift and its focus on immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a new area of medical science. It’s the science of using the body’s own immune system to fight disease and it’s shown great promise in treating cancer.


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Here are some of Don’s comments from the interview:

“We want to play our part in some of the exciting developments that are taking place in Immunotherapy.   It’s one of the hottest areas in all of science right now.  We’ve been struggling trying to find a cure for diseases like cancer for a long time, and we’re really seeing the promise of being able to turn our own immune systems toward that purpose.”

“I like to feel that I bring something in terms of knowledge of the software industry and cloud computing – those sorts of underlying technologies that are increasing important to all of medicine.”

“I’ve had a lot of fun studying cancer biology and immunology at Johns Hopkins and that more than anything convinced me that this was the right area to apply some resources and try to push it over the edge.”

When asked if he will focus on biotechnology and life sciences, Don said:

“Yes. To me life sciences are increasingly becoming an information science. It’s an area where I think I can contribute in some small way and where I intend to concentrate my efforts.”

“I’ve started up a new private company (LifeOmic) focusing on genomics and bioinformatics to leverage some of my software experience that hopefully can be helpful in other areas.”