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Housing

August 24, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 13 percent for the week ended Aug. 13, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 4.6 percent from 4.57 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages grew to 3.99 percent from 3.95 percent.
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Construction

August 24, 2010

-Kort Builders has completed a 1,300-square-foot retail space for Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at 13971 Town Center Blvd. in Hamilton Town Center.

-Kort Builders has completed a 2,000-square-foot retail space for Sally Beauty at 2007 E. Greyhound Pass, Carmel.

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Company news

August 18, 2010

Orthopedics giant Biomet Inc. plans to invest $26 million to grow operations in its hometown of Warsaw, adding 278 jobs by the end of 2012. Biomet’s Warsaw Center of Excellence initiative calls for facility improvements and new equipment that will allow the company to consolidate manufacturing activities from New Jersey.  Research-and-development and administrative services also will be expanded. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company as much as $2.75 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants to help the company expand. Biomet also will get a 10-year tax abatement approved by the Kosciusko County Council.

A researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine concluded in a clinical trial that an experimental drug can double the cure rate for patients with hepatitis C. In the trial, doctors added the drug boceprevir, made by New Jersey-based Merck & Co. Inc., to the standard treatment regime for the chronic liver ailment. Cure rates jumped to 75 percent using the combination therapy, compared with a 38-percent cure rate for the standard treatment. The clinical study was led by IU’s Dr. Paul Kwo, but was conducted at 67 sites in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Matrix-Bio Inc., based in West Lafayette, received an investment from Main Street Venture Funds, a Fort Wayne-based group of angel investors. The size of the investment was not disclosed. Matrix-Bio is using technology developed at Purdue University to develop a test that can detect a recurrence of breast cancer earlier than mammograms and MRI images, which are currently the most common tests.

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People

August 18, 2010

SynCare LLC, an Indianapolis-based disease-management company for state Medicaid plans, named Terri Morris, a registered nurse, vice president of its Missouri operations.

Dr. Ruth McCluskey has joined Hendricks Pediatrics, a member of Hendricks Regional Health Medical Group. She was chief resident in pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children.

Dr. Nadeem Ikhlaque has joined St. Francis Medical Group Oncology & Hematology Specialists. He most recently served as a hematologist/oncologist for Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.V.

Darla K. Owens, a registered nurse, has been appointed manager for perioperative services at St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville.

Dr. Katie White Stenson will become a physiatrist at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana on Aug. 30.

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IndyFringe

August 18, 2010

Aug. 20-29
Various locations around Mass Ave


A couple of things you should know before you dive into this fest of under-an-hour, unjuried, anything-can-happen theatrical offerings:

1. There’s a lot to choose from—280 performances on six stages.

2. As in previous years, nobody is filtering the choices. I always recommend going to see at least three in case you hit a dud. If a want the nearest thing to a lock the fest has, then see Phil the Void.

3. The $10 tickets (cash only) for each show go directly to each producing company. The fest gets the $2 one-time fee each attendee must pay to get a backer’s button.

4. This year, there is no separation between grown-up companies and teen shows. The program makes no distinction between seasoned pros such as ShadowApe Theatre Company (Fringe-ing for the first time with a family-friendly show called “Not a Peep”) and high-schoolers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you buy your $10 tickets.

5. There are three shows this year with Jesus in their titles. What’s up with that?

6. There is no late seating at the Fringe. Miss a show? Just wait an hour and a half for the next one.

7. The nature of the Fringe is that everyone stumbles into the first weekend blindly. If you need a taste of some of the shows to help you decide what to see, take advantage of the Opening Night Carnival from 6-10 p.m., highlighted by two-minute previews of most of the shows.

8. I’ll be blogging my Fringe comments at www.ibj.com/arts.

Details and full schedule here. .

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Richard Glazier

August 18, 2010

Aug. 22
Arthur M. Glick JCC

Direct—well, almost direct—from his PBS pledge-break special, pianist and storyteller Richard Glazier celebrates American popular song in a concert at the JCC. A graduate of Brebeuf High School and the Indiana University School of Music, Glazier knew the great Richard Rodgers personally and is expected to share stories between tunes. Details here.
 

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'Pure Prine'

August 18, 2010

Aug. 19-Sept. 12
Phoenix Theatre

Usually, it’s wise to wait a few years before reviving a popular show. But the Phoenix Theatre has wisely made an exception to that rule with “Pure Prine,” its hit musical based on the music of singer/songwriter John Prine (“Angel from Montgomery,” “Dear Abby”).

