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Bloomington- Who Knew?

Bloomington, Indiana, has one of the most significant clusters of medical-device and life-science companies in the nation. Bloomington is home to industry giants such as Cook Medical, the world’s largest privately held medical device maker, which specializes in minimally invasive surgical devices that allow doctors to operate on patients who are too high-risk for major surgery. Also in Bloomington is the startup Morris Innovative, which has designed an FDA-approved medical device that uses a futuristic new bio-tissue (created by Cook Biotech) to help patients heal faster. Other examples of innovation abound: Indiana University pediatric surgeon Mark Rodefeld has invented a tiny pump that keeps a newborn’s blood oxygenated while surgeons repair the heart of a child born with a single ventricle. Aeon Imaging has developed a laser-scanning digital camera...

Program to Train Entrepreneurs

There is a new local program to help the entrepreneur learn about business plan development. The Franklin Development Corporation (“FDC"), a Franklin-based non-profit, announced a new entrepreneurship training program designed to help existing and future business owners develop and grow their businesses. As part of the program, Ivy Tech Corporate College will deliver a 13-week, hands-on course covering topics related to business plan development, including funding, market analysis, cash flow and personnel management. The course will begin in late May and run through early September. At the end of the course, a business plan competition will be held. The top three finalists will receive a cash award and the opportunity for additional funding for their business plan.    ...

Indiana’s Medical Device Industry

I’m new to the medical device industry, and the more research I do, the more I find out I don’t know.  Did you know that Indiana’s medical device industry is the fifth largest in the U.S. according to a report recently released by BioCrossroads? According to the report, the medical devices industry is one of Indiana’s most valuable economic assets employing over 20,000 people, and generating more than $10 billion of annual economic output.  The medical devices sector accounts for more than 40 percent of the jobs in the state’s life sciences industry placing Indiana as the fifth largest state in percentage of medical technology industry employment. What amazes me is the fact that I was basically oblivious that this industry existed until I became involved with a medical device product...

Stelzner and Zuckerberg Slated to Speak at Innovation Summit

  Indiana’s principal IT initiative, TechPoint, has added SocialMediaExaminer.com founder Michael Stelzner to its annual Innovation Summit on Nov. 8. Stelzner, who’s also penned a number of business books, will deliver the opening address. TechPoint also has lassoed the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg—Randi Zuckerberg—to deliver the keynote luncheon address. She’s leaving Facebook to start her own social media company to advise companies on how to best leverage the social media site. Stelzner’s work includes “How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition” and “Writing White Papers: How to Capture Readers and Keep Them Engaged.”      ...