C/D/H Buys Rochester’s Coil Group

DETROIT — The IT consultancy C/D/H with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids has merged with Rochester-based Coil Group, giving C/D/H a thriving mobility and user experience practice to add to its SharePoint, application development and enterprise architecture services.

C/D/H officials said Coil Group president Jim Brown, developers Scott Holliday and Jim Poponea and sales director Amy Murphy would all be joining C/D/H’s Detroit office in the Madison Block tech area.

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Ann Arbor Startup Offers Phone Case With Retractable Headphones

ANN ARBOR — Do you hate it when you dig in your bag for what feels like forever, only to pull out a tangled mess of headphones?

The Ann Arbor startup TurtleCell offers a solution for the frustration of tangled, broken and lost headphones – the first protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s with retractable headphones.

The case will be available for pre-order on June 3 at TurtleCell.com. Pre-orders include a discounted price of $39.95 — $10 off retail price — and will be available in black, grey, red and aqua.

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Ann Arbor Pharma Startup Reports Progress On Cholesterol-Busting

ANN ARBOR — Cerenis Therapeutics, a French pharmaceutical startup with research and operations offices in Ann Arbor, reported Monday that two Phase II studies of its drug candidate showed positive results in removing cholesterol from the body.

The company said its drug, CER-001 is “complementary” to current treatments to reduce low density lipoprotein, the so-called bad cholesterol, and “may represent a new chronic therapy on top of standard of care” for patients with a family history of high cholesterol due to health problems in eliminating blood fats.

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Advanced Photonix Prices Stock Offering

ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor electronics and optics manufacturer Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE: API) said it has priced a public stock offering of almost 5.4 million shares at 53 cents per share.

API said it has also granted its underwriters an option to sell another
808,696 shares if market demand exists for them.

API said it plans to use the proceeds of about $2.5 million to pay
down debt.

API said Los Angeles-based B. Riley & Co. LLC is acting as sole
underwriter on the offering. A prospectus giving more detail on the
offering will be filed soon with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

API manufactures optical and electronic sensors, devices and
instruments used in the test and measurement, process control,
medical, telecommunications and homeland security markets.

More at http://www.advancedphotonix.com.

Mackinac Day Three: Emergency Management

MACKINAC ISLAND — Cities in crisis were a major focus Friday morning at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

And not just Detroit. The day kicked off with New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu talking about how he’s steering a city still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina nearly a decade ago.

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Poll Shows Snyder, Peters Leading

MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Rick Snyder is 10 points ahead of presumptive Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, and support for legalizing marijuana in Michigan is 10 points behind.

Those are among the results of a poll of Michiganians commissioned by WDIV Local 4 in Detroit and the Detroit News. It was presented by Local 4 anchor Devin Scillian and Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

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Snyder Plugs Road Tax, Detroit Settlement On Mackinac

MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Rick Snyder made an impassioned plea for his Detroit bankruptcy settlement and a tax increase for road repairs Thursday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

“It’s not about Detroit vs. Michigan or Michigan vs. Detroit, it’s Detroit Michigan,” Snyder said of the Detroit settlement, prompting applause.

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Grand Circus: Buy Training, We’ll Train A Detroit Kid

MACKINAC ISLAND — Damien Rocchi first came to Michigan as part of a transition team when an Australian bank took over the former Michigan National Bank.

Now, Rochi is banking on Michigan — and its growth in STEM fields.

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Michigan Tech Prof Building Better Underwater Drones

HOUGHTON — Practically everybody has heard that an underwater drone armed with the best technology on the planet has descended repeatedly to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and that it has turned up nothing.

But if Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles will have a much better chance of getting it right.

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URC Report: 1 In 5 Michigan Jobs Tied To Water Industries

MACKINAC ISLAND — It’s easy to recognize the importance of clean fresh water when you’re surrounded by it — as you are on Mackinac Island, and indeed in Michigan overall.

The five Great Lakes that hold nearly a quarter of the world’s surface fresh water are Michigan’s defining characteristic, identifying the state even on maps that aren’t labeled. And it turns those lakes are also a great driver of the Michigan economy.

At the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the University Research Corridor — the alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — released a report on Michigan’s “blue economy,” showing it accounts for 718,000 Michigan jobs, one of five jobs in the state. Included are “core” water jobs in water science, engineering and infrastructure, “water-enabled” industries like agriculture, fishing, manufacturing and transportation, and “downstream” industries like tourism.

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