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Partnership Re-Launches SBIR/STTR Matching Program and Provides No-Cost Technical Assistance for SBIR Proposals

July 30, 2014

Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Jacob Schpok, Executive Director


INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2014) – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann announced today a partnership between the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) which will provide technical writing assistance to Hoosier entrepreneurs for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals. The same initiative will also re-launch Indiana’s Phase I matching program.


Lt. Governor Ellspermann noted, “Hoosier entrepreneurs and small business owners are keys to the continued economic growth and vitality of our State.  Providing technical support to access funding for innovation and technology transfer is another type of assistance that moves businesses forward.”


“The next great business idea is developing in the mind of a Hoosier,” said Eric Doden, president of the IEDC. “It is our priority to make sure that idea is brought to life in Indiana, with the right support system in place to help our entrepreneurs grow their ideas into high-performing businesses. The entrepreneurial spirit thrives in Indiana, with a business climate built on innovation here in a state that works.”


Through this partnership, Indiana companies can receive up to $5,000 in proposal writing or market research assistance from SBIR writing experts up to two times per SBIR/STTR agency. Indiana companies may also receive up to $500 in proposal review services. To learn more about this service, visit


Companies interested in Phase I matching can access up to an additional 50 cents for every federal dollar, up to $50,000 per award, subject to funding availability and eligibility determination. To apply for matching funds, please contact Elevate Ventures (


The highly competitive SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development that has potential for commercialization. This enables small businesses to explore new technologies by providing the incentive of profit from commercialization.


About IEDC

Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.


The goal of Indiana’s 21st Century Research & Technology Fund is to support the resolution of next-stage capital formation issues by co-investing with institutional investors in order to further build innovative, high-impact, high-growth companies. Indiana’s 21 Fund is managed by Elevate Ventures.


About OSBE

Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is “the state that works” for entrepreneurs visit




Media Contacts:

Erik Scheub (OSBE) – 317.232.5679 or

Office of the Lieutenant Governor – 1 North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 234-2082

Pearl Pathways Honored as One of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch

July 21, 2014


July 17, 2014


Contact: Diana Caldwell
Pearl Pathways
Business: (317) 899-9341

Pearl Pathways Honored as One of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 17, 2014)– Pearl Pathways has been recognized as one of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch, an awards program presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Twenty-seven companies from Indiana will be honored as outstanding second-stage companies during the fifth annual Indiana Companies to Watch awards program, held on August 20 in Indianapolis.

Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana’s privately-held second-stage companies, those businesses that are past the startup phase, are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival.

Companies honored range in industries and have headquarters based in 12 counties throughout the state. Among the 27 honored companies in 2014 is Pearl Pathways.

About Pearl Pathways

Pearl Pathways is a comprehensive life science product development services company. Our experienced team is obsessed with expediting life science product development regulatory pathways. We have three business units to serve you:

  • Pearl IRB is a full service commercial Independent Review Board that provides human research IRB reviews, IRB exemptions and waivers, and also offers support for research protocol/ICF medical writing, site assessments, and monitoring services.
  • Pearl ReGXP is a regulatory and quality compliance consulting practice that provides regulatory filing guidance, conducts global health authority negotiations, develops/improves quality systems, and delivers GMP/GLP/GCP auditing services.
  • Pearl IDEAS provides strategic product development assistance, third party vendor selection and management strategies, due diligence services, and sales and marketing services for drug, biologic and device companies.

From 2010 through 2013, these companies generated $379 million in revenue and added 622 employees (both in Indiana and out of state), reflecting a 120 percent increase in revenue and 96 percent increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into a 40 percent annual revenue growth and 32 percent annual growth in employees.

These companies project continued growth in 2014, with a 50 percent revenue increase and 26 percent growth in employees (both in Indiana and out of state) compared to 2013. If their projections hold, these companies will have generated $612 million in revenue and added 764 employees over the last five years — a 301 percent increase in revenue and 185 percent increase in jobs since 2010.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

About OSBEv
Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is “the state that works” for entrepreneurs visit

About the ISBDC
As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College.  Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit:

About Indiana Companies to Watch
Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

To learn more, please visit us at, call us at (317) 899-9341, or email Pearl Pathways is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a WBENC certified woman owned business. For media inquiries, contact Diana Caldwell at


Safis clients win market clearance!

