Indianapolis Business Journal - September 28 - October 5, 2018

Indianapolis Business Journal - October 5-11, 2018


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Allison fears U.S. military giving Spanish competitor unfair advantage

Allison Transmission is concerned its specialized combat-vehicle transmission production line, which accounts for more than $100 million in annual revenue, is under threat.

Hospitals hit with fines over patient readmissions

Indiana hospitals are racking up millions of dollars in penalties for having too many patients return for care within a month of discharge.

As Sirius XM CEO, Indy exec reshaping in-car entertainment

The company is spending millions of dollars to broaden its foothold as internet connectivity becomes the norm in vehicles, opening up a wealth of opportunities for enhanced entertainment, marketing and data services.

Top Stories

Projects nibble at Hamilton County’s affordability problem

Projects underway in Fishers, Westfield and Noblesville are aimed at addressing the lack of housing options for low- and middle-income earners in Hamilton County, but they will only make a dent.

Naptown Thrift founder, hip-hop artist finds success by blending the two interests

Aaron Marshall has used his passion to fuel his business—and the result is Naptown Thrift, a vintage clothing store specializing in the 1980s and 1990s.

Q&A: Launching a program to help Democratic women

Liane Groth Hulka, 39, thought she needed to do more to help Democrats and so she spearheaded the launch of Hoosier Women Forward, a program designed to help Democratic women become better and stronger leaders in community and professional settings.

St. Vincent to buy 30 acres in Carmel—site of earlier controversy with neighbors

The Indianapolis health system said it has not yet decided how to develop the site, but wants to keep its options open. It dropped plans four months ago to rezone the land after neighbors objected.

Purdue professor, son want to make you healthier with orange corn

Professor Torbert’s Orange Corn has been bred to include more carotenoids, a set of key nutrients that provide color to vegetables and plants and help protect the eyes.

Chief marketing exec to leave IndyCar, IMS at end of year

C.J. O’Donnell plans to leave Hulman Motorsports after a five-year run as chief marketing officer for both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Amazon pay hike raises stakes for competitors in central Indiana

The retail behemoth will begin paying a minimum wage of $15 per hour in November, but local non-Amazon employers say they have strategies of their own for attracting and retaining workers.


Roche is using data-driven diagnostic tools to reshape patient care

The company, which employs more than 3,000 on the northeast side, has been struggling on the diabetes side of its business. To bounce back, it is investing heavily in diagnostics, and is working to commercialize several products it hopes will be game-changers.

Matthew Neff: More lessons learned from the Theranos debacle

Theranos kept the plates spinning longer than most could have, in the rigorous world of peer-reviewed science, by blending secrecy and the appearance of credibility from the supporters Holmes had enlisted. But in the end, no one could have kept all the plates spinning.

Panel discusses opioids, rising health care costs and more

Migraine drug from Eli Lilly approved by FDA

Eli Lilly and Co. received clearance Thursday from U.S. regulators for a new migraine drug that will be the third in a promising class of therapies for patients who suffer from the recurrent, painful headaches.

Endocyte raises another $189M

Employers jump into providing care for workers as health costs rise

Fiat Chrysler in central Indiana is among those offering basic health care for most of its employees and their families through its factory-based clinics.

Silicon Valley companies ramp up forays into health care


Editorial: City must tackle homelessness, panhandling problems downtown

Mayor Joe Hogsett should take the lead on implementing a multi-year plan to end homelessness and take the lead on solutions to curb panhandling.

GREG MORRIS: Indy scooter invasion not for everyone

I'll learn to like winter if the snow keeps the pesky two-wheelers out of harms way.

Sheila Kennedy: Kavanaugh fails the ‘judicial temperament’ test

We The People are entitled to have our disputes adjudicated by sober, thoughtful people who can put aside their own prejudices and emotions, and fairly weigh the relevant facts.

Michael Huber: A pass/fail election exam for IPS

The Indy Chamber is committed to a long-term partnership with IPS, investing in the district without compromising public accountability or transparency.

Michael Blickman: The rules about employees, the workplace and social media

Employees feel more emboldened than ever to use social media to make disparaging comments about co-workers, their employers and even their customers.

HAHN: Preparing for the bear market we know is coming

We are now in the, “We know it is coming; we just don’t know when” phase.

BOHANON & CUROTT: Event-market contracts better than polls at predicting winners

Most all the polls missed Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. The slow death of land-line phones makes it easy for likely voters to evade pesky pollsters.

Letter: Downtown disrupted by scooter anarchy

As a driver I was appalled by the total disregard for safety and rules of the road the scooter riders had.

In Brief

UPDATE: Indiana schools chief rules out running for another term

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick attributed the decision to a "governance structure" that is getting in the way of doing "what's best for kids."

Big gymnasium in downtown corporate campus to be demolished

The owner of the 40,000-square-foot gym says upgrading the facility would cost tens of millions of dollars, and that the cost to maintain it is greater than the property's value.

Conexus Indiana hires two execs to lead tech, workforce initiatives

One executive is expected to help Indiana companies continue their transition into next-generation digital technologies. The other will develop and direct programs that help secondary and post-secondary students, as well as adult workers.


MIKE LOPRESTI: IU football still trying to repeat a 30-year-old feat

The last football victory over Ohio State capped a rare two-year run against the Buckeyes.

Ten films from 2018 Heartland Film Festival highlighted

Select the right films, and attending a film festival is a terrific opportunity to explore worlds of excellence and interest beyond the standard multiplex offerings.

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