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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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Growing A Company In The Life Sciences Corridor

ANN ARBOR – The life sciences industry doesn’t generally spring to mind when one thinks of Jackson, Michigan. Yet, the Jackson area is home to one of Michigan’s emerging biotechnology companies – a company that is poised for success. TransPharm Preclinical Solutions is a contract research organization (CRO) that provides a complete array of studies in infectious disease animal models for the antibiotic discovery industry. TransPharm president and CEO, Dan Ross, proudly promotes his company as “being located in the heart of Michigan’s Biotechnology Corridor, mid-way between the life sciences hubs of Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo and just south of Michigan State University.” Read...

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Transpharm of Napoleon Township Gets Full Accreditation

Transpharm Preclinical Solutions has been awarded full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care. Fewer than 800 companies, universities, hospitals and government agencies in the world have earned this distinction, according to the group’s Web site. Read...

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Businesses in Top 10 Still Going Strong

Last year, the Citizen Patriot — with help from The Enterprise Group — selected 10 businesses it determined were thriving in Jackson County, despite the poor economy. We brought you stories of a business doing high-tech research on the cars of tomorrow, a small firm growing exponentially in the field of energy-efficient lighting and a company that sends employees across the country to take radiographs and conduct integrity testing of gas pipelines. Other businesses were selected because they were growing jobs and profits, diversifying into new sectors, building new facilities and additions, and investing in the community. At the time, we said these companies could redefine Jackson’s reputation — and eventually its legacy. What follows is an update on those 10 businesses one year later. Read...

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State OKs $5 Million for Pfizer Talent Retention

Twenty-two companies along the Interstate-94 corridor will share $5.05 million from a state program targeting retention of Pfizer Inc. assets and talent. Low-interest loans of between $50,000 and $400,000 went to the companies following approval by the Michigan Strategic Fund board. A $500,000 also goes to economic development groups Ann Arbor SPARK and Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo to bolster the Michigan Innovation Equipment Depot, created last year to distribute equipment donated by Pfizer to state companies. Read...

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