Health Care & Life Sciences

Lilly partner moves up timetable for diabetes drug

January 11, 2011
Bloomberg News
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., rebuffed twice in its bid for U.S. approval of a weekly diabetes drug, will meet its timetable and submit a heart-safety study to regulators by the end of 2011, its CEO said.
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Lilly's Solpura may lack data to prove effectiveness

January 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
Outside advisers to the FDA will meet Jan. 12 to review whether the drug should be approved for people with pancreas insufficiency caused by cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis or other conditions.
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Aprimo sale may usher in 'new wave' of tech dealsRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Observers say conditions are ripening for more deals like the recent $525 million sale of Aprimo Inc. in the months ahead—not only among IT firms, but also among biotech companies here.
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Roche aims to prevent bidding war for software firm

January 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Swiss company, which operates its North American business out of Indianapolis, filed a lawsuit late last month against Virginia-based Medical Automation Systems Inc. for breaching the purchase agreement the companies signed back in October.
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New doc lifts Community breast biz

January 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network wooed Dr. Robert J. Goulet Jr. to join its breast-surgery team from the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. The move fits nicely with Community’s focus on breast-care services and the economics of health care.
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Latest iPhone app: Baby EKG

January 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Mobile medicine has arrived. Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg became the first hospital in Indiana to start using AirStrip OB, a patient-monitoring system that sends things like the heartbeat waves of patients directly to physicians’ iPhones, BlackBerrys or other mobile devices.
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Lilly bumped up federal lobbying in third quarter

January 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker spent $2.1 million in the three months that ended Sept. 30, a 5-percent increase from the same quarter last year and a jump of more than 30 percent from the $1.6 million it spent in this year's second quarter.
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Conseco brass agree to settle 8-year-old suit for $41.5MRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Greg Andrews
The suit accused CEO Gary Wendt, President Bill Shea, Chief Financial Officer Charles Chokel and Chief Accounting Officer Jim Adams of engaging in a “massive and systematic coverup of ... actual debts and losses through complex accounting, misleading disclosures, and irregular accounting practices.”
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Roche acquires Marcadia Biotech

December 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Marcadia Biotech Inc., a Carmel-based biopharmaceutical company founded by prominent scientists from Eli Lilly and Co. in 2006, has been acquired by Swiss life sciences giant Roche.
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Group questions growth of pharmacy schools

December 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Two weeks before Manchester College announced a $35 million gift to help open a pharmacy school, a national trade group suggested there are too many pharmacy schools already.
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Q&A

December 29, 2010
J.K. Wall
Bruce Frank, a former Roche Diagnostics manager, McKinsey consultant and pro basketball player, talks about changes in the medical device and life sciences industries.
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Duke/Browning team to develop building at new Wishard

December 28, 2010
Tom Harton
The team, which plans to build an office building in the 200,000-square-foot range, beat out six other groups that submitted proposals.
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Indiana Seed Fund makes 11th investment

December 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A $250,000 investment in Aarden Pharmaceuticals will go toward advancing tuberculosis therapy through the pre-clinical development stage.
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Clarian, Morgan clear way for merger

December 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
The merger of Morgan Hospital & Medical Center into Clarian Health got the go-ahead from all parties in the past week, opening the way for Morgan to bring on new doctors to its facilities.
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Zimmer looks to China to reignite growth

December 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Zimmer Holdings Inc. completed an acquisition in China on Tuesday, but recession hangovers in the United States and Europe are trumping all other factors and keeping the company’s growth bottled up for now.
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WellPoint’s New York rate hike to face scrutiny

December 21, 2010
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. and other U.S. health insurers will have to provide justification for any increases to customers’ premiums of more than 10 percent next year, according to federal regulations published Tuesday.
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Lilly Endowment gives $35M to start pharmacy school

December 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Manchester College will use money to launch the state's third program offering doctorates in pharmacy.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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Basiles donate to new Wishard Hospital

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
$300,000 from the local philanthropists is the hospital's first naming-rights gift.
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Conseco name lives on at downtown arena

December 18, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
CNO Financial Group appears to have backed away from plans to change the name of the Indiana Pacers home it sponsors, Conseco Fieldhouse, even though the company no longer uses the Conseco name.
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Clarian off to slow start in insuranceRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health got few takers in its first year offering a health care benefits program to large employers, but the Indianapolis-based hospital system is undeterred in growing its budding insurance services business.
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OneAmerica moves beyond small employers, eyes big retirement plansRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. last month launched an insurance product aimed at landing far larger retirement plans than it has served before, and significantly growing its assets.
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Daniels says he'd sign statewide smoking ban

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels said towns and cities have shown it's possible to enact smoking bans with significant benefits and minimal cost.
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Indiana may cut Medicaid services to check costs

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
The state Medicaid actuary projected Indiana's share of the program's costs will rise by about $1.46 billion this fiscal year, by about $1.84 billion in the 2012 fiscal year and by about $2 billion in the 2013 fiscal year unless some services are cut.
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Health insurance investors unfazed by court ruling

December 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
This week’s ruling by a federal judge could force Congress to rework the new health law to avoid a health insurance market collapse. But the decision had little to no effect on investor sentiment toward WellPoint Inc. and its peers.
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