ANN ARBOR — Essen BioScience, a developer of cell-based assays and instrumentation used for drug discovery and basic research, has launched the IncuCyte S3 live-cell analysis platform for real-time, automated measurements of cell health, proliferation, movement and function directly inside a standard incubator.
ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor pharmaceutical developer Millendo Therapeutics Inc. has announced the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its drug candidate ATR-101 in patients with endogenous Cushing’s syndrome.
ANN ARBOR — Invicara, the Ann Arbor-based provider of software for building information modeling, announced the release of BIM Assure 1.2, with new features focused on making BIM data validation and reporting easier and faster.
Building information modeling uses digital representations of buildings and sites to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain physical infrastructure.
DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has announced upgrades on 11 cell towers on its 4G LTE network in Genesee, Shiawassee, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties to give customers faster, more reliable wireless service.
The communities of Ann Arbor, Clio, Detroit, Flushing, Gibraltar, Livonia, New Boston, Owosso, Plymouth and Ypsilanti will see improvements. AT&T says the additional capacity upgrades are like adding more lanes to a highway carrying traffic from a customer’s device to the cell tower, resulting in faster speeds and more reliable service.
ANN ARBOR — The United States health care industry added only 18,000 jobs in January 2017, the slowest monthly increase since January 2014, which marked the onset of the expanded coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
That’s the top news out of the monthly Health Sector Economic Indicators, released by the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at the Ann Arbor health care consulting firm Altarum Institute.
ANN ARBOR — Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTC: KBLB) this week announced a long-term lease on property in Texas upon which it will plant 2,000 mulberry trees — eventually creating the food for its genetically engineered silkworms to create its proprietary “spider silk.”
The company expects to see an improvement in materials performance and a reduction in production costs by as much as 30 percent through the use of locally sourced mulberry.
“Signing this lease and opening this new facility brings with it a new era for Kraig Labs and silk production in the U.S.,” said COO Jon Rice. “Establishing domestic mulberry production has long been a key piece of our growth plan, today we are pleased to be able share the success of our efforts in bringing that vision into reality. Over the coming months we will complete the planting of the first 2,000 trees and prepare the facility for the next phase of expansion.”
This property offers the company significant capacity for growth with room for tens of thousands of more trees.
Mulberry leaves are the preferred food for domesticated silkworms. After they finish the larval stage of their development — eating at times their body weight in mulberry leaves in a day — silkworms spin a cocoon that are harvested and unwound as silk. The cocoons are made of a single thread of raw silk that can be up to 3,000 feet long. The fibers are lustrous and almost microscopically fine — around 0.0004 inches in diameter.
Kraig’s silkworms have been genetically modified with several spider genes, so that the silk they spin has some of the same incredible strength and toughness as spiderwebs.
For more information about Spider Silk, visit http://www.kraiglabs.com/spider-silk.
ANN ARBOR — Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ESPR) reported completing enrollment of a new Phase 3 study of about 2,000 patients testing its drug candidate bempedoic acid to treat high cholesterol.
The trial will test the drug’s safety and tolerability in treating patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease whose low-density lipopritein-C, the so-called bad cholesterol, is not adequately controlled with current lipid-modifying therapies.
Top-line results from this study are expected by June 2018.
DETROIT — AT&T Inc. has activated upgrades to bring faster speeds to nearly 100 cell sites around the state.
ANN ARBOR — Despite huge unknowns in whether or when the Affordable Care Act will be repealed and what will replace it, the health care industry in the United States added a whopping 43,000 jobs in December, well above the 12-month average of 35,000 jobs, and bucking a four-month trend of below-average growth.
That’s according to the Health Sector Economic Indicators, released monthly by the Center for Sustainable Health Spending, part of the Ann Arbor-based health care consultants Altarum Institute.
ANN ARBOR — Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Inc. (OTC: KBLB), the Ann Arbor-based company using gene splicing techniques to give silk the strength of spiderwebs, said Monday it had completed its initial deliveries to the United States Army of its Dragon Silk product for testing as a bullet-resistant material.
The product converted into material for ballistic testing by New Ipswitch, N.H.-based Warwick Mills Inc., a developer of advanced protective materials.