Health Care & Insurance

Dow Agro thinks it has a winner

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based company released more details this month about its Enlist Weed Control System, which would genetically modify corn, soybeans and cotton to be resistant to one of the most common weedkillers.
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Lechleiter: After the deluge, we'll be fine

March 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter visited Japan last week—three days before the massive earthquake—to deliver his tried-and-true message: Drug companies need to reinvent invention, governments needs to support innovation, and Lilly will be just fine after it has sustained the damage of the next three years.
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OneAmerica enjoys 24-percent surge in sales

March 15, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based life insurer pulled in sales last year of $1.7 billion and boosted its overall assets 12 percent, to $24.4 billion.
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Indiana Medicaid mental health list worries advocates

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
The state budget bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would save about $7 million each year by creating a list of preferred mental health drugs and trying to win larger rebates from manufacturers.
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Product delays thwart $40M Roche purchase

March 12, 2011
J.K. Wall
Delays getting new diabetes meters into the U.S. market appear to have tripped up Roche Diagnostics Corp. on its way to acquiring a key software vendor.
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HICKS: Unfortunately, veteran tuition benefits must be cutRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Mike Hicks
It's a wide entitlement program that will literally explode in the coming decades, since a third of all combat veterans will meet the disability requirements. It is not sustainable, and the Senate just tightened the requirements.
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Peru immigrant built career on helping local Hispanics

March 12, 2011
Ann Finch
Aida McCammon has spent 20 years helping Hispanics improve their lives and succeed in the United States.
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Lilly suffers another bruise from Novo

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
The failure of its drug Bydureon to match the performance of Novo’s Victoza trims but doesn’t kill sales prospects for the highly touted diabetes drug.
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Health insurance costs spike worldwide

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Think galloping health insurance costs are a problem unique to American employers? Think again. Medical costs paid by employer-focused health insurers rose by an average of 10 percent last year—identical to the United States.
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Q&A: Tony Lennen

March 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Tony Lennen became president of Community Hospital South in 2009, overseeing a 50-bed expansion that was completed last summer, giving the hospital 150 private rooms. The facility, located along the line between Marion and Johnson counties, competes against nearby facilities run by Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indiana University Health and Johnson Memorial Hospital.
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Lilly confident of FDA approval for Amyvid, Lechleiter says

March 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter said he’s confident of gaining U.S. regulatory approval for a drug to help identify plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
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OneAmerica promotes CFO Davison to executive vice president

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With the company recently doubling in size, CEO Dayton Molendorp wanted another executive to guide the company’s further growth.
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Parks Foundation plans east-side farm for Gleaners

March 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation plans to use a $150,000 grant from Indiana University Health to start an organic farm on the east side of the city benefiting Gleaners Food Bank.
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Lilly's Bydureon falls short of competitor in study

March 3, 2011
Bloomberg News
Bydureon, the diabetes drug being developed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eli Lilly and Co. and Alkermes Inc., didn’t control the disease better than Novo Nordisk A/S’s Victoza in a study.
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DeVry wins abatements for nursing school

March 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The Metropolitan Development Commission awarded the tax abatements for the nursing school, set to open in October, despite opposition from the Nora-Northside Community Council and Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.
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WellPoint expects employer biz to stagnate

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Over the next five years, WellPoint Inc. expects the employer-sponsored insurance business to shrink slightly, forcing it to shift its focus to government-sponsored plans.
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Community wins sweepstakes for Johnson partnership

March 2, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network won a three-way race for a close partnership with Johnson Memorial Hospital, besting Franciscan St. Francis and Indiana University Health.
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UPDATE: Bioanalytical researcher opening lab in Indianapolis

March 1, 2011
Advion BioServices is expected to open the lab at Purdue Research Park in Indianapolis in May with 49 employees. Some of the workers may come from Eli Lilly and Co., which is moving its drug-discovery bioanalytical operations to Advion as part of a partnership.
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Eli Lilly neuroscience chief resigns

February 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
David Bredt, vice president of neuroscience research, has resigned “to pursue other opportunities,” according to Lilly spokeswoman Judy Kay Moore. Bredt had overseen Lilly’s development of various drugs, including molecules in late-stage human testing to treat Alzheimer’s and depression.
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UPDATE: Lilly settles pollution suit for $337,500

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
A complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. government says Lilly's plant on South Harding Street is emitting high levels of acetonitrile and methanol, considered hazardous air pollutants by the EPA.
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UPDATE: CNO shares soar after quarterly profit rises

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Carmel-based life and health insurer, in an after-markets announcement, said it earned $168.2 million in the final three months of last year, a big jump from the $18.2 million profit it posted in the same quarter the prior year.
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WellPoint board declares 25-cent dividend

February 23, 2011
Associated Press
WellPoint Inc. became the latest health insurer to reward shareholders with a quarterly payout after piling up cash from a string of strong financial performances.
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Franciscan's electronic records rollout shows industry growth

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Franciscan Alliance will spend more than $100 million over the next two years to install a common electronic medical record system at its 13 hospitals and more than 165 physician practices. It’s a sign of the growth of the health information technology industry in Indiana, which a new BioCrossroads report says generates $200 million a year in sales and is growing at 8 percent annually.
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Lilly looks to double pipeline size again

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lilly is developing what it calls “The Mirror Portfolio,” which it expects to grow to 45 to 60 drugs in five years. This month, Lilly announced it had secured venture-capital funding for the first two drugs in this alternative pipeline.
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Lilly's master plan for downtown (real estate)

February 19, 2011
Cory Schouten
As Eli Lilly and Co. outsources work and sheds unnecessary properties, it is making moves with surplus real estate that could establish the strongest physical connection between Lilly and downtown since the company was founded at Pearl and Meridian streets 135 years ago.
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