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In 1998, Stanford began to formalize interdisciplinary collaborations in bioscience and engineering and named the concept Bio-X to signify the breadth of multidisciplinary research across the university. Stanford has already made a serious commitment to Bio-X. Much of the energy has come from a groundswell of excitement from the faculty, some of whom initiated the program. The Stanford University Bio-X program brings together engineering, physics, chemistry, and the information sciences with biology and medicine to foster new discoveries and inventions. The Stanford Schools of Engineering, Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Earth Sciences teamed up to form the new program.

Bio-X will create opportunities for fundamental discoveries that emerge from new intellectual connections between traditionally separate disciplines. The program will be headquartered in a new building, the Clark Center, that after its completion next June will house about 700 people from all of the participating scientific fields and more than twenty university departments. This unprecedented gathering of specialists from different areas of science and technology will form a geographic focus for bringing together the much larger Stanford community of scientists and engineers working on interdisciplinary projects involving biology.