Health Care & Life Sciences

LEADING QUESTIONS: Clarian CEO on daily rounds

June 16, 2010
Mason King
Evans
                           Watch VideoDan Evans, president and CEO of Clarian Health, details his cure for losing sight of day-to-day operations, how he gauges his effectiveness, and two bits of crucial advice.
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Indiana moves up in med tech rankings

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
Medical technology companies employed 19,950 Hoosiers in 2007 and supported another 35,000 jobs in supplier companies, according to an analysis funded by an industry trade group.
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Indy firm launches bedsore weapon

June 16, 2010
J.K. Wall
The latest idea from Dr. James Spahn, an Indianapolis health care entrepreneur, should help hospitals and nursing homes do a better job of preventing severe bedsores, or pressure ulcers. That’s good, because Medicare and private health insurers increasingly won’t pay to treat them.
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Fairbanks Foundation gives $20M to IUPUI public health school

June 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is contributing $20 million to support IUPUI’s effort to open a school of public health.
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Research reforms will force Lilly, others to test how drugs stack upRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The federal government is currently doling out $1.1 billion in stimulus funds to pay for research that compares multiple medical treatments against one another to determine which is most effective. Drug companies like Eli Lilly and Co. are wary that comparative-effectiveness research could threaten their sales.
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Arcadia sees smaller quarterly, fiscal-year losses

June 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Despite losses, company sees growth in its DailyMed pharmacy services, which packages the right dosages of prescriptions to make it easier for patients to follow their regimens.
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Avon gives senior-living facility tax abatement

June 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Leo Brown LLC's 20-acre, $36 million senior-living community is expected to create 132 jobs with an average salary of $37,000 when it is completed in 2011.
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Study: Online doc ratings mostly positive

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Angie’s List physician rating service has been controversial since it started in 2008. But an academic journal article is now telling the docs to relax. Nearly 90 percent of patient comments on sites like Angie’s List are positive.
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Lilly taps O'Connor as state lobbyist

June 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
O’Connor, chief deputy mayor under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, started Monday as Lilly's director of state government affairs—working again under Peterson.
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Obama gives states $250 million to review insurance premiums

June 7, 2010
WellPoint may face the most threat from more aggressive reviews. The Indianapolis insurer is the leader in small-business and individual policies, areas that have seen the biggest increases in recent years.
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55 employees of mail-order MHP Pharmacy firm losing jobs

June 7, 2010
Indianapolis-based MHP Pharmacy's facility on North Meridian Street will close in August as a result of the company's purchase by In Touch Pharmaceuticals in Valparaiso.
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Erbitux fails to stop colon cancer before it spreads

June 6, 2010
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and Merck KGaA drug failed to slow tumors in a study designed to expand the medicine's use to patients whose disease is in an earlier stage.
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Indiana Seed Fund nearing end of $6 million stashRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Having invested in 10 companies since 2005 and with its $6 million pot of money running low, the Indiana Seed Fund is nearing a crossroads.
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OrthoWorx initiative names executive director

June 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Not-for-profit launched last year by BioCrossroads and Indiana's orthopedic companies names Zimmer Inc. executive Brad Bishop to lead the initiative.
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SynCare withdraws abatement request

June 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Locally based SynCare LLC has withdrawn a request for a property tax abatement tied to the creation of 114 jobs. SynCare owner Stephanie DeKemper said she pulled the request to ensure the employment projections are accurate.
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St. Vincent closes in on new hospital deal

June 2, 2010
J.K. Wall

A deal in which St. Vincent Health would buy or lease Bedford’s Dunn Memorial Hospital is in the final stages, according to the Times-Mail of Bedford. The hospital board held two hours of closed-door talks on May 26, and one board member predicted a decision within days.

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Expert: Reform can improve communities

June 2, 2010
J.K. Wall

The much-maligned health care bill provides a huge opportunity for local communities to improve the health of their citizens and for local health care providers to win bonus payments from federal health insurance programs. That's the message Len Nichols, a Beltway veteran and health policy expert, will bring to attendees at the All Healthcare is Local conference today.

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Health care firm plans to create 114 jobs

June 1, 2010
SynCare LLC's expansion hinges on city approval of property tax abatement. The Metropolitan Development Commission is set to vote on the request Wednesday.
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Genetic testing could spur Erbitux drug sales

June 1, 2010
Bloomberg News
The drugmakers are counting on screening for the so-called K-ras gene to spur use of Erbitux in metastatic colorectal cancer.
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Cancer researcher battling Semafore in courtRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Former collaborator alleges firm breached its agreement with him and refused to pay royalty income.
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Lilly grows Alimta's sales by shrinking marketRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
In 2008, Eli Lilly and Co. asked drug regulators to change the label on Alimta so Lilly could no longer promote it as a treatment for all patients suffering from non-small-cell lung cancer, but for only about 70 percent of the patients. Since then, sales of the drug have accelerated, growing a whopping 48 percent last year.
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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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Biopharma fueling boom in refrigerated warehousing

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
In the past few years, a handful of cold storage facilities have sprouted locally by playing to Indianapolis' strengths in warehousing and life sciences.
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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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WellPoint pledges two-day hospital stays after mastectomy

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
In the company's latest response to withering criticism of its breast-cancer policies, WellPoint Inc. said it will pay for any breast cancer patient to stay two days in a hospital after surgery.
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