iBi - May 2012

Behind The Scenes at The Caterpillar Technical Center

by Jonathan Wright
Photography by David Vernon

For half a century, the Tech Center in Mossville has been the hub of Caterpillar’s R&D efforts. Around 2,000 people—highly-trained scientists, engineers, technologists and experimental mechanics—work in seven buildings across 900,000 square feet on a campus that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The Spirit of Discovery

Published in March, the Greater Peoria Economic Scorecard highlighted innovation as one of five broad categories measured to benchmark the performance of the Peoria area against similar regions throughout the Midwest.

Probing Cells, Mannequins And Dollars

by Stevie Sigan
Photography by David Vernon

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria has a long tradition of cutting-edge research. New centers, collaborations and hires reflect its mission to both improve health using scientific advances from the laboratory and to tackle structural deficiencies in the healthcare system.

Generations Of Discovery in Ag Research

by Kate O’Hara
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research

After nearly 75 years, NCAUR is a strong example of the benefits that accrue with long-term research, and the Super Slurper story represents a vibrant thread running through that timeline.

Stem Cell Solutions

by Stevie Sigan

Dr. Craig Cady of Bradley University is seeking ways to treat Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and ovarian cancer—one manipulated stem cell at a time.

Grant Brewen

In early 2012, Grant Brewen, PhD, was named the new president and CEO of Peoria NEXT. His experience and extensive contacts will be invaluable as the organization moves forward.

The Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

by Jonathan Wright
photography by Duane Zehr

Current research by two Bradley professors could prove critical to a war in which victory was prematurely declared.

New Neuro Collaboration

by Stevie Sigan

The Center for Collaborative Brain Research is a joint project of Bradley University, Illinois Neurological Institute, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and UICOMP.

R&D At Peoria Next

by Renee Charles
The Heartland Partnership

Research and development activities are abundant throughout Greater Peoria—and have been for quite some time.

Q&A with Harry Rowland

Harry Rowland is a cofounder and chief technology officer of Endotronix, a company developing an implantable medical device to monitor blood pressure.