That run earlier in the summer was scheduled for only two weeks, which left little time for word-of-mouth to get out that the show was outstanding. (You can find my review of the previous production here.). Waiting longer, though, might have meant losing some members of the near-ideal ensemble, which includes Tim Grimm, Bobbie Lancaster and Tim Brickley.

No, John Prine himself doesn’t appear in the show—and there’s no word yet on what he thinks of having his eclectic songs seamlessly adapted for the theatrical stage. But given the clunkiness of previous attempts to shoehorn pre-existing songs into “new” musicals, “Pure Prine” is an even more remarkable achievement. I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Details here.

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Also this week

August 18, 2010

Crosby, Stills & Nash performs Aug. 23 at the Lawn at White River State Park. Details here.

The stars of the TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” provide commentary to a screening of a classic cult movie at “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness,” Aug. 19 at the Galaxy 14 and Hamilton 16 Theatres. Details here.

Aug. 19-22 brings Dance Kaleidoscope to the Athenaeum with a program that includes “Frere Jacques,” set to Jacques Brel music, and “Food of Love,” featuring world music. Details here.

On Aug. 20, the Indianapolis Museum of Art presents “L.A. Confidential” (aka the movie that launched the career of Russell Crowe) as part of its Summer Nights film series. Details here.
 

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Sales/acquisitions

August 17, 2010
-Northwest Haiti Christian Mission bought a 10,000-square-foot building at 7271 Mayflower Park, Zionsville. The price wasn’t disclosed. The sellers, Ronald D. Wagle and James L. Smiley, were represented by Jim Knighton of ERA Heritage Realty Group. The buyer was represented by Ross Reller of Colliers International.

-Aldi (Indiana) LP bought 2.33 acres of land at 2915 Madison Ave. The price wasn’t disclosed. The seller, Triple S Partners Development LLC, was represented by Scot Courtney and Rick Jones of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The buyer was represented by Jim Abel of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.
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Leases/leasing contracts

August 17, 2010
-Maintenance Supply leased 49,977 square feet at Gateway Park Building II, 851 S. Columbia Road, Plainfield. The tenant was represented by Kevin Kempf of Cassidy Turley and Bill Littleton of Colliers International. The owners of the building, HSA Commercial and Coastal Partners LLC, were represented by Terry Busch, Nikhil Gunale and John Hanley of CB Richard Ellis.

-Holdsworth North America Inc. leased 14,373 square feet at 2840 Fortune Circle East, Suites D, E and F in a renewal that included a 4,898-square-foot expansion. The tenant was represented by Ryan Kelly and Steve Schaub of Summit Realty Group. The landlord, Blue Real Estate, was represented by Brian Buschuk and Jake Sturman of Jones Lang LaSalle.

-Indiana Bank & Trust leased 12,163 square feet of office space at Pan American Plaza, 201 S. Capitol Ave. The tenant was represented by John Crisp of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Pan Am SCE I LLC, was represented by Bennett M. Williams and Pete Anderson of Cassidy Turley.

-Develop Indy subleased 9,500 square feet in the Chase Tower. The tenant was represented by Jon Owens and Brian Meeks of Cassidy Turley. The sublandlord, J. Walter Thompson USA, was represented by Dan Richardson and John Vandenbark of CB Richard Ellis.

-Tabor Law Firm LLP  leased 5,939 square feet at Three River Crossing, 3610 River Crossing Parkway. The tenant was represented by Jon Owens of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, River Crossing Three LLC, was represented by John Vandenbark and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.

-Bedel Financial Consulting leased 5,720 square feet at One River Crossing. The tenant was represented by Darrell Pike of Pike Real Estate Services. The landlord, Franklin Street Properties, was represented by Dan Richardson and John Vandenbark of CB Richard Ellis.

-The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce leased 2,305 square feet in Greenwood Commerce Center, 65 Airport Parkway, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The landlord, TDH Investments LLP, was represented by Darrell Pike of Pike Real Estate Services LLC.

-Hoosier Broadcasting Corp. leased 2,250 square feet at 3500 DePauw Blvd. The tenant was represented by Matt Waggoner of Summit Realty Group. The landlord, CP Pyramid Associates LP, was represented by David A. Moore, Darrin L. Boyd and Bennett Williams of Cassidy Turley.

-The Law Offices of Diamond Z. Hirschauer leased 1,662 square feet at Market Square Center, 151 N. Delaware St. The landlord, Hertz Indianapolis One LLC, was represented by Crystal Houston and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis. The tenant represented itself.

