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More than 100 Indiana firms since January have told federal regulators they plan to offer up ownership stakes or take on debt. That’s approaching a year’s worth of activity in less than six months, based on the state’s performance the past few years. Firms selling equity or debt include numerous health care firms, such as RepuCare, HC1.com, Indigo BioSystems, SonarMed and Wellfount. Indigo CEO Randy Julian boiled his firm’s investment timing down to, “It was time to mash the pedal to the floor and go.” The 47-employee company, which develops software for medical laboratories, secured $8.5 million earlier this month. “I do think if you look around,” Julian said, “the other companies that have raised money have had some component of that story that’s the same.”

Carmel-based Mainstreet has built 14 short-term rehabilitation facilities—usually near hospitals—and has 17 more under construction or in planning stages. That rapid building helped drive the company from $11 million in revenue in 2011 to more than $66 million two years later, making it the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area. “We’re in the right place at the right time. We’ve invested heavily into our systems and our designs and now are really bearing the fruits of a lot of years of labor,” said Mainstreet CEO Zeke Turner. Beginning in 2015, rather than only build facilities that others operate, Mainstreet will begin to operate some facilities that it builds. The first two Mainstreet-operated facilities are scheduled to open in Carmel and Bloomington.

Shares of central Indiana pharmaceutical firm Endocyte Inc. lost 15 percent of their value last week after industry giant Merck & Co. Inc. gave up on developing Endocyte cancer drug vintafolide. On Tuesday evening, West-Lafayette-based Endocyte said it had regained worldwide rights to vintafolide from Merck. The move essentially meant Endocyte lost Merck’s financial backing and sales muscle for the drug. The treatment failed a key study last month, leading to a 62-percent single-day drop in Endocyte's share price on May 2. Endocyte and Merck announced May 19 that they were terminating a clinical trial of the drug, after an analysis showed vintafolide didn’t demonstrate efficacy when treating patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Endocyte said it will continue to test vintafolide for lung cancer. Shares of Endocyte closed Friday at $6.55 apiece.

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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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