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Q&A

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
James Jordan's firm, Strategic Data Management, has developed a Web-based portal to help diabetics chart and manage their blood sugar levels. The firm is now pitching its portal for a fee to doctors, health plans, device manufacturers, drug firms and others.
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People

March 10, 2010

Dr. Beata Samuel joined Accent Pediatrics, a Community Physicians of Indiana office. Originally from Dallas, Samuel earned her medical degree at Bangalore University in India.

Susan Perkins, a registered nurse, has been appointed disaster management coordinator at St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers. Perkins previously worked at the hospital in emergency room services.

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"Oklahoma!"

March 10, 2010

March 12-28
Footlite Musicals

Audiences back in 1943 weren’t sure what to expect from “Oklahoma!” On a test run in New Haven, Conn., the show was called “Away We Go,” it didn’t feature any notable stars, and composer Richard Rodgers was teaming for the first time with Oscar Hammerstein, who was coming off a string of flops, including such quickly forgotten shows as “Sunny River” and “Very Warm for May.” Rumor had it that, when the curtain opened, instead of the usual chorus of dancers, there was an older woman churning butter. Huh?

No wonder that the influential gossip columnist Walter Winchell (who, in hindsight, was making the theatrical equivalent of “Dewey Defeats Truman”) said of the show, “No legs, no jokes, no chance.” But the bold, innovative, tuneful “Oklahoma!” changed the face of musical theater, ushering in an era when character mattered.

The best productions of it, though, don’t treat it as a classic. They treat it as an exciting, funny (yes, Walter, there are jokes), vital story of an awkward couple trying to figure out each other and make a place for themselves in the wannabee-a-state territory.
I look forward to seeing what Footlite Musicals does with the show in its new production. Details here. For more Rodgers and Hammerstein action this weekend, see below.
 

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"Joshua Mosley: American International"

March 10, 2010

March 12-Aug. 29
Indianapolis Museum of Art

A park ranger and a PR rep discuss their relationship—in stop-motion animation—while an equally animated economist, Friedrich Hayek, chats with builder/philanthropist George R. Brown. Never mind that the two never actually met.

Video and bronze sculptures merge in the work of Joshua Mosley, who will have two of his works—2004’s “A Vue” and the new “International”—on display. Stop in March 11 when the artist will be at the IMA to screen and discuss both. Details here.
 

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"Carousel"

March 10, 2010

March 12-28
Indianapolis Civic Theatre

If you haven’t seen “Carousel” in years (or only saw the movie), you might be surprised at how dark the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece is. At least it is before the “end of the storm.”

With its anger-management-challenged leading man and a damaged leading lady who is “quieter and deeper than a well,” “Carousel” daringly paints its characters as real people, not theater archetypes. Success for productions of it depends on finding the balance between the beauty of its rousing, haunting, stunning score and the inarticulate lives of its characters. The key to “Carousel” is that, like us, its characters don’t always say what they mean or what they feel. Or even know what they mean or feel.

When it works, this is as good as musical theater gets. For details on Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production, click here.
 

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The Humana Festival of New American Plays

March 10, 2010

Through March 28
Actors Theatre of Louisville

Every year, I do my best to prod theater lovers from Indy into taking the relatively short trek to Louisville for the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

By definition, it’s tough to sell the festival based on titles, given that it’s all untested new work. And, most years (including this one), it’s also tough to push specific playwrights, since it’s unlikely that you’ve been exposed to the work of Lisa Dillman or Dan O’Brien. You might recall Deborah Zoe Laufer, whose “End Days” was performed here at the Phoenix a few seasons back.

I often fall back on past work to make the Humana Fest case, reminding anyone who will listen that such recent winners as “Becky Shaw” and the Pulitzer-winning “Dinner with Friends” launched at Humana, taking their place alongside such now-canonical shows as “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Gin Game.”

How about just a general prodding? Some of my best theatrical experiences of the last dozen or so years have come courtesy of this internationally known fest. Go. Details here.
 

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Also this week:

March 10, 2010

Nora Jones, March 13 at the Murat Theatre. Details here.

Opera star Sylvia McNair performs selections from the Great American Songbook with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, March 13, at Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Details here.

The Theatre Within presents “The Twilight of the Golds,” March 12-27, at The Church Within. Details here.

The University of Indianapolis presents “Celebrating Chopin” featuring pianist Richard Ratliff and music by and inspired by the composer. March 15 at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Details here.
 

