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The RND Group Inc., which makes software for medical-device and diagnostic firms, will expand its operations in Indianapolis, adding as many as 25 jobs by 2016. The company employs 27 full-time people along with the equivalent of 14 full-time contractors. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. agreed to give RND Group $700,000 in tax credits if it fulfills its job-creation commitment. The city of Indianapolis is considering additional tax incentives.

Indianapolis-based Nico Corp. has raised another $6.5 million in venture capital from its existing shareholders and board members. Nico’s Myriad line of products allow minimally invasive removal of brain tumors and tissue in adults and children. Now, Nico wants to use the new round of capital to develop technology to address diseases that were often considered inoperable, such as metastatic brain cancer, intracerebral hemorrhages and glioblastoma multiforme. Since 2008, Nico has raised $20 million, with half of that coming in 2009. Investors participating in its latest fundraising round included Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, River Cities Capital Fund, CHV Capital, Cornelius Private Investments and Twilight Venture Partners. Nico was founded in 2007 by many of the executives and investors that created Suros Surgical Systems Inc., which was sold in 2006 to Massachusetts-based Hologic Inc. for $248 million.

West Lafayette-based Perfinity Biosciences Inc. has partnered with Japan-based Shimadzu Corp. to market and distribute its technology, which automates the preparation and analysis of protein samples in research and diagnostic labs. The Perfinity Integrated Digestion Platform cuts down sample preparation time from 18 hours to 30 minutes or less. The companies worked together to launch Perfinity’s technology in the United States earlier this year. Financial details about the agreement were not disclosed.

Micro Machine Co. LLC, an orthopedic medical-device manufacturer, will build out a new manufacturing plant in Warsaw, creating as many as 60 jobs by 2015. The company, based in Kalamazoo, Mich., will invest $2.8 million in its expansion to produce parts for Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Warsaw-based DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., and perhaps other companies. Micro Machine already employs eight in Warsaw in addition to 72 in Kalamazoo. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Micro Machine up to $585,000 in tax incentives and training grants if it fulfills its job-creation plans. Kosciusko County approved additional property tax abatement for Micro Machine.
 

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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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