• Roche HIV Testing Technique Lands FDA Approval

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a Premarket Approval Application for a new HIV testing technique developed by Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. The company says the technique could increase the likelihood of early detection of HIV infection. 

  • CEO Maggie Galloway says the company's technology is born out of a need identified by an emergency physician.

    WEB EXCLUSIVE: Woman-Owned Device Company on a Roll

    Jeffersonville-based Inscope Medical Chief Executive Officer Maggie Galloway took top prize at the recent Winner's Circle competition at inX3 in Indianapolis. The startup develops controllable suction technology designed for breathing tube procedures. Galloway says the first device will be fully-launched in September with the goal of "getting this device in every hospital around the world."

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    Lilly Completes San Diego Expansion

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has completed the $90 million expansion of its Biotechnology Center in San Diego. The pharmaceutical giant says the new space will help foster and accelerate the discover of medicines in immunology, diabetes, oncology and neurodegeneration.

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    Dow AgroSciences Blockbuster Cleared in U.S. And Canada

    A regulatory approval by the Chinese government clears the way for Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC to release its Enlist trait in the United States and Canada. The Asian nation's Ministry of Agriculture has approved the import of corn containing the weed control technology. The Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) subsidiary considers the Enlist trait the biggest development in its history.

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    Governor Has High Hopes For Hungary

    Governor Eric Holcomb says a new economic development partnership with Hungary taps into a market "where the growth is occurring." The memorandum of understanding, which Holcomb says is a first-of-its-kind agreement between a state and the country, sets the table for cooperation among governmental entities, education and research institutions and businesses. Indiana's business and academic communities have several connections to Hungary, including...

  • Lilly, Pfizer Drug Lands FDA Designation

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) and New York-based Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) have received a Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a drug currently undergoing a Phase 3 clinical trial. Tanezumab is being developed for the treatment of chronic pain in patients with osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. 

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    Lilly Moving Forward With Potential Migraine Treatment

    An investigational migraine treatment from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has returned positive results in three Phase 3 studies. The company says it will now submit a Biologics License Application for galcanezumab to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this year. Lilly says it will also turn in additional applications with global regulatory agencies. Lilly Bio-Medicines President Christi Shaw says...

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    Biotech Company Licenses IU Discoveries

    An Indianapolis-based biotechnology company is looking to commercialize discoveries made at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Apexian Pharmaceuticals Inc. has licensed all technology discovered by the Mark Kelley, Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at the school.

  • 'New Mechanism' Could Join Lilly Diabetes Fight

    The global development leader of Lilly Diabetes says a new $55 million agreement could open the door for potentially innovative treatments and approaches for patients with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic conditions. Brad Woodward says the collaboration with Switzerland-based KeyBioscience AG taps into "an entirely new mechanism" to potentially improve control of blood glucose and weight loss.

  • Frank Levinson graduated from Butler in 1975. (photo courtesy Phoenix Venture Partners)

    'Transformational' Gift to Support Sciences at Butler

    A Butler University alumnus has awarded a $5 million gift to support the sciences. The university says the gift from Frank Levinson will be used to help transform its science teaching and laboratory spaces, which will be designed to complement those of companies throughout the world. 

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    Medical Device Manufacturers Council Head to Retire

    The executive director of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council has announced plans to step down. Kathy Heuer, who has served in the role since 2014, says she will retire later this year. 

  • Endocyte Refocuses, Trims Work Force

    West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. (Nasdaq: ECYT) says it will cut its work force by around 40 percent as part of a restructuring. Officials say the move will allow it focus its resources better on the "highest value opportunities, while maintaining key capabilities." Endocyte's 2016 annual report says that as of December 31, 2016, the company employed 76 -- most in research and development positions.