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Sales/acquisitions

March 9, 2010
-DKLD LLC bought a 13,000-square-foot industrial building at 1605 Prospect St. The buyer was represented by Bill Brennan and Steve Beals of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The sellers, CDS Inc. and Alpha LP, were represented by Ted McClure of McClure Commercial & Industrial Realty. The price wasn’t disclosed.

-Blue Lake Development Inc. bought 65.66 acres at 3023 W. Morris St. The buyer was represented by Stan Elser of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The seller, Capstone Advisory, was represented by Sean McHale and Dean Anos of Equis Realty Group. The price wasn't disclosed.

-Chip Barnes, Matt Dickerson and Brett Spitzer of NAI Olympia Partners have been hired by Holladay Properties to market its World Connect campus, which is within the Ameriplex development just south of Interstate 70 and Indianapolis International Airport. World Connect comprises eight sites being marketed to house logistics facilities.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

March 9, 2010
-Nice-Pak Products Inc. leased 813,054 square feet at 381 Airtech Parkway, Plainfield. The lease, one of the largest in the market in the last year, allows Nice-Pak to consolidate distribution operations it currently has at 595 and 1390 Perry Road. The tenant was represented by Matt Kiger and Ralph Balber of Halakar Real Estate. The landlord, Sentinel Real Estate Corp., was represented by Andrew Morris, Jeremy Woods and Matt McGrady of Summit Realty Group.

-BITECH Inc. d/b/a Performance Bicycle Shop leased 11,862 square feet at Castleton Commons, 8366 Castle Corner Drive. The tenant was represented by Mark Perlstein of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The landlord, Castleton Shopping Center LLC, was represented by Cindy Hoskinson, Scot Courtney and Bart Jackson of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.  

-VHA Inc. leased 8,110 square feet at 8900 Keystone Crossing. The tenant was represented by Brooke Augustin of NIA Olympia Partners. The landlord, Philadelphia-based BGP Properties Ltd., was represented by John R. Robinson and Abby L. Cooper of Jones Lang LaSalle.

-Monarch Management and Realty Inc. leased 4,372 square feet of office space at 3003 E. 98th St. The landlord, TW Investments LLC, was represented by David A. Moore and Darrin L. Boyd of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Andrew B. Gaston leased 3,160 square feet of office space at 8730 Commerce Park Place. The landlord, Dhillon Commerce Park LLC, was represented by David A. Moore and Darrin L. Boyd of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.
 
-MS Cos. leased 3,400 square feet of office space at The 916 Building, 916 E. Westfield Blvd. The landlord, 916 E Westfield LLC, was represented by Scott Lacy of Asset One Real Estate Co. The tenant represented itself.

-U.S. Bank National Association leased 2,536 square feet of office space at 10 W. Market St. The tenant was represented by John A. Crisp of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, MT Acquisitions LLC, was represented by David A. Moore, Darrin L. Boyd and Andrew D. Martin of Cassidy Turley.

-Liberty Tax Services Inc. leased 1,250 square feet at South Greenwood Shoppes, 6001 N. U.S. 31, Whiteland. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the landlord, HRCP Inc., and the tenant.

-Broad Ripple Knits leased 1,200 square feet of retail space at The Guilford Building, 6367 Guilford Ave.  The tenant was represented by Scott Lacy of Asset One Real Estate Co. The landlord, AST Acquisition I, represented itself.

-Sandella's Flatbread Café leased 1,600 square feet at Allyne Park, 1011 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. The landlord, Allyne Park Dynasty, was represented by Liz Yoho of Providence Development. The tenant represented itself.

-Bella Bridesmaid leased 882 square feet of showroom space at The 916 Building, 916 E. Westfield Blvd. The landlord, 916 E Westfield LLC, was represented by Scott Lacy of Asset One Real Estate Co. The tenant represented itself.

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Housing

March 9, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 14.6 percent for the week ended Feb. 26, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages decreased to 4.95 percent from 5.03 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell to 4.27 percent from 4.35 percent.
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People

March 9, 2010
Ann Hall has joined Sycamore Group Associates Inc. as a Realtor.
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Construction

March 9, 2010
-Kort Builders has completed a 20,000-square-foot office space for Banc Serv at 777 E. Main St., Westfield.

-Kort Builders has completed a 4,000-square-foot retail space for the apparel retailer Rue 21 and Simon Property Group at 13971 Hamilton Town Center Blvd., Noblesville.
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To attack costs, Lilly accelerates R&D

March 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
With President Barack Obama looking to squeeze a bit more revenue out of the pharmaceutical industry, the stakes just keep getting higher for Eli Lilly and Co.'s efforts to develop drugs faster and cheaper.
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People

March 3, 2010

Dr. Judy Monroe will end a five-year run as Indiana state commissioner of health on March 8. She will become deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseeing communication between federal and state public health agencies. Until Gov. Mitch Daniels names a replacement, Monroe’s deputy, Loren Robertson, will fill her shoes.

