IHIF members are eligible for discounts and savings on a wide variety of products and services geared towards life sciences companies and general business needs. From lab supplies and insurance to office supplies and credit cards, there is something here for most every company. Explore your options and enjoy the benefits of being an IHIF member!
Compass 2025 Survey

IHIF is kicking off it's next statewide strategic plan! In keeping with past efforts, we like to begin by asking for your feedback on the issues and challenges that concern you the most and hear your ideas on what might be the best solutions. Given the challenges of the pandemic, we are also interested in hearing how that has affected your business planning. We are seeking broad input from all corners and sectors of the life sciences industry in Indiana, so please take just a few minutes to complete a brief survey! Compass 2025 will be presented in the fall and the results will be used to help direct IHIF programming and actions.
COVID Updates
COVID-19 VACCINE SUPPLY CHAIN: HOW WE WILL VACCINATE THE GLOBE
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the global vaccine supply chain in an unprecedented way. As billions of people need vaccines around the world, the demand for raw materials, manufacturing capabilities, and distribution capacity has skyrocketed. To ensure
people get safe and effective vaccines as quickly as possible, biotechnology companies have leveraged global partnerships and innovative collaborations to reach patients all around the world. It is critically important to support the ability of innovators to scale up manufacturing. Vaccine makers are set to produce nearly 11 billion doses — that’s enough supply to vaccinate all high-risk patients across the globe. And there’s even more to come as additional new vaccines are expected to be approved for use.
Learn More (Infographic Source: BIO)
A Declaration from Members of the World’s Biotechnology Sector On Global Access to COVID Vaccines & Treatments and the Role of Intellectual Property
The FDA has given emergency use authorization to Roche for its cobas SARS-CoV-2 Nucleic acid test that can screen symptomatic and asymptomatic people in 20 minutes.
Full Story: Seeking Alpha (free registration) Source: AdvaMed Smartbrief
IHIF's Policy Corner
What We're Following at Home and on the Hill

IHIF Actions
  • IHIF joined a sign-on letter in support of Multi-Cancer Early Detection legislation
Lawmakers have reintroduced a new version of the Verifying Accurate, Leading-edge IVCT Development Act, a bill that would create a risk-based oversight framework for diagnostics and in vitro clinical tests, including lab-developed tests, and would give the FDA authority to regulate IVCTs. AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker said the bill "calls for smart reforms that will incentivize and improve the development of the advanced, reliable tests patients depend on, regardless of where those tests were developed."
Full Story: MedTech Dive (6/25)  
Member News
Ivy Tech Bloomington Announces Certificate Programs Now Eligible for State Grant Program

Sarah Cote, Dean of the Ivy Tech School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Applied Science & School of Public Affairs and Social Services announced that all three biotechnology certificates (Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, Medical Device Quality, and Regulatory Affairs) were approved for inclusion in the state's Workforce Readiness Grant. Qualified individuals can now complete a certificate for free! More information on qualifications and how to sign up can be found here - Next Level Jobs Bloomington - Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
FAST BioMedical Selected for MedTech Innovator Program

MedTech Innovator has announced the 50 companies chosen to take part in its showcase and accelerator program. As part of the four-month program, MedTech Innovator will award up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes during the final competition, to take place at AdvaMed's The MedTech Conference.
Full Story: Medical Design & Outsourcing (6/15)  
Inotiv Growing Pathology Services
West Lafayette-based Inotiv Inc. (Nasdaq: NOTV) says it is expanding its pathology services. The contract research organization says it will now offer medical device pathology as it continues to provide support for medical device clients following its 2019 acquisition of Pre-Clinical Research Services Inc. in Colorado. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Lilly Drug Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation for donanemab, an antibody therapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease from Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY). The designation aims to expedite the development and review of drugs that are intended to treat a serious condition. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Barnes & Thornburg Expands National Footprint, IP And Life Sciences Teams With New Boston Office
Barnes & Thornburg has announced the opening of a Boston office, its 20th in the U.S., with six partners. The new office is anchored by the addition of highly experienced intellectual property partners Ronald E. Cahill, Heather B. Repicky, Rory P. Pheiffer and Derek Roller who join current partners Robyn S. Maguire and Matthew Leno. Boston is a critical market for the life sciences sector; the Boston office will reflect the firm’s established and growing intellectual property and life sciences practice as well as its corporate M&A, investment fund formation, commercial litigation and white collar practice groups.

