Life sciences exec named Fairbanks president

Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities has given interim president Dr. Cynthia Helphingstine the permanent role. Locally based Fairbanks said today that Helphingstine also will be chief operating officer.

Helphingstine has been vice president of business development at Inproteo LLC, an alliance among Eli Lilly and Co., Indiana and Purdue universities that develops life science technologies with potential to be spun off into new companies. She also was president and CEO of an Inproteo spinoff, Tienta Sciences Inc., an Indianapolis startup that’s developing technology to measure biomolecules.

Fairbanks is gathering a database of biological samples to improve disease prevention and detection. It was started by the Fairbanks Foundation, BioCrossroads, Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute, among others.

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