Swift Biosciences Announces $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds Will Support Development of Next Generation Sequencing and Molecular Diagnostic Products Ann Arbor, MI – October 17, 2013 – Swift Biosciences, Inc., a Michigan-based life sciences company, today announced the recent completion of a $7 million Series B financing led by Fletcher Spaght Ventures.  Also joining in the B round of investment was Renaissance Venture Capital …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Offers Website Tools for Business Owners, Job Seekers

Ann Arbor SPARK recently launched its redesigned website, AnnArborUSA.org.  The new website features enhanced tools for businesses and job seekers. “The website is one of the most critical tools we have to engage our varied audiences, which include entrepreneurs, businesses, and talent,” explained Donna Doleman, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president of marketing. “It continues to …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded IEDC Excellence Award for New Media Marketing

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored for its New Media marketing efforts with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Details on Ann Arbor SPARK’s new media marketing strategy are offered in a new video: “Ann Arbor SPARK markets the region to a diverse audience, including entrepreneurs to …

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GaN Systems appoints Vqdot as Applications Development Partner to advise on gallium nitride in high-performance power supplies

OTTAWA, Ontario – October 2013 – GaN Systems Inc, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has appointed US engineering consultancy Vqdot as an Applications Development Partner.  Michigan-based Vqdot specialises in the development and testing of high-performance power supplies and will partner with GaN Systems to advise companies on the use of gallium …

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New Expertise Portal Quickly Connects Businesses with Experienced Researchers and High-Tech Facilities at Top Michigan Universities

Michigan Corporate Relations Network and Elsevier develop a unique database to help bolster economic growth Michigan’s leading research universities and Elsevier have developed a free online portal enabling companies in Michigan and around the globe to tap into the expertise of the universities’ faculty researchers, high-tech facilities and other academic resources responsible for $2 billion …

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Universal Marketing Group Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Hire 150 by End of Year

Universal Marketing Group is opening a new call center in Ann Arbor, where the company expects to hire 150 by the end of the year.  The company, which is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, was awarded $600,000 in incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to support its expansion in to Michigan. “Attracting a rapidly growing …

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Four good reasons to attend the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Event

The excitement is building. Entries are in and we are gearing up for Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Event November 12 -14, 2013. Now in its fourth year, Accelerate Michigan is an international business competition that brings together entrepreneurial companies with local and national investment capital. It showcases the best and brightest new businesses to help foster …

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Connected Vehicle Research Center Planned on Site of Former Willow Run Powertrain Plant

A consortium led by Ann Arbor SPARK that includes RACER Trust, Devon Industrial Group, and Walbridge Development, today announced that the former Willow Run Powertrain plant is the proposed home for a technologically advanced connected vehicle research center.  This project could become a hub of research and development for the vehicles of tomorrow and a catalyst …

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InfoReady Launches CompetitionSpace to Simplify Competition Management

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 25, 2013 – InfoReady Corporation expanded its offerings in research collaboration today with the launch of CompetitionSpace, a configurable and scalable solution designed to simplify the management of funding competitions at universities. Influenced and shaped by research administrators, universities are now able to customize all competitions to meet their needs in …

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Variant Partners is celebrating 43 years of business in the staffing industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MAY 9TH, 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MI – Variant Partners, a franchise of the MRI Network™, is celebrating 43 years of business in the staffing industry this Thursday, May 9th, 2013.  This type of longevity in the business is rarely seen.  Chairman of the Board, Sam Sarafa, started the franchise in …

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Congressman John Dingell looks to the future with Ornicept

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Dingell, the author of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, legislator of the first International Wildlife Refuge, and an avid outdoorsman, looks to the future with Ornicept to bring big data management to natural resources. Founders Russell Conard and Justin Otani presented this new technology to the Congressman on Monday, April …

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New Primers Provide Enhanced KRAS Assay Sensitivity

Swift Biosciences, Inc. has announced the third product its line of myT® Primer reagents for the detection of cancer mutations. myT KRAS provides 1% sensitivity for 7 key mutations in codons 12 and 13 with little or no breakthrough amplification from wild-type, resulting in an assay with a definitive Yes/No answer over a wide dynamic …

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Blaze Medical Devices strengthens management team

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 3, 2013 – Blaze Medical Devices is pleased to announce the addition of two distinguished business leaders as “Board Advisors” to its team. Paul A. Glantz, CPA, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with High Distinction from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Walsh …

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NWP Expands Ann Arbor Office to Serve Commercial and Multifamily Clients

COSTA MESA, Calif. – March 26, 2013 – NWP Services Corporation (NWP), a leading provider of utility cost recovery and management solutions to the multifamily and commercial real estate industry, today announced the signing of a lease with Oxford Companies on a 10,000 sq. ft. office in Eisenhower Corporate Park on the south side of …

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MyBuys Sees Strong Returns on Investment in Ann Arbor

MyBuys, Inc., founded in San Mateo, Calif. in 2001, began building out its Ann Arbor operations in 2007. From its first humble space at Ann Arbor SPARK Central’s business accelerator to its current location in the heart of downtown, the company has been on a growth trajectory, fueled by the region’s deep talent pool – …

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AIGA Detroit Graphic Designers Donate Services: Two Days of Creative Collaboration

Detroit, Michigan, February 25, 2013 – AIGA Detroit just launched a competition open to Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that contribute to the Detroit tri-county area called impact 48. Impact48’s goal is to bring together the Detroit region’s most talented design professionals to donate their time for 48 hours to help one lucky non-profit to collectively create …

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Swift Biosciences Announces Launch of New Product

Swift Biosciences, Inc. today announced the launch of the Accel-NGS™ DNA Library Kit, the first product in a new line of kits for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sample preparation.  NGS users can now produce PCR-free libraries with as little as 5 ng of input DNA.  The highly efficient Swift adaptation technology eliminates the need for …

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Lakeside Software adds Nutanix, Unidesk and World Wide Technology to SysTrack MarketPlace

Three join other leading technology vendors using SysTrack as a single source for detailed reporting quantifying hardware, software and service infrastructure performance Bloomfield Hills, Michigan ― February 26, 2013 ― Lakeside Software, a leader in big data analytics for IT professionals, today announced integration agreements with leading technology vendors Nutanix, Unidesk and World Wide Technology …

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Paul Krutko Leads March of Dimes in Washtenaw County Effort to Improve Health of Ann Arbor Babies

Press release provided to SPARK by March of Dimes Ann Arbor, MI (1/28/2013) – More than 15,000 babies will be born premature in Michigan this year, and business leader Paul Krutko is working with the March of Dimes to change this. Paul, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, knows how important the March of …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $1M to Create Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 24, 2013 — ANN ARBOR, MICH — Ann Arbor SPARK was awarded $1 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support its business incubator activities via the creation of the new Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative (WCIC).  The Michigan Strategic Fund award is designed to stimulate the creation and continued growth …

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