November 12, 2013

Thomas (Tom) Stergar II
Office: 317-777-6203
October 29, 2013

Safis Solutions is announcing that two of its clients, Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq:STXS) and Dermal Life LLC, are cleared to market four products by 510(k) approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Stereotaxis, St. Louis, MO., is marketing its Vdrive™ Robotic Navigation System with V-Sono™ Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) catheter manipulator to help improve the efficiency of cardiac catheterization procedures. This represents the first FDA clearance for the Vdrive family of products, which has been utilized in Europe since 2011. Karen Duros, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, said, “Safis helped lead us through this crucial regulatory hurdle. They are a trusted partner and valued member of the Stereotaxis Team, and we are grateful for their involvement.” The Safis team was led by John Nadelin, Vice President of Regulatory & Compliance. Nadelin expressed, “We are very happy for Stereotaxis. It is very gratifying to be part of the Stereotaxis team whose work is important to improving the lives of not only thousands of cardiac patients, but the physicians that perform these delicate procedures.” Stereotaxis is a healthcare technology and innovation leader in the development of robotic cardiology instrument navigation systems designed to enhance the treatment of arrhythmias and coronary disease, as well as information management solutions for the interventional lab.

Dermal Life LLC, a Florida company founded in 2010 and also a Safis client, has a mission to develop advanced skin care products that maximize skin health. In May 2013, Dermal Life received FDA 501(k) clearance for Hydropermeate™ Topical Emulsion (Rx) with indications for full-thickness wounds, pressure sores, dermal ulcers, including lower leg ulcers; superficial wounds; 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns; dermal donor and graft site management; radiation dermatitis; and minor abrasions. Additionally, Dermal Life received FDA clearance for Answer2Skin™ Sunburn Relief Cream (OTC) for minor burns, including minor sunburns, and Answer2Skin™ First Aid Cream (OTC) for minor superficial wounds and minor abrasions, including cuts and scrapes. Randy Hitchens, Senior Vice President Business Development, reports that “Dermal Life leveraged the regulatory and quality skills of Safis Solutions to select our CMO partner, develop our formulation, create lab-validation-stability batches, pass required-FDA toxicology testing, successfully complete stability testing, file our FDA 510(k) application, respond to FDA requests for additional information and achieve FDA clearance in a 2.5 year period. Our team was highly impressed with the Safis Solutions team of Ping Poulsen, John Nadelin, John Lockwood and John Steichen. Dermal Life has actively recommended Safis Solutions to other health care companies.

Safis Solutions provides consulting services in the areas of regulatory affairs, quality compliance (cGxP), audits, computer system validation, and IT services for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients worldwide. Services successfully executed by Safis have helped more than 150 clients over the past 11 years meet regulatory compliance and quality standards and gain government agency approvals for their products, manufacturing systems, clinical and laboratory systems. Safis originated at the Indiana University Emerging Technologies Center (IUETC), and has been certified as WBE by WBENC, MBE by MSDC, both MBE and WBE by the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis.

For more information, contact Thomas (Tom) Stergar II at 317-777-6203.



ASH Consulting Goes After Chase Mission Main Street Grant

November 5, 2013

Please vote for ASH Consulting to win a Chase Mission Main Street Grant!

The $250,000 grant will allow David Woll and Aleta Hodge to collaborate to present seminars for college students on early stage funding opportunities in 2014 and 2015! Our target population will consist of women and under-served small business owners.


You can vote by either using Facebook or the ASH Consulting Web page


(In lower right hand corner, click on Chase Mission Main Street Grants)



(links to Chase site & then click on Vote Now button, you must vote

via your Facebook account)


Voting period runs until Nov. 15th!

Ivy Tech Fall Life Science Classes Now Available

August 26, 2013

Ivy Tech Corporate College just released its fall catalog. Two courses may be of particular interest to companies and individuals in the life science sector.

Regulatory Affairs Overview

This 9-contact hour course will provide an overview of the laws and regulations that govern the life sciences industry. This course will provide a brief introduction to the regulatory environment for employees in the biosciences sector who do not work in the Regulatory department of your company. The course is scheduled to run on 3 Wednesday afternoons in September.

Biomanufacturing Overview. This 9-contact hour course is intended to provide an overview of the biotechnology industry. This course is designed for more of a general audience, such as your friends and neighbors who may be curious about the industry and who might wonder if a career in it is right for them. This course is scheduled to run on 3 Thursday evenings in October.


These courses are listed on page 6 of the catalog, which you can click here to download. There is a registration form in the front of each catalog or you can register at


Please contact Clint Merkel, Director, Indiana Center for Life Sciences, Ivy Tech Bloomington  or call 812-330-6065 if you have any questions.