Read More (Source: Barnes & Thornburg)
The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute deploys Insilico PandaOmics AI for target discovery
Insilico Medicine, a global leader in deep learning for drug discovery and development, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a research collaboration with the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI). The IBRI will use Insilico's generative machine learning technology and proprietary PandaOmics Drug Discovery Platform to identify novel therapeutic targets implicated in a variety of diseases, OMICS data analysis, and systems biology research.
OpenTrons – Laboratory Automation Solutions
Promotional Offer for IHIF Members: FREE pipette with OT-2 robot order!
Introducing the OT-2, your personal pipetting robot.
Lab-Crafters showcases our I-FLEX System, showing you all it can do. It truly allows for quick change as your lab requirements change.

This animated video will take you through all the features of an individual bench. 

Please reach out to Betsy Fouts with any questions, suggestions, or comments. 
Needed: Cell Culture Lab Adjunct Faculty 
 


Where: Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington 
When: Fall Semester (Aug 18-Dec 14), Thursday Evenings 5:30-9:20 PM 
 
Pay: The faculty member will be paid for each hour in the classroom (4 hours per week). The rate is around $35-43/hour depending on education. 
 
Lab lessons and activities available. Lab technicians prepare needed materials (at your request) for your students to use during lab. You will be responsible for implementing lab introductions and experiences, grading labs as well as developing, implementing, and grading lab exams. You will also need to communicate attendance and grades to the lecture instructor. 
 
Required credentials: 
A qualified faculty member in biotechnology meets all three of the following criteria: 
  1. Possesses an earned master’s or higher degree, from a regionally accredited institution, in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, or a related field; and 
  2. Completed 18 graduate semester hours in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, and/or microbiology; and 
  3. Has two or more years of experience in the field. 
 
Interested individuals, or those with questions, should contact Sarah Cote at scote@ivytech.edu
Industry News
Worth a Read: Find out what trends emerged in the 2021 Life Sciences Workforce Trends Report from CSBI . Download the report here.  
Italian Manufacturer, Stevenato Group, to Build $145M Plant in Fishers
An Italian life sciences company is planning to establish its new U.S. hub in central Indiana. Stevanato Group says it will invest up to $145 million to build and equip a 370,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Fishers and create more than 230 jobs by the end of 2025.

The company, which provides drug containment, drug delivery and diagnostic services for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences industries, says the facility will support the expansion and production of its EZ-Fill solutions.

Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Life Sciences Company Growing its Fishers Facility
Australia-based Telix Pharmaceuticals Inc. says it plans to add 20 executive-level and administrative positions to its U.S. headquarters in Fishers. The company, which manufactures radiopharmaceuticals used for medical imaging and the treatment of some cancers, established the facility in early 2020. Read More
Startup to Expand Portfolio of Medical Instruments
Warsaw-based RAZOR Medical Instruments Inc. has raised over $2 million in a Series A round of funding. Investors included Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures and several angel investors. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Abbott to Cut Ribbon on Westfield Manufacturing Plant
State and local officials will today join executives from Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) to mark the opening of the company's new manufacturing facility in Westfield. The medical device maker announced plans in 2019 to invest more than $37 million to build the plant and create 450 jobs by 2024. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Servicing medical devices covers a broad range of activities necessary for maintaining or repairing products to ensure their continued safe and effective functioning. Remanufacturing, on the other hand, involves a significant change to a device’s intended use or its safety or performance specifications, which carries implications for its regulatory status ... Read more➔
(Source: Emergo)
Medical Device Maker Begins Noblesville Expansion
A Noblesville-based medical device manufacturer has broken ground on its corporate headquarters expansion. Nexxt Spine LLC says the new space will provide expanded capabilities for surgeon training and education and double manufacturing capacity. Read More (Source:Inside Indiana Business)
The Fishers City Council tonight will consider issuing $27 million in bonds to acquire 75 acres for a life sciences business park and to purchase a separate high-profile property along Allisonville Road. Following a year-long run of announcements about new and expanding life sciences companies, city officials are planning to develop a life sciences business park anchored by Stevanato Group’s planned $145 million pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. The city plans to purchase the 75-acre corn farm for $16 million, give half the property to Stevanato and then work with Fishers-based Sunbeam Development Corp.—the property’s current owner—to attract additional pharmaceutical and life sciences companies to the site. IBJ’s Kurt Christian has the story.
IU Health Opens Medical Device Security Lab
Indiana University Health has opened a new laboratory to test the security of medical devices. The health system says the lab, located at the 16 Tech Innovation District in Indianapolis, will research technology solutions to combat the increase in cybersecurity threats on internet-linked devices such as infusion pumps, blood pressure monitors and EKG machines. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
Quantigen Expanding Fishers Headquarters, Adding Jobs
A Fishers-based life sciences company has announced plans to relocate and expand its headquarters. Quantigen Biosciences says it will invest $2.5 million to move to what it calls a state-of-the-art facility at the Round Room building in Fishers and add 30 jobs by the end of 2023. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business)
We asked OEMs and contract manufacturers to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that come with broadening your additive manufacturing outlook. Read More (Source: OrthoWorld)
AgriNovus Seeking Teams for Innovation Challenge
AgriNovus Indiana is looking for teams to participate in its second annual Producer-Led Innovation Challenge. This year's competition, which comes with a $25,000 grand prize from the Purdue Foundry, challenges the tech community to make Carbon markets more accessible to farmers. Read More (Source: Inside Indiana Business and AgriNovus)
Input Needed: Diversity & Inclusion in Cancer Research and Workforce  