Community Heart and Vascular, a unit of Community Health Network, named Kevin Fowler chief financial officer. Fowler, who earned his MBA at Indiana State University, has been the CFO at Lubbock Heart Hospital in Texas since 2007.

Community Heart and Vascular hired two electrophysiologists, Dr. Chad Bonhomme and Dr. Krishna Malineni, along with Dr. Shalabh Singhal, an invasive cardiologist. The unit of Community Health Network has now hired eight physicians in the past year.

OrthoWorx, a Warsaw-based group focused on advancing the city’s orthopedics implant industry, named Cheryl Blanchard as its chairperson. Blanchard is chief scientific officer at Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings Inc.

Bloomington-based Cook Pharmica promoted Veda Walcott to be its vice president of quality and corporate compliance officer. Walcott has worked for Cook Pharmica since 2005 after stints at Cook Medical and Baxter BioPharma Solutions.

Dr. Richard Aina, an internist who focuses on chronic diseases, has joined St. Vincent Physician Network in Indianapolis. Aina received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Champaign, Ill.

Duane M. Schmitz, a former executive at Eli Lilly and Co., has joined Indianapolis-based Harrison College as president of its online division. Nearly half of the for-profit school’s students take at least one course online.
 

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Docs get short reprieve from Medicare cuts

March 3, 2010
J.K. Wall
Doctors dodged yet another bullet last night as the U.S. Senate agreed to delay a scheduled 21-percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians. But their relief will be short-lived.
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"An Evening with Ben Vereen"

March 3, 2010

March 7
Carmel High School

I had my first encounter with Ben Vereen—as did many of my generation—through the landmark television series “Roots,” where he memorably played Chicken George. I then was knocked out by his portrayal of Death as a song and dance man in Bob Fosse’s painfully brilliant autobiographical film “All That Jazz.” But there’s nothing like seeing Vereen live, which I had the pleasure of doing when he was touring in a revival of “Pippin,” the show that made him a Broadway star.

What I remember most about that performance is that—after the curtain calls, after many audience members had bolted for their cars—the appreciative-of-those-who-stayed Vereen said something to the effect of, “I really enjoy this show, but I really don’t get to do everything I want to do,” and invited those remaining to stick around as he performed about a half hour of his nightclub act. Not only was it very entertaining, but it was the best example I’ve seen of a guy unselfishly sharing his talents above and beyond expectations.

Vereen will be here on Sunday singing, dancing and sharing stories in a benefit for the Carmel Community Players. If you aren’t caught up in Oscar-mania, consider going. Details here.

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Mass Ave project works toward April approval

March 2, 2010
Tom Harton
Trail Side on Mass Ave would include 69 one-bedroom apartments and about 23,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.
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Sales/acquisitions

March 2, 2010
Noblesville LLC purchased a single-tenant, 6,840-square-foot building occupied by AutoZone at 146th Street and State Road 37, Noblesville. The sales price was $1.8 million. The buyer was represented by Michael Ofsansky of Michael Ofsansky Realtors. The seller, Thomas A. Grant Inc., was represented by Brian T. Southworth and Nathan D. Whalen of Marcus & Millichap’s Indianapolis office.
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Housing

March 2, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity dropped 8.5  percent for the week ended Feb. 19, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 5.03 percent from 4.94 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages increased to 4.35 percent from 4.33 percent.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

March 2, 2010
-Eastgate Studios LLC leased 18,000 square feet at 24 S. Shelby St. The tenant and the landlord, Pleasant View Partnership PC, were represented by Matt Jackson and Joe Lonnemann of Halakar Real Estate.

-Aaron Rents leased 6,700 square feet at The Parkwood Shoppes, 1616 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. The tenant was represented by Michael Cranfill of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The landlord, Pavilion Inc., was represented by Steven Hoffman.

-UtilX Corp. leased 4,000 square feet at 496 S. Polk St., Building No. 2, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Cam Kucic of Summit Realty Group. The landlord, Robert W. Kleis Jr. Living Trust, was represented by Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.

-Pediatric Nursing Specialists leased 3,069 square feet of office space at 3500 DePauw Blvd. The landlord, CP Pyramids Associates LP, was represented by David A. Moore, Darrin L. Boyd and Bennett Williams of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.
 
