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Entrepreneurial plunge pays off for former Pfizer employees

Dan and Samantha Ross had just built a 4,000-square-foot log cabin for themselves in Jackson County when their employer, the drug giant Pfizer Inc., announced it was closing its sprawling campus in Ann Arbor. They could have taken another position with Pfizer in Connecticut, but they had no intention of leaving. “I knew what I wasn’t going to do, and that was move,” said Dan Ross. So the couple took an entrepreneurial plunge. Together, they founded TransPharm Preclinical Solutions LLC, a fast-growing biotech company based in Napoleon Township, a small community in southern Jackson County. Read...

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Handling deadly diseases, Michigan company earns $12 million in first 10 years

NAPOLEON TWP., MI – The hit item is usually the freezer – which is kept at minus 80 degrees – when Daniel Ross takes school groups through TransPharm Preclinical Solutions. Most people in the community haven’t heard of his business and don’t know what it does, said Ross, president and CEO. He shows students around to bring awareness to the work that’s happening in their small town. “We don’t have to be in a big city,” said Marci Peek, contract and protocol specialist. “In little Napoleon, Michigan, we have clients all over the world.” TransPharm has 10 full-time employees and 101 clients in 13 countries. Located in rural Napoleon Township, the life sciences company reached its 10-year anniversary on Jan. 2.  Read...

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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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