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Equity and Inclusion Program seeks actionable recommendations to enhance cancer health disparities research and diversity and inclusion in the cancer research workforce through the following two Requests for Information (RFIs):
 
Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Cancer Research Workforce
Request for Information (RFI): Seeking Stakeholder Input on Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Cancer Research Workforce (NOT-CA-21-067) seeks input on any of the following topics by July 15, 2021. This RFI is open to extramural grantees, staff, and researchers in academic institutions and industry, federal employees, and the public.
  • Lack of diversity in the extramural scientific workforce
  • Disparities in NCI research funding
  • Challenges faced by underrepresented minorities (URM) in the research workforce
 
How to Submit Your Feedback Please follow the submission instructions in the RFI and submit your response by July 15, 2021.
 
You are encouraged to respond to these RFIs even if you responded to an RFI(s) on similar topics. In addition, the program welcomes comments and recommendations on any additional issues relevant to cancer health disparities research and diversity and inclusion in the cancer research workforce that are not specifically listed in the RFIs.
 
To learn more about NCI SBIR’s commitment to diversity, visit sbir.cancer.gov/diversity.
Marian University Received $100,000 Research Grant
Marian University President Daniel Elsener announced the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine has earned a $100,000 research grant from the American Osteopathic Association. Read More (Source: Marian University)
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Upcoming Events
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.

BIO Business Solutions - Special Discounts for IHIF Members
BIO Business Solutions provides cost-savings offers to eligible IHIF Members. To learn more about the programs and services available, please click here. Not an IHIF member? Join today! See the latest deals and offers from our BIO Business Solutions partners here
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About Aon
IHIF, BIO, and Aon have teamed up to bring comprehensive coverage for Executive Liability and Cyber Insurance programs. Aon has undertaken an extensive request for proposal process to vet and select an elite group of insurers based on their ability to deliver distinctive value to life sciences clients. Through these programs, IHIF members can access and benefit from expansive coverage of offerings, and competitive pricing utilizing broad Aon-negotiated policy language, along with a unique array of defined services, all designed to enhance program efficiency and effectiveness through these reputed insurance carriers.
IHIF Member Benefits

  • Members will benefit from multiple carriers competing for their business, without sacrificing coverages or enhancements.
  • Superior claims handling by experience attorneys and claims professionals with extensice life science experience
  • Managed by dedicated Life Science and Professional Risk Solutions team members within Aon industry
  • Industry-leading global resources, technical expertise and industry knowledge are delivered locally through more than 500 ofices in more than 120 countries

Accelerate Discovery with the New Nikon AX/AX R Confocal Microscopes
BIO Business Solutions is excited to announce that its preferred partner, Nikon, has released their 10th generation of confocal microscope: the AX and AX R.
The AX and AX R are the first confocal systems to combine a large 25 mm field of view with 8192 x 8192-pixel resolution imaging for high throughput imaging – more detailed data can be captured in every image.

Exclusive Nikon Benefits for IHIF Members
Enjoy up to 38% off and Limited Extended Warranties for the new Nikon AX Systems. Click here to learn more!

If your company has not already signed up for the BIO-Nikon program, please email save@bio.org or click here to learn more about BIO Business Solutions for IHIF members.

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. 
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