Life Sciences

UM Professor Named To MichBio Board

ANN ARBOR—Officials at MichBio, the state’s life sciences industry lobbying group, announced the addition of Lola Eniola-Adefeso, university diversity and social transformation professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, to its board of directors, completing a term expiring in December 2022. The diversity and social transformation professorship was awarded to an inaugural group

By |2020-11-28T13:11:27-05:00November 28th, 2020|Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Priority Health Extends Zero Cost Share Programs, Sends COVID Safety Kits

GRAND RAPIDS—The health insurer Priority Health will continue to offer $0 cost share virtual care and telehealth services, including medical, behavioral health and substance use telemedicine, for nearly all fully funded HSA and non-HSA plans ahead of deductible, into 2021, company officials said. This will now be a standard benefit for most fully funded employer-sponsored

By |2020-11-12T19:41:41-05:00November 12th, 2020|Featured, Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Pfizer Reports Initial COVID-19 Vaccine In Clinical Tests 90 Percent Effective

NEW YORK - Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE gave the world an early Christmas present when they announced initial clinical studies show a COVID-19 vaccine was 90 percent effective. What’s more, in a press release, the companies said based on current projections the pharma companies expect to produce globally up to 50 million

By |2020-11-09T09:02:12-05:00November 9th, 2020|Featured, Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Esperion Loss Grows As Company Starts Selling Cholesterol-Fighting Drugs

ANN ARBOR—Esperion Therapeutics Inc. reported a loss of $85.4 million or $3.07 a share in the third quarter of 2020, vs. a loss of $68.4 million or $2.52 a share in the same quarter of 2019. Revenue was $3.8 million, including $3.3 million in product sales and $500,000 in partner reimbursement. Revenue a year earlier

By |2020-11-09T18:27:04-05:00November 7th, 2020|ESD, Life Sciences|

Grand Rapids Veteran-Owned Healthcare Company Gets $450 Million Government Contract

GRAND RAPIDS - Alliant Enterprises - dba Alliant Healthcare Products - has been awarded a Patient Monitoring and Capital Equipment contract by the Defense Logistics Agency valued at $450 million over 10 years. The contract includes medical products from many of Alliant’s high-profile OEM partners, including Olympus America Inc., Philips Healthcare, Skytron, LINET Americas, Belimed

By |2020-11-01T17:24:53-05:00November 1st, 2020|Featured, Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Michigan Health Info Network Shared Services Adds New Board Member

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services has added Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, M.D. has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. His appointment is effective Oct. 20. Rosenberg, a tenured Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, & Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, was appointed to a three-year term unanimously

By |2020-10-18T14:24:11-04:00October 18th, 2020|Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Michigan’s $28 Billion Life Sciences Industry Was Under Radar – Until Pandemic

ANN ARBOR - Michigan’s life sciences industry grew into a $28 billion sector over decades, but it took the pandemic for many in the state to recognize just how essential it is. “Obviously we’re the industry that’s in the bull’s-eye of it all, whether it’s trying to come up with a vaccine or manufacturing enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) 

By |2020-10-15T16:05:28-04:00October 15th, 2020|Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Ann Arbor Biosciences To Sell New COVID-19 Test – Up To 1M A Day

ANN ARBOR—Officials of Swift Biosciences, a developer of gene sequencing technology, and BillionToOne, a Menlo Park, Calif. diagnostics company, announced that Swift Bioscience will be the exclusive distributor of BillionToOne’s RNA extraction-free, Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) COVID-19 Test Kit for high capacity testing of up to a million tests per day. The test is designed to detect

By |2020-10-04T20:31:50-04:00October 4th, 2020|ESD, Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

GVSU College Of Nursing Receives $500K Grant To Offer Primary Care For Vulnerable Grand Rapids Population

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University's Kirkhof College of Nursing received a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to offer a unique model of integrated behavioral health and primary care to a vulnerable population in Grand Rapids. The two-year grant establishes Project Thrive and offers fully integrated services at the GVSU Family

By |2020-10-03T09:14:10-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Life Sciences, Life Sciences/Biotech|

Drugmakers Would Have To Explain Prices Under Transparency Package

LANSING - Pharmaceutical companies would have to report to the state and the public annually how they set the prices of their prescription drugs under an eight-bill transparency package approved by the Michigan House Health Policy Committee. But the committee rejected, in party-line fashion, several attempts by Democrats to put more teeth into the bills,