Life Science & Biotech

VC funds hope to help early-stage life sciences firmsRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Early-stage venture capital has been harder and harder to come by for life sciences companies in recent years, but two Indianapolis investors are working to raise sizable funds to help fill the gap.
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Cook wins approval for new stent

November 19, 2012
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Medical won approval for the first drug-coated stent for clogged leg arteries in the United States, which accounts for 40 percent of the soon-to-be $3 billion market.
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Indy loses promising health startup

November 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
LabDoor, which soon will launch an iPhone app that assigns A-F grades to over-the-counter vitamins and medicines, moved last month from Indianapolis to San Francisco, where it received $100,000 in startup financing.
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Local scientific software firm plans to add 63 jobs

November 12, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based Indigo Biosystems Inc., a scientific software provider, announced Monday morning that it plans to add 63 jobs by 2015 as part of a $1.4 million expansion.
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Life sciences finance pro heading to startupRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
If a biotech startup were akin to a rock band, Kristin Sherman might be the keyboardist. She’s not front-and-center on the stage, but the ballad wouldn’t be as dynamic without her pounding the chords.
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Community to commercialize innovations

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network thinks it can help patients, engage doctors and maybe even make some money by trying to turn ideas within its organization into commercial products, service and companies.
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Life sciences logistics firm plans to add 108 workers

November 5, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based BioStorage Technologies Inc. is planning to add 108 jobs in the next five years as part of a $7 million expansion and is seeking financial incentives from the city for the second time in three years.
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Life sciences leader juggles faith, science and businessRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
J.K. Wall
BioCrossroads CEO David Johnson sees little conflict as he balances all three in promoting and investing in Indiana life sciences firms
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Purdue researcher harbors high hopes for new ventureRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Pete Kissinger hopes Phlebotics will follow in the footsteps of another of his creations, Bioanalytical Systems Inc.
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Lilly to spend $140M on new insulin cartridge plant

November 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
About 100 workers will staff the new plant, which will be constructed by spring 2014 and ready for operations in 2015. But only “some” of that number will be new hires.
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Lilly plans expansion of local insulin plant

October 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker plans to expand its local insulin plants to make insulin cartridges to meet what it describes as growing demand in the United States.
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Outlook gloomy for device investments

October 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
The amount of venture capital invested in medical-device and equipment companies nationally has declined each quarter this year, reaching levels not seen since 2004, according to data released Oct. 19 by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Profit falls at Dow AgroSciences even as sales rise

October 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Strong demand from farmers boosted sales by 8 percent at Dow AgroSciences LLC in the third quarter, but continued investments in new technologies slashed profits by 16 percent.
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Lilly CEO calls for life sciences research institute

October 23, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly CEO John Lechleiter on Tuesday called for creation of a "world-class" research institute in Indianapolis to bring together scientists from universities and corporations to develop new medical therapies and companies.
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Roche continues to restructure diabetes unit

October 22, 2012
J.K. Wall
Roche officials said last week that price competition and lower reimbursement rates are forcing it to make an unspecified number of cuts in its U.S. sales force and at its research and development hubs in Indianapolis and Germany.
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DANZ: Indianapolis tech community should build momentumRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Kristine Danz / Special to IBJ
More money, mentoring would add fuel to lively industry.
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Indianapolis tech firms, hospitals discover mutual needRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Chris O'Malley
An initiative is matching tech entrepreneurs with hospital officials in the hope of solving health care problems.
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Lilly stomach-cancer drug helps survival, study finds

October 15, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. shares rose nearly 5 percent Monday morning after it said a study found that its experimental stomach-cancer drug helped patients with advanced disease live longer.
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Evans to lead AIT again as CEO leaves company

October 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Ron Thieme, who took over as president and CEO of AIT Laboratories during a management shakeup earlier this year, is leaving the company, the Indianapolis-based firm announced Monday morning.
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Lilly counting on diabetes products to challenge larger rivals

October 8, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. is betting on a “broad” range of diabetes products including pills, insulins and a once-a-week treatment to take on bigger competitors, said Enrique Conterno, president of Lilly Diabetes.
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IBJ Health Care Power Breakfast - transcript

October 2, 2012
Indianapolis Business Journal convened a panel of experts at its Health Care & Benefits Power Breakfast on Sept. 28 to talk about industry issues including Medicaid, on-site health clinics and narrow networks. Panelists included Robert J. Brody, president and CEO of Franciscan St. Francis Health; Michael N. Heaton, partner, Katz Sapper & Miller; Dr. Gregory N. Larkin, commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health; Vicki F. Perry, president, CEO, Advantage Health Solutions Inc.; Dr. Ram Yeleti, president, Community Physician Network. The following is the unedited transcript of the discussion.
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Dow Agro awarded $5.3M in patent-infringement case

October 2, 2012
The unsuccessful lawsuit filed by a subsidiary of Belgium-based Bayer Bioscience claimed that insect-resistant corn products from affiliates of Dow AgroSciences violated two of its patents.
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Vegetable growers, Dow settle dispute over new herbicide

September 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
A coalition of vegetable growers and food producers led by Indiana-based Red Gold Inc. will ease off their opposition to a new herbicide developed by Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC.
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$100M IU neuroscience center set to open

August 24, 2012
Associated Press
A $100 million neuroscience center Indiana University officials say will offer a "one stop shop" for patients recovering from head and spinal injuries, strokes and other medical conditions is days away from opening its doors in Indianapolis.
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Life sciences firm Hologic closing 200-worker Zionsville facility

August 15, 2012
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts-based Hologic Inc., the company that bought Suros Surgical Systems Inc., will phase out its facility in Zionsville, bringing an end to 200 local jobs.
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