Life Science & Biotech

Cook Group acquires local biotech company

April 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based medical device maker Cook Group has acquired General BioTechnology LLC, an Indianapolis biotech company with about 20 employees, Cook Group announced Monday.
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New Lilly drug has small sales potential

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s newest drug is a boon for Alzheimer’s research but is likely to bring the Indianapolis drugmaker less than $100 million in annual sales—at least initially, according to one of the few analysts to make a forecast.
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Biomet offers to acquire DePuy trauma biz for $280M

April 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Warsaw-based Biomet, which designs and manufactures orthopedic products for surgical and non-surgical uses, said the deal would greatly expand its sports, extremities and trauma business.
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Roche's downsizing to claim about 80 local IT workers

March 29, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Roche Diagnostics Corp. plans to eliminate about 80 information technology jobs at its Indianapolis-area campus over the next two years, the company said Thursday morning.
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Device maker Biomet paying $22.7M to settle bribery case

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana-based Biomet Inc. has agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it bribed government-employed doctors in Argentina, Brazil and China for eight years to win business with hospitals.
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Q&A

March 26, 2012
J.K. Wall
Tino Pereira, CEO of Canada-based Iotron Industries, discussed the electron-beam facility his company opened March 15 in Columbia City, which lies halfway between Fort Wayne and Warsaw in northern Indiana. Iotron already helps some of the orthopedic implant makers in Warsaw alter the strength, flexibility or surface conditions of the materials in the joint replacements they make. That makes its services important in research and development for new products.
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Lilly receives Europe's OK for new Byetta use

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press
European regulators have approved an expanded use for the diabetes treatment Byetta, developed by Eli Lilly and Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. The FDA approved the same expanded use last fall.
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Life sciences firm plans to expand, add 46 jobs

March 15, 2012
Noblesville-based Helmer Inc. said it will invest $10.6 million to build a new manufacturing and headquarters facility at the Saxony Corporate Campus near Interstate 69. It plans to add the jobs by 2014.
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Endocyte pulls trigger on European drug submission

March 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Endocyte Inc. will submit its ovarian cancer drug EC145 for European market approval in the third quarter of this year after the European Commission granted it orphan drug status.
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AIT Labs exec succeeding founder Evans as CEO

March 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The promotions of several executives follow the Indianapolis-based clinical testing company's announcement in January that it was cutting jobs and restructuring its business.
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CityWay designed to integrate retail, housing, hotel, YMCARestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Marc D. Allan
Architects were told to push the envelope and integrate. Be mindful of where you are in the city and integrate well.
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EDITORIAL: BioCrossroads an example of vision at workRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
We hate to think what Indiana’s economic future might be if no one had made a point of putting the state’s life sciences assets to work in a coordinated, strategic way.
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BioCrossroads has stoked state's life sciences industry, but challenges remainRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
In the 10 years BioCrossroads has been promoting life sciences in Indiana, the effort has netted more than 330 new companies, an infusion of more than $330 million in venture capital, a tripling of exports, and a growing number of mentions in national reports on life sciences.
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Health care VC hits new Indiana low in 2011

February 6, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indiana companies landed just $14.1 million in venture funding last year, the lowest amount of capital flowing to  the state’s health care sector since BioEnterprises began tracking such deals in 2005.
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Dow Agro posts record fourth quarter profit

February 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based unit of Dow Chemical Co. saw earnings grow to $142 million, a fourth-quarter record and double the $72 million reported for the 2010 period.
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Lilly's quarterly profit tumbles, but tops Wall Street estimates

January 31, 2012
J.K. Wall
Patent expirations on Gemzar and Zyprexa contributed to the 27-percent earnings decline, but CEO John Lechleiter touted better-than-expected sales of other products.
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Purdue hopes center simplifies commercialization

January 30, 2012
J.K. Wall
Purdue University's new Innovation and Commercialization Center is supposed to be a one-stop shop for professors to get help developing their research into products and for outside investors to find out what research is taking place there.
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Eli Lilly unit plans to buy feed-enzyme maker

January 24, 2012
Associated Press
Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co.'s Elanco animal health division plans to buy a privately held maker of feed-enzyme products that improve poultry, egg and meat production.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2011Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
A number of acquisitions last year disclosed no sale price. In the Indianapolis area, those deals ranged from MacAllister Machinery's purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Michigan to Herff Jones' acquisition of a Memphis, Tenn.-headquartered maker of cheerleading uniforms.
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City set to cancel tax abatement for medical device firm

January 18, 2012
Polymer Technology Systems said in 2007 that it would make a $3 million investment at its operation on Zionsville Road and create 110 jobs.
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At long last, Roche wins approval of Nano

January 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
The OK for a new blood glucose monitor comes more than two years after FDA officials declined to approve a previous version of the Nano, which in rare cases generated inflated blood sugar readings because it did not distinguish properly between the sugars glucose and maltose.
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Indiana's medical device workforce will need skills upgradeRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new report by BioCrossroads says 53 percent of the 20,000 jobs in Indiana’s medical-device sector require no more than a high school education.
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National life sciences law firm opens office hereRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
New York-based Epstein Becker Green already has clients here, including Biomet and Roche Diagnostics.
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Endocyte stays course despite being battered by investorsRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
J.K. Wall
After spending most of 2011 as a Wall Street darling, the year ended ugly for Endocyte Inc. But CEO Ron Ellis thinks the West Lafayette-based drug developer is in better position than ever.
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Filing: Roche considered leaving Indy

December 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
It’s hard to believe now, but as recently as two years ago, Indianapolis was close to losing its 15th-largest employer. Roche Diagnostics Corp. was looking seriously at moving its 2,900-employee North American headquarters out of Indianapolis.
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