Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. appoints Amsterdam to head its biotechnology practice group
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., the largest law form in New England, specializing in intellectual property law, has appointed John R. Van Amsterdam, Ph.D., of Natick, Mass., to head its biotechnology practice group. The firm caters to the requirements of biotech industry, from small organizations, multinational corporations, research organizations, universities to hospitals. Amsterdam is reportedly an expert in the field of patent prosecution, counseling and intellectual property transactions in biotechnology, patent interferences, pharmaceuticals, and molecular biology. Amsterdam has also gained expertise in other areas, such as, protection of therapeutics and diagnostics for cancer, antibody technologies, neurodegenerative disorders and metabolic disorders, new medical uses and formulations of known compounds, and nucleic acid sequencing and detection technologies.
Symyx Technologies, Inc to acquire MDL Information Systems for $123 million
Symyx Technologies, Inc. is all set to acquire certain content and software products of MDL Information Systems for $123 million in cash from Elsevier Inc. The purchase will supposedly aid Symyx in acquiring the position of a leader in R&D informatics. Moreover, the company is going to gain, in terms of expanded range of complementary, integrated desktop and enterprise R&D informatics offerings, comprising software, content, systems, and services vital for decisive R&D activities in the life sciences, energy, and chemicals industries. Additionally, Symyx will have an expanded market presence, be it in sales, marketing or distribution. Fully developed, customer support infrastructure is yet another added advantage. Symyx can also look forward to excellent technical expertise, which will help the company in pushing forward MDL's industry-leading informatics, database, and workflow solutions to cater to the customer requirements.
Sunrise Medical HHG to roll out a new facility in Plainfield
Sunrise Medical HHG, a California-based, large-scale manufacturer of wheelchairs, crutches and other patient-care aids, is gearing up to roll out a new facility in Plainfield. Economic development officials, real estate experts, and government filings have hinted on this new development. The company is planning to leverage on Plainfield's excellent workforce, and its location. Commenting on the move Gov. Mitch Daniels said in the news release, that building an environment that will facilitate businesses like Sunrise to grow and thrive in Indiana is quite necessary for the state's economic success. The company will supposedly receive financial assistance, for creating new jobs. For instance, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. will shell out $250,000 in performance-based tax credits and a $36,000 grant to train workers. Additionally, Plainfield had agreed to a 10-year decreasing scale of property tax abatement for the Panatonni building, which is reportedly worth $436,000.