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Singota™ Solutions Expands in Bloomington, Adding World Class Sterile Filling Technology
Mar01

Singota™ Solutions Expands in Bloomington, Adding World Class Sterile Filling Technology

Singota Solutions, a life sciences contract service provider, brings new technology to the US with its sterile filling expansion. Bloomington, IN (February 28, 2017)- Singota Solutions announced it has completed installation of the pharmaceutical industry’s most advanced manufacturing technology for use in filling injectable drug products into vials, syringes, and cartridges. The centerpiece of the technology addition is the Vanrx Pharmasystems SA25 robotic work-cell. CEO of Singota Solutions, Alisa Wright, expressed the importance of this development: “Singota is the first company in the US and North America to have this world class equipment. Being an early adopter of this new technology is not just exciting, but is an essential part of the company’s future growth and our ability to help our clients bring new drug products to market faster.” Chris Procyshyn, CEO of Vanrx Pharmasystems LLC commented, “The Vanrx system was created to manufacture the next generation of innovative therapeutics. Our equipment utilizes the latest advancements in robotics, gloveless isolator and machine vision technologies to automate the filling of injectable drugs into nested vials, syringes, and cartridges. We have been extremely pleased to work with Singota in this endeavor.” Coupled with the installation of the SA25 unit, Singota has completed construction of several thousand square feet of clean rooms and supporting infrastructure. Singota’s Brent Lieffers, Senior Director of Operations said, “We have reached the end of the construction and equipment installation phase of our expansion program and are now beginning validation activities. We expect to attain operational status in the 2nd quarter of this year.” To support the expansion, the company has already added several new job positions with more growth opportunities expected in the near future. Wright added, “We’d like to thank all of our friends, employees, suppliers and contractors for their support. A special thanks goes to Strauser Construction Company of Bloomington, Indiana for a tremendous job on our facility construction, meeting our project needs and an aggressive timetable.” About Singota Solutions Singota Solutions is a service provider to the pharmaceutical, animal health, and medical device industries. Founded in 2006 as BioConvergence, the company is a woman-owned business operating in a 72,000 square foot facility in Bloomington, Indiana. The company’s service lines include supply chain operations, drug formulation development, analytical methods development & testing activities, labeling & kitting operations, and aseptic manufacturing services later in 2017. For more information, visit...

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AB BioTechnologies Expanding in Monroe County
Jan11

AB BioTechnologies Expanding in Monroe County

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Jan. 11, 2017) – AB BioTechnologies, a pharmaceutical development company located in Monroe County, will invest $10.5 million to construct and equip a new 23,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Monroe County, and create up to 33 new high-wage jobs by 2020. The company will add manufacturing services for formulating, filling, freeze-drying, and packaging injectable drugs for Clinical Trial studies.   “This is a fantastic opportunity for AB BioTechnologies, Bloomington, Monroe County, and the state of Indiana,” said J. Jeff Schwegman, Ph.D., founder and chief executive officer of AB BioTechnologies. “We are one of only a handful of companies in the world that will offer all of these services in a small, nimble company format, and Monroe County is the perfect place for us to expand. The presence of a locally skilled workforce and access to graduates from Indiana University and Ivy Tech will assist us in hiring a competent workforce.”   AB BioTechnologies was founded in 2008 and has expanded into an internationally-recognized drug development company in the pharmaceutical industry. With the addition of its contract manufacturing services, the company will be able to shorten the time it takes to transfer a drug from concept to the clinic.   “AB BioTechnologies is an example of the future of Monroe County’s economic potential,” said Lynn Coyne, President of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation. “It began as an entrepreneurial effort and through talent and commitment is becoming an important participant in the global economy, providing quality employment opportunities in our community.”   The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered AB BioTechnologies, Inc. up to $290,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $30,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. Monroe County offered a tax abatement over a ten-year period.   “We are excited to have AB BioTechnologies choose to invest in the county’s westside economic development area,” Monroe County Councilmember Geoff McKim said. “AB BioTechnologies will contribute to our vibrant local economy, and bring new high-wage jobs to Monroe County residents. We are pleased that the company recognizes our community’s skilled workforce, and we welcome their expansion with open arms.”   The company plans to begin hiring early this year for technical and support positions. Interested applicants may apply by submitting a resume to info@ab-biotech.com.   About AB BioTechnologies Jeff Schwegman, Ph.D. founded AB BioTechnologies in February of 2008. Dr. Schwegman had more than 16 years of experience working in the contract development/manufacturing pharmaceutical industry before launching AB BioTechnologies, initially a teaching and consulting firm. AB BioTechnologies started small and budget efficient in the back bedroom of Dr. Schwegman’s home. In early 2010 the first...