-RCS Holdings LLC leased 1,012 square feet in SePro Tower, 11550 N. Meridian St.. The landlord, SePro Corp., was represented by Bill Ehret and Rebecca Baer of Summit Realty Group. The tenant represented itself.

-The former Donatos Pizza location at 7126 East 116th St., Fishers, assigned its ground lease to The Farmers Bank. Donatos was represented by Jeff Hubley of Midland Atlantic. Farmers Bank was represented by Michael House of Peacock Properties.

-DWC Restoration Co. leased 750 square feet in the Oaks Business Centre, 500 S. Polk St., Greenwood. The tenant and landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, were represented by Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.
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Housing

August 17, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased six-tenths of a percent for the week ended Aug. 6, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages decreased to 4.57 percent from 4.6 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell to 3.95 percent from 4.03 percent.
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People

August 17, 2010
Alyona Tellez has joined Bridge Real Estate Advisors Inc., Carmel, as a residential adviser.
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Construction

August 17, 2010
-Kort Builders has completed a 1,300-square-foot retail space for Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at 13971 Town Center Blvd. in Hamilton Town Center.

-Kort Builders has completed a 2,000-square-foot retail space for Sally Beauty on Greyhound Pass in Carmel.
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Company news

August 11, 2010

WellPoint Inc.’s now infamous decision to raise rates on individual customers in California as much as 39 percent was apparently made over objections by the company’s California president. Those increases by the Indianapolis-based health insurer were widely blamed for reigniting a dying health reform bill that WellPoint opposed. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Leslie Margolin said she worked internally to prevent WellPoint from raising rates so high and, once they did, to scale them back. The newspaper reported that Margolin and others voicing concerns about the size and timing of the hikes were overruled by WellPoint corporate executives. Margolin did not voice concerns about the increases when she was called before the California legislature to explain them, but the Times said she did apologize in a speech at Pepperdine University. WellPoint replaced Margolin last month and she told the Times she was escorted from her office by security guards, without a chance to say farewell to her employees. WellPoint said Margolin’s departure had nothing to with the rate hikes.

Officials in Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration want to use the Healthy Indiana Plan as the vehicle to expand Medicaid coverage under the new federal health reform law—in spite of Daniels’ earlier comments that the new law would kill the three-year-old plan. According to the Associated Press, Indiana human services chief Anne Murphy sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services saying the Healthy Indiana Plan is "the natural vehicle" for expanding Medicaid coverage to Indiana residents in 2014. But when the new health law passed, Daniels described the Healthy Indiana Plan as a "program whose days are numbered" and asked Murphy to begin planning its phaseout.

Northwest Radiology Network PC recently expanded into Anderson by acquiring Madison County Imaging at St. John’s Medical Center and affiliating with Central Indiana Orthopedics of Anderson. Northwest Radiology is now providing its services to St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. Both St. John’s and the Heart Center are owned by the St. Vincent Health hospital system, based in Indianapolis.

The complex regulatory process for winning approval of combo medical products is the topic of next week’s Life Sciences Lunch at the Barnes & Thornburg law firm downtown. Gretchen Bowker, an Eli Lilly and Co. alumna and now chief operating officer of Pearl IRB Inc. in Indianapolis, will present, as will Julie Dykstra, a Barnes & Thornburg attorney. The Aug. 17 event, organized by the Indiana Health Industry Forum, costs $10 and starts at 11:30 a.m.

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People

August 11, 2010

Nano-Rad LLC, a West Lafayette firm developing breast cancer radiation technology, named Jim Schulz as its chief financial officer. Also, the company appointed Rance A. Winkler as research and development consultant. Nano-Rad is affiliated with the Purdue Research Park.

Nate Feltman, a former Indiana secretary of commerce, is now president of Indianapolis-based Home Health Depot Inc. Feltman is retaining an of-counsel position at the local Baker & Daniels LLP law firm. Feltman will co-manage Home Health Depot with CEO David Hartley.

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Housing

August 10, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 1.3 percent for the week ended July 30, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages decreased to 4.6 percent from 4.69 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell to 4.03 percent from 4.12 percent.
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People

August 10, 2010
Robert E. Christman has started Bridge Real Estate Advisors Inc. at 600 E. Carmel Drive, Suite 269, Carmel. The firm will work with residential buyers and sellers in Hamilton, Marion and Boone counties and with commercial clients in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office and light industrial flex space.
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Sales/acquisitions

August 10, 2010
-Duke Realty sold a 91,067-square-foot building on 6.4 acres at 7820 Innovation Blvd. and an adjacent 13.1-acre parcel within Woodland Corporate Park to AIT Laboratories. The price was not disclosed. The buyer was represented by Steve Pittman and Nick Churchill of Pittman Real Estate Services. The seller represented itself.

