Indianapolis Business Journal

JANUARY 13-19, 2014

There's no more pressing safety issue in sports than head injuries, and yet the diagnosis of a concussion can be slow and subjective. This week, Anthony Schoettle reveals how two Indiana University professors are perfecting a portable system that can test for concussions quickly and objectively. Also this week, Chris O'Malley discovers where all the radio DJs have gone since the automation of the commercial airwaves: They're doing Internet podcasts and enjoying the independence of being their own bosses. And in A&E, Lou Harry assays the IMA's contemporary design galleries.

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Upswing causing slowdown in startups

The number of newly formed Indiana companies slumped in 2013, the first such dip since the recession, but the small drop could actually be a positive sign for the economy. Established companies have more job openings than a few years ago, meaning workers have less incentive to start their own businesses, as thousands did when the economy tumbled.

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Funding drought pinches life sciences firms

Nationally, venture capital investments into life sciences firms totaled $4.9 billion during the first nine months of 2013, down 30 percent from the same period in 2008, according to data from Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Indiana, life sciences firms raised $21 million during the first nine months of the year, far lower than any year since 2003.

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EDITORIAL: Forge ahead with preschool

Gov. Mike Pence said last month that he wants to help young children from low-income homes start kindergarten “ready for a life of learning.” We applaud that goal, and ask the governor and General Assembly to craft voucher legislation that encourages the highest-quality preschools.

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SMITH: Business thrives in pro-family Indiana

Among the more mystifying arguments against a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman is the claim that having such a conversation creates an intolerant tone that hurts Indiana’s business climate. It’s mystifying because as we have respectfully debated this issue, Indiana’s economy improved remarkably.

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Support faith traditions

As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Indiana, House Joint Resolution 6.

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Doctors will have help

While I agree that the “chicken little” message of doctor shortages is misguided, as demonstrated [Dec. 16] in “Sorry, docs, but Obamacare will suffer from a shortage,” Indiana patients only benefit from physician assistants practicing at the top of their license.

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