The IBI was established in 2015 to develop, advance, and support interdisciplinary education, research, and infrastructure in biomedical informatics including bioinformatics, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, consumer health informatics, public health informatics, and translational bioinformatics. The IBI consists of more than 70 highly interdisciplinary research laboratories spanning multiple different disciplines and is home to education programs, research centers, informatics core facilities, and the Idea Factory that serves as its innovation hub.


We envision a Penn ecosystem that fully captures the power of data, information, and knowledge to drive discoveries and improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations as part of the Penn Medicine learning health system.


The IBI facilitates transdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, staff, and students with expertise in biology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, computer and information science, and the management and social sciences. Through its programs and services, IBI:

  • Develops innovative computational methods for artificial intelligence, data integration, data mining, machine learning, and natural language processing.
  • Facilitates the retrieval and integration of clinical, basic science, population, and health outcomes data to generate new ideas and accelerate discovery.
  • Serves as a nexus for education, training, and outreach in biomedical informatics for students, staff, and faculty.
  • Builds and supports cutting edge computational infrastructure to enable education, research, and clinical translation.
  • Advances Penn Medicine as a learning health system.