IHIF - Assisting Indiana’s Bioscience Industry and our Members  
Hello IHIF members and friends! We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. We are delighted to finally return to our regular newsletter, the INForum , and hope you will continue to follow along with us on the latest news, company updates, events, and funding opportunities. 

Over the past weeks and months, the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) has worked closely with industry members to address critical public health needs and meet public policy challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. IHIF is not a state funded entity and is in operation due to the support of its members and purchasing program revenue . Thanks to your support, IHIF continues to be a strong and valuable organization during this uncertain time, including serving as a connector and resource in the community.

The following is a summary of how IHIF has been working with, and on behalf of, our members and Indiana’s broader life science business community:
  • Working with state and national partners to draft language in the State’s Essential Business order to include med tech and bioscience organizations.
  • Supporting national legislation to keep international supply chains open and to make sure small businesses were eligible for critical financial assistance during the shutdown.
  • Creating our COVID-19 Toolkit, with essential information for life science businesses.
  • Connecting members and non-members to critical talent opportunities, professional services such as regulatory & legal affairs, small business funding programs, much needed equipment and supplies, as well as providing guidance on how to operate and maintain essential operations.
  • Facilitating supplier/buyer connections for companies seeking to produce ventilators and parts, PPE, sanitizer, diagnostic tests, other critical goods and services, as well as creating our Needs/Resource matching Center and Service. We are proud to have directly assisted 60 companies since mid-March.
  • Partnering with national organizations to bolster substantial members-only cost savings programs with COVID-specific services.
  • Engaging with Local, State and Federal government representatives as we advocate for the good of Indiana’s bioscience community and connect members to their representatives.
  • Supporting further engagement with One Health initiatives to better understand the origins and impacts of zoonotic diseases.
  • Enhancing visibility of member news, activities, and informational webinars through our series of COVID Updates.

We thank you too for your contributions to Indiana’s bioscience community – you are, in every aspect, “essential businesses”, to us, to the state, and to patients around the world. We very much look forward to connecting with you again soon. Until then, please reach out to us with your questions or needs, and we look forward to emailing, speaking, and/or virtually interfacing with you.

Please know that your support is critical to maintain IHIF’s 26 years of service as Indiana’s only statewide bioscience trade association. You can show your support now by joining IHIF or renewing your membership .  Rebuilding will take time and effort but together we can make sure Indiana’s bioscience and med tech sectors remain strong and united!   
Meet Dr. Michelle McMurray-Heath, BIO's new President and CEO

On June 1st, BIO marked a turning point in the organization's history by adding Dr. Michelle McMurray-Heath as the organizations's new President and CEO, replacing Jim Greenwood. We thank Jim for his 15 years of service and wish him all the very best. Over the past few weeks we have been getting to know, "Dr. Michelle", and can't wait for you to get to know her as well! We're sure she'll knock your socks off!

Get to know BIO's new President and CEO - YouTube video (1:49)

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

BIO’s sister organization, the  International Council of Biotech Associations (ICBA) , the coalition of biotechnology trade associations around the world, launched a new destination for you to learn about global collaboration against the coronavirus. 

The goal is to elevate the contributions of the global biotech sector to the pandemic response by collating resources from ICBA member organizations around the world—including BIO’s new COVID-19 Tracker .
Holcomb Outlines $44M Relief Initiatives
Governor Eric Holcomb has announced a series of economic recovery initiatives he says will boost COVID-19 relief efforts. The state is providing nearly $44 million for the effort, which includes grants and investments to small businesses and manufacturers. 

Source: Inside INdiana Business
As a small contract research organization, B2S Life Sciences continues to ... “We've worked with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. on tax ...
AIT Bioscience is a premier contract research organization located right here in Indianapolis, IN. Our state of the art lab tests samples collected as part of preclinical and clinical trials to allow sponsor companies to ascertain safety and efficacy. We are proud to be part of the effort to develop treatments for COVID-19. Below are 2 recent press releases detailing some of our involvement in this critical area of drug development.

By Joshua Hall, Senior Writer, TechPoint

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BIO/TEConomy Jobs Report 2020
Strong Bioscience Jobs Numbers Keep Indiana in Top Tier of States
June 8, 2020 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN  –The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today released its ninth biennial report, “ The Bioscience Economy: Propelling Life-Saving Treatments, Supporting State & Local Communities ”, which highlights Indiana as a top state for the biosciences. The report studies the state of the U.S. bioscience industry and its associated innovation ecosystem at the national, state, and metropolitan area levels.  According to the report, “Indiana’s large and highly specialized bioscience industry experienced modest growth in recent years to reach more than 59,000 jobs in 2018. The industry is 49 percent more concentrated in Indiana relative to the national average (location quotient is 1.49), and its strengths across the biosciences are diverse”. 

One person’s efforts could fund work that saves thousands of lives.

One in three Americans will battle cancer in their lifetime. It can be hard to believe that a single person can make a difference. But funding just one research breakthrough, or one study with the right outcome, could potentially save thousands of lives. ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer is a movement that engages women to raise funds to directly support cancer researchers – women cancer researchers.

©ResearcHERS is a cancer-fighting program that empowers women to raise money for female researchers. By participating, you could actually fund the next cancer breakthrough that saves thousands of lives. Nominate yourself, or another go-getter who can raise the funds needed to keep vital research moving forward.

