Metabolic Solutions Development Co. LLC has presented new data showing that an investigational drug being studied to treat diabetes, MSDC-0160, had a protective effect on nerve cells in the brain that control movement, balance and walking. These results in laboratory and animal models of Parkinson’s disease suggest MSDC-0160 may have the potential to modify the course of Parkinson’s disease.
The latest awards and certifications earned by Michigan’s technology-focused companies, institutions and groups
DANIEL JEFFERIES is founder of Newmind Group in Kalamazoo. Newmind helps businesses transition to cloud computing to provide help desk, backup, security, and new messaging and collaboration platforms. Jefferies has expanded the six-year-old company to 15 employees, including staffers in South Carolina, Minnesota, and California. Several years ago, Google noticed Newmind’s activity in the cloud computing space and invited the firm to join a pilot of Google’s partnership program that later became the Google Apps Authorized Reseller program. Newmind was named Google’s first authorized reseller in Michigan and one of the first resellers worldwide. Jefferies’ leadership of Newmind has led to several industry awards, including being named on the TC50 List of 50 Top Cloud Computing Consulting Firms Worldwide (2010) and on the MSPMentor 250 List of Top 250 Managed Technology Services Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Mentors (2010). Jefferies was also appointed to the State of Michigan 21st Century IT Advisory Council (2011). He regularly collaborates with Google at its exclusive annual conference, Google I/O, and as a consultant to Google’s certification programs. He was home schooled, completed most of a college degree, and has several IT certifications. More at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.
Metabolic Solutions Development Co. LLC announced that Jerry Colca, co-founder and chief scientific officer of MSDC, presented results of a Phase 2a study at the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery.
The West Michigan industrial economy has turned slightly negative, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of supply management research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.
Police in Kalamazoo are more than two times as likely to stop black motorists than white motorists, according to a yearlong study.
Rob DeWit is president and CEO of the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center in Kalamazoo. The Southwest Michigan Innovation Center is a business incubator and accelerator for life science companies. The center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and has about 75 percent of its lab space and nearly all of its office space occupied. The center initiated its Launch MI Lab, a fully equipped and staffed bioscience laboratory, in late 2012. Five companies have graduated from the center and moved on to become successful startups. Responsible for hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars added to the local economy, the center is expanding its offerings with a $600,000 Michigan Strategic Fund grant awarded in 2012. DeWit has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry starting with the Upjohn Co. and serving the legacy companies in a variety of roles until retiring from Pfizer in 2008 as the R&D site lead in Kalamazoo. In addition to his continuous association with drug safety activities, DeWit led a complete preclinical laboratory in Japan for two years, participated in global acquisition team work, and represented safety interests for consumer health care, manufacturing quality assurance teams, and the animal health divisions of the various companies. He also aided research and leadership functions in the United Kingdom. DeWit started his career with Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis in Ann Arbor. He received his bachelor of science degree from Calvin College and his doctorate in toxicology from the University of Michigan. More at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders/bio_082013.asp
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MichBio, the state’s biotechnology industry group, is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the MichBio Expo in October.
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