-American Electronics leased 2,780 square feet at 496 S. Polk St., Building No. 1, Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the tenant and the landlord, Robert W. Kleis Jr. Living Trust.
 
-Edward D. Jones & Co. leased 1,172 square feet at the Mount Comfort Business Center in the Mount Comfort Commercial Park, 4177 N. Awning Court. The tenant was represented by Jeff Schappe of Colliers Corporate Solutions. The landlord/owner, Precedent Commercial Development, was represented by Larry Siegler of Precedent.

-A.C.T. Services Inc. leased 1,200 square feet at Eagle Highland Office Park, 3955 Eagle Creek Parkway. The landlord, Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT Medical Portfolio 3, was represented by Debbie Shumate of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The tenant represented itself.

-USM/Transfield Services Group Inc. renewed its lease for 1,805 square feet at Greenwood Oaks Business Centre. 500 S. Polk St., Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, and the tenant.

-Fast Tans renewed its lease for 1,600 square feet at George Thomas Plaza, 1028 N. Shadeland Ave. Cindy Hoskinson and Herb Feldmann of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the tenant and the landlord, Ladywood Apartments LLC.

-Hometown Exteriors Inc. leased 1,500 square feet at Greenwood Oaks Business Centre, 500 S. Polk St., Greenwood. Cathy Richards of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. represented the landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, and the tenant.
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WellPoint testimony drops green flag on health reform restart

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO Angela Braly is defending individual premium hikes one day before Obama's summit to debate his new reform proposal with Republicans.
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Obama health reform plan slaps drugmakers

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers, such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., would shoulder $3.3 billion in fees, face ban on pay-for-delay deals with generic competitor.
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Company news

February 24, 2010

The Indianapolis-area claims three of the four healthiest counties in the state, but also some of the laggards, according to a new report by New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone counties ranked first, second and fourth, respectively. The rankings were based on such things as death rates, insurance rates, socioeconomic factors and environmental influences. However, Marion County ranked 80th out of Indiana’s 92 counties. Shelby and Madison counties also scored poorly, ranking No. 70 and No. 79, respectively.

Most of Indiana’s life sciences business development has occurred in the “golden triangle” that runs from Bloomington to Indianapolis to Lafayette. But the latest investment by BioCrossroads’ Indiana Seed Fund shows some potential for cross-state development that breaks out of that mold. South Bend-based Bioscience Vaccines Inc. has licensed the extracellular matrix technology developed by Cook Biotech in West Lafayette. With scientific help from the University of Notre Dame, Biosciences Vaccine aims to start a clinical trial by year’s end. It hopes that combining Cook Biotech’s extracellular matrix with vaccines against tetanus and prostate cancer will prove more effective than traditional delivery of the medicines. BioCrossroads will commit $400,000 to help the company’s research.

Indianapolis-based Vortek Surgical LLC will relocate to Brownsburg, expanding its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations and creating more than 60 life sciences jobs in the next three years. Founded in 2006, the company expects to launch a consumer subsidiary in the second quarter to focus on health care products. It plans to begin hiring employees for both the consumer and medical product divisions beginning in April. Vortek develops and markets medical devices designed to reduce the risk of hospital infections during surgery.

Indianapolis-based Marcadia Biotech Inc. has launched a Phase 1 clinical trial of its experimental anti-diabetes drug MAR701. The drug mimics the action of two hormones, glucagon-like peptide and gastric inhibitory peptide. Those proteins both boost the body’s production of insulin, which is necessary to fight diabetes. Marcadia hopes to market the drug as a once-a-week medicine to treat Type 2 diabetes.

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People

February 24, 2010

Dr. Rafat Abonour, associate dean of clinical research the Indiana University School of Medicine and its Simon Cancer Center, has been named chairman of the Hoosier Oncology Group’s board of directors.

Dr. Kenneth Lazarus and Dr. Sandeep Batra have joined the Riley Hospital Hematology/Oncology at Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel.

Dr. Katherine Moss Pedersen, a pediatrician, has joined St. Vincent Physician Network in Zionsville.

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"Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray"

February 24, 2010

Feb. 25
IU Auditorium

In a work commissioned by IU Auditorium and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones (Tony Award winner for “Spring Awakening”) brings together dancers, an actor, live musicians playing an original score, projected films and text from Shakespeare, the Bible and Walt Whitman in an exploration of the impact of Abraham Lincoln’s words, deeds and ideas. “The good man,” says Jones. “What does he have to say to us today? Are we good people? Am I a good man?” For a fascinating look at Jones’ creation of the piece, click here. Details on the show here.

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