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Eli Lilly and Co. wants the city of Indianapolis to give it $30.6 million in tax breaks on a $400 million project that includes a new manufacturing facility and improvements to existing operations downtown. The Metropolitan Development Commission will weigh two Lilly requests for 10-year tax abatements at its meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Over the last several months, the pharmaceuticals giant has rolled out plans for a manufacturing plant southwest of downtown where the firm will manufacture cartridges for insulin. Construction is already under way for the 164,000-square-foot plant on South Harding Street, adjoining Lilly’s existing manufacturing complex known as Lilly Technology Center. Lilly’s investment in the project is estimated at $320 million. In addition, it is planning a new inspection facility that will add another 30,000 square feet to the project, plus renovations to existing buildings on the Lilly Technology Center campus and the Lilly Corporate Center. As a result of the project, the firm said it will be able to retain 175 Indianapolis employees who will earn an average of $30.96 per hour, according to the abatement requests. Over the 10-year period of the two abatements, Lilly still would pay $22.2 million in taxes on the new construction, renovations and equipment.

Matrix-Bio Inc., a Fort Wayne-based diagnostics company, has signed a licensing and marketing agreement for a breast cancer test with New Jersey-based giant Quest Diagnostics. Under the agreement, Quest will have the rights to use metabolic breast cancer biomarkers developed by Matrix-Bio to create a new lab test to detect the recurrence of breast cancer. Quest will co-fund clinical studies with Matrix-Bio and, if those are successful, market the test as a lab service in the United States and other countries. Quest also has the option to pursue an appropriate regulatory pathway for an in vitro diagnostic version of the test. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Two Purdue University professors have received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand why some children grow out of stuttering. They will use their findings to develop a speech therapy screening tool to identify which preschool children are not likely to recover from stuttering and should receive therapy immediately. Professors Anne Smith and Christine Weber-Fox will use the five-year grant to follow 100 children who stutter. Their research, which began with Smith in 1988, has been funded by the NIH's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for more than 25 years and has received more than $13 million in grant awards.

Ball State University's School of Nursing is partnering with Indianapolis-based hospital system Community Health Network to create the Nursing Academy, an accelerated degree program designed to increase the number of registered nurses in Indiana. The Nursing Academy will kick off this fall by offering students classes at Ball State, online and via video conferencing. Its students also will work at Community’s eight hospitals. The Community Health Network Foundation will fund scholarships for the 24 students representing the academy's inaugural class. The academy hopes to ramp up to enroll 48 students each year.

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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