  • Growth Plans on The Horizon For Young Life Sciences Incubator

    A "collaborative ecosystem" for life sciences startups in Indianapolis is marking its first anniversary with potential growth plans. Director JaiPal Singh says 11 companies have launched from the Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovations at IU Health Methodist Hospital and many have been "quite well-funded." He says some 45 professionals are now associated with the center, which has already maxed-out its space. During an interview with Inside INdiana Business...

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    Derica Rice to Retire From Lilly

    The chief financial officer of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) has announced he will retire after more than a decade in the position. Derica Rice, who also serves on the executive committee of the Lilly board, first came to the company in 1990. In that time, he has served in roles including vice president, controller, general manager to the United Kingdom and CFO for European and Canadian operations.

  • Jeff Schwegman founded AB BioTechnologies in 2008.

    Life Sciences Company Breaks Ground in Bloomington

    Bloomington-based AB BioTechnologies has broken ground on a $10.5 million pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Monroe County. The facility, plans for which were announced in January, will house clinical and small-scale commercial manufacturing services.

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    'Encouraging' Results For Potential Lilly Cancer Treatment

    One highly-touted piece of the Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) pipeline has returned positive results from a late-stage study. Cyramza, in combination with another drug, met its primary endpoint by showing an improvement in the progression-free survival rate among patients receiving the treatment. The Phase 3 RANGE study involved patients in various stages of urothelial carcinoma. Lilly says bladder cancer accounts for the majority of all urothelial carcinoma.

  • Purdue's agBOT is designed to chemically or mechanically eradicate weeds.

    agBOT Challenge Highlights Need to ‘Plug In’

    “Shark Tank” for agriculture is how an Indiana farmer describes the robotics competition he created, which is attracting teams from as far away as Canada to duke it out in a Hoosier cornfield next month for $100,000 in prize money. 

  • The Arrhythmotech team won Innovation of the Year at TechPoint's Mira Awards.

    Heart-Monitoring Device Scores Tech Award

    A technology that could alert doctors that a patient is at risk of sudden cardiac death took a top prize at the recent 18th Annual Mira Awards, presented by Indiana’s tech initiative TechPoint. Arrhythmotech’s device detects which cardiology patients are in such life-threatening situations by simply attaching sensors to the skin. 

  • Ethiopia, Senegal and Niger will serve as the extruder's testing grounds for Mars.

    Africa is First Stop on Purdue’s Food Mission to Mars

    Although Mars and Africa are two distinctly different places, they share some common ground: food scarcity. It’s a problem Purdue University food scientists are addressing both on the red planet and in under-developed African regions with a piece of equipment called an extruder. 

  • Roche says the next point-of-care kit in its pipeline is related to infectious disease testing in hospitals.

    Roche Works to Move Tests Out of Labs

    Doctors and patients alike can relate to the waiting game for lab test results; the doctor needs clarification or confirmation of a diagnosis, orders a test and everybody waits. Assuming results are delivered in about two days, the patient may have experienced anxiety and the doctor may have lost precious treatment time. 

  • (Image provided by the Indiana Department of Education) From L-to-R: Ujwala Pamidimukkala, Samantha Fassnacht, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Governor Eric Holcomb, Miranda Shook, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, Truman Bennet

    STEM Team Winners to Enter Work Force That Needs Them

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says as future work force needs continue to trend toward STEM-related fields, it's important to recognize student achievements. The state has introduced the winners of the 2017 Governor's STEM Team awards, the program replacing the former Mr. and Miss Indiana Science and Math awards. McCormick says "success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math drives our students and our state forward."

  • Notre Dame 3D Tech Inspires Nonprofit Startup

    A nonprofit sprouted from high-tech laboratory projects at the University of Notre Dame is continuing to grow. Flourish3D, which is located at Innovation Park, creates images of flowers picked at sites throughout the South Bend campus and several other colleges. The plants are duplicated through CT scanning, then digitized and etched inside crystals to give to patients who can't receive fresh flowers due to the effects of illness or cancer treatment.