Purdue Technology Road Show

August 21, 2013

Presented by the

Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization and

Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana

You are cordially invited to the

Purdue Technology Road Show

featuring new innovations developed at Purdue University

September 18, 2013 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana

9800 Connecticut Drive Crown Point, Indiana

Event is free and includes lunch. Please RSVP by September 11

to Sally Ross at (765) 588-3490, Seating is limited.

DuPont and IQLP Ink Deal to Develop High-Speed Circuit Technology

August 8, 2013

Liquid Crystal Polymer to Target High-Frequency Film Market 


DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials (DuPont) and IQLP, LLC, a division of Interplex Industries, Inc., announced their ongoing efforts to further develop and refine liquid crystal polymer (LCP) thin-film technology for use in high-speed circuit applications.

Read the full Dupont press release here

Click here for more info on IQLP

Notre Dame Announces Biomedical Imaging Partnership – Newsroom – Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

July 26, 2013

Notre Dame Announces Biomedical Imaging Partnership – Newsroom – Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame has established a formal partnership with Bruker Corp., a world leader in scientific instrumentation. The partnership will develop one of the Midwest’s top imaging facilities at Notre Dame. The arrangement, called Bruker at Notre Dame (BAND), will allow the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) and Bruker to collaborate on research, training and new application development.

Congratulations to iGEM Competitors

July 2, 2013



IHIF is so proud to have been a sponsor of a high school team competing in this year’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.  The student team from the McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, in Indianapolis (a Lawrence township school) competed last week at the international Jamboree in Boston.  The students had a great experience and learned so much about synthetic biology and experimental design.  Their project involved the development of a bioreactive cream for the detection of melanoma.  For more on the project, please visit their site –


According to the World Health Organization, 132,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer each year and 48,000 deaths occur from this diagnosis. The development of a yeast based early detection system has the potential to save thousands of lives. Team MCIT Indianapolis is working on a topical cream that will detect the early onset of malignant melanoma. The biosensor system will be developed within a Saccharomyces cerevisiae chassis, using a plasmid containing Firefly Luciferase and Renilla coding that will enable fluorescence in the presence of precancerous cells.  The bioengineered yeast will express the receptor protein FGFR-1 on its surface allowing the device to detect increased levels of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF2) commonly expressed by precancerous melanocytes. Detection of bFGF will initiate the production of Firefly Luciferase and Renilla proteins, which will cause the yeast to fluoresce showing the patient where potential malignant melanoma cells may be located.

If you would like to be a sponsor or provide support for next year’s team, please let us know!


Algaeon Inc. Closes on $770,000 Investment Round

June 4, 2013

June 3, 2013 News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Algaeon Inc., an Indianapolis-based biotech company that has developed algae cultivation technology for use in the nutraceutical and micronutrient markets, announced today that it has closed a $770,000 investment round of funding from early-stage growth company investors. The investment group included City Securities Corporation and multiple individual Angel investors. The funding will support the addition of capacity for sample qualification and animal testing for 3 prospective customers and the design of a commercial scale facility. This sets the ground work for the Company to expand operations and to produce products used as food supplements to promote health and disease prevention for humans and animals.
Algaeon is an early stage company entering its early growth phase. Founded in 2008, the company completed 2 rounds of funding in 2012 for $1.2 Million. The Company has currently completed technology scale-up and is working with 3 customers to secure long-term supply contracts. The company will be seeking additional funds for construction of commercial scale capacity. The first commercial scale capacity will begin operation in late 2013. Capacity will continue to be expanded thereafter to fulfill purchase contracts with industry leading companies. Algaeon’s patent-pending production technology sets a new standard in the industry for efficiency and overcomes the common industry challenges of contamination control and cost containment. Growing demand for over-the-counter health solutions is driving the need for innovative large volume supplies of nutritional supplements. Similarly, there is growing demand for improving animal production efficiency by improving survivability, health and weight gain without the use for antibiotics. Demands in these markets are growing and the industry is having difficulty obtaining sufficient supply. “The markets for our high-value algae derivative products have been growing at significant rates, and the investment will advance our entry into these high-demand areas,” said Paul DeLacey, President and CEO, Algaeon, Inc.

About Algaeon Inc.

Algaeon Inc. is an Indianapolis-based biotech company that has developed a breakthrough patent pending industrial scale microalgae cultivation technology. Unique high value products are currently being grown for leading companies in the Nutraceutical and Animal Micronutrient markets. Algaeon is developing its own cultivation capacity, as well as, licensing the technology for algae farms. For more information about Algaeon visit Source: Algaeon Inc.


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