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May 6, 2013
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Diagnotes Inc., an Indianapolis-based health IT company, announced today that it has closed on $1 million in funding from life sciences and early-stage growth company investors. The investment group was led by Indiana University’s Innovate Indiana Fund and includes BioCrossroads’ Indiana Seed Fund II, Stepstone Angels and other investors. The funding will help Diagnotes commercialize its communication system for on-call health care providers. The Diagnotes system allows providers and patients to connect with on-call doctors and nurses while delivering key patient information from the electronic health record to the point of care.

Endocyte Inc. recorded $14.5 million in revenue during the first quarter and a loss of $3.9 million, or 11 cents per share. The West Lafayette-based drug development firm is still working with European regulators to win approval to launch its first drug, vintafolide. The drug, targeted for drug-resistant ovarian cancer, would be commercialized with New Jersey-based Merck & Co. Inc. Merck’s payment last year of $120 million is Endocyte’s sole source of revenue. The company’s cash pile declined during the first quarter from $201.4 million to $185.9 million. Endocyte officials reaffirmed their predictions that the company will have cash and cash equivalents between $145 million and $160 million at the end of 2013.

Franciscan St. Francis Health has partnered with WhatNext.com, a Carmel-based online support network that matches up cancer patients according to their diagnosis, stage and age. More than 10,000 Americans have registered to use WhatNext.com, including 400 patients in Indiana. “People are trying to make sense of a whole universe of new and staggering volume of medical information at the same time they are trying to figure out what’s next and to stay emotionally strong,” said David Wasilewski, who launched WhatNext.com in September 2011. “Our site helps patients benefit from those who have been there.”

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