California-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded $127,182 in pediatric cancer research grants to two physicians at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Celeste Phillips-Salimi received $49,730 to fund her work to provide Web-based resources to improve quality of life for adolescents and young adults fighting cancer. Dr. Jodi Skiles was granted $77,452 to study when and why vincristine, a major drug used to treat many childhood cancers, becomes toxic in larger doses.
Indianapolis-based CRO Solutions Inc., a team of business development professionals that connects small and mid-sized contract research organizations to drug companies, has launched a subsidiary focused on contract research to develop drugs, medical devices and drug-device combination products. The unit, VxP Pharma Inc., also will be headquartered in Indianapolis, but have access to facilities in Europe and Asia. VxP consists of a series of small, independently owned facilities, each focused on just one area of drug development. The company has about 10 employees.