INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Battery Innovation Center set to open

2013-08-29T12:30:00Z 2013-08-29T18:13:06Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: Battery Innovation Center set to openGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
August 29, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

State, regional and local officials are set to cut the ribbon tomorrow on the more than $15 million Battery Innovation Center in southern Indiana. The Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network, which launched the WestGate@Crane Technology Park facility, says a dozen organizations are slated to conduct research and development initiatives at the BIC.

 

Research Foundation Launches Entrepreneurship Site

The Purdue Research Foundation has launched a website designed to help entrepreneurs, investors and collaborators find university resources. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship site also helps innovators form partnerships with Purdue and create startups.

 

IMS to Test For Potential Track Upgrades

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR officials are planning test runs next week that could lead to improvements to the road course at the speedway. The changes are being considered as part of a $100 million overall investment into the historic venue.

 

Brazilian Restaurant Expanding Into Indiana

A Brazilian-style restaurant is set to open the first of three planned Indiana locations this fall. Tucanos Brazilian Grill says it plans to invest more than $7.5 million in the restaurants in Fort Wayne and central Indiana.

 

Notre Dame Lines up Top Execs For Lectures

Executives from some of the country's most high-profile companies will be featured during a fall lecture series at the University of Notre Dame. Mendoza College of Business Boardroom Insights headliners include a yogurt company founder, the chairman of a global investment firm and the senior vice president of General Mills Inc. (NYSE: GIS).

 

Vincennes, Toyota Partnership Underway

Vincennes University has begun its Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program. The partnership allows students to work two days a week at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. in Princeton while earning a robotics degree.

 

Preservation Efforts Earn Federal Funding

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has awarded nearly $340,000 in federal funds to historic preservation and archaeology initiatives throughout the state. The money, divided among nine organizations.

 

Lilly Inks Cancer-Fighting Technology Deal

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. has signed an agreement with a Massachusetts company for use of its cancer-targeting technology. The deal with ImmunoGen Inc. (Nasdaq: IMGN) could exceed $200 million.

 

Thor Names Crossroads RV President

Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. has named Andy Cripe president of its Crossroads RV subsidiary. He has spent the last ten years in a variety of management positions at Goshen-based Keystone RV, which is also owned by Thor.

 

Online Classes Boost Saint Francis Enrollment

The University of Saint Francis has announced record enrollment of more than 2,400 students for the fall semester. The school says much of the growth is due to online courses in its College of Adult Learning.

 

TinCaps Closing in on 2 Million Fans

Fort Wayne's Minor League Baseball team is approaching two million total fans at Parkview Field. Barring weather cancellations, the TinCaps believe it will reach the mark before the end of the season.

 

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