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    Elanco, Gates Foundation Pair-up in East Africa

    Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health has landed a grant of nearly $2.9 million from a big-name source. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting the company's animal health and productivity initiatives for subsistence cow and chicken farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Elanco Global Leader of Corporate Responsibility Noel Paul says the grant supports Elanco's cause-driven missions, engages employees and could have business benefits.

  • IHIF CEO Kristin Jones is pictured on the left with SLA CEO Scott Johnstone.

    Hoosier, Scottish Organizations Sign Life Sciences MOU

    The Indiana Health Industry Forum has announced an international partnership. The organization has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with its counterpart in Scotland, the Scottish Lifesciences Association, which will involve sharing member benefits. IHIF says Scotland's life sciences cluster is similar to Indiana's. It considers the European Union nation a "key international partner." IHIF Chief Executive Officer Kristin Jones says...

  • (Image courtesy of Lilly Endowment Inc.) Organizations supported in 2016 by Lilly Endowment include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, which was founded by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor.

    Lilly Endowment: Grant Awards Rise, Assets Dip in 2016

    Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has released its annual report. The foundation says it awarded grants totaling $452.8 million in 2016, compared to $435.5 million in 2015. Lilly Endowment's total assets from year-to-year dipped to $10.3 billion last year from $11.8 billion in 2015. The report shows 46 percent of grants received were for community development, 33 percent were for religious organizations and 21 percent went to educational initiatives.

  • Earlier this month, Lutheran Health Network announced a planned $500 million investment in its local facilities.

    Lutheran Parent Rejects $2.4B Acquisition Offer

    The parent company of Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne has rejected a $2.4 billion offer from a group of 10 Fort Wayne physicians to acquire the system. Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. (NYSE: CYH) says the offer undervalues Lutheran by at least $1 billion. Community Health Systems has raised other issues as well, saying the physicians have not signed a non-disclosure agreement under which negotiations could occur.

  • EasyDial expects to begin Porter County operations in 2018.

    Porter County Lands Med Tech Expansion

    A California-based medical device manufacturer has announced a big investment in Porter County. EasyDial, which makes portable hemodialysis machines, has broken ground on a more than $21 million production facility in Chesterton, which it says will result in nearly 100 new jobs. The company says the new facility will be equipped to produce 1.3 million units by 2020 for patients throughout the United States.

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    Franklin College Science Center to Serve 'Future of Industry'

    Franklin College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday on what President Tom Minar says will be a "cultural magnet" for students from STEM fields and beyond. The $17 million project involves gutting the current, 90-year-old Barnes Hall and nearly doubling the space with an addition that will create the Franklin College Science Center. Minar says graduates and interns from Franklin science programs will serve Hoosier businesses of all sizes.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana University.) Mark Kelley has three decades of experience as a cancer researcher.

    IU Research Targets Chemo Side Effects

    A $2.9 million National Cancer Institute grant will support Indiana University School of Medicine research into some of the negative side effects of chemotherapy. Pediatric Oncology Professor Mark Kelley was awarded the funding to investigate chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, which currently has no effective treatment or prevention. Previous efforts by Kelley and colleagues have shown some promise.

  • BASi was founded in West Lafayette in 1974.

    BASi Profit Swing Continues

    West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BASI) is reporting fiscal second quarter net income of $417,000, compared to a net loss of $254,000 during the same period the previous year. Chief Financial Officer Jill Blumhoff says the swing to profitability is largely due to an improved top line performance and focus on cost controls.

  • Lilly Touts Results of Migraine Treatment

    Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) says three Phase 3 studies of a treatment for episodic and chronic migraine have met with success. The pharmaceutical giant says the studies of galcanezumab showed "statistically significant reductions" in migraines among the participating patients.

  • The company specializes in precision medicine and molecules.

    Endocyte Loss Widens

    West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. (Nasdaq: ECYT) is reporting a first quarter net loss of $11.5 million, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million during the same period the previous year. The company says the loss is largely due to an increase in research and development expenses.

