MLSIC Incubator Company Profile: Milad Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC

Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC) — southeastern Michigan’s newest home for innovation-based business — welcomes Milad Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC to its life science incubator. Milad offers clients pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis. Pharmacodynamics explores what a drug does to the body, whereas pharmacokinetics explores what the body does to the drug. The company also …

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Dexter Research & Axiobionics Expand in Ann Arbor, Create New Jobs

Axiobionics and Dexter Research are expanding in Ann Arbor with MEGA tax credits from the State of Michigan. approved today. Dexter Research, founded in 1977, is a leading global manufacturer of infrared thin-film thermopile and silicon detectors that are used in OEM products in the automotive, gas analysis, medical, military and defense industries.   The company …

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Business Incubator Company Profile: Hygieia, Inc.

Ann Arbor SPARK welcomes Hygieia, Inc. to SPARK Central, the Ann Arbor business incubator. Founded in 2008, Hygieia, Inc. is developing an endocrinologist-to-go, called Private-Doc, a glucose meter with unique software that interprets a patient’s blood sugar data.  This allows the patient to change insulin dosages right away rather than waiting to be assessed by …

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Three Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Finalists for Ernst & Young Award

Three Ann Arbor entrepreneurs are Central Great Lakes region’s finalists for Ernst & Young’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year award: Michelle Crumm, president, Adaptive Materials Inc. Judy Ravin, CEO, Accent Reduction Institute L.L.C. Rich Sheridan, president, Menlo Innovations L.L.C. Winners will be announced at a gala event Thursday, June 11 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn.  …

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View Tonight’s Marketing Roundtable Program Live

Tonight’s program, Insight and Campaign Measurement (click on the link to view), will be the first to go live via web cast in the Ann Arbor SPARK Marketing Roundtable series. The meeting will begin at 5:00 pm with the live program starting at approximately 5:40 pm. Learn how to utilize effective insight gathering and measurement …

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Open Source Economic Development and Statewide Cooperation

But our larger focus is ensuring long-term growth and viability for the entire state of Michigan — something that can best be achieved through a process we call Open Source Economic Development. Through our commitment to Open Source, Ann Arbor SPARK will continue to grow businesses in the Ann Arbor region...and help transform Michigan into a national hub of economic activity.

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RealKidz CEO receives Pioneer Spirit Award

RealKidz is the first company to provide a complete line of clothing to plus-size girls between the ages of 5-12, which will eventually include an online social network for the parents of these children. RealKidz is a Direct Selling company that markets its clothing through a network of independent style consultants who hold Home Fashion Parties for girls ages 5-12. While the company's focus is on serving the plus-size market, it provides fashionable, age-appropriate clothing for all shapes and sizes of girls through its home parties.

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Another Successful Boot Camp

Despite our extensive experience, we got a tremendous amount of knowledge, insight and constructive feedback from the drill instructors, mentors and speakers who conducted the BOOT CAMP program along with our fellow campers. ( there are always opportunities to sharpen your skills and increase your knowledge) The BOOT CAMP has forced our team to focus our efforts more clearly on the launch of our new spin off company Nanomag LLC. Another benefit of the camp is some great networking opportunities with both current and past BOOT CAMPERS that we continue to foster and follow up on. The quality of the program in terms of content and the expertise of the instructors are exceptional. We are very fortunate to have SPARK and it’s extensive support programs available to entrepreneurs in the Ann Arbor area. We will definitely take full advantage of SPARK’s assistance as we continue on our journey to sustainable commercial success as a new company. Steve

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New Michigan Loan Program for ‘Nearly’ Bankable Companies

Typically, lenders underwrite using historical cash flows from a firm’s traditional business to calculate debt service coverage ratios, while “factoring down” projected cash flows of potential new projects as “too speculative.” This practice impedes the ability of businesses to diversify, especially during a slow economy. The Michigan Loan Participation Program (MLPP) was designed to address this obstacle.

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Three Michigan Companies Expand in Ann Arbor

Three Ann Arbor-based companies are planning to expand in the region with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. Velesco Pharmaceutical Services, CAS-MI Laboratories and Essen Instruments were all approved today for MEGA tax credits from the State of Michigan. “It is exciting news and a testament to the strong entrepreneurial culture supported in the …

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Three Ann Arbor Companies Receive Support From Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund

Three more Michigan start-up companies have received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  To date, 34 Michigan companies have received critical seed funding through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s 15 SmartZones. •    White Pine Systems, sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK, received $225,000.  White Pine Systems is an internet-based medical …

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Welcome to the SPARK East Open House

SPARK East is hosting its official open house. This business incubator blends affordable office space, essential business services and business development guidance to new businesses. SPARK East is the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network.  Our other incubators include the Michigan Life Science Innovation Center north of downtown Ann Arbor and SPARK Center, …

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