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COVID Updates and all the latest additions to the IHIF COVID-19 Toolkit

The US government will support a potential temporary waiver of intellectual property protections "in service of ending this pandemic," according to US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who made the announcement of the government's position on Wednesday. "Handing needy countries a recipe book without the ingredients, safeguards, and sizable workforce needed will not help people waiting for the vaccine," said Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
Full Story: The Associated Press (5/6)  
Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for COVID-19 at the World Health Organization, announced at a briefing that the B1617 SARS-CoV-2 variant, which was first detected in India, is now considered a variant of concern along with B117, B1351 and P1. A preliminary analysis suggests ​the B1617 variant, which has three sublineages, is more transmissible, but public health restrictions and measures such as social distancing, limiting gatherings and mask wearing appear to work against the variant, Van Kerkhove said.
Full Story: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (5/10)  (Source: BIO SmartBrief)
Greenlight Guru Selected for National COVID Testing Program
Indianapolis-based Greenlight Guru has been chosen to assist with the National Institutes of Health's Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Tech program to boost development of technologies used for COVID-19 testing. The company is using its quality management software platform to help participants speed up the process toward commercialization. Read More (Source:Inside Indiana Business)
Member News
OpenTrons – Laboratory Automation Solutions
Promotional Offer for IHIF Members: FREE pipette with OT-2 robot order!
Introducing the OT-2, your personal pipetting robot.
IHIF Adds Two to Board of Directors

The Indiana Health Industry Forum has added two members to its current board of directors. Eric Marr, Chief Revenue Officer for 83Bar, a Digital Health (patient recruitment & activation) company, has recently returned to Indiana and is a past-president of the board. He will re-join the organization’s executive committee. Kay Townsend, Principal, with BSA LifeStructures, an architectural engineering and design firm, will also participate in the leadership of the Forum. To view the full IHIF Board list, please click here.
BioFutures 2021 Now Available

IHIF’s annual magazine, BioFutures 2021, is now available! To view a digital copy, please click here.

IHIF would like to thank our partners at the Indianapolis Business Journal and all of our advertisers for their help in making this year’s edition possible.

If you would like to advertise in next year’s edition (publishing in March 2022) or if you have a suggestion for an article or topic you would like us to explore, please contact IHIF.
Inotiv to Acquire HistoTox Labs
West Lafayette-based Inotiv Inc. (Nasdaq: NOTV), a provider of nonclinical and analytical contract research services, has entered into an agreement to purchase HistoTox Labs Inc. in Colorado. HistoTox Labs is a full-service histopathology contract research organization. Read More (Source:Inside Indiana Business)
Kimball Electronics Wins 2021 Highest Overall Customer Service Excellence Award
CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY, a leading industry publication covering the mixed-technology electronics assembly marketplace, recognized companies that received the highest customer service ratings, as judged by their own customers, during a virtual ceremony on April 6, 2021. The awards are presented to outstanding Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers, as well as to suppliers of electronics assembly equipment, materials, and software. Read More (Source: Kimball Electronics)
Welcome New IHIF Members!
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IHIF's Policy Corner
What We're Following at Home and on the Hill



IHIF Actions
  • Outreach to members of Indiana's Congressional delegation opposing HR 3 - on foreign reference pricing.
  • Outreach to members of Indiana's delegation opposing the waiving of Intellectual Property Rights on COVID vaccines.
  • Continued outreach to members of Indiana's Congressional delegation encouraging support for a CMS pathway for breakthrough medical technologies.
Worth a Read: BIO and PhRMA recently jointly released a study outlining the share of investment from the private sector vs. the NIH for medicines that eventually became commercialized. The data are powerful and should cause those who believe that the ‘NIH invents everything’ to think twice.  Read the Report
IEDC Lauds Economic Development Legislation, Increases in Venture Capital Tax Credit
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is touting pro-growth legislation approved by the Indiana General Assembly during the recently-completed session. The IEDC says the measures strengthen the state’s business-friendly environment. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Census: Indiana Congressional Delegation Unchanged
The U.S. Census Bureau has completed processing the first 2020 Census results. Indiana will remain unchanged with nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, based on state population. The Hoosier State is like an isthmus with Illinois, Ohio and Michigan all losing one congressional seat because of declining populations. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Following reports regarding the further delay of the Medicare Coverage for Innovative Technology rule, 37 Democratic members of Congress wrote to acting CMS Administrator Liz Richter calling for the agency to push through with the breakthrough rule as soon as possible and voiced their support for the MCIT. AdvaMed has also gathered comments from investors, politicians, medtech companies and other stakeholders to show support for the rule.
Full Story: MedTech Dive (5/13)  (Source: AdvaMed SmartBrief)
Upcoming Events
IHIF is pleased to support the Catherine Peachey Fund, part of the Heroes Foundation family, as a sponsor of this year's Peachey Porch Party. 100% of the proceeds go to supporting breast cancer research in Indiana! To donate or register, click here
The Indiana Health Industry Forum and Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner to present a monthly seminar series on critical issues in the life sciences. Each month a policymaker or a panel in the field of life sciences will be available to answer questions concerning the major challenges and opportunities in the industry. We hope you will join us.