  • Micronutrients has operations in Indianapolis and, soon, New Castle.

    Agribusiness Company Investing $30M in New Castle

    A Dutch-owned animal feed additive company is planning to invest around $30 million into a new manufacturing plant in New Castle. Micronutrients USA, which was founded more than 20 years ago in Indianapolis, says the facility will lead to 50 new jobs by 2020. The company plans to break ground later this year and the Henry County operation is expected to launch by the middle of 2019. Micronutrients USA currently employs 150 at its Indianapolis facilities.

  • Pescovitz to Lead Oakland University

    The board of trustees for Oakland University in Michigan has tapped the senior vice president and U.S. medical leader for Lilly Bio-Medicines at Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY) to become the university's new president. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz will begin her new role in July.

  • (photo courtesy Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance)

    Ball State Details Tuition Increase, Building Projects

    Ball State University's board of trustees says it will adopt a 1.25 percent tuition increase, which the school says is its lowest increase in more than 40 years. The university also says it will move forward with the $87.5 million STEM and Health Professions Facility expansion project after state funding approval.

  • Life Sciences Company Lands Financing

    Carmel-based FAST BioMedical Inc. has secured $8 million in new financing. The medical technology company says the funding will be used primarily to advance clinical trials, hire additional talent and advance its global patent portfolio.

  • Tina Peterson is the interim CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc.

    ROI Looking to Boost Regional Work Force

    The interim chief executive officer of Bloomington-based Regional Opportunities Initiative Inc. says the results of three assessments show the importance of providing a skilled work force for key employment sectors in southwest central Indiana. Tina Peterson says the reports indicate companies are having a difficult time attracting and retaining top talent in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and defense.

  • Zimmer Biomet Nearly Triples Profit

    Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) is reporting first quarter net income of $299.4 million, up from $108.8 million during the same period the previous year. Chief Executive Officer David Dvorak says the growth is consistent with the company's expectations.

  • Roseguini uses warm water to apply constant heat to the legs and promote increased blood flow.

    Astronaut ‘Space Pants’ Show Promise for PAD Patients

    Special garments designed to keep astronauts cool while performing demanding spacewalks could help patients here on Earth, says a Purdue University researcher. 

  • Startup to Sell Liquid Bandage Made From Corn

    A group of recent Purdue University graduates believes shoppers will soon have a new option in the Band-Aid aisle at niche stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Fresh Thyme. 

  • David Johnson, Claire Fiddian-Green, Dr. Paul Halverson and Bryan Mills (left to right) lead a panel discussion at a recent Frameworx.

    Leaders Issue ‘Wakeup Call’ for Businesses to Battle Poor Health

    Business and public health leaders are sounding the alarm and issuing a battle cry to address Indiana’s poor health. The strategy calls for the private sector to have a reality check of sorts and help lead the charge in improving Hoosiers’ health.

  • The facility’s namesake, the late Dr. Dane Miller, was co-founder and 39-year president and chief executive officer of local orthopedic giant Biomet, now Zimmer Biomet.

    Grace Grows Science, Ag to Complement Local Industries

    Grace College in northern Indiana is taking a leap forward in two areas it says are of great importance in the region. Surrounded by a strong agricultural presence, the school is adding an agribusiness degree program, and a new science facility acknowledges Grace’s connection to the local orthopedic sector and aims to prepare graduates for cutting-edge science careers. 

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Life Sciences INdiana features news surrounding the growth, success and excitement in the state’s life sciences industry. The monthly publication covers the entire spectrum of the sector, from early research and startup companies to the latest happenings at established corporations. Life Sciences INdiana is published through a collaboration among Inside INdiana Business, BioCrossroads, AgriNovus and Indiana University. The complimentary publication is part of the special projects unit of Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC, the parent company of the Inside INdiana Business brand of business news products.

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