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Mayor Hamilton Announces Signed Letter of Intent with Axia for Gigabit-class Broadband

Bloomington, Ind. – Mayor John Hamilton was joined by Axia CEO Art Price to announce the City and Axia have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop a city-wide, open-architecture Gigabit-class fiber optic broadband service in Bloomington. “I have spoken frequently about the importance of Gigabit-class fiber optic broadband for our city,” stated Mayor Hamilton. “Since January, I have worked with local and national experts to identify, attract and secure the right partner to provide that 21st century infrastructure. I am very pleased to announce today this major step forward for economic development and quality of life in Bloomington. From the beginning we have sought a partner to help us achieve three goals: A city-wide system: leaving no neighborhoods behind in the opportunity to access 21st century technology An open architecture: allowing either through community control or contractual provisions a system that encourages competition and open access so multiple providers can use the city-wide system A financially feasible system: protecting the city’s fiscal future “I believe with Axia we have found a partner committed to these same goals, willing to work with us to build and operate a future-oriented, competition-supporting system in our community,” said Mayor Hamilton. Axia has developed fiber optic communications infrastructure in Canada, the United States, France and Singapore. In Axia’s business model, fiber infrastructure is available to anyone and is shared across the full market. Axia offers reliable, scalable services delivered over high-performing, fiber networks that are designed to meet every need of their customers which include residents, businesses, carriers, and web service ecosystem providers. Axia is exclusively in the internet connectivity business and does no participate in the voice, video or mobility sectors. Major trends in the communications industry are driving the need for open access fiber networks, including demand for high-performing digital connectivity, the growing number and variety of network connected devices, growth in demand for wireless data services and growing use of video and other applications from leading web services providers. Axia will complete a detailed engineering analysis, projected by the end of March, to plan and design the build-out of the fiber network. With a positive conclusion to that step, Axia will conduct a no-deposit-required “expression of interest” campaign to determine the level of resident and business interest in the planned service. Upon reaching a 40% level of expressed interest, Axia will commence construction and operation of the network, which is expected to include an investment of tens of millions of dollars during a 24 to 36 month build-out for the entire city. As outlined in the LOI, the Gigabit-speed, fiber-to-the-premise network is designed explicitly to be an open system that...

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Ivy Tech Bloomington awarded $85,000 federal grant for biotechnology career training in rural high schools
Aug31

Ivy Tech Bloomington awarded $85,000 federal grant for biotechnology career training in rural high schools

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus was awarded a grant of $85,000 through the Indiana Department of Education’s Carl D. Perkins Title IV federal grant program. Ivy Tech Community College statewide received four grant awards total, in the following regions: Bloomington, Northeast, Southeast and Columbus, with a total combined value of nearly $302,000. Bloomington campus funds will be used to develop life science industry career and technical education pathways for rural Indiana high schools. The project will enable high school students to complete six college credits that count toward two Ivy Tech certificates: Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality. The credits also count toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Biotechnology. Additionally, the grant will fund professional development for high school teachers, awarding certification renewal credits upon training completion. Training will enable instructors to teach college-level biotechnology courses and will allow students to earn college credits, complete their education at Ivy Tech, and enter life science careers. Participating schools include Bloomfield High School, Brown County High School, Eastern Greene High School, and Owen Valley High School. Grant funds will cover stipends for 15 high school teachers to attend a two-week intensive summer workshop, stipends for 3 Ivy Tech instructors to develop the workshop, and supplies and equipment. Through Ivy Tech’s dual credit program, the grant will also cover the cost for high school students to earn college credits toward the Ivy Tech certificates. Ivy Tech’s certificates, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality, require 18 credits each. High school students will earn six credits toward them, completing Survey of Biotechnology (BIOT 100) and Survey of Biotechnology Manufacturing (BIOT 102). Upon successful completion, students will be qualified for middle-skill level jobs in pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical device quality. Students can apply their certificates to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology to qualify for higher-skill level jobs, including Laboratory Technician, Quality Control Technician, Research Associate, Quality Assurance Associate, Manufacturing Associate, Process Development Associate, Calibration Technician, Documentation Technician, Inspector, Production Technician, Regulatory Affairs Clerk, Regulatory Affairs Technician, or Quality Investigator. “Ivy Tech’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Medical Device Quality certificates were developed out of industry needs to build a pipeline of employees for middle-skill level technical jobs,” said Dr. Sengyong Lee, program chair of biotechnology at Ivy Tech Bloomington. “Our certificates and biotechnology degree are in demand by area employers, including Cook Medical, Cook Pharmica, Baxter BioPharma Solutions, Boston Scientific, Singota Biosolutions, AB Biotechnologies, and others. Although our biotechnology program has a 96% job placement rate, the growing number of jobs in the industry are outpacing the number of students in the workforce pipeline,” he added. The project will...

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B-Start Kicks Off 2016 Program With Call for Applications

Bloomington, IN (August 24, 2016) – Bloomington’s startup pre-accelerator, B-Start, will open applications on August 29th. The program is open to all Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington students and includes mentorship, consultations with local experts, workshops, and a pitch competition. B-Start is designed to help students launch innovation-driven enterprises and engage in Bloomington’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) launched B-Start in 2015 with a successful inaugural cohort. Five of the original nine ventures are registered and remain in business, with three actively working on the startup. The winner of Demo Day, Critique, developed a cloud-based, online distance education platform that now has more than 30 clients. “The success of last year’s group sets the bar high for a new entrepreneurial cohort this fall” said Dana Palazzo, Vice President of the BEDC. “We look forward to helping these students develop solid businesses and put down roots in Bloomington.” B-Start was recently named a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA)’s Award of Excellence in the category of Innovation + Talent. B-Start staff will head to Roanoke, VA this October to present for a chance to win first place at the UEDA Annual Summit. To learn more about B-Start or to apply visit www.b-start.org. About B-Start B-Start is a pre-accelerator program of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) designed for high-growth, high-potential Indiana University-Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington student startups. B-Start participants are at the earliest stage of their business development and are coached through a rigorous comprehensive process of cohort activities and individualized mentorship over the course of the program to build a foundation for accelerating the growth of their startups. For more information, visit www.b-start.org. About the BEDC The BEDC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. For more information, visit...

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