SAVE THE DATE
 
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – WEBINAR
11:00 am – noon
Free of Charge
The Cost of Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

As a result of the pandemic, 2020 saw a large drop-off in the screening rates for many types of cancer. In general, cancer is easier to treat when identified in early stages and “missed” cancers may be larger or more advanced when ultimately detected. While the impact of the pandemic on overall cancer deaths will not be clear for many years, it has produced both reasons for concern and optimism. Please join us as our panel discusses the impact of COVID on cancer screenings, whether the trend is reversing yet, and how innovation, particularly around multi-cancer early detection, may help current and future patients. 
The MidWest Drug Development Conference
Oct 4-5, 2021, Omaha, Nebraska

The MidWest Drug Development Conference is a highly focused event condensing the best therapeutic research from a vast region into a singular event.

More than a dozen major institutions will present some of their best therapeutic programs and assets. About 50 technologies, delivered in 10-minute presentations, will span a broad range of indications including: inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases, cancer, metabolic diseases, and cardiovascular disease.

The MidWest Drug Development Conference is ideal for pharmaceutical companies and investor groups looking to identify new therapeutic assets and partnering opportunities.

Introducing the Advancing Joint Replacement Surgery QuickFire Challenge - Up to $50,000 Grant Funding

While great strides have been made in robotic surgery, the future of intra-operative surgical solutions for patients undergoing orthopaedic joint replacement surgery has the potential to continue to reduce cost, increase efficiency and improve usability, and simplify procedures.

To that end, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with the R&D organization of DePuy Synthes, announces the Advancing Joint Replacement Surgery QuickFire Challenge. Innovators are invited to submit concepts, prototypes and developed technologies that could potentially address current technology limitations in orthopaedic joint replacement surgery.

Learn More (Source: JLABS)
With the industry preparing for increased activity around partnering events in 2021, due in part to the virtual and hybrid nature of hosted meetings, it will be critical to establish a strategic roadmap for engagement that accelerates the effectiveness of your business development efforts. 

Elevate your presence at BIO’s established portfolio of independent investor and partnering events and attract the attention of hundreds of business development leaders, licensing professionals and investors from across the globe. 

*Please note, IHIF Membership does not qualify for the BIO Member discounts.
BIO Digital
June 10-11, 14-18, 2021

Ready to expand your company's visibility and partnership opportunities beyond borders in 2021? Join the Innovation Stage, BIO Digital's new interactive forum showcasing the hottest companies in biotech!
How does it work? Fast-paced presentations and networking allow you to showcase your company, biotech region, or technology to a global audience of prospective partners ahead of BIO Digital Week. Early access programming June 10-11 includes the new can't-miss Global Marketplace, allowing state and international delegations to tell their stories, plus other exciting tracks that will help your company rise to new heights!
With several options to participate, explore the new Innovation Stage and how your company or organization can get involved.

Working with International Distributors: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

May 20, 2021, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM




Creating and managing a distribution relationship in another country can be intimidating. 
  • How do you find and evaluate a good partner? 
  • What should be included in the contract? 
  • What are some common pitfalls? 
  • How do you minimize your business and legal risks? 

Don’t go it alone and learn by trial and error. This webinar will cover international distribution relationship do’s and don’ts and explain practical strategies to help you succeed in developing global partnerships.

We will discuss topics like: whether to allow the distributor to control local product registrations, how to plan for transition after termination, what does ‘exclusivity’ mean, practical documentary and structuring tips, and determining when it makes sense to form your own in-country presence and go direct.

FEATURED SPEAKER:       
Matt Levy, Partner, Faegre Drinker
Webinar Announcement:
Opportunities for U.S. MedTech Companies in Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Kazakhstan
Host: US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Date: May 26, 2021
Location: Online - Cisco Webex
Fee: None

Call for Top Innovators
Early Submission Deadline is next Thursday, May 20th, 2021.
If you are a startup seeking early-stage funding, submit your plan for the opportunity to present at Venture Summit \ Virtual Connect Global, the premier venue connecting early-stage and emerging-growth companies with active venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, and investment firms.
Industry News
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a ruling in the Federal Register on April 19, adjusting the identifications of medical software in classification regulations to exclude functions that no longer fall under the scope of the agency’s regulatory authority. . Read more➔ (Source: Emergo)
The FDA has given 510(k) clearance to Zimmer Biomet for its ROSA Partial Knee System, an imaging system used during robotically assisted partial knee replacement procedures.
Full Story: FDAnews (4/21)  
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About IHIF Membership

Now is a great time to become a member of the Indiana Health Industry Forum! Join your voice to over 150 current member companies to impact the strategic direction of Indiana's health science sector.

Membership in IHIF offers a number of solutions:
  • Promote your business, locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Support the industry in the state and contribute directly to its growth and direction.
  • Find others who share your interests and build your business network.
  • Lend your voice to public policies that support innovation.
  • Directly impact your bottom line with significant savings and discount programs exclusively for IHIF members.

To complete a membership application, click here. 
Time to renew? Try it on-line! It's quick and easy! IHIF members can renew their memberships on-line at any time and update information in the Member Directory. Not an IHIF Member? Apply on-line or download an application packet now!