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BioConvergence® Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
Apr21

BioConvergence® Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

BioConvergence® Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Bloomington, IN (April 21, 2016) – BioConvergence is pleased to announce it has reached its tenth year of operations. Starting in 2006, the company was a service provider to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sectors, and since then has expanded to the animal health, diagnostics, and medical device industries. BioConvergence is a women-owned, small business operating in a 72,000 square foot facility in Bloomington, Indiana.   The company’s service lines include drug formulation development, analytical methods development and testing activities, formulation and filling, labeling and kitting operations, and supply chain management. BioConvergence provides these services to firms of all sizes, from virtual organizations to large pharma, and to companies with needs around the globe. Over the years, the company has played important roles in the development of several products on the market today. BioConvergence focuses on innovation, flexibility, responsiveness, and building customized solutions for clients, always keeping the patient in mind.   “We made it!” Alisa Wright, founder and CEO said. “The past 10 years have been wonderful due to the privilege and trust our clients extended to us and the valuable results our team delivered to our clients. We will continue to expand our capabilities to provide the customer care and tangible value our clients depend on. Thank you to all of our clients, vendors, board members, family, and friends for all the support. We are proud to be a part of the Bloomington community.”   For more information on BioConvergence, visit www.bioc.us/ or contact BioConvergence at solutions@bioc.us. Please follow and like...

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GMP Weigh & Dispense Operations Personnel: “They’re Indispensable!”
Apr18

GMP Weigh & Dispense Operations Personnel: “They’re Indispensable!”

Weigh & dispense operations play a crucial part in pharmaceutical material handling and storage. Weigh & dispense is the process of removing precisely specified amounts of bulk raw material from their source container, and dispensing them into aliquots of specific quantities into other containers. Dispensed quantities are used to provide samples for R&D work, laboratory testing (for material identity, purity, and compendial test data), and material allotments for manufacturing and reference standards. The Weigh & Dispense Operational Environment Large-scale weigh and dispense operations have diverse operational requirements. The volume of requests for dispensed materials can fluctuate widely from day to day. Client schedules change constantly. The ability to dispense many different types of materials in diverse material forms (tablets, liquids, powder), amounts (milligrams to kilograms), and containers (small vials to drums) is essential. Weight tolerances of dispensed amounts vary and can be challenging to meet. A variety of equipment and techniques are used – different personal protective equipment (PPE), balances, utensils, isolators, glove boxes and bags, powder dispensers, peristaltic pumps and tubing, to name a few. Materials have diverse safe handling requirements. Constant, disciplined, and demanding techniques for cleaning and handling are required to prevent cross contamination. Materials being processed may be sensitive to static electricity, lighting, temperature, and humidity. The technical and capital investments required to provide these services with high efficiency and near-zero error rates are easy to appreciate. What may not be recognized, but may be just as critical to success, is the human side of the equation. The Human Element Engineering and IT support, facilities design, equipment, safety programs, proper PPE, standard operating procedures, and personnel training programs are all key in providing a foundation from which to accommodate the complexities of GMP weigh & dispense operations discussed above. But the human factor is vital in making all of these resources work together to provide a weigh & dispense service that can meet these demanding needs. Effective weigh & dispense personnel have specific expertise and well-honed technical skills across a wide range of instrumentation, documentation, material handling techniques, equipment, safety, and cross-contamination prevention procedures. There also are “soft” skills and attributes that are needed in a successful weigh and dispense operation:   Flexibility — Highly variable weigh and dispense operations require people who thrive in an operational environment that is constantly changing. Balance — Successful weigh and dispense specialists need the ability to carry out work procedures in roles that can be repetitive and tedious, requiring focus and great attention to detail. People who can perform well in highly variable and highly detailed functions are difficult to find. Communication — Weigh & dispense specialists are...

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Come to Begin 2 Biz, Business Mentoring Open Hours, at WestGate
Apr18

Come to Begin 2 Biz, Business Mentoring Open Hours, at WestGate

Are you a small business owner, an entrepreneur, or are you interested in learning more about starting your own business? Begin 2 Biz is the perfect event for you. Several regional organizations that help businesses develop have come together to provide free open hours to people just like you! Whether you don’t know where to start or you are a seasoned business professional, these regional groups know how to handle your questions no matter what stage of growth your business is in. Here is a list of the participating organizations that will be in attendance: Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) Indiana Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program IODD’s Technology Commercialization Program Radius Indiana NSWC Crane Division’s Small Business and Technology Transfer programs Bloomington Economic Development Corporation Ivy Tech’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship (Bloomington) Purdue University’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Purdue Foundry University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center Begin to Biz will take place April 19th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at The Lock & Key in WestGate Academy. This event will occur every third Tuesday of the month. Begin 2 Biz is free and open to the public to attend. No appointments are necessary.  The Lock & Key is a collaborative coworking space that is currently accepting members. Located just outside of NSWC Crane, it is the perfect place to work, meet, start, or grow your business. WestGate Academy 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562 For more information, please contact Sarah Miller at sarah.miller@stimulusengineering.com. Please follow and like...

