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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
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 more
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 more
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 more