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The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis awarded grants totaling $3.15 million to 10 health care providers and AIDS service agencies to help end AIDS in Indiana. The grants are more than six times as much money as the Health Foundation has given in any previous year. The largest grant, $1.3 million, will help The Damien Center to add a full-time psychiatrist, a full-time dentist and dental exam room, three medical exam rooms, and a career development program for clients who are HIV positive or at high risk of HIV infection. The next largest grant, $1 million, will go to Eskenazi Health. It will offer rapid HIV testing at eight Eskenazi Health Center locations to approximately 385,000 people, hoping to identify the nearly one in five carriers of HIV that are unaware that they are infected. Other organizations receiving money are the AIDS Resource Group of Evansville Inc., the AIDS Task Force of Fort Wayne, Brothers United, Indiana University Health, Shalom Health Care Center and Step-Up Inc.

Indianapolis-based International Medical Group Inc., which sells medical insurance to travelers and ex-patriots, has acquired Wales-based Global Response Ltd., which provides emergency medical assistance and logistical support to business travelers that become sick or injured while overseas. The 15-year-old company serves more than 10,000 travelers each year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Canada-based Zymeworks said Wednesday that they are expanding a cancer drug development partnership. The companies announced a partnership in January but did not disclose terms. Without explaining the initial terms of the partnership, the companies said Zymeworks could get an additional $375 million in milestones and other payments. It will also receive royalties on sales of any approved drugs, and Lilly will make an investment in Zymeworks. The companies say they will study "bi-specific antibodies," or drugs that use the immune system to treat diseases by targeting two different proteins.

Purdue University received a chunk of $4 million in grants handed out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set up regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.  Purdue nutrition policy professor Dennis Savaiano will lead the North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, which will collaborate with researchers at the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, 11 other land-grant universities and the Michigan Fitness Foundation. Other regional centers are being established at Colorado State University, Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A national center will be located at the University of Kentucky.

The Ruth Lilly Health Education Center will merge itself into Marian University at the end of this month and by the year’s end will vacate its home just north of Indiana University Health’s Methodist Hospital and relocating to Marian’s campus. The Ruth Lilly center, which provides multimedia programs emphasizing healthy choices, has struggled financially in recent years, losing money in four out of five years from 2008 to 2012. Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment is giving $942,150 to help Marian and the Ruth Lilly center merge. The center will operate as part of Marian's School of Education and Exercise Science. Once the center relocates to Marian’s northwest-side campus, it will focus on providing health education programs in schools’ classrooms, rather than hosting students at its own facility.
 

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