Member News
New research from IBRI identifies two drug classes that could be re-purposed for T1D treatment
JDRF sponsors research that finds interferon-α promotes rapid changes in chromatin, triggering autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes

Lilly Receives Three FDA Approvals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded three new approvals to Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY). The pharmaceutical company says the approvals will benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer, among others. 

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News From Around Indiana

CARMEL - A life sciences startup has announced plans to grow its central Indiana operations. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Carmel-based 3Oe Scientific LLC will invest $500,000 to accelerate the growth of its patented hand sanitizing system technology and create up to 30 jobs by the end of 2022.
Inside INdiana Business
INDIANAPOLIS - A Canada-based biopharmaceutical company has ... “We are excited for POINT Biopharma to join our city's robust life sciences  ...
Pilot News
Indiana has a rich tradition of strength in life sciences , ranking second in the U.S. for these critical exports like pharmaceuticals, medical devices and ...
COLUMBIA CITY - An Ohio-based orthopedic company is planning to purchase new high-tech equipment it says will improve capabilities and help upskill the labor force in Whitley County. Kyocera SGS Precision Tools says its more than $1 million investment will provide greater capabilities and add capacity at its Columbia City facility.
AIT Bioscience becomes one of the few labs to offer High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) to support regulated bioanalysis. Learn More
IHIF's Policy Corner
What We're Following at Home and on the Hill

  • Find your legislators and keep up with IHIF's advocacy efforts - here
BIO Business Solutions provides cost-savings offers to eligible IHIF Members. To learn more about the programs and services available, please click here
Announcing Brex - the corporate card for Life Sciences

Brex is our newest preferred partner for corporate credit card services and is offering our members an exclusive sign-up bonus and waived card fees for life. Brex empowers its life sciences customers to spend less time on end of month closes and more time on life changing R&D. The card offers its customers streamlined reporting functions, rewards and unmatched controls including; no personal guarantee requirements, higher limits than traditional credit cards, instant creation of virtual cards, automatic receipt capture and, tailored rewards such as 3x points multipliers on lab equipment. Points can be redeemed as cash back to pay down statement balance, book travel, or transfer miles to select partner airlines.

Full Member Benefits:
  • 60,000 point signup bonus ($600 value) (FYI - IHIF Memberships start at just $300)
  • Waived card fees for life ($60 p/card p/year)
  • Tailored rewards and points with 3x on lab supplies, 7x on conference registrations, and 4x on travel
  • 5-minute application process (completely online) with instant access to virtual cards
  • No personal guarantee or collateral requirements

SPECIAL!! New content from Brex: "NIH Grant Application Tips | Insights from a Grant Reviewer"
(featuring friend-of-the-Forum, Dr. Guillermo Morales)

One of the biggest challenges facing life sciences companies is finding sources of funding to keep their research and development moving forward. Within the life sciences industry, NIH grants provide a significant source of funding for researchers looking to get their idea off the ground. Brex recently sat down with Innoventyx CEO and frequent NIH grant application reviewer Dr. Guillermo Morales, PhD, MBA to share his insight into crafting a successful grant proposal in the life sciences industry.

Read the full article at  this link , and to learn about the unique and distinctive features of Brex's Corporate Card for Life Sciences, email  bio@brex.com .
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1:00 pm Eastern

Collecting imaging data on the microscopic scale has become an essential part of any life sciences venture. Images not only provide striking visual insights into the microscopic world, they also contain a host of quantifiable, multi-dimensional information that can be used to improve key analytical processes in multiple areas of biopharma R&D. Find out more by joining a webinar hosted by Jeffery B. Bylund Ph.D., Applications Manager, Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, Nikon Instruments Inc. and Peter Frey, National Business Development Director of BIO Business Solutions, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1:00 pm eastern. 

Registration is available here .
Improving Workplace Safety as We Return to the Office

Whether you want to make common areas safer or optimize office floor plans, Office Depot has got you covered.

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American Laboratory Trading, Inc. (ALT)
Premium Refurbished Laboratory Equipment and Surplus Strategy Services
American Laboratory Trading (ALT), an Agilent Technologies Channel Partner, is a customer-focused, full-service provider of premium refurbished lab equipment and surplus strategy services for the life sciences. With sales, service, and warehouse facilities on both coasts, ALT stocks more than 12,000 instruments ranging from small benchtop accessories to robust triple quad mass spectrometers -- all carefully refurbished and delivered with a one year warranty.

ALT also provides surplus strategy services to some of the largest companies in the life sciences. Services include asset disposition, equipment valuation, decontamination, de-installation, move management, decommissioning, and cleanup. Whether it be the need to dispose of a single item or liquidate thousands of instruments across multiple labs, ALT purchases, consigns, trades, or auctions your surplus equipment to monetize your assets and maximize your ROI.

IHIF Member Benefits  

Equipment Purchase:
• Free one-year equipment warranty
• 15% no-hassle discount on list price*
• 10% additional discount on sale items*
• 5% discount on all Agilent Certified Pre-owned products, up to a maximum of $1,500
• 2% store credit toward future equipment purchases from ALT
   * Agilent factory-refurbished equipment excluded

Surplus Strategy Services:
• 20% discount on surplus services
• 10% bonus on standard consignment split
• 5% bonus on seller’s premium in auctions
• 2% store credit for cash offers on equipment ALT purchases
Founded in 1999 and serving customers in more than 60 countries, ALT is a trusted global partner in premium refurbished lab equipment and surplus strategy services. BIO and state affiliate members can expect significant cost-savings and additional program benefits that can help manage the costs of researching early ideas and developing them into promising treatments.

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!