-ABS Auto Sales Inc. bought 4.72 acres at 565 S. Warman Ave. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Bill Brennan of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.  The seller, Indy Asset LLC, represented itself in the transaction.

-Open Door Baptist Church of Indianapolis bought a 5,000-square-foot church and adjoining residence at 5360 and 5362 W. 16th St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Rich Thomas of Dan Moore Real Estate Services. The seller, St. Luke’s UCC, was represented by Cindy Hoskinson and Herb Feldmann of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.
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Leases/leasing contracts

August 10, 2010
-True Fair Supermarkets LLC leased 30,464 square feet of retail space at 5615 W. 38th St. The tenant was represented by Rick Jones and Bob Lindgren of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The landlord, Town West Station LLC, represented itself.

-Indiana Tech renewed its lease for 19,806 square feet at 3500 DePauw Blvd. The tenant was represented by Yumi Prater and Sam Smith of Colliers International. The landlord, CP Pyramid Associates LP, was represented by David Moore of Cassidy Turley.

-Sponsel CPA Group subleased 11,572 square feet at Capital Center, 251 N. Illinois St. The tenant was represented by Michael R. Semler of Cassidy Turley. The sublandlord, Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans Inc., was represented by Sam Smith, Eric Kemp and Ryan Conrad of Colliers International.

-Mesh Restaurant LLC leased 9,588 square feet at 725 Massachusetts Ave. The landlord, 721 Mass Ave. LLC, was represented by Scot Courtney and Bob Lindgren of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The tenant represented itself.

-3DT Holding LLC & FlowCo Inc. subleased 5,637 square feet at Capital Center, 251 N. Illinois St. The tenant was represented by Lynn Fischer of Fischer & Associates. The sublandlord, Indiana Secondary Market for Education Loans Inc., was represented by Sam Smith, Eric Kemp and Ryan Conrad of Colliers International.

-Puppy Playground LLC leased 5,500 square feet at Rockville Road Plaza, 7230 Rockville Road. The tenant was represented by Dave Harstad of Re/Max Realty Professionals. The landlord, Rockville Road Partners LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Chase Bank leased 4,300 square feet at 1073 N Green St., Brownsburg. The tenant was represented by Mark Perlstein and Michael Cranfill of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The landlord, John B. Urbahns and the estate of Raymond O. Lee, was represented by Scott Levinson of Urbahns Companies.

-First Mortgage of Indiana Inc. renewed its lease for 4,206 square feet at 9292 N. Meridian St. The tenant was represented by John Robinson and Graham Summers of Jones Lang LaSalle. The landlord, Fairhill Realty LLC, was represented by Mary Anne Tobin and Matthew Broderick of Acorn Group Inc.

-Intrepid USA Healthcare Services leased 3,596 square feet at 3333 Founders Road. The tenant was represented by Graham Summers of Jones Lang LaSalle in Indianapolis and Courtney Goodall of Jones Lang LaSalle in Dallas. The landlord, Crestline Investments LLC, was represented by Matthew Broderick of Acorn Group Inc.

-Posh Boutique leased 2,400 square feet at Allyne Park, Greenwood. The landlord, Allyne Park Dynasty LLC, was represented by Liz Yoho of Providence Development. The tenant represented itself.

-Oreck of Indianapolis leased 1,567 square feet at Nora Plaza Shops, 1340 E 86th St. The tenant was represented by John Byrne of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, PK Nora LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Allstate Insurance leased 1,200 square feet at 2310 W. Southport Road. The landlord, Hunterwood Southport LLC, was represented by Thomas Cortese and Matthew Broderick of Acorn Group Inc. The tenant represented itself.
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Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "American Classics"

August 10, 2010

Aug. 13-14
Pike Performing Arts Center

Dance fans are a given audience for this performance. But students taking a concerned first look at their English 101 syllabus might also want to consider taking in this evening of contemporary dance.

Choreographer Gregory Hancock revives three of his works, each based on a great American novel or play: “The Scarlet Letter,” “Our Town” and “The Crucible.” No guarantee that it will help on your final, of course. Details here.
 

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Drum Corps International World Championships

August 10, 2010

Through Aug. 14
Lucas Oil Stadium

It’s the halftime show to beat all halftime shows as more than 5,000 marching musicians from around the world compete at Lucas Oil Stadium. The World Class Quarterfinals will be held Thursday, both the Open Class Semifinals and the World Class Semifinals will be Friday, and the Open and World Class Finals will be Saturday.