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Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications
Mar31

Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications

Bloomington Innovation Conference to highlight IU research with potential commercial applications March 29, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Researchers from across all academic disciplines at Indiana University Bloomington will present information about projects that have potential commercial applications at the second annual Bloomington Innovation Conference on March 31.   The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research organizes the event, which will take place 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT in the Frangipani Room and Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union, Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington. Attendance is limited, and registration is required.   JCITR works with faculty and researchers throughout the IU Bloomington campus to identify discoveries that hold commercial potential and protect intellectual property. It also assists with grant applications, identifying industry partners, negotiating industry contracts, project-management support and increased use of core IU facilities by industry partners. Director Keith R. Davis believes researchers will benefit by attending the conference.   “Presenters will have the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their work through discussions with attendees from both the Bloomington campus and regional industry partners,” Davis said. “We see this conference as a key activity of the JCITR and hope we can foster more industry-academic collaborations in Bloomington.”   Scheduled speakers include Michael Hiles, vice president for research and development and chief scientific officer, Cook Biotech Inc.; Maria J. Blanco, director, discovery chemistry research & technologies, Eli Lilly & Co.; Adam Zlotnick, professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and co-founder, Assembly Biosciences; and IU innovators who received funding through the JCITR Translational Research Pilot Grant Program. Media Contacts Steve Martin Office 317-278-1505 stgmart@iu.edu Source: http://news.indiana.edu/releases/2016/03/bloomington-innovation-conference-highlights-research.shtml Please follow and like...

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Translational Research Pilot Grant Program
Feb11

Translational Research Pilot Grant Program

To All IUB Faculty Members:   The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research is pleased to announce the second year of Translational Research Pilot Grants. This pilot grant program has been established to fund the completion of proof of concept projects that support the development of research projects with industry partners, the establishment of new companies, or strengthen patent applications based on IUB discoveries.   Eligible Projects   All projects in any discipline directly related to moving IUB research or scholarly activities closer to commercialization are eligible. Projects must be based on discoveries that have been submitted to the IURTC in the form of an Invention Disclosure (http://iurtc.iu.edu/forms/index.shtml). Project proposals may be submitted by any IUB faculty member. Project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered and can be used to support research in the Principal Investigators laboratory, or for purchased services from IU core facilities or external vendors.   Proposal Reviews   Pilot Grant applications will be assessed for their scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery, and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property.   Application Due Date   April 1, 2016 Funding will be available June 1, 2016   Instructions for applying can be accessed on the JCEB website: http://jcitr.indiana.edu/opportunities.shtml   We are available to meet with you to discuss potential projects and assist with the filing of the Invention Disclosure. We encourage you to take advantage of this new funding opportunity!   Regards, Keith   Keith R. Davis, Ph.D. Director The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research Simon Hall, Room 100A 212 S. Hawthorne Drive Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 Office: 812-856-4805 Email: keirdavi@indiana.eduJCITR   For more information, see Pilot Grant Program Description-2016 Please follow and like...

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Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow
Jan28

Biosciences Institute Adds Research Fellow

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute has named its first Indiana Research Fellow. Indiana University Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Director Raghu Mirmira will also serve as the institute’s interim scientific director. Mirmira is also a professor of pediatric diseases, director of IU’s Herman B. Wells Center’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Group and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program for M.D. and Ph.D. students. He earned his bachelor’s, M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. As part of his new role with IBRI, he will work with Chief Executive Officer David Broecker to recruit additional research scientists, set up research operations and begin project work. Broecker calls Mirmira a “unique and talented researcher with a track record of building nationally-recognized research centers.” The $360 million institute was launched in 2013, through a partnership among private sector companies, academic institutions and the state of Indiana. Funding has come from companies and organizations including Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE: LLY), Dow AgroSciences, Lilly Endowment Inc., Roche Diagnostics and Indiana University Health. The state has targeted the planned 60-acre 16 Tech innovation district as a permanent location for the institute. To read more on this, visit Inside Indiana Business or the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute. Please follow and like...

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