Health Care & Life Sciences

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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Effective stats are new hurdle for U.S. drugmakers

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
WellPoint Inc.'s announcement of comparative effectiveness research guidelines last week marks a new era for U.S. drugmakers. The Indianapolis-based health insurer will use studies that compare the effectiveness of one drug against another as a complement to typical clinical trial research that compares a drug against a placebo sugar pill.
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Summit to counsel cities on reform

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Now that health reform is law, a local not-for-profit group, Better Healthcare for Indiana, wants to help Indiana community leaders use the law to slow runaway medical spending while improving the health of their citizens.
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Q&A: Don Stumpp

May 26, 2010
J.K. Wall
Don Stumpp, manager of payer contracting at Indianapolis-based physician group American Health Network and president of the Indiana Medical Group Management Association, discussed the impact of the health care reform law on primary care physicians as well as the near-constant threat of a sharp cut in Medicare reimbursement.
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Eli Lilly invests in $250M Australian venture fund

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The unnamed venture fund will be based in Brisbane, and will focus on biotechnology investments in Australia and southeastern Asia.
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Health care suppliers need to think long term, expert says

May 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Companies in the health care supply chain need to engage in more strategic, long-term preparation even as the industry faces uncertainties and upheaval, MIT expert tells local conference attendees.
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UPDATE: Arcadia confirms major growth plans

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Arcadia Resources Inc. is planning a $3.9 million expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters and pharmacy operations, the company said Thursday morning, confirming that it plans to add as many as 930 jobs by 2013.
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Drug-spending increase highest in four years

May 20, 2010
Bloomberg News
The price increase was fueled by the debate over the health-care overhaul in Washington, D.C., Medco Health Solutions Inc. CEO David Snow said.
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Arcadia Resources says it will add 930 jobs

May 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Executives of the health care services provider will be joined by Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mayor Greg Ballard for a Thursday morning announcement at the company's headquarters.
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Evans: Health care real estate is evolving

May 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
If Clarian Health CEO Dan Evans were investing in health care real estate, he’d make bets in three new things: smaller, denser clinics with lots of computer equipment to do telemedicine; medical office buildings populated by physician assistants; and nursing homes with a strong relationship with a hospital.
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ER doc is affable WellPoint activist

May 19, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Rob Stone wants the giant health insurer to convert to not-for-profit status and put him, an advocate of national health insurance, on the company's board.
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Bioanalytical Systems reports loss in second quarter

May 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bioanalytical Systems Inc. narrowed its losses in the second fiscal quarter despite a 2 percent drop in revenue, the West Lafayette-based contract research firm said late last week.
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Renamed Conseco OK with less-flashy futureRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
CNO Financial Group Inc., known as Conseco Inc. until May 11, has become almost the polar opposite of what it was under flashy co-founder Steve Hilbert. Instead of high-octane growth driven by merger deals, CNO Financial has returned to profitability by selling low-dollar products and emphasizing low-cost operations.
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IU lands $8.5 million grant to renovate Riley hospital

May 14, 2010
Gift will be used for a pediatric research facility to better identify how genetic and environmental factors contribute to diseases in children.
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Bioanalytical Systems names new chief executive

May 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
West Lafayette-based Bioanalytical Systems Inc. has promoted Anthony S. Chilton to CEO following the retirement of top executive Richard M. Shepperd earlier this year.
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Lilly, others cut U.S. tax bills through transfer pricing

May 14, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. companies, including Eli Lilly, amassed at least $1 trillion in foreign profits not taxed in the U.S. as of the end of last year. That cumulative total increased 70 percent over three years.
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Study: Quality, costs better at big practices

May 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
As physician mergers increase in Indianapolis, a new study has determined that quality at large, multispecialty practices is at least 5 percent higher and costs are 3.6 percent lower than at small group practices.
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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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Q&A

May 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Joe Guzman is a co-founder of Indianapolis-based Ascend USA, the new trade adopted after Guzman merged his benefits brokerage, Benefits Strategies Inc., with benefits business Steven Goodin. The eight-person firm expects to hire as many 15 new employees in the next year. Those workers will help Ascend diversify from health benefits into brokering commercial insurance products.
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Shareholders overwhelmingly OK Conseco name change

May 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based life and health insurer is now CNO Financial Group Inc. to reflect what company officers call a "transformation" of the once-troubled firm.
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Report: WellPoint, Aetna may need relief from cost mandate

May 11, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. health overhaul’s mandate that insurers spend 80 percent of premiums on medical care may need to be loosened to keep companies from quitting the market for people who buy coverage on their own, state regulators said.
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WellPoint, others may need relief from law's spending mandate

May 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
The health law passed by Congress in March will force insurers like WellPoint to give rebates to customers next year if the companies don't meet the medical-spending minimums.
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Braly, Obama spar again over WellPoint cancellation policies

May 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO of Indianapolis-based health insurer wrote to Obama on Sunday to rebut the president's criticism that WellPoint seeks out breast cancer patients to cancel their policies.
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Wishard Hospital project is life blood to contractors

May 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Replacing the existing Wishard Memorial Hospital is so critical to the well-being of the sickly construction sector that one industry official likens the project to a "lifeline."
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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