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TransPharm Preclinical Solutions in Napoleon Township Helping to Find Cure for Harmful Bacteria Affecting U.S. Hospitals

NAPOLEON TOWNSHIP, MI – One of Jackson County’s first life sciences companies is working to help fight bacteria that are harming — and in some cases, killing — hospital patients across the country. TransPharm Preclinical Solutions in Napoleon Township is currently doing research for a company that is trying to find a cure for Clostridium difficile, which can cause severe intestinal damage and diarrhea for hospital patients. No therapies are currently available to fight the strain of bacteria that the company is working with, TransPharm owner Dan Ross said. Read...

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TransPharm Preclinical Solutions in Napoleon Township Named One of 2011’s ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’ by State Business Association

TransPharm Preclinical Solutions in Napoleon Township has been recognized as one of 2011’s “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by the Cassopolis-based Edward Lowe Foundation. TransPharm will be honored at an award ceremony during the seventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event April 28 in Lansing. President and CEO Dan Ross said the award is a great accomplishment for his company. Read...

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TransPharm Preclinical Solutions – Jackson Pharma Contract Research Firm Thrives

Dan Ross is another example of the pharmaceutical industry’s cutbacks spawning Michigan entrepreneurship — and another example of how the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center helps companies grow. Ross, trained as a veterinary technician was a surgical technician at Wayne State University and later an associate scientist at Parke-Davis in Ann Arbor, staying through its transition to Pfizer Inc. ownership. But when Pfizer announced in 2007 it was shutting down its Ann Arbor research operations, Ross was already thinking about striking out on his own. Read...

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Rising from the Ashes of Pfizer: The Michigan Contract Research Organization Cluster

Michigan suffered one heck of a body blow in January 2007. That’s when Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, said it was shutting down its Ann Arbor, MI, research and development center, and eliminating 2,400 jobs. That’s usually the end of the story, as hardly anybody keep tracks of what happens to a talented group of people like that as they scatter to the wind. But many of the people who honed their skills inside Pfizer and other big companies have found new entrepreneurial outlets to keep doing what they do best at a growing array of contract research organizations (CROs). Read...

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Enterprise Group of Jackson / Daniel Ross, President & CEO

I met the Enterprise Group for the first time three years ago on May 16th, 2007. At that time, I had an idea for my new company, but no facility, money or the connectionsI needed to move forward. This week, due to our success, TransPharm Preclinical Solutions was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Read...

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From Ashes of Recession, Small Businesses Boom

For nearly 10 years, Dan Ross worked in the labs at Pfizer in Jackson, Mich. Then the recession hit, shutting down the plant and taking his job. Determined to stay in tested Michigan, Ross started his own lab and hired his own team to test antibiotics before they land on the shelves of the pharmacy. “I’ve had two days off this year,” Ross said. “We’ve already done more business in 2010 than we did in all of 2009.” Read...

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