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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Michigan’s University Research Corridor to Release 6th Annual Economic Impact Report on Wednesday

LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 22, 2013) – Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) — consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – stacks up well against in a study of seven university innovation clusters nationwide, according to a new report to be released Wednesday. The URC Economic Impact Report will be …

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Cloud computing reshaping auto industry

DETROIT – January 17, 2013 – Online Tech, with plans to become the largest data center operator in the Midwest, is expanding as cloud computing reshapes the auto industry. In-car Wi Fi, connected dashboards and more music options are among the data-dependant features highlighted in new and concept vehicles at this week’s North American International Auto Show. Industry …

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GDI Infotech hires new EVP of Sales & Client Engagement to fuel second stage growth

Ann Arbor, Michigan – GDI Infotech, an award-winning company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan announced appointment of Scott Sarasin as EVP of Sales & Client Engagement. GDI Infotech is an Information Technology Consulting and Solutions Company focused on Information Management and Integration. GDI’s flexible delivery models include onsite staffing, offsite project services, and offshore development. Scott …

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A2 Companies Give Their Business Pitches at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Fourteen Ann Arbor region companies participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Three of these companies were finalists and received cash prizes. For the full list of winners, please visit http://www.acceleratemichigan.org. You can view their business pitches in the video below:

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Four Small Companies Awarded Grants for Research Partnerships with Universities

Lansing, MI –The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) announces four Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant awards that will enable research partnerships between small Michigan businesses and MCRN universities. SCIP enables small Michigan-based companies to collaborate with universities on research projects that support the commercialization of a product or service. By awarding matching funds, SCIP …

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Valicor Expands in Dexter, Invests $5 million, Adds 16 High Tech Jobs

Ann Arbor SPARK supported Valicor’s recent expansion by helping the company secure more than $3.5 million in incentives from Scio Township.  As part of its expansion, Valicor, located in Dexter, Mich., will invest $5 million in the expansion add 16 new jobs, mostly in research and chemical engineering. Valicor was founded in 1997 as an …

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MichBio Expo Brought the Who’s Who in Michigan Biotech

East Lansing, MI — MichBio, the association for Michigan’s biosciences industry, welcomed approximately 300 bioscience professionals and service providers to its eighth annual Expo & Conference held November 7-8 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. The MichBio Expo is the largest annual gathering of Michigan bioscience industry professionals. The first …

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Nutriinfo promotes healthy holidays with Holiday Health corporate challenge

Nutriinfo.com is offering an 8 week corporate Wellness challenge event as a part of its wellness campaign  to help everyone in the community get healthy! Holiday Healthy Eating Challenge is specially designed to help you enjoy the holidays guilt free. During this challenge, you will be able to track your food and exercise, monitor your health indicators, …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes 11 FastTrack Companies for Consistent Growth

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2012 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. FastTrack awards are presented to companies with consistent records of growth. Recipients of 2012 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2008, …

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Want to find new growth opportunities? The MMA & MEDC can help!

Written by Kyle DeBord, SPARK Business Development Manager The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) roadshow recently pulled into Weber’s in Ann Arbor to provide an update to MMA members on how they can find new growth opportunities through the MEDC’s recently launched Pure Michigan Business Connect program. The program …

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Lakeside Software Nominated Finalist for the Citrix Ready Best of Synergy Award in the Desktop Category

Lakeside Software, a leader in business intelligence solutions for IT professionals, today announced it was named a finalist for the Citrix Synergy Best of Synergy Award in the Desktop category. Winners will be announced next week at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona on, Tuesday, October 16 at the Welcome Reception. Winners will be selected by a …

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