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Company news

June 23, 2010

In a name change that sounds like a merger of perfidy and profanity, Quadraspec Inc. is now called Perfinity. Actually, the West Lafayette-based company merged itself into a sister company, Perfinity Biosciences Inc. That company was created to commercialize a new method of biological sample preparation, developed by Fred Regnier, one of the founders of Quadraspec. The shareholders of Quadraspec will remain the owners of Perfinity, and they have committed an extra $2.33 million to the company. Quadraspec, which has raised more than $20 million in outside investment capital, makes DVD-like discs capable of holding 272 samples that can be analyzed by a reading machine, like a DVD player.

Who knew? The Clarian North Medical Center in Carmel—famous locally for its terrazzo marble interior—is the 20th most-beautiful hospital in the nation. At least according to health care staffing firm Soliant Health. The Georgia-based firm built its rankings on votes cast on its Web site. In a press release, Soliant noted that beautiful surroundings help people heal better. Not mentioned was that pretty hospitals in rich suburbs also tend to attract patients with the money and private insurance plans to make a hospital profitable.

St. Vincent Health finally won the go-ahead from the Lawrence County Commissioners and County Council to absorb Bedford’s Dunn Memorial Hospital. St. Vincent now operates 19 hospitals around the state and has a joint venture with Clarian Health on a rehab hospital in Indianapolis. The Bedford hospital will now be known as St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Bedford is one of the places outside of Indianapolis where Clarian and St. Vincent, the state’s two largest hospitals systems, are competing head-to-head. Clarian owns the cross-town Bedford Regional Medical Center.

AIT Laboratories plans to create as many as 160 jobs by 2014 and move its corporate headquarters to the northwest side. The Indianapolis-based forensics, clinical and pharmaceutical testing firm plans to invest $74 million to acquire and equip an existing 90,000-square-foot building in Woodland Corporate Park near West 79th Street and Interstate 465. AIT also plans to build a toxicology lab adjacent to its new headquarters. Its clients range from law-enforcement agencies to physicians.

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