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Diabetes research pioneer Kirtley dies at 96

August 25, 2010
Associated Press
Diabetics who control their disease with pills instead of frequent insulin injections can thank Dr. William R. Kirtley, a groundbreaking Eli Lilly researcher.
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Lilly halts development of Alzheimer's drug

August 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Studies showed that the treatment did not slow the disease's progression. It's just the latest setback for the pharmaceutical giant, which lost a patent lawsuit over a major drug last week and faces an unprecedented number of patent expirations through 2014.
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Positron has billion-dollar hopes for medical-imaging scanner

May 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
A maker of medical imaging equipment that recently moved its headquarters to Fishers has grand plans to reach $1 billion in sales and build a multimillion-dollar cyclotron facility in five years. But history shows Positron Corp. has been far better at losing money than making it.
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Indianapolis startup attacks Alzheimer's diseaseRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Norm Heikens
AgeneBio Inc. this month landed a $300,000 investment from the Indiana Seed Fund to fund operations, bolster its intellectual property, and begin learning how to make a drug into a once-a-day pill.
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Lilly still waiting on once-weekly Byetta

May 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week pushed its self-declared deadline for rendering an approval decision on the drug Bydureon to Oct. 22. The previous deadline was in March.
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New federal funds come with big goals

May 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indiana has now received nearly $50 million in federal bucks to digitize health care around the state. But the latest grant—$16 million to the Indiana Health Information Exchange—comes with specific, ambitious goals for health care providers.
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Health care bill burns local tanning industry

March 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With one of the nation's largest tanning-bed manufacturers and dozens of salons in central Indiana, a 10-percent tax on tanning could cost the region jobs.
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IU incubator attracts East Coast biotech startup

March 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Companion Diagnostics Inc. moves from Connecticut to the IU Emerging Technologies Center, hopes to create 30 high-paying jobs by 2014.
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IU cancer center names new director

March 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Dr. Patrick J. Loehrer Sr. replaces Dr. Stephen D. Williams, the center's founding director, who died of cancer in February 2009.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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Enzon Pharmaceuticals sells Indy drug plant; 100 local jobs safe

February 1, 2010
New Jersey-based Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc. has sold its Indianapolis plant that manufactures specialty drugs in a deal that could top $300 million. The buyer says that the operations, which employ about 100, will remain in the city.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Vera Bradley gives another $10M to IU cancer center

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Previous gifts from the foundation to the cancer center have been used to hire 10 researchers working on breast cancer.
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Lilly, GE announce cancer diagnostic breakthrough

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. and General Electric Co. say they've made a breakthrough in cancer research that could help Lilly cut the size and cost of its clinical trials.
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Endocyte receives $26M infusion from investors

October 16, 2009
West Lafayette-based Endocyte Inc. announced Friday that it has closed on $26 million in equity financing to help the company continue developing cancer-fighting drugs.
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Local health care industry tries to capitalize on migraine headaches

September 12, 2009
J.K. Wall
Migraines cost American employers $20 billion a year in decreased worker productivity. Such a frequent and uncured disease stands as a huge business opportunity for the health care industry, including locally based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co.
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Lilly cancels trials for experimental MS drug

July 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. and a development partner has canceled clinical trials on an experimental drug to treat multiple sclerosis after the drug failed to delay progression of the disease in trial patients.
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Profs trying to revolutionize drug discovery processRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two chemistry professors at IUPUI are laboring to create the McDonald's of research laboratories—a model that's low-cost and can spread around the world.
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Planned Parenthood promotes health services for menRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has launched a campaign to capitalize on the small but growing number of men who use its 34 health centers around the state.
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With Byetta's sales stalled, Lilly unveils its own competitorRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
While Eli Lilly and Co. continues to work with a biotech firm on the diabetes medicine Byetta, it's developing a potential competitor to Byetta all on its own.
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NFP of NOTE: Arthritis Foundation Indiana chapter

April 20, 2009
The Indiana chapter of the Arthritis Foundation works to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
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In spite of criticism, Lilly saves livesRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Steven J.
My wife, Becky, is alive today because of Lilly and its trial drug Enzastaurin, a great surgeon, and a terrific team of local doctors.
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Have you checked your PSA lately?Restricted Content

December 22, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
I'm here to plead with all men and the people who love them: Don't be lazy like I was about getting annual PSA checks and physical exams.
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Smoke Free Indy advocates mount new campaignRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Anti-smoking advocates are organizing a new attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' ban against smoking in the workplace.
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Time to snuff out public smokingRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Indiana General Assembly should pass a bill into law that bans smoking in public places.
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