The Computational Bioscience Program meets critical needs in advancing biomedical science, creating a skilled workforce for biotechnology employers, and bringing world–class researchers to Colorado. While federal research support underwrites much of our mission, there are many expenses that are not allowable costs on such grants. Corporate and philanthropic support has allowed the program to achieve important successes that would not otherwise have been possible. Whether it is the million–dollar supercomputer donated by IBM, or the modest individual donation for recruiting under–represented minorities into computational biology, the help of our friends in the community has been much appreciated, and, of course, carefully managed. We'd like to talk with you about our vision for revolutionizing biomedical science with computing.
We appreciate all of the many ways that our supporters contribute to the vital research and educational mission of the Computational Bioscience Program. If you are interested in joining us, we would like to hear from you. There is much more that needs to be done.
Some of the areas where we are looking for partners include:
Bringing our technology to bear on specific human health issues. The work we do can be applied to many different biomedical research topics. If you're particularly concerned about research for a particular disease or other health concern, let's meet and discuss how computation can make a difference in addressing it.
Bringing the world to our door. Getting the world's best scientists and the discoverers of the hottest new results here in Colorado to interact with our faculty and trainees requires travel and related support. Consider endowing a lecture or international travel fellowship so that we can always be in touch with the latest and greatest in our field.
Staying at the state of the art. While we are lucky that we have had grants to build our supercomputing infrastructure, keeping these computers up-to-date and running at peak efficiency isn't part of those grants. Consider helping with our operational and upgrade needs to make sure that we always have all the compute power the science requires.
Bringing the best people to Colorado and keeping them here. From scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students with great potential to endowing the first ever Chair of Computational Bioscience anywhere in the world, there are great opportunities for helping us recruit and retain the very best computational bioscientists in the world. People are what make our program great, and your help can go a long way to keeping it that way.
In addition to our remarkable portfolio of federal research and education grants, we are grateful for the many contributions from companies, individuals and institutions that make our work possible. Those contributors include:
The School of Medicine at UC Denver's Academic Enrichment Fund, which contributed $1.5M to launch the program. These funds enabled the program to recruit its outstanding faculty, provide much needed administrative support, and to meet our educational needs. UC Denver Graduate School funding for all first year graduate students is also a vital resource for our educational program.
IBM, which donated a $1M supercomputer and joined us in substantial research collaborations.
Hitatchi Data Systems donated a $250,000 RAID disk storage system, which provides more than 10TB of high-speed, high-reliability research storage for our supercomputing network.
Philanthropist, businessman, and Genomica founder Tom Marr, who donated
funds to support the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff and students. Also, an anonymous donor who contributed funds for the recruitment of under–represented minorities into the program.
The Colorado Institute of Technology, which donated $50,000 for parallelization and porting of compilers.
Oracle Corporation, which has donated licenses for its database technology for research and educational purposes.
Our annual Rocky Mountain Conference on Bioinformatics is supported primarily by IBM.