New this year is the “Come Feel the Music Festival” on Thursday featuring interactive events, free music lessons, and appearances by the West Point Hellcats and Al Chez from the Late Show Band. Details here.
 

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IBJ A&E Season Preview Tour

August 10, 2010

Upcoming Interested in having IBJ’s Arts & Entertainment Editor Lou Harry and special guests introduce Indy’s upcoming cultural season to your group? We’re scheduling these free events in September. Drop a note here with information about your group.

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Also this week

August 10, 2010

Keith Urban is joined by opener Kris Allen, Aug. 14 at the Indiana State Fair. Details here.

John Mayer performs Aug. 15 at Verizon Wireless Music Center. Details here.

Jeff Dunham brings his suitcases full of dummies to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 18. Details here.

Tegan and Sara opens for Paramore, Aug. 19 at the Lawn at White River State Park. Details here.

Christine Peti performs the music of Broadway leading ladies, Aug. 13-14 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Details here.

Tom Wright, of the Wright Brothers, performs hits from the golden age of radio, Aug. 12 at the Indiana History Center. Details here.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers a tribute to Michael Jackson at its Aug. 13-14 Symphony on the Prairie performances. Details here.

Garfield Park Arts Center hosts a screening of “His Girl Friday” as part of Vintage Movie Night, Aug. 14. Details here.

Artists from around the state are featured at the 86th annual Hoosier Salon exhibition at the Indiana State Museum, Aug. 13-Oct. 17. Details here.
 

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Company news

August 4, 2010

With Eli Lilly, Roche Diagnostics and other large life sciences companies shedding jobs, Indiana needs small life sciences startups to fill the void. To help such companies, two former Lilly employees are starting an institutional review board that will help small companies launch clinical trials of their innovative technologies. Pearl IRB, based in Indianapolis, is run by Lilly alumnae Diana Caldwell and Gretchen Miller Bowker. It is, according to the Indiana Health Industry Forum, the first commercial institutional review board in the state. That’s significant because such boards must approve clinical trials before such research on humans can begin. Typically, universities and large hospitals have institutional review boards, but they are not normally available for researchers not affiliated in some way with those institutions.

Iraq war veteran Nate Richardson is now using his battlefield experience to launch his own business. His company, Anderson-based Coeus Technology, developed an antimicrobial liquid it says can be added to military uniforms and equipment to make them resistant to germs for longer periods of time than current products. The U.S. Army Material Command is currently testing Coeus’ MonoFoil Technology for its use. But Coeus is also pursuing sales of MonoFoil to civilian users, such as hospitals and schools. Coeus opened a year ago in Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center. It plans to add packing, filling and research facilities in the next two years, creating 30 to 50 jobs by 2012.

A team of researchers at Purdue University say they’ve found a new marker for prostate cancer that could replace the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that is now the leading indicator for the disease. Purdue chemist Graham Cooks and Purdue oncologist Timothy Ratliff led the team, which found that the compound cholesterol sulfate occurs in prostate cancer tumors but not in healthy prostate tissue. That stark difference could prove better than PSA, which sometimes appears at elevated levels in prostates that are inflamed or enlarged, but not cancerous.

The California-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded $364,000 to more than double Indiana University’s repository of fruit flies, which have served as the basis of most genetic research for the past century. The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center houses 30,000 fruit fly strains and helps develop scientific tools that are used to design new fly strains. The new grant will allow the stock center to expand to as many as 70,000 fruit fly variants. When the stock center moved from the California Institute of Technology to Indiana University 25 year ago, it was home to only 1,675 strains.

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences posted a profit of $196 million, up from $140 million in the same quarter last year, according to Bloomberg News. Second-quarter revenue increased 4 percent, to $1.3 billion, for the unit of Michigan-based Dow Chemical Co. Company officials credited increased sales for Dow AgroSciences’ herbicides, including some new products, in spite of weather-related delays.

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People

August 4, 2010

Hendricks Regional Health added three physicians. Dr. Brad A. Prather, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacements, joined Hendricks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Also, Dr. Anna Gilley and Dr. Shawn Fenoughty joined the Danville-based hospital’s pediatric hospitalist team.

Dr. Federico Richter, a family physician, joined Eastside Medical Center, which is part of Community Physicians of Indiana, a subsidiary of Indianapolis-based hospital system Community Health Network.
 

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