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July 22, 2013
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Eli Lilly and Co. will freeze pay this year for most workers, including executives, in a move designed to save $400 million by the end of 2016, according to Bloomberg News. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker, which employs more than 38,000 workers worldwide, is reducing expenses and counting on emerging markets, animal health products and experimental diabetes drugs to revive growth as it loses revenue from top products to generic competitors. Cymbalta, a depression pill that at $5 billion a year is the drugmaker’s biggest seller, loses U.S. patent protection in December. That development, as well as the 2014 expiration of patents on the osteoporosis drug Evista, will slash Lilly’s revenue 20 percent, the company said.

Indianapolis-based ApeX Therapeutics, a cancer drug discovery firm, received a $240,332 grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health via the Small Business Innovation Research program. ApeX, which uses technology licensed from Indiana University, will use the grant to develop an oral or injectable medicine to treat leukemia and other tumors in children. ApeX previously received funding from Indiana University's Innovate Indiana Fund and Indianapolis-based Pearl Street Venture Fund.

Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures invested $50,000 in Evansville-based Curvo Labs LLC, which has developed a data platform to help hospitals, surgery centers and medical device companies share information. Curvo uses supply purchase histories and surgeon preference data from hospital and surgery centers to identify business opportunities for medical device companies. It also helps hospital administrators drive down their costs of purchasing medical devices. Elevate Ventures is a private organization charged with investing funds provided by the state of Indiana.


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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.